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Clemens Finkelstein

Scientific Researcher at the Panel on Planetary Thinking

Clemens Finkelstein is a historian of the built environment and theorist in the planetary humanities. He is a Ph.D. candidate in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University, a PIIRS Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, and a Scientific Researcher ("Planet as Method” project) as well as Affiliated Fellow at the Panel on Planetary Thinking. His dissertation “Architectures of Vibration: Environmental Control, Seismic Colonialism, and the Frequency of Life, 1898-1928” investigates the evolutionary epistemic shift and materialized cosmologies of vibration in the transimperial entanglements of Germany and the US at the intersection of architecture and geophysics. In three parts, it assesses vibration as a modern medium defining colonial and environmental contamination, cultural imperialism, and the technoscientific coupling of human and planetary bodies that waver at the edge of global war and ecological catastrophe.