I studied history of science and media studies in Berlin and Toronto. Previously, I have been stipendiary of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. in 2008 and the graduate program Media of History–History of Media (Erfurt, Weimar, Jena) from 2008 to 2011. In 2012 I became Predoctoral Fellow at the MPIWG and, later in the year, also research associate for The Anthropocene Project at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Currently I am part of the curatorial team of the follow-up project Technosphere.
As the MPIWG was and is a main cooperation partner for these two programs, my position in Dept. I specifically focuses on the development of a transdisciplinary Anthropocene Curriculum. This work at the intersection of the natural sciences, humanities, design, and arts allows me to be productively engaged with the numerous different facets of Anthropocene research while also studying it at the same time.
Meanwhile, my ongoing doctoral research deals with the (pre)history and epistemic foundations of General Circulation Models (GCMs), which are derived from numerical weather prediction techniques but have now evolved into a core component of so called Earth System Models. Based on a historiographic reframing of the objects, techniques and longue-durée ideals of rationally modeling atmospheric motion—i.e., the excessively hybrid configuration of empirical, theoretical and technological practices that stabilized an epistemic manifestation of the unrepresentable—I argue for a reconceptualization of the notions of "uncertainty" and "scientific revolution" that are common terms in the literature on this subject.
I am currently working on the analysis of climate records (specifically deep-sea sediment cores) and their operative role as data repository in constraining numerical experiments of paleoclimate reconstructions. By discussing an exemplary simulation of a possible pre-Quaternary analogue to current climatic change (the PETM) I am investigating the modes of representation, time evolution and non-linearity in modeling a climate history of the Earth.
Anthropocene and Digital Technologies
Anthropocene Knowledge: Earth History in the Making
Historical Sources and Contexts of Anthropocene Thinking
History and Epistemology of the (Paleo-)Climate Sciences
Material Practices: Earth in the Making
Perspectives on the Technosphere
Transformations of Energy Systems
Rosol, C. (2017). Data, models and Earth history in deep convolution: Paleoclimate simulations and their epistemological unrest. Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, 40(2), 120-139. doi:10.1002/bewi.201701822.Read
Rosol, C. (2017). Which design for a weather predictor? Speculating on the future of electronic forecasting in post‐war America. In M. Heymann, G. Gramelsberger, & M. Mahony (Read
Eds.), Cultures of prediction in atmospheric and climate science: epistemic and cultural shifts in computer-based modelling and simulation (pp. 68-84). London: Routledge.
Rosol, C., Nelson, S., & Renn, J. (2017). In the machine room of the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene Review, 4(1), 2-8. doi:10.1177/2053019617701165.Read
Rosol, C. (2015). Hauling data: Anthropocene analogues, paleoceanography and missing paradigm shifts. Historical Social Research, 40(2), 37-66.Read
Klingan, K., Sepahvand, A., Rosol, C., & Scherer, B. M. (Read
Eds.). (2014). Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray. Cambridge, MA [u.a.]: MIT Press [u.a.].
Rosol, C. (2010). From Radar to Reader. On the Origin of RFID. Aether. The Journal of Media Geography, 5, 37-49.Read
Rosol, C. (2009). Rotoren und Leewellen. Figuren der (In-)Stabilität um 1937. ilinx, 1, 71-97.Read
Rosol, C. (2009). Strichcode: Konsumschleusen. Arch+, Sonderheft: Schwellenatlas. Vom Abfallzerkleinerer bis Zeitmaschine(191/192), 110-115.Read
Rosol, C. (2008). RFID – Vom Ursprung einer (all)gegenwärtigen Kulturtechnologie. Berlin: Kadmos.Read
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg
University of Berne
Jahrestagung Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg