Projects

Stream of Hopelessness: The Craft of Writing About Natural Catastrophe
Leonie Jungen

Project
How are natural catastrophes portrayed in literature? Which challenges do writers face? This project aims to translate observations of nature and traces of climate change into pieces of creative writing.
Contributor
Leonie Jungen

ljungen@students.uni-mainz.de
Department of English and Linguistics

Facing and living with natural disasters in the past and what we can expect for the future
Dr Niklas Hausmann

Project
1. What can we learn from Tambora that will allow us to address challenges the global community faces through climate change?
2. This project will investigate interactions of natural environments, social environments, and cultural resources to assess the environmental impact of Tambora in Indonesia and the rest of the world.
Contributor
Dr Niklas Hausmann
hausmann@rgzm.de
iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiEnvironmental Archaeology

The worldwide climatic impact of the Tambora eruption and the current climate change in comparison
Dr Christoph Helo

Project
1. How do processes, such as volcanic eruptions and plate tectonics, modify climate?
2. Investigating the effects of Tambora, you will look at how
landscapes and ecosystems changed and responded
Contributor
Dr Christoph Helo
helo@uni-mainz.de
Geosciences, Vulcanology

‘Small’-talk with trees about post volcanic cooling – a dendroclimato-logical approach
Eileen Kuhl and Philipp Römer

 

Project
1. Based on dendrochronological and palaeoclimatological studies, you will gain the basic knowledge necessary to understand the suitability of trees as climate archives.
2. Tree-ring proxies (such as ring width and wood density) are presented and evidence for post volcanic cooling is discussed with reference to the Tambora eruption of 1815 and its climate impact on the year after.
Contributors
Eileen Kuhl, M.Sc.

eikuhl@uni-mainz.de
Philipp Römer, M.Sc
phiroeme@uni-mainz.de
Dendrochro-nological and Paleo-climatological studies
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Dr Pia Nordblom and Dr Andreas Frings

Project
1. We will look at the impact of a two-degree decrease in temperature and the impact on human society including displacement, securing food supplies, and the effects on world trade.
2. You will try to answer the question of how large the human impact to this kind of climatic event on society today will be whilst exploring the past.
Contributors
Dr Pia Nordblom
nordblom@uni-mainz.de
Dr Andreas Frings
afrings@uni-mainz.de
Department of History
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Born of Frustration: Tambora, Frankenstein and the Challenge of Artificial Intelligence
Dr Wolfgang Funk

Project
The Origins of Frankenstein in the ‘Year without a Summer’
- Relation to other ‘Tambora-inspired lit’ (e.g. Byron’s “Darkness”)
- Human Interventions in/against Nature
- The Challenge of Artificial Corporeality
- Man-Machine Interfaces and their Representation in Literature
Contributor
Dr Wolfgang Funk
wfunk@uni-mainz.de
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Reading and Resilience in the Year without a Summer: Fiction and Natural Desaster
Priv.-Doz. Dr Pascal Nicklas

Project
We want to look at the effects of natural catastrophes in fictional literature. Reading about disaster has a number of aesthetic effects which are negotiated in emotional and moral terms – which may often be contradictory.
Contributor
Priv.-Doz. Dr Pascal Nicklas
nicklap@uni-mainz.de
Resilience

 

Climate Protection: How to make it rational to do the right thing
Dr Annette Schmitt

Project
We are aware of the problem. We know its causes. We know its solution.
Why don’t we act? Because it is rational not to.
So: what needs to be done to make it rational to do one’s share to prevent further global warming?
Contributor
Dr Annette Schmitt
schmitt@politik.uni-mainz.de
Political Sciences

 

Views of the climate crisis at the beginning of the 19th century. A contribution to Visual Communication of Climate
Dr Theresa Perabo

Project
1. We will focus on graphics in Europe that illustrate the effects of the climate crisis at that time. These pictures are not images of reality but are to be understood as images of the perception of reality
2. We will analyse them for their cultural significance and their social impact in the past and the present.
Contributor
Dr Theresa Perabo
theresa.perabo@uni-mainz.de
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Climate Justice
Prof. Dr Gerhard Kruip

Project
1. We will examine the concepts of ‘Climate justice’ (the disproportional impact of climate change on poor populations), and ‘climate equity’ (who should bear the burden of responsibility)
2. If Tambora happened today, many communities would be impacted with the potential to cause conflicts between nations, regions, and cities. Who would you expect to ensure fundamental human rights are adhered to? We will explore these ethical questions
Contributor
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iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiMoral Theology and Social Ethics