Franz Mauelshagen is an environmental historian, whose work focuses on disasters, climate history and the European experience of unfamiliar environments in the framework of colonial migration. He is a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Directors at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen (Germany), where he coordinates the “Climate & Culture” research unit. He is also the primary investigator of Climates of Migration, a research project funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

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When a society experiences a natural disaster, it is forced to consider a variety of responses that will both ameliorate the immediate crisis and put in place structures to enable it to prevent—or better cope with—future disasters. Whatever the concrete solutions may be, in modern states and legal systems, they will either have to operate […]

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