Eugenio Luciano

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Sep 2020-Mai 2023)

Eugenio is an interdisciplinary historian and philosopher of science and Anthropocene researcher. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and a fixed-term researcher at the University of Iceland, Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, collaborating with Prof. Ólafur Ögmundarson on the ethics of vegan diets and superfoods. Eugenio defended his doctoral degree in history and philosophy of science from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (Rachel Carson Center) in 2022. Eugenio’s research interests are found at the intersection of history and philosophy of science, history and philosophy of geology, theoretical stratigraphy, historical epistemology, and Anthropocene studies. 

Eugenio’s current research investigates the origins, scientific evidence, and debate gravitating around the Anthropocene Hypothesis—a recent proposal advocating for formal recognition of an “Anthropocene” as a distinct unit of time in the Geologic Time Scale / International Chronostratigraphic Chart. His research looks at the history of the Anthropocene hypothesis by surveying early research literature (2000–2009) through corpus-based analysis and by exploring the institutionalization of the hypothesis through the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG). Furthermore, the research surveys and critically discusses the empirical body (i.e. stratigraphic markers), methodology (e.g. GSSP, stratigraphic classification), epistemic properties (e.g. explanatory power, intelligibility, utility), and debate surrounding the hypothesis. The research ultimately aims to connect history and philosophy of science, philosophy of geology, epistemology, and stratigraphy to delineate a thorough profile of the Anthropocene as a scientific idea.

Selected Presentations & Talks:

Structure and Birth of the Anthropocene Hypothesis. Interdisciplinary and Mixed-Methods Approaches in Environmental History: Potentials and Challenges, Workshop

University of Bern, Aeschi bei Spiez

Invited Speaker: "Fantastic Spikes and Where to Find Them: Humanity as Geological Agent"

University of Freiburg, History Seminar. Dr. Des. Katrin Kleeman's course "Extreme Umwelt- und Wettereignisse in der Kleinen Eiszeit, 1250-1900"

The Anthropocene Hypothesis: Revisiting the Relationship between History and the Geosciences. Research Colloquium for Economic, Social and Environmental History

History Department, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

The Anthropocene and Climate Change. Everything Changes: Climate, Society, Landscapes in Historical Perspective

University of Tyumen

Lecturer: "The Anthropocene Hypothesis: Scientific Evidence and Multidisciplinary Debate"

University of Freiburg, History Seminar. Undergraduate course, 6 ECTS

Lecturer: "Theories and Methods in the History and Philosophy of Science: A Practical Introduction"

University of Freiburg, History Seminar. Undergraduate course, 4 ECTS

The Anthropocene in its Early Scientific Phase (2000-2009): Objects and Objectives. ESEH 2019: Boundaries in/of Environmental History

University of Tallinn


Epistemic Configurations: The Formation of Anthropocene Knowledge


IV. Anthropocene Formations


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Selected Publications

Luciano, Eugenio and Elena Zanoni (2023). “Antonio Stoppani’s ‘Anthropozoic’ in the Context of the Anthropocene.” The British Journal for the History of Science 56 (1): 103–114.

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Luciano, Eugenio (2022). “The Shape of Anthropocene: The Early Contribution of the Water Sciences.” The Anthropocene Review, December 12, 2022.

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Luciano, Eugenio (2022). “ Is ‘Anthropocene’ a Suitable Chronostratigraphic Term?” Anthropocene Science, February 24, 2022.

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