Doctoral Research

Research Coordinator

Ohad Parnes

+49 30 22667 296

The Predoctoral Fellows of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science undertake dissertation projects that form an integral part of the main research projects of the Institute. All the Predoctoral Fellows at the MPIWG are affiliated with one of the Departments or Research Groups of the Institute and undertake their research as part of the research activities of the respective unit. At the same time, and as part of the cross-departmental activities of the Institute, the Predoctoral Fellows of all Departments and Groups meet once a month for a joint seminar. During these meetings, one fellow will usually present their work according to the progress of their dissertation.

Considering that each dissertation project has its own specific characteristics, requirements, and potential, and considering the subjectivity of each individual candidate, the main objectives of the Predoctoral Group of the Institute are achieved in particular by relying on the environment of cooperation that characterizes this group and its meetings. The meetings are intended to be as informal as possible in order to provide an open platform for exchange among the Predoctoral Fellows. Presentation forms and modalities therefore vary accordingly. The meetings serve also for exchange of general information about life and work at the Institute.

The central activities of the Predoctoral Fellows at the Institute are coordinated by the Research Coordinator Ohad Parnes together with the Predoctoral Representative of the Institute, Teresa Hollerbach. If you have any questions about life and work as a Predoctoral Fellow at the Institute, please feel free to contact them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Predoctoral Fellows

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Dec 2020)

Definition and Division in Medieval Latin Commentaries on Aristotle’s De animalibus

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-31 Mar 2020)

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2016-31 Mar 2020)

MA, Doctoral Student, Technische Universität Berlin

Quantitative Physiological Reasoning at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century: The Work of Sanctorius Sanctorius

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2019-31 Oct 2019)

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2016-31 May 2020)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Cometary Pamphlets and the Way they Present, Create, and Diffuse Natural Philosophic Knowledge

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Jun 2020)

Transmission of Islamic Astronomy to Europe: Influence or Similarity of Structures?

Predoctoral Fellow (15 Sep 2017-14 Nov 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Insects as Knowledge Goods and Global Commodities: Hans Sauter's Formosa Collections

Visiting Predoctoral Fellows

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (5 Aug 2019-4 Feb 2020)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-29 Feb 2020)

Engineered Modernity: A Critical History of Computing in People's Republic of China

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (19 Sep 2019-18 Mar 2020)

Two Ways of Experience in the Writing of Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2019-30 Sep 2019)

PhD candidate, University of Oxford

Gottfried Leibniz's Networks: Science at the Confluence of Practice and Sociability

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-31 Jan 2020)

Meat, cattle and a Capital city: slaughterhouses, animals and meat production in Rio de Janeiro during the last years of the Brazilian Empire

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-31 Jan 2020)

Nature and Nation: Documentation and the Practice of 'Natural History' at the Australian Museum, 1840-1890

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-30 Sep 2019)

PhD Candidate, UCLA

Climate Knowledge and the Politics of Predictive Governance: Case Studies in the Conversion of Knowledge about Climate Change into Actionable Information for Administrative Systems and Economic Agents

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

John Bulwer (1606–1656): On the Theatricality of Medical Knowledge; Ciphers, Sounds and Ear Trumpets: Acoustics and Espionage in England, 1655-1685

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Aug 2016-28 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2019-31 Dec 2019)

Children of Science: Development, Psychology, and Visual Media Technology in Arnold Gesell's Developmental Psychology (1911–1953)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Jan 2019-31 Oct 2019)

PhD candidate, University of Urbino

Mathematical Humanism in Urbino

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (17 Jun 2019-17 Aug 2019)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-30 Sep 2019)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 Jan 2017-29 Feb 2020)

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

After Mapping the Avant–Garde: Politics, Discourses and Technologies of the “New” in Postwar “New Music"

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2019-30 Sep 2019)

The Ain Juj Water Conduit—Hydraulics and Isotope Chemistry of Sinter Accumulation

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (8 May 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Theater Exhibitions, Exhibition Media, and the Humanities around 1900

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-31 Jan 2020)

PhD Candidate, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta

A history of electrification in India: 1890s-1980s

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2019-29 Feb 2020)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (24 Jul 2017-28 Feb 2020)

Harmonies at Work: Musical Instruments and the Transfer of Knowledge in Early Acoustics

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (23 Sep 2019-31 Oct 2019)

The Role of the Senses in Albert's Doctrine of Noetic Development

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2019-31 Dec 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Patronage, Politics and Astral Sciences in the Mongol Empire (1206-1368)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (19 Jul 2019-21 Aug 2019)

The Reception of Latitude and Longitude in Early Modern China, 1644-1900

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2019-30 Nov 2019)

PhD candidate, Columbia University

Dissecting Sight: Eye Surgery and Vision in Early Modern Europe