Curriculum Vitae: Eleonora Rohland
Ms Rohland is currently shortlisted number 1 for an assistant professorship at the University Bielefeld for Entangled History of the Americas (16th to 19th century, major areas Southern and Middle America and the Caribbean Islands.
Ms Rohland has won the 2nd prize of the Institut for Advanced Studies in Essen for her dissertation.
In early 2014, Eleonora became an associated researcher in environmental history at the Faculty of History at Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She also works as a project coordinator at the Foundation For Global Sustainability in Zurich(FFGS).
Feb 4, 2014, Eleonora successfully defended her PhD Thesis “Hurricanes in New Orleans 1718-1968. A History of Adaptation” (Supervisor: C. Zwierlein; Second Referee: M. Wala)
From May to December 2013, Eleonora was interim coordinator of the Graduate Research Group “Democracy and Climate Change” and research assistant to the Director at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (KWI)
From January to February 2012, she held a short-term fellowship at the German Historical Institute in Paris (DHIP)
In April 2011, her research leave in New Orleans was supported by the Swiss Study Foundation
In March 2011, Eleonora was a Fellow of the 8th Spring Academy at the Heidelberg Center for American Studies (HCA)
In November 2010, the working group for critical business history (AKKU) awarded the young researchers award for her MA thesis „The Swiss Re Fire Branch 1864-1906. Risk – Fire – Climate“
From May to August 2010, she held a PhD fellowship at the German Historical Institute (GHI) in Washington DC
From December 2009 to January 2010, Eleonora was a visiting scholar at the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University (LSU)
Eleonora Rohland studied economic, social, and environmental history and English Linguistics at the University of Bern/ Switzerland. She concluded her MA studies in 2009 with a thesis on the history of the Swiss reinsurance company Swiss Re, working on the interface of economic, environmental, and climate history as well as historical disaster studies.
From 2008 to 2012, Eleonora was a doctoral fellow at the Insitute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen (KWI). She was a PhD student in the project Memories of Diasters which was part of the research program Climate & Culture. Her PhD thesis focused on the historical perception and adaptation to hurricane disasters in New Orleans.
perceptions and cultural representations of disasters in the past (historical disaster studies), the reconstruction of past climates with the help of written sources (historical climatology), environmental history, history of science and technology, French colonial history of Louisiana, economic and business history with a particular focus on insurance history
Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (KWI)
Phone: + 49 201 7204 256
Thesis: Hurricanes in New Orleans, 1722-2005: An Urban Biography of Disaster
Sharing the risk. Fire, climate and disaster, Swiss Re, 1864-1906, Lancaster: Crucible Books 2011.
Earthquake versus Fire: The Struggle over Insurance in the Aftermath of the 1906 San Francisco Disaster, in: Janku, Andrea, Schenk, Gerrit and Mauelshagen, Franz (eds.), Communicating Historical Disaster Experiences. Politics, Science and Religion, London: Routledge 2012, 174-194.
Co-authored with with Maike Böcker, Gitte Cullmann, Ingo Haltermann and Franz Mauelshagen: Why People Don't Leave. Attachment to Place in the Aftermath of Disasters. Perspectives from Four Continents, in: Oral History and Crisis, edited by Mark Cave and Stephen Sloan. New York: Oxford University Press (in preparation).
From Wood to Stone. The Risk Management of Swiss Re in the Sundsvall Fire 1888, in: Environment and History 17.1 (2011), 153-169. (reprint in EABH Bulletin 1 (2011), 10-16.).
Fire in Swiss Re's Early History, 1864-1906: Perspectives for an Environmental Business History?, in: EABH Bulletin 1 (2010), 40-46.
Review of Ortwin Pelc (ed.), Katastrophen in Norddeutschland. Vorbeugung, Bewältigung und Nachwirkungen vom Mittelalter bis ins 21. Jahrhundert (Studien zur Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte Schleswig-Holsteins 45). Wachholtz, Neumünster 2010, in: Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte 98.2 (2011), 220.
The Politics of Disasters - Fourth conference of the network “Historical Study of Disasters in Cultural Comparative Perspective”. 21.09.2007-22.09.2007, Bern. In: H-Soz-u-Kult, 23.11.2007.