Carolin F. Roeder is a historian of Central and Eastern Europe and the initiator of The Mask—Arrayed. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the MPIWG and working on a transnational history of climbing. The face mask combines her growing interest in risk management, technologies, and disasters. She proudly wears a Donald Duck face mask made from her mom’s children’s bed linen.
Marianna Szczygielska is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the MPIWG where she works on human-animal relations and materialities. A feminist researcher, she also looks into the gendered aspects of artifacts, technologies, and practices that we encounter in our daily lives.
Regina Maria Möller is a German artist, founder of the magazine “regina” and the art label “embodiment”. Her artistic projects are exhibited worldwide such as 47th Venice Biennial, Manifesta 1, 3rd Berlin Biennial of Contemporary Art, Secession, Vienna, The Lab / NTU Center for Contemporary Art Singapore, among many others. Parallel to her art practice she has given talks at international platforms and taught in a number of academies and universities, like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge / Boston; Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim; Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, among others.
Jadie Hokuala Iijima Geil is a bachelor student of the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University, currently studying abroad at the Free University of Berlin. A self-identifying hermit since long before social distancing rules came into place, she has settled perhaps a little too comfortably into home-office research assistantship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. On the odd occasion that she does go out, she can’t help but notice the cultural curiosities of the cities she’s lived in - Honolulu, Tokyo, Berlin - and she returns home inspired to begin her next obsessive research project.
Noa Hegesh is a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, where she works on the history of sound in Early and Early Medieval China. Her research explores musical thought and the use of sound measuring as a technology in astronomy, metrology, and prognostication. She is interested in the ways we think about sound and the many ways we experience it.
Jan Henning is a historian of technology and medicine at the University of Toronto. He studies the history of risk and disaster. In his work, he argues that the technologies employed by emergency services materialized the values that guide society’s response to risk. Jan joined the Mask-Arrayed because the project demonstrates the deep meaning of seemingly mundane “things.”
Jaehwan Hyun is a historian whose work explores transnational connections of scientists from Japan, South Korea, and the US as well as the role of materiality in shaping such exchanges. One of his projects investigates how the materiality of diving masks and other equipment shaped trans-pacific science and the lives of the sea women after World War II. Jaehwan believes that narrating the living experience of the diving-mask users will help us seek a way to live with masks “wisely” in the corona pandemic. Now he is making an effort to create a research collective in studying the making of “masked societies” in East Asia with other East Asian historians of science and scholars of science and technology studies (STS).
Robert Casties is a research scholar in the Digital Humanities activities at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. He developed and maintained many of the institute’s digital projects since joining the MPIWG in 2002. He is interested in enabling and improving humanities research by digital means as collaborative processes of scholars and developers. He has a PhD in History of Science from the University of Berne and a background in Physics and Philosophy.
Florian Kräutli oversees the Digital Humanities activities at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His research focusses on digital methods for knowledge production in the humanities, specialising in knowledge representation and visualisation. He obtained a PhD in this area at the Royal College of Art, London. Previously he completed an MSc in Cognitive Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London, focussing on philosophy of perception and artificial intelligence, and trained as a designer at the Design Academy Eindhoven.
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