Sebastian Felten

Sebastian Felten is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His current work is focused on environmental history, and the consequences of and possibilities for human agency in interaction with the environment. More specifically, he investigates how systematic note-taking in commerce, administration and science connected to eighteenth and nineteenth century mining created discrete environments that humans could act upon. The project builds on a study of historical accounting practices that he carried out as part of his PhD at King’s College, London, on the topic of the monetisation in European rural society between 1700 and 1900. He has also worked for the German Historical Institute London as part of the digital edition project “Pauper Letters and Petitions for Poor Relief in Germany and Great Britain, 1770 – 1914”, through which he developed a keen interest in Digital Humanities.