Project Partners

Prof. Dr. Carles Canet Miquel

Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, UNAM, Mexico City

Dr. Canet obtained bachelor’s (1996) and doctor’s degree (2001) in Geological Sciences in the University of Barcelona. He did a postdoc (2001-2003) at UNAM’s Geophysics Institute. He is specialized in hydrothermal systems, including ore deposits and geothermal activity. The results of his research are published about 80 papers focused on fluid-rock interactions and ore-forming processes. Since 2014 he promoted the designation (2017) of the ‘Comarca Minera’ UNESCO Global Geopark. He is member of the Scientific Board of the International Geoscience Programme, UNESCO.

Prof. Dr. Jason De Léon

Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Wolf

Director at the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz (since 2003). He held the chair of art history at Trier University from 1998 to 2003. His numerous guest professorships took him to Paris (EHESS), to Rome (Bibliotheca Hertziana), Vienna, Basel, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Jerusalem, Mendrisio, Harvard University, Lugano, Chicago University, Istanbul, Delhi and Zurich. Since 2008 he has been honorary professor at the Humboldt University Berlin. He is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the German Council of Science and Humanities (Wissenschaftsrat, since 2013).

Prof. Dr. Hubert Zapf

Chair of American Studies, Department of English and American Studies, University of Augsburg

Founder and co-director of the Environmental Humanities interdisciplinary research network at Environmental Science Center at the University of Augsburg (since 2015). Full Professor and Chair of American Studies at the University of Augsburg from 1991-2018. He has been a guest professor at Brandeis University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Vermont, Birkbeck College (UCL), and Ege Universitesi Izmir (Izmir, Turkey). His publications include Literature as Cultural Ecology: Sustainable Texts (2016) and Handbook of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology (Ed., 2015).


Artistic Research and Public Outreach

Dr. h. c. George Steinmann

George Steinmann is visual artist, musician and researcher. His artistic practice is transdisciplinary oriented and involves fieldwork where he investigates Cultural Sustainability, Climate Change, Biodiversity, Local Knowledge of Indigenous Cultures and the Ecologies of Forests and Water.

Dr. Ralf Beil

Ralf Beil was born in 1965 in Kobe, Japan, studied art history, German literature and philosophy in Freiburg i. B. and in Paris, and wrote his dissertation on the subject of food as a material of art. From 2006 to 2015 he was the Director of the Institut Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt. He received the Justus Bier Prize for Curators in 2012. From 2015 to 2019 he was the Director of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Since May 2020 he is the General Director of the The Völklinger Hütte World Heritage Site.


Research associates

Dr. Darcy Alexandra

Darcy Alexandra is a researcher and lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. She combines her wide-ranging expertise on filmmaking, storytelling, poetry, photography, writing, and activism to an engaged scholarship.