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)

The Classical Age of Quantum Gravity: from Dirac to Wheeler

sfurlan@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

thollerbach@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2019-31 Oct 2019)

Disaster Preparedness in Japan and Global Transfer of Knowledge, 1900-1965

mjacoby@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

ajerratsch@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-30 Jun 2020)

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

rmousavi@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

kpannhorst@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellows

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

Roger Bacon’s Medical Alchemy: Occult Remedies and the Quest to Prolong Life

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

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

ybarash@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

aborowski@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

PhD Candidate, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

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)

Doctoral Student, Sydney University

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

jvfinney@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-31 Aug 2020)

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

ipgray@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

alaqua@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (10 Oct 2019-29 Feb 2020)

Text-to-Speech: Re-Embodying Voice, Disembodying Difference

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

MA, Doctoral Candidate, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

tmittasch@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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)

cossmer@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

PhD candidate, University of Urbino

Mathematical Humanism in Urbino

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-30 Sep 2020)

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

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"

jromao@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

Wissenschaftler zum Schreiben bringen. Verlagsberater zwischen Konferenz und Cocktailparty, 1927–1963

aschmidtke@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

Theater Exhibitions, Exhibition Media, and the Humanities around 1900

lschuessler@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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)

The Coimbra Commentaries’ Doctrine of Sense Perception

ytao@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

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

lmiesen@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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

Doctoral Candidate, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

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 (1 Jun 2019-30 Nov 2019)

PhD candidate, Columbia University

Dissecting Sight: Eye Surgery and Vision in Early Modern Europe