People

Qiao YANG

Postdoctoral Fellow (Nov 2020-Nov 2023)

PhD

YANG Qiao 楊巧 works on institutions of knowledge, with a special focus on China and the Islamic world in the Mongol era (13th–14th centuries). Her doctoral project, Heavenly Knowledge, World Empire: Practices, Institutions and Exchange of Astral Sciences in Mongol Eurasia, examined the interplay between the Mongol Empire and astral sciences. She has published on biographies and networks of astral science experts in Mongol Eurasia. At the MPIWG, Qiao is the leader of the “Ability and Authority” working group, where she develops a project on the local state divination schools in Yuan (1271–1368) China. Qiao’s research interests include history of astronomy/astrology, history of divination, social and cultural history of the Mongol Empire, and cross-cultural contact between premodern China and the Islamic world.

Projects

Ability and Authority

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Heavenly Knowledge, World Empire

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Scientific Exchange in Mongol Eurasia: Astronomers and Physicians in the Mongol Empire

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Upcoming Events

Colloquium

Revulsion as Prevention: Emotional Science and the Mobilisation of Sensibility in Late 19th-century Russian Public Medicine

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Colloquium

Religious Contexts of Discourses on Nature: The Comet of 1577 in Early-Modern Germany

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Depicting Time: The Visualisation of the Planetary Deities and the Seven-Day Astrological Week in the Graeco-Roman World

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Past Events

Colloquium

Ignorance and Its Resources: China and Beyond

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The "Ecological" Origins and Consequences of the Rodent Bait Station

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Ritual Healing through Sealing (7th -12th-century China): Materiality and the Healer’s Body in the Earliest Examples of Medical “Palm Formulas” (zhangjue 掌訣)

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Primary Source Discussion Group

Ability and Authority

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Primary Source Discussion Group

Ability and Authority

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Colloquium

Practicing Astral Sciences, Practicing Power

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Primary Source Discussion Group

How to Make Maps

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Primary Source Discussion Group

Ability and Authority

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Primary Source Discussion Group

Ability and Authority

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Primary Source Discussion Group

Ability and Authority

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Primary Source Discussion Group

Ability and Authority

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Lecture

Approaching Occupational Cultures in the Önggüd and the Qonggirad Settlements under the Yuan

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Primary Source Discussion Group

Ability and Authority

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Lecture

Smallpox in Tibet: the Origins of Inoculation

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