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Tamar Novick

Senior Research Scholar (Sep 2015-Feb 2020)

PhD

Tamar Novick’s research lies at the intersection of history of technology, environmental history, animal studies, and Middle East studies. Her forthcoming book, Milk & Honey: Technologies of Plenty in the Making of a Holy Land, examines the ways in which technology became means for erecting a mystical past in modern Palestine/Israel. The book focuses on the bodies that were involved, literally, in producing honey and milk, and in the reproduction of settler populations: honeybees, cows, sheep, goats, horses, and people.  

Her current fluid of fascination is urine. She explores the process by which bodily waste became central to scientific research and practice after World War I. Urine to Gold focuses specifically on the centrality of human and animal urine to the reproduction sciences. More broadly, she is interested in the ways in which materials gain and lose value across different worlds of practice. Other projects deal with animal theft, and with zoological collections in the Middle East. 

Novick holds a PhD from the History and Sociology of Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to the MPIWG, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University. She recently held a teaching fellowship at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University, and will hold a guest professorship at ETH Zürich.

Projects

Out of Place, Out of Time

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Out of the Cabinet of Curiosities: Knowing Animals in the World

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The Body of Animals

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Urine to Gold: The Problem of Sterility in the Age of Plenty

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Workshop

Bovine Regimes: Reproduction, Labor, Territory

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Early Career Seminar

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Early Career Seminar

A Physicist Road to Emergence: A Revisited Story of “More Is Different”

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Early Career Seminar

Animal Matter: Meat, Slaughterhouses, and Animals in Rio de Janeiro, the Capital City from the Brazilian Empire

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Early Career Seminar

Leibniz, Crafft, and the Episode of the Phosphorus

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Documenting Impermanence: Five Centuries of Mapping Transient Fishing Stations in Newfoundland, Canada

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Women, Race, and Medicine: Black Midwives in Early 19th-century Ottoman Egypt

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Vegetable * Animal * Transformation

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The Art of Judgment in Wetlands: Landscape Ethics, Aesthetics, and Science in Nature Conservation

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Horny Substances and Medical Properties: The Nail of the Great Beast

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The Pricing of Electricity in Postwar France

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Man-Like Apes: Chimps, Gorillas, Orangutans and European Explorers

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Disruptive Animals and the Problem of Counting

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Seminar

Enchanted Bodies: Chen Zhifo’s Botanical Textile and Graphic Designs in Shanghai

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