People

Christoph Rosol

(Jan 2018-Dec 2018)

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.

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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Material Practices: Earth in the Making

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Perspectives on the Technosphere

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Transformations of Energy Systems

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Circa. Circulations of Knowledge in the History of Climate Modeling

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Selected Publications

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.

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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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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Stabilized instability: Introduction to a (different) history of general circulation modeling

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg

Extremely Noisy and Incredibly Close. Reconstructing Deep-time Climate Change as a Means to Define the Present

University of Berne

Analoge Signale. Das Anthropozän im geohistorischen Rauschen

Jahrestagung Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

The Anthropocene Project

Sciences Po / Institute for Human Paleontology, Paris