Dept. III

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.


Director (Since Apr 2013)

Dr., Professor, TU Berlin, FU Berlin, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Histories of Planning

MPIWG Dept. 3

Photo: © 2017

Services & Administration

Digital Content Curator (Since Jan 2014)


Editorial Assistant

Departmental Assistant

Departmental Assistant

Researchers 2018-19

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

MRes, MSc, MA, BSc

Arbeitsverteilung zwischen Abt. III und der Research-IT bis Ende 2019 müssen noch abgestimmt werden Für die Research-IT sind es folgende Aufgaben: - für spezifische Forschungsprojekte passende Methoden auswählen und einführen - zusammen mit WissenschaftlerInnen Forschungsfragen entwickeln, die mit digitalen Hilfsmitteln beantwortet werden können - durch Kenntnis der aktuellen Entwicklungen innerhalb und außerhalb des Feldes der Digital Humanities neue Forschungsrichtungen vorschlagen, die in Industrie und Wissenschaft entwickelte neue Ansätze und Methoden nutzen s. ausführliche Liste in Ausschreibung

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2017-31 Jul 2020)


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

Research Scholar (Since Apr 2012)

PD Dr. habil.

Visualizations of the Heavens and Their Material Cultures in Eurasia and North Africa (4,000 BCE–1700 CE)

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2019-31 Dec 2019)

A Price History of Ming China

(16 Sep 2019-13 Dec 2019)

Im Rahmen der Working Group 'The Body of Animals': Do the machines speak? Looking for a new way of understanding animals in historical discourse

Digital Content Curator (Since Jan 2014)


Visiting Scholar (15 Jul 2019-14 Jul 2020)

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Chinese Literature, National Tsing Hua University

A Comparative Study on the Knowledge Structures of Local Gazetteers

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Aug 2019)


Hidden Reserves in Socialist Planning: From Historical Consciousness to Science and Expertise

Visiting Scholar (1 Jun 2019-31 Dec 2019)

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”

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Honorary Research Fellow, University College London

Wild Silk of West Africa: Towards an Indigenous Science of Materials

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

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)

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Associate Professor, Aalto University

The uses and abuses of things: Reconceptualizing technology-in-use within the history of technology

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


"Understanding the Anthropocene": The Level of the Sea

Visiting Scholar (15 Feb 2019-15 Nov 2019)

PhD, Emeritus Professor of the History of Science & Technology, University of Manchester; Visiting Professor, Centre for History of Science, Technology & Medicine, Kings College, London

Rethinking the History of the Green Revolution

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2016-31 Dec 2019)


Interplay Between Society, Technology, and Nature in the Chinese-Korean Borderland from the Sixteenth to the Seventeenth Century

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Sep 2018-14 Sep 2020)

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-30 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 Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2016-31 Aug 2019)


From Electrotype to the Electric Image: The Search for Global Vision, ca. 1830-1936

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Aug 2020)

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


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

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Aug 2019)

IT Developer (1 Oct 2018-30 Sep 2020)


Sources for the Study of Chinese History

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


Geographical Fragments from Early Medieval China: Local Gazetteers before Local Gazetteers

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-31 May 2020)

Ph.D., University of Maastricht

A Song for a Blue God: Essence, Embodiment, and Equity in Colour.

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2019-31 May 2020)

PhD, Associte Professor, Program in Science, Technology, and Society MIT, USA

African Chemistry: Science with an African Totem

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-26 Feb 2020)


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

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2017-5 Sep 2020)


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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2019-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, Research Fellow, Argentine National Council of Science (CONICET)

The Elk, the Tapir, their Hooves, and the Falling Sickness: A Story of Substitution, Trade, and Animal Medical Substances

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


A Transnational History of Mountaineering

Visiting Scholar (15 May 2019-14 Aug 2019)

PhD, Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies and History, Duke University

Purebred: Making Meat and Eugenics in the Modern United States

Artist in Residence (1 Sep 2019-30 Jun 2020)

Artist-in-Residence zum Thema: Informing Ethical Engineering - Mobilizing histories of science toward ethical material choices

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

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Dec 2019)


Public Health, Modern Agriculture, and Wars Against Insect Enemies: Pest Control and the Making of Applied Entomology in Modern China, 1915-1960

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2019-31 Aug 2020)


Early Histories of Plants from the Americas in the Early Modern Ottoman World

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 Nov 2018-15 May 2020)


Different Culture, Different Climate? Seeking cultural differences 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 2019-8 Sep 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?

Visiting Scholar (14 Jun 2019-31 Dec 2019)

PhD, University Professorial Fellow, Charles Darwin University

Theory as "A Plan"—Asking about the Effects of Zeno’s Dichotomy Paradox in Analytic Work

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

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Aug 2020)

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

Visiting Scholar (21 Mar 2019-31 Dec 2019)

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)

IT Developer (20 Mar 2017-19 Mar 2021)

Research Scholar (15 Mar 2018-12 Apr 2020)


Empire, Nature and Pharmacology in the Ottoman World, 1400-1800

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2018-31 Jan 2020)

PhD, Berliner Zentrum für Wissensgeschichte

Economics as a Coordination Tool. Investment Planning in Électricité de France, from the Nationalisation (1946) to the 1970s

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (19 Jul 2019-21 Aug 2019)

The Reception of Latitude and Longitude in Early Modern China, 1644-1900

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2019-31 Aug 2019)

PhD, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

The Art of Judgement: Logistical Modernity—Flows, Forms, and Spaces