March for Science, Washington 2017

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Dept. II

Knowledge Systems and Collective Life

Group photo of Dept. II 2023

Pei Ying, MPIWG 2023.


Director (Since Jul 2022)


Knowledge Systems and Collective Life

Service & Administrators

Departmental Assistant (Since Jul 2023)

Research Officer (Since Oct 2022)


Editorial Assistant (Since Jan 2024)


Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2023-31 Jul 2025)



Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (3 Jul 2023-22 Sep 2023)

“Arsenic Valley”: Cultural Histories of Environmentalism and Computing

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2023-31 Jul 2025)

The Evolution of Culture: Laboratories and Legislatures in Illiberal Hungary

Research Scholar (1 Jul 2023-30 Jun 2026)

Making sense of the environs: exposure as epistemic action

Research Scholar (Since Jan 2002)


Research IT

Visiting Scholar (1 Apr 2023-31 Mar 2024)

Screenscapes: How Formats Render Territories

Research Scholar (1 Sep 2015-29 Feb 2024)


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

Principal Investigator (Since Jun 2005)

Prof. Dr.

Research Group: Data, Media, Mind

Research Scholar (1 Sep 2023-31 Aug 2028)


Communities of Reproductive Knowledge

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Jul 2020-31 Dec 2023)

The Invention of the Normal Child: The Developmental Norms and the Visual Technologies of Arnold Gesell’s Laboratory (1911-1948)

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 May 2023-30 Apr 2025)

From recipients of knowledge to producers: Indigenous peasants’ knowledge and sustainable farming in Peru (1950–2010)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Aug 2023-31 Dec 2023)

"Servants of Science:" The Making and Unmaking of Chimpanzees as Laboratory Animals in the 20th Century

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2019-31 Dec 2024)

Symbiotic Worlding: Theories and Practices of Coexistence in Lynn Margulis and Donna Haraway

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2023-31 Mar 2024)

Rare Earth: Gemstones, Geohistories, and Commercial Geography Between Southeast Asia and Europe, c. 1600-1750

Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2023-31 Mar 2024)


The Use and Reuse of Paper in the Humanities

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2024-31 Dec 2024)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2023-31 Oct 2024)

The Other Ancient Egypt. Writing Histories in the Sciences and Humanities of Deep Time, 1800-1920.