Christian Rohr

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Christian Rohr (born August 10, 1967 in Wels ) is an Austrian historian . Since 2010 he has been professor for environmental and climate history at the University of Bern . In addition to Medieval Studies, historical climatology is one of his main research areas.


Rohr was born in Wels, where he also went to school. In 1985 he began studying history , classical philology and the Latin language at the University of Vienna , which he graduated with a diploma in 1990. From 1989 to 1992 he completed the 59th training course at the Institute for Austrian Historical Research in Vienna, of which he has been a member since then. From 1990 to 1994 he did his doctorate in Vienna with a thesis on Der Theodorich-Panegyricus des Ennodius as Dr. phil. Between 1992 and 1999 he was a lecturer at the University of Vienna, and since 1996 also at the University of Salzburg . In addition, between 1993 and 1995 he was employed by the Ludwig Boltzmann Society in Linz .

In 2007 he completed his habilitation in Salzburg with a thesis on medieval history and historical auxiliary sciences including environmental history , which in the same year was entitled Extreme Natural Events in the Eastern Alps. Experience of nature in the late Middle Ages and at the beginning of the modern era was also printed. Also in 2007 he was appointed associate professor at the University of Salzburg, where he was also head of the interdisciplinary center for medieval studies between 2009 and 2010. In 2010 he was appointed Professor of Environmental and Climate History at the University of Bern, effective September 1, as the successor to Christian Pfister . There he also acts as director of the department for economic, social and environmental history.

Works (selection)


  • Historical auxiliary sciences. An introduction. Vienna u. a. 2015, ISBN 978-3-8252-3755-4 .
  • Extreme natural events in the Eastern Alps. Experience of nature in the late Middle Ages and at the beginning of the modern era. Cologne u. a. 2007 (also Habil. Salzburg 2006), ISBN 978-3-412-20042-8 .
  • Festival culture of the Middle Ages. Graz 2002, ISBN 3-201-01792-2 .
  • The Theodoric Panegyricus of Ennodius. Hanover 1995 (also Diss. Vienna 1994), ISBN 3-7752-5412-9 .

Articles in professional journals

  • Andrea Westermann, Christian Rohr: Climate and Beyond. The Production of Knowledge about the Earth as a Signpost of Social Change. An Introduction. In: Historical Social Research 40, Issue 2 (2015), 7–21.
  • Oliver Wetter et al .: The year-long unprecedented European heat and drought of 1540 - a worst case. In: Climatic Change 125 (2014), 349–363, doi : 10.1007 / s10584-014-1184-2 .
  • Christian Rohr: Floods of the Upper Danube River and Its Tributaries and Their Impact on Urban Economies (c. 1350–1600): The Examples of the Towns of Krems / Stein and Wels (Austria) . In: Environment and History 19, Issue 2 (2013), 133–148, doi : 10.3197 / 096734013X13642082568534 .
  • Tina Swierczynski: A 1600yr seasonally resolved record of decadal-scale flood variability from the Austrian pre-Alps. In: Geology 40, Issue 11 (2012), 1047-1050, doi : 10.1130 / G33493.1 .
  • Rudolf Brázdil et al .: European floods during the winter 1783/1784: scenarios of an extreme event during the 'Little Ice Age'. In: Theoretical and Applied Climatology 100, Issue 1-2 (2010), 163-189, doi : 10.1007 / s00704-009-0170-5 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Hurry up when calculating floods for dams and nuclear power plants . In: Der Bund , December 11, 2013. Accessed June 17, 2015.