Andrea Westermann

Andrea Westermann


Andrea Westermann works on her current book project Earth matters: between terrestrial and social scales. Andrea earned her PhD in History from the University of Bielefeld with a dissertation on Plastik und politische Kultur in Westdeutschland. From 2017 to 2020, she was a research fellow and the head of the Pacific Regional Office of the German Historical Institute Washington in Berkeley. She specializes in the history of earth sciences, environmental history, environmental migration, and the history of material culture. From 2016 to 2020, she was one of the h-sozkult editors for the history of knowledge and, from 2019 to 2020, a co-editor of

Recent articles are: Migrant Knowledge: Studying the Epistemic Dynamics that Govern the Thinking in and around Migration, Exile, and Displacement (with Onur Erdur); Migrations and Radical Environmental Change: When Social History Meets the History of Science; “A Technofossil of the Anthropocene: Sliding up and down Temporal Scales with Plastic”, in: Dan Edelstein et al. (eds.), Power and Time. Temporalities in Conflict and the Making of History; and “Enrichment and Dilution in the Atacama Mining Desert: Writing History from an Earth-Centered Perspective”, in: Geschichte und Gesellschaft 46 (2020) 4 (see draft).

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