Fusion of two images: "Dyers scraping stenciled fabrics," figure 235, Hommel & Mercer, China at Work 1937, and "Indian indigo-dye worker," photo A. Mamidipudi, 2017.

Dept. III

Artifacts, Action, Knowledge


Director (Since Apr 2013)

Dr., Professor, TU Berlin, FU Berlin, Tianjin University

Histories of Planning

MPIWG Dept. 3

Photo: © 2017

Services & Administration

Digital Content Curator (Since Jan 2014)


Editorial Assistant

Departmental Assistant (1 May 2017-31 Dec 2035)

Departmental Assistant

Researchers 2020-21

Artist in Residence (1 May 2020-31 Oct 2021)

Out of Place out of Time: Film Project

Visiting Scholar (May 2020-31 May 2020)

PhD, Emeritus Professor of Sociology of Science at the University of Edinburgh

History of Experimental Psychology. The Cambridge Psychological Laboratory in the 1940s and the Problems of Pilot Error and Fatigue

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2017-31 Dec 2020)


Mapping the Arab City: Alexandria, Cairo and Tunis in the Early Modern Period

Digital Content Curator (Since Jan 2014)


Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2020-1 Sep 2021)

School Library Book Collections in Ming, Qing, and Republican China

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2019-31 Dec 2020)

PhD, The Centre for Studies on China, Korea and Japan, CNRS-EHESS, Paris, France

Chinese Maps Collected by the MPIWG: Geo-Referencing and New Acquisitions

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2020-31 Aug 2023)

An Interplay between Chinese Traditional healing and Modern Medicine from 18th to the early 20th century

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-19 Aug 2021)


"Understanding the Anthropocene": The Level of the Sea

Visiting Scholar (4 Aug 2020-4 Dec 2020)

Frailties of the Green Revolution: On Transferring Agricultural Technology from Temperate to Tropical Zones

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2020-31 Aug 2021)

The Rhythms of War and Farming in Early Modern China and Korea

Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Sep 2020-14 Sep 2021)


Changes, Continuities, and Innovations in Music Theory and Musical Thought in Early Medieval China, 316–581 CE

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Dec 2020)


Biology for the Nation: The International Biological Program in South Korea and Taiwan during the Cold War Era, 1961-1975

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2020-31 Dec 2020)


Engineering Metropolis: Contagion, Capital, and the Making of British Colonial Cairo, 1882-1922

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2020-31 Aug 2021)

Comparative Ancient Medicine

Visiting Scholar (1 Oct 2020-31 Dec 2020)

Role of the Animals in Bohai and Jurchen Societies (on the Base of Studies of the Archeological Materials from Medieval Sites in the Russian Far East)

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

Ownership of Knowledge: Beyond IP

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2020-28 Feb 2021)

Meat Consumption and Breeding of Cows in Late-Nineteenth Century Japan

Visiting Scholar (15 Aug 2020-14 Feb 2021)

Colouring Maps in East Asia

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-30 Sep 2021)


„Translation Terrains“ project

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

Ownership of Knowledge: Beyond IP

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2020-30 Sep 2023)

Agricultural Uses of Alchemy in Early Modern Europe

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2020-30 Sep 2023)

Agricultural Uses of Alchemy in Early Modern Europe

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-28 Feb 2023)


Barren Structures: The Problem of Sterility in the Age of Plenty

Senior Research Scholar (Since Sep 2017)


Predoctoral Fellow (15 Sep 2017-30 Jun 2021)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

Visiting Scholar (24 Aug 2020-30 Jun 2021)

Communication in Early Modern Eurasia: Translation, Memory, and Power

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2020)


A Transnational History of Mountaineering

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-1 Sep 2020)


Judgments of Similarity and Idealizations in Geodetical Practices

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2020-31 Aug 2021)

Working Lives in the Early Ming

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-31 Aug 2021)


From Hispaniola to Istanbul: Plants, Trade, and Knowledge Between the Americas and the Early Modern Ottoman World (s. Website)

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2020-30 Jun 2021)

The Natural Sciences in Morocco in the 17th-18th Century

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Nov 2018-31 Oct 2020)


Different Culture, Different Climate? Seeking Cultural Cifferences in the Climate Knowledge and Ideas

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Aug 2021)

Engendering Wildlife and Whiteness: Elephants, Ivory, and Zoos (1870s–1940s)

Postdoctoral Fellow (9 Sep 2019-31 Dec 2020)


DFG-Project: Mediterranean and Nautical Cartography in Arabic and Ottoman Turkish: Islands or Gateways of Knowledge in the Sea of Transcultural and Translinguistic Translation Processes?

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2020-30 Jun 2021)

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

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

Ökonomien der Wiederholung – Kulturübergreifende Studien zu Praktiken und Phänomenen der Kopie und des Nachahmens im Altertum

Research Scholar, IT Project Manager (15 May 2017-31 Dec 2020)

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Aug 2023)

PhD candidate, Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", Heidelberg University

Reaping the Benefits of Water—The Political Epistemologies of Water in Imperial China

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-31 Aug 2021)

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jul 2020-30 Sep 2020)

PhD, Professor, Department of History, Research Institute for Pre-modern Chinese History Zhejiang University, Hangzhou

A Study on the Commercial General Maps in the Late Qing Dynasty

IT Developer (20 Mar 2017-19 Mar 2021)