Eleonor Marcussen

Eleonor Marcussen

Department of Cultural Sciences Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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Eleonor Marcussen is a Researcher in History in the Department of Cultural Sciences and member of Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (LNUCC). She joined LNU as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018.

Current research project (funded by the Swedish Research Council, Vetenskapsrådet): Tracks through nature – the railways and environmental consequences of colonial infrastructure in India, c. 1860-1870 

Programme coordinator of the Master's Programme in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies.

Acts of Aid: Politics of Relief and Reconstruction in the 1934 Bihar–Nepal Earthquake examines the organization of relief and reconstruction work by civil society and the state in India in the 1930s. In the field of historical disaster research, her interests include the perceptions of risk, the introduction of new building technologies, humanitarianism and the politicalization of disasters.

Acts of Aid

2019/20 she was an MWK-COFUND Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt) at the University of Erfurt.

Previously she has taught World History as an Assistant Professor in History at North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2017-2018) and been a Junior Research Fellow at the School of Ecology and Environment Studies at Nalanda University in Bihar and New Delhi (2013-2014).

She holds a PhD in South Asian History from Heidelberg University (Germany) where her doctoral research was conducted in the research group 'Cultures of Disaster: Shifting Asymmetries Between Societies, Cultures, and Nature from a Comparative Historical and Transcultural Perspective' in the Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context', funded by the German Research Council. 



Colonial histories and postcolonial theory: concurrences as historical methodology 

Modules on the following courses: Criticism and Theory: Current debates in the HumanitiesDigital History: Methods, Resources and Ontologies

I supervise and examine undergraduate and graduate dissertation projects in History and Colonial and postcolonial studies. Students interested in my research or with a dissertation topic in Colonial and Postcolonial History, Global History, Environmental History or South Asian History are welcome to contact me for consultation.

I am also interested in supervising dissertations on reconciliation, violence, and pacifism.  


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