Doctoral Research

The Predoctoral Fellows of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science undertake dissertation projects that form an integral part of the main research projects of the Institute. All Predoctoral Fellows at the MPIWG are affiliated with one of the Departments or Research Groups or with the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) of the Institute and undertake their research as part of the research activities of their respective unit. At the same time, and as part of the cross-departmental activities of the Institute, the Institute's Predoctoral Fellows meet once a month for a joint colloquium. During these meetings, one fellow usually presents their work or work samples according to the progress of their dissertation, or the group discusses select texts or films. The meetings are intended to be as informal as possible in order to provide an open and cooperative platform for exchange among the Predoctoral Fellows. The meetings also serve for exchange of information about life and work as a doctoral researcher in general and in the Max Planck Society in particular.

In addition to the monthly colloquium, all Predoctoral Fellows are invited to join the "Writing Wednesdays" that take place every Wednesday in the IMPRS seminar room (Boltzmannstraße 16, all day).

The central activities of the Predoctoral Fellows at the Institute are coordinated by the Academic Coordinator of the IMPRS, Sophie Schwarzmaier, together with the Predoctoral Representative of the Institute, Christopher Klauke. If you have any questions about life and work as a Predoctoral Fellow at the Institute, please feel free to contact them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Group Foto of MPIWG Predoctoral Fellows

MPIWG Predoctoral Fellows 2022–23. Source: MPIWG, September 2022

Predoctoral Fellows

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jun 2020-31 May 2025)

Internationalization or Centralized Control? Managing International Research Cooperation with Chinese Characteristics

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2022-30 Apr 2025)

Assessing Certainty without Certainty: On the Use of Technical Tools for Assessing the Methodological Quality of Biomedical Research Data and its Role in the Emergence of Scientific Dissent

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2023-31 Mar 2027)

Women in British and American astronomical fieldwork in the nineteenth century

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2018-31 Dec 2025)

Definition and division in medieval Latin commentaries on Aristotle’s Historia animalium and De partibus animalium

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2020-5 Feb 2025)

An Interplay between Chinese Traditional Healing and Modern Medicine from the 18th to Early 20th Century

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2022-28 Feb 2026)

“Usual Suspects” in “Unusual Locations”: Infrastructure, Maintenance, and Expertise in the Late Ottoman Empire (1855–1922)

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2022-28 Feb 2026)

Ignorance in the Age of Text: “Ignorant” Readers and Their Reading in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2021-30 Apr 2025)

Premodern Agricultural Knowledge in New Persian

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2022-28 Feb 2026)

The Politics of Music Capturing. Music Information Retrieval and Ethnomusicological Research, 1900–1970

Predoctoral Fellow (17 Aug 2020-16 Aug 2024)

Imaginaries of Artificial Intelligence: Framing Governance in Germany, China, and the US

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2022-28 Feb 2026)

Science before Nature: An Epistemology of Perspectives in the Commentaries of Cuneiform Scholarly Traditions

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Oct 2023-31 Mar 2027)

Tracing an Epistemic Genre: Premodern Arabic Recipe Collections as Resources of Knowledge

Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2024-30 Jun 2024)

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2023-31 Aug 2026)

Contestation of Knowledge in the Collection and Exhibition of Indigenous Objects by Catholic Mission Museums

Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jan 2023-31 Dec 2025)

The Strange as Knowledge: Collections of the Anomalous and Marvellous within Late-Imperial Leishu (1600-1900)

Predoctoral Fellow (9 Sep 2022-8 Mar 2026)

Colorful Encounters: Nature, Science, and Dyes between Europe and China, 1880–1950

Visiting Predoctoral Fellows

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2024-30 Sep 2025)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Feb 2023-30 Jun 2024)

Erfassung der Psyche und Einhegung von Körperlichkeit: Die Geschichte apparativen, psychologischen Testens und das Verhältnis von Hand- und Kopfarbeit

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

“Arsenic Valley”: Cultural Histories of Environmentalism and Computing

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

Latin-into-Hebrew: Medieval Natural Science across Linguistic Boundaries

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Dec 2022-31 Aug 2024)

Standardization in Post-War Life Sciences

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2020-30 Sep 2025)

The Geopolitics of Chinese Arctic Research

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Sep 2023-31 Jul 2024)

Fabricating Modern Fibers: Metaphors, Models, and Artifacts in Molecular Biology, 1920-1958

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (16 Jan 2023-31 Dec 2024)

Doctoral candidate at Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg Research Fellow at Ca' Foscari Università Venezia in the ERC-project Early Modern Cosmology Editorial Manager for Verum Factum: Studies and Sources on Political Epistemology (EOA book series).

The Unity of Science in the Anthropocene

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Apr 2022-31 Jan 2025)

The Classical Age of Quantum Gravity: from Dirac to Wheeler

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2023-29 Feb 2024)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Nov 2023-31 Jan 2025)

Historical epistemology and the evolution of the ether

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Jul 2020-30 Sep 2025)

Forging ahead under a Changing Sky: Meteorological Services and Crop Seed Breeding as Climate Change Adaptation in China

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2023-31 Aug 2026)

Cellulosenitrat: Eine Materialgeschichte der Geisteswissenschaften, 1849–1951

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Nov 2020-30 Sep 2025)

Scientific Journals and the Transparency of Research: From 20th Century to Open Science

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2023-31 Oct 2023)

Scientific Controversies as a Window to Modeling Processes in the Life

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 May 2024-31 Jan 2025)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2023-31 Aug 2026)

Beyond Leaves: Cultivating Knowledge in Books of Hours (1470–1520)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2023-31 Aug 2024)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (25 Dec 2022-31 Jul 2024)

Open Science in University-Industry Research Collaboration in the EU and China

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (10 Dec 2023-10 Dec 2024)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (27 Jan 2023-29 Feb 2024)

CorDeep and the Sacrobosco Dataset: Detection of Visual Elements in Historical Documents

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2024-1 Mar 2024)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Oct 2023-30 Nov 2023)

Fundamental Physics and Empiricism. The Plausibility of Cosmic Inflation

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Dec 2022-31 Jan 2025)

Philip Anderson Against the Big Machines: And How Emergence Made its Way into Physics

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2023-31 Aug 2026)

Agrochemical Transformations and their Knowledge Resources in Egypt, 1882–1952

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

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2021-31 Dec 2023)

Die Erwirtschaftung des Anthropozäns? Die Rolle des modernen Wirtschaftens in den Entwicklungsdynamiken zur Entstehung des Anthropozäns: Ursprünge und neue Wege

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (17 Oct 2022-31 Oct 2023)

NFDI4Objects: Research Data Infrastructure for the Material Remains of Human History

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Sep 2021-31 Jul 2025)

The Evolution of Visual Language in Early Modern Cosmology

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Oct 2023-31 Dec 2024)

The Analysis, Interpretation, and Mediation of History Using Digital Research Methods and Tools. An Investigation into their History-Producing Mechanisms

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.

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Feb 2021-31 Dec 2023)

A “Fair Trade” of Knowledge? Ipecacuanha as an Example of Practices of Knowledge Exchange Between South America and Europe, 16th-19th Centuries

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (15 Oct 2023-31 Oct 2024)

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Mar 2020-30 Jun 2024)

The Coimbra Commentaries' Doctrine of Sense Perception

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (1 Jul 2023-30 Sep 2025)

Number Governance: The Institutionalization of Journal Metrics in the Chinese Science Assessment

Visiting Predoctoral Fellow (3 Jan 2024-3 Jan 2025)

Comparative Study of Mission-Oriented R&D Organizations