About the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) is an international, interdisciplinary center for research and education in the environmental humanities and social sciences.
A nonprofit institution, the RCC was founded in 2009 as a joint initiative of Munich's Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Deutsches Museum, with the generous support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Our namesake is the American biologist, nature writer, and environmentalist Rachel Carson, whose writing raised awareness worldwide about threats to the environment and human health. Learn more about the life and work of Rachel Carson here.
While we are based in Munich, Germany, our staff and fellows come from all over the world, and our working language is English.
Our mission is to advance research and discussion concerning the interrelationship between humans and nature. We contribute to public and scholarly debates about past transformations and future challenges in environment and society. Our work harnesses the interpretative power of the humanities (and social sciences) to contextualize technologies, economies, and policies.
Watch this film to learn more:
Or read a speech by RCC Academic Board Member Verena Winiwarter on the importance of the humanities for coping with today's environmental challenges.
We communicate our research and further advance the environmental humanities through a variety of activities:
- A writing fellowship program
- International conferences and workshops
- The Environment & Society Portal, an open-access digital resource
- Book series in English and in German
- RCC Perspectives, an open-access journal
- Exhibitions at the Deutsches Museum and other venues
- A doctoral program in ‘Environment and Society’ at LMU Munich
- An MA certificate program in environmental studies at LMU Munich
- Partnerships with centers and research institutions worldwide
- Collaborations with environmental practitioners