Antoine Acker

Antoine Acker, Dr.


Tel.: +41 44 634 38 81

Raumbezeichnung: KO2 G 274B

Areas of interest

global history, environmental and energy humanities, Brazilian and Amazonian history, German social movements / alternative left, business history (multinational companies), forced labor, post-colonial Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa 

Current project (habilitation)

Between Techno-Politics and Eco-Mythology: Petroleum and the Making of Modern Brazil

Curriculum Vitae

2016-2017 Marie Sklodowska Curie COFUND fellow, environmental humanities, University of Turin

2015-2016 (Fall Semester) Fellow of the Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern

Spring 2015 Invited teacher in European Studies, University of Maastricht

Winter 2015 Fellow of the Center for InterAmerican Studies, University of Bielefeld

2014-2015 Lecturer (ATER) in Brazilian history and culture, University of La Rochelle

2013-2014 Lecturer (ATER) in German studies, University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle 

Spring 2013 Teaching contract in history, University of Bielefeld

2009-2014 Ph.D. in history, European University Institute, Florence

2006-2007 Student research assistant in history, University of Bielefeld

2005-2009 BA and MA in a bilingual studies program (history and German language didactic),  University of Bielefeld, University Denis Diderot - Paris 7


Publications (selection)


Volkswagen in the Amazon: the Tragedy of Global Development in Modern Brazil. Cambridge University Press (Global and International History series), 2017.

Edited Volumes:

Brazil in the Great Acceleration. Special issue of Varia Historia, 34(65) | 2018, forthcoming. Co-editored with Georg Fischer.

Negotiating Nature in the Americas: Imaginaries and Interventions between Preservation and Exploitation. Special issue of the Forum for InterAmerican Research, 9(2) | 2016. Co-editored with Olaf Kaltmeier and Anne Tittor.

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

“Historicizing the Great Acceleration”, Varia Historia, 34(65) | 2018, forthcoming. Co-authored with Georg Fischer.

“Nature, nation et histoire au pays du ‘développement’: les versions environnementales du passé brésilien”, Culture della Sostenibilità,  58 | 2018. p.48-59.

“Tales of the Transamazonian: Hopes and Disillusion on a Route of Ecological Migrations”, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (Oxford University Press), 24(2) | 2017. p.306-324. Co-authored with Nathalia Capellini.

“The Social Production of Nature Between Coloniality and Capitalism ”, Forum for InterAmerican Research, 9(2) | 2016. p.5-24. Co-authored with Olaf Kaltmeier and Anne Tittor.

“The Greatest Fire on Earth: How VW and the Brazilian Military Regime Accidentally Helped to Turn the Amazon into a Global Political Arena” (bilingual in English and Portuguese), Revista Brasileira de História, 34(68) | 2014. p.13-33.

“The Brand that Knows our Land: Volkswagen's ‘Brazilianization’ in the ‘Economic Miracle’ (1968-1973), MONDE(S). Histoire, Espaces, Relations, 5 | 2014. p.199-218.

“Trabalho forçado na fazenda da Volks: crônica de um escândalo amazônico na Alemanha” , Hendu – Revista Latinoamericana de Derechos Humanos, 4(1) | 2014, p.57-69. 

“Entre deux drapeaux : les ouvriers capverdiens au Portugal pendant la période révolutionnaire (1974-1976)”, Cadernos de Estudos Africanos, 21 | 2011, p.123-146.


“Amazon.” InterAmerican Wiki: Terms - Concepts - Critical Perspectives. (2015).