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, Andrea Braun Střelcová. 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 Jun 2020-31 May 2023)

Internationalization or Centralized Control? Managing International Research Cooperation with Chinese Characteristics

astrelcova@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2021)

Definition and Division in Medieval Latin Commentaries on Aristotle’s Historia Animalium and De Partibus Animalium

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2020-31 Oct 2023)

An Interplay between Chinese Traditional Healing and Modern Medicine from the 18th to Early 20th Century

rdu@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2020-30 Jun 2023)

Ivory Icebreakers: Ambition and Ambivalence among Chinese Polar Researchers

taeiterjord@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (7 Sep 2021-31 Dec 2021)

Scales of Validity

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-31 Mar 2022)

The Classical Age of Quantum Gravity: from Dirac to Wheeler

sfurlan@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2021-30 Apr 2024)

Circulations of Agricultural Knowledge in Persian, 1500–1700

rthowey@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (17 Aug 2020-16 Feb 2024)

Ethics and Values in China’s Pursuit of Artificial Intelligence—“Chinese Characteristics” or/and “Shared Future for Mankind"?

ymao@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-8 Jan 2022)

Text and Context in Early Islamic Scholarship: A Ninth-Century Paraphrase of Ptolemaic Astronomy in Al-Farghānī’s Elements of Astronomy

rmousavi@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2018-30 Nov 2021)

Emergence: Real or Apparent Opposition to the Final Theory?

ngargante@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2021-31 Dec 2021)

Geographical Maps and Religious Charts in Pre-Modern China: Two Case Studies.

cwu@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-31 Dec 2021)

Computer-aided Approaches to Study of the Japanese Buddhist World Maps of the 14th to 19th Century

Visiting Predoctoral Fellows

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2021-30 Sep 2021)

Roger Penrose's Approach to Quantum Gravity

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2020-31 Aug 2022)

The Problem of Cosmology—On the Challenges of Cosmological Inquiry; Some Lessons from Modern Physics

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2021-31 Jan 2022)

The Experimentation of the Cesarean Section in Early Twentieth-Century Brazil

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (6 Nov 2017-31 Dec 2022)

Doctoral candidate at Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg Research Fellow at Ca' Foscari Università Venezia in the ERC-project Early Modern Cosmology Editorial Manager for Verum Factum: Studies and Sources on Political Epistemology (EOA book series).

Political Epistemology—Theory and Editorial Project

sfreyberg@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2021-30 Nov 2021)

Of Soils and Stars: Jesuit perceptions of Chinese agricultural practices through calendrical construction

ggsingh@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Jul 2020-31 Mar 2023)

Climate Change Adaptation in China’s Agriculture—The Production and Role of Local Environmental Knowledge

jgrossebley@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Nov 2020-14 Nov 2021)

Scientific Journals and the Transparency of Research: From 20th Century to Open Science

mmhan@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2021-30 Nov 2021)

Fertiliser Knowledge in Ming-Qing China: Construction, Distribution, and Circulation

cahess@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Feb 2021-31 Oct 2021)

Mapping the Knowledge of Famine Foods in China

Chuang@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2021-28 Feb 2022)

Artifact and Tonality: Musical Instrument Makers as Invisible Technicians in Twentieth Century South India

tskannan@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 May 2021-31 Dec 2021)

Das Scheitern des Gentechnikgesetzes 1979 – MPG-Wissenschaftler/innen zwischen Forschungsfreiheit und Forschungspolitik

aklassen@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2021-31 May 2022)

The Anthropocene Hypothesis: Birth and Epistemology

eluciano@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2021-28 Feb 2022)

The Other “Chemists’ War”

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2021-31 Oct 2021)

China in Europe Research Network

mrmouritzen@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Dec 2022)

Die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft als wissenschaftspolitischer Akteur in der Allianz der Wissenschaftsorganisationen

vosganian@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2021-30 Sep 2021)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

kpannhorst@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-30 Sep 2022)

Symbiotic World: The Past, Present and Future of a Concept, Symbiotic Life: Theories and Practices of Coexistence in Lynn Margulis and Donna Haraway

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2021-31 Dec 2023)

Die Erwirtschaftung des Anthropozäns? Die Rolle des modernen Wirtschaftens in den Entwicklungsdynamiken zur Entstehung des Anthropozäns: Ursprünge und neue Wege

gschaefer@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2019-30 Sep 2021)

The Water City. The Political Epistemology of Hydrogeological Praxis

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (20 Sep 2021-31 Oct 2021)

Frau

The Tension of Fashion: Oriental silks and Italian Art in the 14th Century

lshi@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2021-31 Jul 2022)

The Evolution of Scientific Visual Language in Early Modern Science: A Machine-Learning Based Analysis

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2021-30 Sep 2023)

The Analysis, Interpretation, and Mediation of History Using Digital Research Methods and Tools. An Investigation into their History-Producing Mechanisms

asiebold@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2021-31 Jan 2022)

Carbon Cosmotechnics

kasobecka@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2021-31 Mar 2022)

Candido Baptista De Oliveira and the “Memória Sobre O Estabelecimento De Observatório No Rio De Janeiro”: The First Step to Introduce Institutionalization of Astronomy in the Brazilian Empire (1824-1846)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2021-30 Nov 2022)

„Fairtrade“ von Traditionellem Wissen? Praktiken des Wissensaustauschs Zwischen Südamerika und Europa im 18. Und 19. Jahrhundert am Beispiel der Pharmazeutischen Pflanze Ipecacuanha (Brechwurz)

sspielmann@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-31 Oct 2023)

The Coimbra Commentaries' Doctrine of Sense Perception

ytao@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de