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Tree of Knowledge HaK133, painting by Hilma af Klint, courtesy of The Hilma af Klint Foundation _ Photo_Moderna Museet-Stockholm.

Dept. III

Artifacts, Action, Knowledge

Department III studies the history of knowledge and action considering the changing role of artifacts: texts, objects, and spaces. Our research collectively examines the processes and structures by which people grappled with the materiality of existence. Through the analysis of everyday actions, we interrogate the boundaries and intersections between the inner workings of objects and all domains of life. Together these approaches allow us to pursue inquiries into historical epistemologies of action. Our research structure has three entry points: artifacts (things), action (making), knowledge (work). 

Outreach

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Journalists in Residence

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Artists in Residence

Generating Knowledge: Event Series

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Manners of Reckoning

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Dept. III Colloquium

Events

Heavens in Your Hand: Astral Knowledge of Ancient and Medieval Coins

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Approaching, Translating, and Engaging Cosmology

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News & Press

Positions in research and administration at the MPIWG

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Dagmar Schäfer in detektor.fm broadcast on the ownership of knowledge

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Thyssen Grant awarded to Qiao Yang for "The Golden Horde: Art, Material Culture, Architecture 1227–1502"

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