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.

Dept. III

Artefacts, Action, & Knowledge

Director: Dagmar Schäfer

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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

Researchers 2017-18


Visiting Scholar (May 2018-31 May 2018)


Research Scholar, IT Architect (15 May 2017-14 May 2019)

MRes, MSc, MA, BSc

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar 2018-30 Jun 2018)

PhD, Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University

History of Medicine and Science in China, 1500-1800; Materiality of Knowledge as Presented in Ming-Qing Local Gazetteers. A Social History of Medical Recipes in Early Modern China

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2017-31 Jul 2019)


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

Postdoctoral Fellow (14 Aug 2017-31 Oct 2017)


Privileged Knowledge. The Politics of Print in the Early Dutch Republic


Digital Content Curator (Since Jan 2014)


Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2016-31 Aug 2018)

PhD, Assistant Professor of History, Swarthmore College

In Search of Unknown Craftsmen: Trade, Tribute, and the Invention of Bingata

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Universität Heidelberg

Nutritional Filth: Agricultural Uses of Animal Waste in Late Imperial China

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (May 2018-31 May 2018)

Perfecting Nature: A History of Science, Animals, and Spanish Empire


Visiting Scholar (19 Feb 2018-31 Jul 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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


Visiting Scholar (1 Jan 2018-15 Aug 2018)

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Capturing Knowledge—Captivity, Trafficking, and Knowledge Acquistion in Early Modern China

Visiting Scholar (15 Jul 2017-23 Dec 2017)

PhD, Associate Professor of History, Wesleyan University

Biodiversity Preservation in International Agricultural Research


Visiting Scholar (6 Aug 2017-20 Sep 2017)

PhD, Tel Aviv University

The Practice and Language of Science and Politics: Power and Knowledge Formation in Asian History (10th to 18th century)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2018-30 Apr 2018)


A Million Horses: The Geography and Economy of Frontier Horse Ranches in Early Ming China


Senior Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-31 Aug 2018)


"Understanding the Anthropocene": The Level of the Sea

Visiting Scholar (1 Mar 2018-10 Dec 2018)

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

Could the social consequences of the Green Revolution have been anticipated?

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 Scholar (1 May 2017-30 Sep 2017)

PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Hand Mnemonics and Counting Skills: Reducing Uncertainty through Fate Computation

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2017-28 Feb 2018)


Colonial Ears: Noise, Acoustics, and Hearing Bodies in Colonial Taiwan


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


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


Visiting Scholar (May 2018-31 May 2018)

Visiting Scholar (3 May 2018-2 Aug 2018)

PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of History and the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practice, and Knowledge in the Anthropocene

Visiting Scholar (7 Jan 2018-7 Feb 2018)

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2018-14 Dec 2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


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


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (17 Sep 2017-31 Mar 2019)


On beyond IP as a Political Act

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Dec 2017-15 Aug 2018)

Astrology and Astronomy in Liao-Yuan China and Inner Asia


Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (20 Jun 2018-15 Jul 2018)


Famine, Science and the Aesthetics of Planning in Modern India

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


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

Research Scholar (15 Mar 2018-14 Mar 2020)


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


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 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2018)

PhD, Professor of Global History and Culture, University of Warwick

Cultures of Innovation in Global History

Visiting Scholar (15 Feb 2018-14 Apr 2018)

PhD, Professor of Long Term Development of Science and Technology, University of Twente

Technologies in Use, 1760-1840: Toward a Historical and Historiographical Frame

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-31 Aug 2020)


A Transnational History of Mountaineering


Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2016-31 May 2018)

Dr. med., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Historicizing the Technoscientific Turn of Reproduction in the Twentieth Century

Visiting Scholar (1 Nov 2017-20 Dec 2017)

Dr. rer.nat, Dr. phil.

Transcendent Experiences - Phenomena, Ideas, and Judgements

Visiting Scholar (1 Sep 2017-1 Oct 2017)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2017-28 Feb 2018)

Experts of Memory: Chanting as a Method and Verification of Learning in Tang Dynasty China

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 Scholar (15 Jan 2018-30 Jun 2018)

PhD, Advanced Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago

Guildhalls as Hybrid Socio-religious Spaces and as Part of a Network of Religious Spaces


Research Scholar, IT Project Manager (15 May 2017-14 May 2019)

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (18 Jul 2017-17 Jul 2018)


Narratives of Transformation: The Globalization of Indigenous Knowledge

Visiting Scholar (1 May 2018-31 Aug 2018)

PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto

Empire of Ice: Science, Nature, and the Economy of Cold


Visiting Scholar (Nov 2017-30 Nov 2017)

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

A Preliminary Investigation of the Old Chinese Maps Collected in Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2017-30 Jun 2018)

MA, Doctoral Student, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Role of Astronomers and Physicians as Agents of Scientific and Medical Exchange in the Mongol Eurasia

Research Scholar (20 Mar 2017-19 Mar 2019)

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


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


Visiting Scholar (15 Aug 2017-30 Sep 2017)

Prof. Dr. rer. oec. habil., Professor of the History of Technology, Technische Universität München (TUM)

Fighting Uncertainty and Promising Safety—Practices of Evidence for Technical Safety in Twentieth Century Engineering