Daniel Rothenburg

Research Associate

Project E05 - "Salinization and Soil Degradation threatening Agrarian Orders in Russia, Kazakhstan/Tajikistan and Australia since 1945"



Keplerstraße 2
72074 Tübingen
Phone:07071 29 75088


Professional History

  • 2016: Advancement Award for Junior Academics of the Association for Australian Studies, Germany
  • Since 2015: Research Associate at the Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 923
    “Threatened Order – Societies under Stress”
  • 2015: First State Examination
  • 2014-2015: Student Assistant at the CRC 923 “Threatened Order – Societies under Stress”
  • 2011-2014: Student Assistant to Dr. Fernando Esposito at the Department for Contemporary History
  • 2009-2015: Study of History and Philosophy at the University of Tübingen
  • 2008-2009: Study of Political Science and Philosophy at the University of Mannheim
  • 2008: Abitur, with a scholarship by the Hans Böckler Foundation
  • 2002-2005: Apprenticeship as Industrial Business Management Assistant


Research Interests

  • History of Science, Technology, and Environment
  • Environmental History of Australia
  • History of Ideas


Research Project at the CRC 923

Topic: Individual Study within the project E05 “Salinization and soil degradation as threats to the agrarian orders in Russia, Kazakhstan/Tajikistan and Australia since 1945”



The subject of my dissertation is the impact of irrigation salinity on rural communities in the Murray-Darling Basin after 1945. The core of my work is a regional perspective on “Living with salt” as a daily process of adaption and coping with uncertainty. I want to find out how farmers, citizens in rural towns and water managers perceived and responded to salinization – that is, how they tried to mitigate, solve or ignore the ecological impacts of irrigated agriculture, how they reacted to or resisted strategies to counter salinization and how rural towns changed due to mounting ecological problems.I will endeavour to embed this regional focus in its political, economical and ideological context to situate the Australian case in its global environment. Here, I am especially interested in ideologies of modernization and ecological consciousness.



  • Conference proceedings: Nach dem Konstruktivismus? Aktuelle Strategien der Kontextualisierung in der Neuen Ideengeschichte. 1st - 2nd October 2014, Tübingen, in H-Soz-Kult, 10.01.2015, < www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-5762 >.
  • Die „Höhere Maschinenbauschule Eßlingen“ im Dritten Reich. Schritte der Gleichschaltung zur Integration in den NS-Staat, in: Ewald Frie (ed.), Die Geschichte der Hochschule Esslingen. Ein Lesebuch zum 100-jähringen Jubiläum; a project of the seminar “19th and 20th Century Regional History of Colleges” during the summer semester of 2013, overseen by Ewald Frie. Esslingen am Neckar: Hochschule Esslingen 2014, pp. 154-169.



  • 26.09.2017: “A Green Vanguard? Salinity Action Groups in rural Victoria in the 1970s.”; GeoPlan Seminar Series 2017, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • 28.01.2017: “’Salt? What salt?’ Manufacturing ecological consciousness in rural communities of Victoria, Australia.”; presentation at the workshop “Knowing Soils. An Anthropology of Agricultural Knowledge”, 27.-28.01.2017, Tübingen.
  • 7th October 2016: “Dreams turning to Salt? Australia’s Hydro-Modernism faces the
    Challenge of Salinity.“; presentation at the conference „Aquatic Histories in Transnational and Global Perspectives“, 6th - 7th October 2016, Tübingen, Germany.http://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-7002.
  • 29th September 2016: “’The Majesty of Concrete’: Hume Dam and the Australian
    Modernity.“; presentation at the conference „Nature and Environment in Australia“, 28th September - 1st October 2016, Cologne, Germany.
  • 27th May 2016: "Living with Salt in the Murray-Darling Basin. 1970s to 1990s.";
    presentation at the Environmental History PhD Workshop, Australian National University, 22nd - 27th May 2016, Canberra, Australia.
  • 22nd January 2016 “Versalzung als Bedrohung agrarischer Ordnungen nach 1945: Einführung in drei Regionalstudien zu Südrussland, Kasachstan/Tadschikistan und Australien“ (with Timm Schönfelder and Tommaso Trevisani); presentation at the workshop “ Ökosysteme, technische Artefakte, soziale Ordnungen. Neuere Studien zu einer integrativen Technik- und Umweltgeschichte”, 21st -22nd January 2016, Tübingen, Germany.
  • 4th June 2015: “Die Ästhetik der Staudämme. Der ‚Hume Dam’ als Symbol des Fortschritts?”;
    presentation a the junior conference, “Neue Perspektiven auf die Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts“ der Leibniz-Forschergruppe „Nach dem Boom“, Freiburg, Germany.



  • Winter 2017/18: „Grüne Revolution statt grauer Theorie. Eine Einführung in die Umweltgeschichte.“, University of Tübingen (with Timm Schönfelder.)