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, Núria Muñoz Garganté. 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

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

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2020-30 Jun 2023)

Ivory Icebreakers: Ambition and Ambivalence among Chinese Polar Researchers

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-31 Mar 2022)

The Classical Age of Quantum Gravity: from Dirac to Wheeler

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2021-30 Apr 2024)

Circulations of Agricultural Knowledge in Persian, 1500–1700

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"?

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

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2018-30 Nov 2021)

Emergence: Real or Apparent Opposition to the Final Theory?

Predoctoral Fellow (15 Sep 2017-30 Sep 2021)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2020-30 Jun 2021)

Collecting Ears: Marin Mersenne and the Study of Music in Early Modern Europe

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2020-30 Jun 2021)

Collecting Ears: Marin Mersenne and the Study of Music in Early Modern Europe

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 Mar 2020-31 Jul 2021)

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-31 Jul 2021)

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Jan 2021-14 Jul 2021)

CRISPR-Cas9 to Improve the Population Quality?

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2020-31 Aug 2021)

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2020-30 Sep 2020)

Sums Over

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2020-31 Aug 2021)

The Treadmill of Protection: Evaluating the Social Costs of Saving Disappearing Coasts

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

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

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

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Feb 2021-15 Aug 2021)

Mapping the Knowledge of Famine Foods in China

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

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2020-31 Dec 2020)

Ownership of Knowledge: Beyond IP

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

The Anthropocene Hypothesis: Birth and Epistemology

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

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

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

Entanglements of Ethnographic and Naturalist Knowledge as Epistemic Genres and the ‘Scientific’ Racialization of Indian Food and Agriculture, 16th- 17th c.

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (18 Nov 2019-2 Aug 2021)

Communication with (Extra)Terrestrial Intelligence: Science Diplomacy during the Cold War (1960 - 1976)

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

Symbiotic World: The Past, Present and Future of a Concept

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2020-31 Oct 2020)

Conceptions of Astrology among Parisian scholars (1600–1680)

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

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

The Water City. The Political Epistemology of Hydrogeological Praxis

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2020-15 Mar 2021)

The Use and Reuse of Paper in the Humanities

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

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

Carbon Cosmotechnics

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)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2021-15 Aug 2021)

The Energetics of the “Muscle Machine”: From Isolated Muscle to Proteins, Fibers, and Filaments

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

The Coimbra Commentaries' Doctrine of Sense Perception

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

Understanding Soil in the filāḥa and zirāʿa manuals of the Early Modern Islamicate Empires (1400-1700) im Rahmen der Working Group 'Agriculture and the Making of Sciences' in Abt. III

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2020-31 Dec 2020)

Trust and Perspectivalism in the History of Epistemology

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

Famine Plant Manuals in the Sinosphere (1406–1800)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2019-31 May 2021)

PhD candidate, Columbia University

Dissecting Sight: Eye Surgery and Vision in Early Modern Europe