Artefacts, Action, and Knowledge

Artefacts, Action, and Knowledge

Zhao Yu Tu

The Zhao Yu Tu (“map of the area of the mausoleum”), excavated in the late 1970s in Pingshan County, south-central Hebei Province. Hebei Provincial Museum at Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China.

Department III studies the history of knowledge and action. The two main areas of interest are the processes and structures that lead to varying configurations of collaborative and individual bodies of knowledge as well as the changing role of artefacts – texts, objects and spaces – in the creation, diffusion, and use of scientific and technological knowledge. Research cases include Asian cultures and the Premodern era.

Research work is organized around the themes History of Planning and Animals, which are addressed and explored in individual projectsworking groups, and varying and innovative formats of academic exchange: workshops, conferences, and discussion circles. Deparetment III also engages in the development of methods and tools for the History of Science and has a keen interest in the growing repertoire of the digital humanities. New forms of publications and academic outreach are on our agenda as well as disciplinary advancement. Our research is supported by an excellent office team.