Konferenzraum Boltzmannstraße 16

Conference room in Boltzmannstraße 16, Berlin-Dahlem (prospective offices of the IMPRS).

Source: Architekturbüro Günther.


International Max Planck Research School "Knowledge and Its Resources: Historical Reciprocities"


Academic Coordinator, IMPRS

Sophie Schwarzmaier

A new International Max Planck Research School on “Knowledge and Its Resources: Historical Reciprocities” (IMPRS-KIR) will open at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) in September 2022. The graduate school is a joint project of the MPIWG with Berlin’s Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität, and Technische Universität as part of the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge.

The School aims to train prospective PhD students in the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine (HPSTM) in the analysis of knowledge, its resources, and the multiple interplays between the two categories. Key to its agenda is a "historical-political epistemology", an approach highlighting how knowledge is shaped historically by a great variety of sources - political systems, technological infrastructures, material objects, social interaction and media technologies.

Dissertations will reshape the field of history of knowledge at the intersections of HPSTM with regional and global studies, Science & Technology Studies (STS), all fields of history, media studies, museum studies, archaeology, art history, literary studies, philology, environmental studies, and digital humanities research. Students will be trained to apply innovative methodologies to their research. They will become experts who can bring a much-needed comparative perspective, reflection, and historical depth to the shaping and sustaining of knowledge societies around the globe, within a wide spectrum of occupational fields including journalism, social media, art, museum and archive curatorship, and science and education policy.

The IMPRS-KIR will fund a total of 15 doctoral positions, with the first cohort of five students to begin on September 1, 2022.


The Call for Applications is now open!

It can be found on the MPIWG career page and is available for download here.

Deadline: January 31, 2022, 23:59 Central European Time.

In addition to the Call for Applications, please consult the FAQs below. They offer detailed information about the research agenda of the IMPRS-KIR, its Principal Teaching Faculty, and the recruitment process.


For further inquiries about the new PhD program and the recruitment process, please contact Sophie Schwarzmaier: sschwarzmaier@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

For questions about the application portal, please contact Tanja Neuendorf: applications@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de

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