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Christoph Rosol

Research Scholar (Jan 2018-Dec 2022)

I am group leader of the research cluster “Anthropocene Formations” and a researcher and curator at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (HKW). Having studied history of science and media studies in Berlin and Toronto I joined the graduate program "Media of History – History of Media" (Erfurt, Weimar, Jena) from 2008 to 2011. 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 “Anthropocene Formations,” 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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Anthropogenic Markers: Historical and Material Contexts of a Twentieth-Century Transition in Earthly Matters

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Epistemic Configurations: The Formation of Anthropocene Knowledge

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Geoanthropology

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History and Epistemology of the (Paleo-)Climate Sciences

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IV. Anthropocene Formations

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Material Practices: The Anthropocene Earth in Formation

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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, Christoph (2021). “Chi no kyōtsū kiban ni mukatte: ‘jinshinsei karikyuramu’ toiu jikken 知の共通基盤に向かって: ‘人新世カリキュラム’という実験 [Finding Common Ground: The Experiment of the Anthropocene Curriculum Project].” In Jinshinsei o tou: kankyō, jinbun, Ajia no shiten 人新世を問う: 環境, 人文, アジアの視点 [Anthropocene and Asia: Investigation, Critique, and Contribution from the Environmental Humanities Perspective], ed. Terada Masahiro 寺田匡宏 and D. Niles, 439–462. Kyōto: Daigaku Gakujutsu Shuppankai.

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Rosol, Marit and Christoph Rosol (2021). “Welt im Fieber: zur Notwendigkeit einer globalen Agrar- und Ernährungswende in Zeiten des Anthropozäns.” In Der kritische Agrarbericht 2021. Schwerpunkt: Welt im Fieber — Klima & Wandel, 8–12. Hamm: ABL Verlag. https://www.kritischer-agrarbericht.de/fileadmin/Daten-KAB/KAB-2021/KAB_2021_8_12_Rosol.pdf.

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Rosol, Christoph (2019). “1948.” In Technosphäre, ed. K. Klingan and C. Rosol, 214–234. Berlin: Matthes & Seitz.

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Rispoli, Giulia and Christoph Rosol, eds. (2018). Technology and the Sublime / Tecnologia e sublime. [Special issue] Azimuth: Philosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age. 6 (12). Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura.

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Rosol, Christoph, Benjamin Steininger, Jürgen Renn, and Robert Schlögl (2018). “On the Age of Computation in the Epoch of Humankind.” Nature Outlook 563 (7733): 1–5. https://www.nature.com/articles/d42473-018-00286-8.

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Rosol, Christoph (2017). “Data, Models and Earth History in Deep Convolution: Paleoclimate Simulations and their Epistemological Unrest .” Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 40 (2): 120–139. https://doi.org/10.1002/bewi.201701822.

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Rosol, Christoph (2017). “Which Design for a Weather Predictor? Speculating on the Future of Electronic Forecasting in Post‐War America .” In Cultures of Prediction in Atmospheric and Climate Science: Epistemic and Cultural Shifts in Computer-Based Modelling and Simulation, ed. M. Heymann, G. Gramelsberger, and M. Mahony, 68–84. London: Routledge.

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Rosol, Christoph, Sara Nelson, and Jürgen Renn (2017). “In the Machine Room of the Anthropocene.” The Anthropocene Review 4 (1): 2–8. https://doi.org/10.1177/2053019617701165.

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Rosol, Christoph (2015). “Hauling Data : Anthropocene Analogues, Paleoceanography and Missing Paradigm Shifts.” Historical Social Research 40 (2): 37–66. https://doi.org/10.12759/hsr.40.2015.2.37-66.

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Klingan, Katrin, Ashkan Sepahvand, Christoph Rosol, and Bernd M. Scherer, eds. (2014). Textures of the Anthropocene : Grain Vapor Ray. Cambridge, MA [u.a.]: MIT Press [u.a.].

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Rosol, Christoph (2021). “Time Depth: Jean Epstein, Michel Serres, and Operational Model Time.” In Narratives of Scale in the Anthropocene: Imagining Human Responsibility in an Age of Scalar Complexity, ed. G. Dürbeck and P. Hüpkes, 55–72. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003136989-3.

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

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Institute Events

Workshop

Anthropogenic Markers Workshop

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Workshop

The Social Dynamics of the Technosphere

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Workshop

The Techno-Biosphere

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Conference

Geoanthropology. Comprehending the Human-Earth System

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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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Conference

Transformations of Energy Systems: Historical Perspectives on the Anthropocene

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

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Anthropocene Lecture

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Energy Transformations. Perspectives from the Humanities

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Lecture

Technosphere × Knowledge

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News & Press

Call for applications for the "Anthropocene Campus Venice 2021," deadline April 25, 2021

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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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