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 (1 Oct 2020-30 Sep 2027)

Editorial Assistant

Departmental Assistant

Departmental Assistant

Researchers 2020-21

Visiting Scholar (15 Dec 2020-30 Nov 2021)


The Human Scaffold / Das menschliche Gerüst.

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)


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-30 Sep 2021)


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

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 2021)


Chinese maps collected by the MPIWG

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2020-31 Oct 2023)

An Interplay between Chinese Traditional Healing and Modern Medicine from the 18th to 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 Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2016-31 Dec 2023)


Postdoctoral Fellow Abt. III im Projekt: "Visualization and Material Cultures of the Heavens: Image Database Eurasia and North Africa (4000 BCE-1700 CE)"

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 2020-31 Dec 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

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Dec 2020-31 Jan 2021)


Analysis of Pre-Modern Maps of East Asia: Methods and Approaches

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


Ownership of Knowledge: Beyond IP

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2020-31 Aug 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

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Jul 2021)


Vertical World: Politics, Nature and Climbing in the Twentieth Century

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2021-30 Jun 2023)

The Mongols and Mamluk Agricultural Manuals (kutub al-filāḥa)? Understanding the Circulation of Agricultural Knowledge between East and West Asia

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

Rathenau Senior Fellow (1 Feb 2019-31 Dec 2024)


History of mathematics and physics (nineteenth and twentieth century), history of technology

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 2023)


Chinese climate knowledge in local agricultural practice: a study on Yueling and Qihou discourse in agriculture books and local gazetteers

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

Research Officer (15 May 2017-31 Dec 2027)

Research Officer / Wissenschaftlicher Referent in Abt. III

Research Scholar (1 Nov 2020-31 Oct 2021)

Research Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Aug 2023)


Reaping the Benefits of Water - The Political Epistemologies of Water in Imperial China.

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2020-31 May 2021)


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

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

Postdoctoral Fellow (16 Nov 2020-15 Nov 2023)


Heavenly Knowledge, World Empire

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2020-31 Aug 2021)

Zhu Yuanzhang and the Nanjing City Wall

IT Architect (20 Mar 2017-19 Mar 2025)

IT-Architekt im Projekt Household Encyclopedia