Francesca Rochberg is a science historian and Assyriologist with a research focus on Babylonian astronomy and astrology. She received a B.A. in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and the Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. She was a professor at the University of California, Riverside, and is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She has published books on Babylonian celestial sciences and produced editions of cuneiform texts that set Babylonian science in various contexts, from cultural to cognitive history. For her research project while in Berlin she works together with research group (D-1) Space of Nature and with the BabMed ERC Project based at Freie Universität Berlin. She proposes to explore the various ways that Babylonian astronomical models represent. There is the further potential that findings will be applicable to other kinds of model-making and representation in cuneiform texts, such as with respect to the body (in Babylonian medicine) or in the area of mapping (landscape, the built environment). The research will necessitate a multi-disciplinary approach at the intersection of the philosophy of representation, the history and philosophy of science, and Assyriology, with the aim of contributing to the current discussion on representation in science.

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