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

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Services & Administration

Digital Content Curator (Since Jan 2014)


Editorial Assistant

Departmental Assistant

Departmental Assistant

Researchers 2018-19

Visiting Scholar (30 Oct 2018-14 Dec 2018)

Menagerie: People and Wildlife in the American City

Visiting Scholar (1 Aug 2018-15 Sep 2018)

Dr., Associate Professor

Animal Lounges: Launching Nature into the History of Airports

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

MRes, MSc, MA, BSc

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2019-30 Jun 2019)

PhD, Regents' Professor, School of International Letters & Cultures, Arizona State University

Wu Yün's "Rhapsody on the Darkling Gibbon" and its Daoist Contexts

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2017-31 Jul 2019)


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)

Digital Content Curator (Since Jan 2014)


Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2019-31 Jul 2019)

PhD Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago

Roads and Localities: A Perspective from Local Gazetteers on Road Construction in Eighteenth-century China

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 May 2019)

PhD, Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Landscapes of Colony–Building in the North Atlantic: People, Plance, and Environment in Early Modern French Newfoundland

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


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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2019-31 Jul 2019)


The Liver in Egypt: Productions of an Organ through 20th–Century Public Health and Political Economy

Visiting Scholar (Dec 2018-26 Dec 2018)

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

Chinese Maps Collected by the MPIWG

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 Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2018-31 Dec 2018)

PhD, Senior Researcher, St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Science

The Scientific and Cultural Phenomenon of European Bison in the 19th–Early 20th Century

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2019-28 Feb 2019)

PhD, Professor, CSIC, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain

Practicing Knowledge in Islamic Societies and their Neighbours

Visiting Scholar (Jun 2019-30 Jun 2019)

PhD, Professor, Deptartment of East Asian Studies and Richard Charles & Esther Yewpick Lee Chair in Chinese Cultural Studies, McGill University

The Filiality of Daughters in Imperial China: A Genealogical Study

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Jan 2019)

PhD candidate, University of Columbia

Agents of Violence: Naval Technology and Late Qing China in Global Arms Trade, 1875-1911

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

Visiting Scholar (29 Jun 2018-6 Sep 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University

Medical Practice in 12th-Century China as Reflected in Medical Case Records

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

PhD, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen

The Art of Judgment in Wetlands

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2018-15 Sep 2018)

Doctoral Student

The Role of Maps in 19th-Century Plant Geography

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 2016-30 Jun 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 Scholar (Jun 2019-30 Jun 2019)

PhD, Professor of History of Science, Department of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Cutting corners: How to Index a Chinese Book

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

Visiting Scholar (14 Jun 2019-7 Jul 2019)

PhD, Assistant Professor Kyoto University, Hakubi Center / Institute for Research in Humanities, Japan

Cosmological nd Astral images in CenCosmological and Astral images in Central Asian Buddhist Paintingstral Asian Buddhist Paintings

Visiting Scholar (15 Sep 2018-22 Oct 2018)

PhD, History Department of Humanities, Northumbria University

Derek Ratcliffe, Raptors, and the History of Conservation Science

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Aug 2019)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (14 Jun 2019-15 Jul 2019)

Tangut Astrology

IT Developer (1 Oct 2018-30 Sep 2020)


Sources for the Study of Chinese History

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-14 Dec 2018)

PhD, Adjunct Associate Professor, The Cooper Union

Vegetable - Animal - Transformation

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 Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2018-30 Sep 2018)

Dr. phil., Postdoc Researcher in the History of Technology, Technical University of Munich, Germany

A Quiet Revolution: Singapore as a Logistics City, 1848–1914

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (15 May 2019-31 Jul 2019)

PhD, Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

Tangut Horoscopy in Images, Objects, and Texts

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (May 2019-31 May 2019)

PhD Candidate, University of Amsterdam

The Flow of Cognitive Goods: Towards a Post-Disciplinary Perspective on the History of Knowledge

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (6 Dec 2018-6 Jan 2019)

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-31 Aug 2019)


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

Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2019)

MA, Doctoral Student, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2019-30 Jun 2019)

PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, York University

Exotic Animals and Domestic Life during America's Long Sexual Revolution

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

Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2019-30 Jun 2019)

PhD, David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor, Department of History, Brown University

The Art of Judgement: Objects of Organization

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

Visiting Scholar (10 Sep 2018-6 Jan 2019)

PhD, Assistant Professor, Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Hong Kong

Women and Birth in Transition: The Politics and Ethics of Childbirth Medicalization in Reform Era China

Visiting Scholar (Apr 2019-30 Apr 2019)

PhD, Visiting Professor of East Asian Medicines, University of Westminster, London

Renaissance and Enlightenment in Seventeenth-Century China: The View From Medicine

Visiting Scholar (28 Oct 2018-27 Dec 2018)

Dr. rer.nat, Dr. phil.

Transcendent Experiences–Phenomena, Ideas, and Judgements

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2019)


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

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Oct 2018)

PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University

Curarized Animals and the Detached Body

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-31 Oct 2018)

PhD, University of Leuven

Mineral Building Materials in China. Rediscovering the Built Environments in the Large Datasets of Difangzhi, 10th–20th Centuries

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2018-31 Aug 2019)

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-28 Feb 2019)

PhD, Professor, Zhejiang University, Department of History

Local Identity and State along the Grand Canal: Transforming Agrarian Societies in the Northern Grand Canal Region, 1289–1855

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)

Visiting Scholar (15 Mar 2019-22 Jun 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)

Visiting Scholar (1 Aug 2018-14 Jan 2019)

Geological Knowledge and the Making of Modern East Asia: A Transnational History of Petroleum Explorations in Manchuria

Visiting Scholar (21 Mar 2019-30 Jun 2019)

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 Scholar (1 Jan 2019-30 Jun 2019)

PhD, Professor of English, University of California, Riverside

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