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Wilko Graf von Hardenberg

Senior Research Scholar (Sep 2015-Aug 2021)

PhD

At the core of my various research interests lies the desire to understand how nature has been historically perceived, appraised, and managed and how each of these aspects has affected the other two. Consequently I have worked on different facets of modern European environmental history, including the politics of fascist regimes, the history of access rights, and the preservation of iconic animal species in the Alps. Moreover, I have a thriving interest in the use of digital tools and methods in historical research.

My current research focuses on the intellectual history of the Anthropocene and, in general, of theories of anthropogenic environmental change. In the specific the research project looks at the development of the concept of mean sea-level and at the history of the different ways in which the level of the sea has been understood and interpreted in the modern age.

I hold an Italian Laurea in history (Università di Torino) and a PhD in geography (University of Cambridge). Immediately before coming to the MPIWG I was DAAD Visiting Professor of Environmental History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously I have been first a Carson Fellow and then the Digital Humanities Research Specialist at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. I also was a post-doc, funded by the Autonomous Province of Trento, at the University of Trento, Italy, and a post-graduate fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy.

Projects

Baselining Nature

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Measuring the Earth: A Digital Repository for the History of Modern Geodesy

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The Art of Judgement

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Understanding the Anthropocene: The Level of the Sea

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Selected Publications

Hardenberg, W. G. v. (2019). Climate, fascism, and Ibex: experiments in using population dynamics modeling as a historiographical tool. Journal of the History of Biology, 1-21. doi:10.1007/s10739-019-09579-0.

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Hardenberg, W. G. v. (2019). An unguided boom: environmental policies of Cold War Italy. In A. M. Kirchhof, & J. R. McNeill (Eds.), Nature and the iron curtain: environmental policy and social movements in communist and capitalist countries,…

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Hardenberg, W. G. v. (2018). Tutela di confine: modelli di conservazione della natura nell’arco alpino tra le due guerre. In F. Balestracci, & P. Causarano (Eds.), Al confine delle Alpi: culture, valori sociali e orizzonti nazionali fra mondo…

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Hardenberg, W. G. v., Kelly, M., Leal, C., & Wakild, E. (Eds.). (2017). The nature state: rethinking the history of conservation. London: Routledge.

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Books and Media

Events

Roundtable

Of Materiality and Minds: Provocations in the History of Science Across Environments

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Workshop

Transnational Conceptions of Nature and Ecology

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Reading Group

Science in Conservation

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Reading Group

Science in Conservation

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Reading Group

Science in Conservation

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Roundtable

Conservation in the Anthropocene: A Plenary Roundtable

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Workshop

Shifting Baselines, Altered Horizons: Politics, Practice, and Knowledge in Environmental Science and Policy

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Anthropocene Lectures

Nature and the Writing of History

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The Rhetoric of Innovation: Silk Treatises in Pre-modern China and Europe

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Thematic Cluster: Crafts and Innovation

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A Million Horses. The Horse Administration in the Yongle Reign (1403–1425)

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Know Your Remedies: Pharmacy and Early Modern Culture in China, 1500–1800

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Thematic Cluster: Diseases and Health

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The Schistosomiasis Epidemic and Environmental Change

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Pneumonic Plague, Environmental Changes, and the International Fur Trade

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