Carlina Rossée (she / her)

Doctoral Researcher
Department Structural Changes of the Technosphere

Main Focus

Carlina’s PhD project is rooted in transdisciplinary collective practices, while departing from mining sites in Germany, the Harz region, the Ore Mountains, and the lignite mining districts of Lusatia. Taking up the concept of metabolism from biology and political ecology, her research traces novel ecologies via the flows of energies and epistemologies, materialities, infrastructures, cultural memories, toxicities, affects and aesthetics that are emerging, and from out of which she is working to develop new, sensible modes of inquiry.

Engaging in regional ethnographies, her dissertation sheds light on how certain mineral reposits, like silver, copper, lignite, and uranium have unfolded into specific technologies, economies, as well as social constructions, collective identities and cultures. Each of these pathways leads into a specific method and a transdisciplinary set of approaches, that combine (geo-)anthropology, critical geography, political ecology, the Earth and life sciences, environmental humanities, history of science, activism and artistic research, amongst others. While laying out the specificities of the cosmological and technological shifts that surround these materialities, a set of ‘vertical’, situated investigations will open up a transhistorical ‘horizontal’ network of relations across minescapes. The aim is to broaden perspectives on the socio-ecological burdens that industrial minescapes carry within and beyond past and future transitions, while exploring, from an ecofeminist angle, practices of repair and regeneration.

Coming from a background in comparative literature and philosophy, Carlina joined the Anthropocene projects at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin in 2012. At HKW, she co-developed the Anthropocene Curriculum (since 2013, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), a platform experimenting on collective practices in changing planetary climates. With many partners around the world, she has conceived collaborative, experiential programs in Berlin, along the Mississippi River and other critical sites of planetary change, and via online media at

Since 2022, Carlina has facilitated and now chairs the transition of the project into the Anthropocene Commons (, a self-organised, open community of researchers, educators, activists, artists and scientists who are collectively imagining and exploring practices for transformative pedagogies and collective action. 

It is the collective practice pursued with this transdisciplinary network, that is methodologically reflected and expanded upon in her PhD project, while focusing on local landscapes of extraction. Activating the Anthropocene as a ground for commoning place-based planetary practices, her dissertation aims to develop transdisciplinary methods for co-learning with and within the transforming planet’s flows and relations, thereby contributing to the development novel approaches to Anthropocene research and geo-anthropology.

Curriculum Vitae

Carlina is researcher and curator pursuing her PhD at Bauhaus University Weimar. Trained in comparative literature and philosophy, her interests are generally in knowledge cultures and cosmologies that challenge the modern human/nature divide. Her research and curatorial practice addresses sites of extraction and environmental injustices through collective, transdisciplinary forms of artistic-performative conversations, walking methodologies and experimental publishing.

Carlina is currently chairing the Anthropocene Commons e.V. (, a community of researchers, educators, activists, artists and scientists that formed out of the Anthropocene Curriculum (2013-22, co-initiated by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), a world wide platform experimenting on collective research and co-learning practices in changing planetary climates. An online archive of this work can be found at

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