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).

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

She joined LNU as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2018.

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.

Before joining LNU, Marcussen taught World History as an Assistant Professor in History at North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2017-2018).

Marcussen 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. She has received several scholarships and fellowships as a doctoral student, among them being a Junior Research Fellow at the School of Ecology and Environment Studies at Nalanda University in Bihar and New Delhi (2013-2014).

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

The book is available in Open Access as an e-book in the LNU repository DiVA or to download chapter-wise from Cambridge Core.    

Reviewed by Joanna Simonowin H-Soz-Kult, 11.09.2023.



Course coordinator:
Colonial histories and postcolonial theory: concurrences as historical methodology
Postcolonial Encounters

Modules on the following courses: 
Criticism and Theory: Current debates in the Humanities
Digital 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.  


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 


Article in journal (Refereed)

Chapter in book (Refereed)

Article in journal (Other academic)

Chapter in book (Other academic)

Article, book review (Other academic)

Artistic output (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))