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Christoph Rosol

Research Scholar (Jan 2018-Dec 2019)

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.

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(VI).

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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 Lectures

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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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

News & Press

Project "Mississippi River: Disclosing the Anthropocene in the USA Heartland" in MaxPlanckForschung

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Postdoctoral Fellow position, "Knowledge in and of the Anthropocene," deadline June 15, 2019

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Researchers from world-renowned institutions collaborate on factors that led to the Anthropocene

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