Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

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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
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:

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Or read a speech by RCC Academic Board Member Verena Winiwarter on the importance of the humanities for coping with today's environmental challenges.

Our Programs
We communicate our research and further advance the environmental humanities through a variety of activities: