Eleonora Rohland

Eleonora Rohland is professor for entangled history in the Americas at Bielefeld University. She was trained as an economic, social, and environmental historian at the University of Bern, Switzerland and received her PhD from Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany in 2014, while the research for her dissertation project was funded by a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI). Since 2017 she is a principal investigator in the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) 1288: "Practices of Comparing: Ordering and Changing the World" and co-coordinator of the research group “Coping with Environmental Crises” at the Maria Sibylla Merian Center for Advanced Latin American Studies (CALAS), Bielefeld University/University of Guadalajara, Mexico. Since 2021, Rohland is also a core-group member of the interdisciplinary research group Volcanoes, Climate and History (VCH) at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), Bielefeld.

Her current research focus brings together environmental history, and specifically climate impact- and disaster history with the perspective of entangled history(ies). In this context she is also interested in the Anthropocene and its important (and unequal) pre-history in the Americas. Together with three colleagues from the faculties of physics and biology of Bielefeld University, she has co-founded the lecture series Lectures for Future Bielefeld in October 2019, which brings together scientists across disciplines to discuss the multiple crises of the Anthropocene and their possible solutions. The lectures are specifically aimed not just at an academic audience but at the wider public.

Among her most recent monographs, edited volumes and articles are 

  • Entangled History and the Environment? Socio-Environmental Transformations in the Caribbean, 1492-1800, WVT/ University of New Orleans Press: Trier/ New Orleans, 2021.
  • ¿Historia entrelazada y el medio ambiente? Transformaciones socioambientales en el Caribe, 1492-1800, Kipu: Bielefeld 2020. (OPEN ACCESS)
  • Changes in the Air. Hurricanes in New Orleans from 1718 to the Present, (Environmental History: International Perspectives 15), ed. by: Dolly Jorgensen, Christof Mauch, Kieko Matteson, and Helmuth Trischler, Berghahn Books: New York , Oxford 2019.
  • Ed. together with Stefan Peters, Olaf Kaltmeier and Hans-Jürgen Burchardt: Krisenklima: Umweltkonflikte aus lateinamerikanischer Perspektive (Studien zu Lateinamerika), Nomos: Stuttgart 2021.
  • Ed. together with Anne Tittor, Olaf Kaltmeier, and Daniel Hawkins: The Routledge Handbook on the Political Economy and Governance of the Americas, vol. II part II, Routledge: New York 2020.
  • COVID-19, Climate, and White Supremacy - Multiple Crises or One?", in: Journal for the History of Environment and Society  vol. 5 (December 2020), p. 23-32. (This article is published with Brepols Publishers as a Gold Open Access article under a Creative Commons CC 4.0: BY-NC license.)
  • (together with George Adamson and Matthew Hannaford) “Rethinking the Present: The Role of A Historical Focus in Climate Change Adaptation Research”, in: Global Environmental Change, (January 2018), DOI: 10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2017.12.003.  
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