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Christoph Rosol

Research Scholar (Sep 2022-Nov 2024)

I head the research cluster Anthropocene Formations in our department and work as a researcher and curator at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). Having studied history of science and media studies in Berlin and Toronto I joined the MPIWG in 2012 as a predoctoral fellow. Ever since then I have gradually established, devised and coordinated all Anthropocene-related work in the department, including the organization of the Anthropocene Lectures and the monthly Anthropocene Colloquia. Recently I have also developed and lead multiple larger-scale projects in that capacity, amongst them Mississippi. An Anthropocene River (together with Tom Turnbull), Anthropogenic Markers (together with Giulia Rispoli) and the Geoanthropology initiative (together with Jürgen Renn). Whenever there is time left I also do more reclusive research on the historical and technological epistemology of the climate and paleoclimate sciences, the Great Acceleration, and the technosphere (see publications below).

Concurrently with my start at the MPIWG in 2012 I became 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.

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 (2022). “1948.” In Environing Media, ed. A. Wickberg and J. Gärdebo, 75–92. London: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003282891-7.

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Rosol, Christoph (2022). “When the Signal Disappears in the Noise: Geology of a Floating Present.” In Anthropogenic Markers: Stratigraphy and Context, ed. C. Rosol and G. Rispoli. Berlin: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. https://www.anthropocene-curriculum.org/anthropogenic-markers/strata-signals-symptoms/contribution/when-the-signal-disappears-in-the-noise.

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Rosol, Christoph, and Marit Rosol (2022). “Food, Pandemics, and the Anthropocene: On the Necessity of Food and Agriculture Change.” Canadian Food Studies / Le Revue canadienne des études sur l’alimentation 9 (1): 281–293. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v9i1.532 .

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Rosol, Christoph (2021). “Finding Common Ground: The Global Anthropocene Curriculum Experiment.” The Anthropocene Review 8 (3): 221–229. https://doi.org/10.1177/20530196211053437.

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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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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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Past Events

Colloquium

Anthropocene Colloquium

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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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News & Press

FAZ publishes report on Anthropocene Working Group

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Publication Anthropogenic Markers: Stratigraphy and Context published online and open access

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The Anthropocene Review publishes two Special Issues on Mississippi. An Anthropocene River project

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