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Christoph Rosol

Research Scholar (Jan 2018-Dec 2022)

I am group leader of the umbrella project “Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene” and a researcher and curator at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (HKW). I studied history of science and media studies in Berlin and Toronto. In 2008 I was a stipendiary at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC and from 2008 to 2011 joined the graduate program "Media of History – History of Media" (Erfurt, Weimar, Jena). In 2012, I became a Predoctoral Fellow at the MPIWG and, later that year, a Research Associate in HKW’s The Anthropocene Project. As a member of the curatorial team ever since, I was principally involved in devising and developing the follow-up projects Technosphere and the long-term initiative Anthropocene Curriculum, a global platform for experimental research and education that I co-head together with Katrin Klingan. Such work at the intersection and shifting boundaries between the natural sciences, humanities, design, and arts enables me to engage productively with the numerous facets of Anthropocene research while studying it at the same time.

Since 2017, I have been heading the Department I umbrella theme “Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene,” coordinating and developing all Anthropocene-related work in the department. In my doctoral research, I deal 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.

The current focus of this work is on an analysis of climate records (specifically, deep-sea sediment cores) and their operative role as data repositories 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.

 

Curatorial Work

Projects

Anthropocene and Digital Technologies

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Anthropocene Curriculum

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Anthropocene Knowledge: Earth History in the Making

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Historical Sources and Contexts of Anthropocene Thinking

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History and Epistemology of the (Paleo-)Climate Sciences

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IV. Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene

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Material Practices: Earth in the Making

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Mississippi. An Anthropocene River

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Circa. Circulations of Knowledge in the History of Climate Modeling

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The Anthropocene Project

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Selected Publications

Rosol, C. (2019). 1948. In K. Klingan, & C. Rosol (Eds.), Technosphäre (pp. 214-234). Berlin: Matthes & Seitz.

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Rispoli, G., & Rosol, C. (Eds.). (2018). Technology and the Sublime / Tecnologia e sublime [Special Issue]. Azimuth: Philosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age, 12.

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Rosol, C., Steininger, B., Renn, J., & Schlögl, R. (2018). On the Age of Computation in the Epoch of Humankind. Nature Outlook, 563(7733): Sponsor Feature, pp. 1-5.

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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.

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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 (Eds.), Cultures of prediction in atmospheric and climate science: epistemic and cultural shifts in computer-based modelling and simulation (pp. 68-84). London: Routledge.

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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.

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Rosol, C. (2015). Hauling data: Anthropocene analogues, paleoceanography and missing paradigm shifts. Historical Social Research, 40(2), 37-66. doi:10.12759/hsr.40.2015.2.37-66.

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Klingan, K., Sepahvand, A., Rosol, C., & Scherer, B. M. (Eds.). (2014). Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray. Cambridge, MA [u.a.]: MIT Press [u.a.].

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Rosol, C. (2010). From Radar to Reader. On the Origin of RFID. Aether. The Journal of Media Geography, 5, 37-49.

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Rosol, C. (2009). Rotoren und Leewellen. Figuren der (In-)Stabilität um 1937. ilinx, 1, 71-97.

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Rosol, C. (2009). Strichcode: Konsumschleusen. Arch+, Sonderheft: Schwellenatlas. Vom Abfallzerkleinerer bis Zeitmaschine(191/192), 110-115.

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Rosol, C. (2008). RFID – Vom Ursprung einer (all)gegenwärtigen Kulturtechnologie. Berlin: Kadmos.

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Institute Events

Performative Lecture

Hopium Economy: Substance Dependencies and the Technosphere

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Symposium

Anthropocene: Archaeology of the Present

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Anthropocene Lectures

The Human Imprint: Nature, Time, and Law in the Anthropocene

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Anthropocene Lectures

Nature and the Writing of History

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Anthropocene Lectures

Is the Anthropocene Soluble in Ontological Pluralism?

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Anthropocene Lectures

Regarding Das Terrestrische Manifest

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Anthropocene Lecture

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Anthropocene Lectures

The Historians’ Task in the Age of the Anthropocene: Finding Hope in Japan?

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Anthropocene Lectures

Anthropocene Lecture

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Symposium

Energy Transformations. Perspectives from the Humanities

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Lecture

Technosphere × Knowledge

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News & Press

Jürgen Renn and Christoph Rosol for wpn2030 on why the time for increased climate protection is now

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Christoph Rosol, Jürgen Renn, and Robert Schlögl in SZ on why climate protection means health protection

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Jürgen Renn and Christoph Rosol in Deutschlandfunk Kultur on climate and health crises

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