Group leader of the umbrella project “Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene” and researcher and curator at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (HKW).
Christoph Rosol studied history of science and media studies in Berlin and Toronto. He was a stipendiary at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC in 2008 and in the graduate program Media of History – History of Media (Erfurt, Weimar, Jena) from 2008 to 2011. In 2012 he became a predoctoral fellow at the MPIWG and, later that year, also research associate in The Anthropocene Project of the HKW. Currently, he is a member of the curatorial team of the follow-up project Technosphere.
Because the MPIWG is a main cooperation partner of these two programs, his position in Department I focuses specifically on the development of the transdisciplinary Anthropocene Curriculum, which he co-heads with Katrin Klingan of the HKW. This work at the intersection of the natural sciences, humanities, design, and arts enables him to engage productively with the numerous different facets of Anthropocene research, and also to study it at the same time.
His 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) he argues for a reconceptualization of the notions of “uncertainty” and “scientific revolution” that are common terms in the literature on this subject.
He is currently working 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) he is 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
IV. Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene
Material Practices: Earth in the Making
Mississippi. An Anthropocene River
Rosol, C. (2019). 1948. In K. Klingan, & C. Rosol (Read More
Eds.), Technosphäre (pp. 214-234). Berlin: Matthes & Seitz.
Rispoli, G., & Rosol, C. (Read More
Eds.). (2018). Technology and the sublime / Tecnologia e sublime [Special Issue]. Azimuth: Philosophical Coordinates in Modern and Contemporary Age, 12(VI).
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.Read More
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 More
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 More
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 More
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.Read More
Klingan, K., Sepahvand, A., Rosol, C., & Scherer, B. M. (Read More
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 More
Rosol, C. (2009). Rotoren und Leewellen. Figuren der (In-)Stabilität um 1937. ilinx, 1, 71-97.Read More
Rosol, C. (2009). Strichcode: Konsumschleusen. Arch+, Sonderheft: Schwellenatlas. Vom Abfallzerkleinerer bis Zeitmaschine(191/192), 110-115.Read More
Rosol, C. (2008). RFID – Vom Ursprung einer (all)gegenwärtigen Kulturtechnologie. Berlin: Kadmos.Read More
Hopium Economy: Substance Dependencies and the TechnosphereMORE
Anthropocene: Archaeology of the PresentMORE
The Human Imprint: Nature, Time, and Law in the AnthropoceneMORE
Nature and the Writing of HistoryMORE
Is the Anthropocene Soluble in Ontological Pluralism?MORE
Regarding Das Terrestrische ManifestMORE
The Historians’ Task in the Age of the Anthropocene: Finding Hope in Japan?MORE
Energy Transformations. Perspectives from the HumanitiesMORE
Technosphere × KnowledgeMORE
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg
University of Berne
Jahrestagung Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaft, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg