Eleonor Marcussen is a Postdoctoral Fellow in History in the Department of Cultural Sciences and member of Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies (LNUCC).
During the winter semester 2020/21 she is also Associate Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies (Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt) where she was a MWK-COFUND Fellow 2019/20.
Previously she has taught World History as an Assistant Professor in History at North South University in Dhaka, Bangladesh (2017-2019) 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 received her PhD in South Asian History from the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University in Germany. Before starting her doctoral research, she studied Hindi, History of Religions and South Asian studies at Uppsala University and Lund University in Sweden.
At Heidelberg University 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'.
Related to the doctoral research project, she taught the course 'Natural Disasters in Late Colonial South Asia: Perceptions, Interpretations and Reactions' at the Department of History of the South Asia Institute at Heidelberg University.
In my forthcoming book (under contract with Cambridge University Press) 'Acts of Aid: Politics of Relief and Reconstruction in the Aftermath of the 1934 Bihar-Nepal Earthquake', I examine 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, my interests span from the perceptions of risk to the introduction of new building technologies, humanitarianism and the politicalization of disaster aftermaths.
I supervise and examine undergraduate and graduate dissertation projects in History. Students interested in my research or with a dissertation topic in Global History, Environmental History or South Asian History are welcome to contact me for consultation. I am also interested in supervising dissertations on reconciliation processes, violence and pacifism.
My current project about infrastructure and environmental consequences in colonial India is funded by the Crafoord Foundation and LNUCC. It looks at how local communities negotiated livelihoods with the changing conditions brought on by the introduction of new or expanded infrastructure in western and central India during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Article in journal (Refereed)
- Marcussen, E. (2017). Town Planning after the 1934 Bihar-Nepal Earthquake : Earthquake-safety, colonial improvements and the restructuring of urban space in Bihar. Studies in Nepali History and Society. 22. 321-354.
Conference paper (Refereed)
Chapter in book (Refereed)
- Marcussen, E. (2018). Cooperation and Pacifism in a Colonial Context : Service Civil International and Work Camps in Bihar, 1934-1937. HerStory – Historical Scholarship between South Asia and Europe : Festschrift in Honour of Gita Dharampal-Frick. Heidelberg, Berlin, CrossAsia-eBooks. 83-102.
- Marcussen, E. (2017). Explaining the 1934 Bihar-Nepal Earthquake : The Role of Science, Astrology, and “Rumours”. Historical Disaster Experiences : Towards a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe. Heidelberg, Springer. 241-266.
- Marcussen, E. (2017). 1934 Earthquake : Making Political Capital from Relief Work. Force of Nature : Essays on History and Politics of Environment. London; New York, Routledge. 109-122.
Conference paper (Other academic)
Chapter in book (Other academic)
- Marcussen, E. (2019). Pacifism and colonialism : Earthquake relief in Bihar (India), 1934-37. Words about Deeds : One hundred years of international voluntary service for peace. Service Civil International 1920-2020. Antwerpen, Belgium; La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, SCI International Secretariat. 33-35.