Eduardo Relly

Dr. Eduardo Relly, environmental historian, is currently Post-Doc Researcher (Wiss. Mitarbeiter) at FSU Jena in the JRT03 „Eigentum an genetischen Ressourcen: Zur Aneignung traditionellen Wissens in der Bioökonomie“. Eduardo Relly has a Master in Environment and Development from the University Vale do Taquari in Southern Brazil and completed his PhD Studies in History at Freie Universität Berlin in 2019 with a dissertation on the transfer of environmental knowledge between Germany and Brazil under the background of commons privatization and settler colonialism policies. He has been active mostly in Brazilian and German academia, since he has taken over research as well as teaching positions in Bielefeld (BGHS, Uni Bielefeld), Munich (Rachel Carson Centre, LMU München), São Leopoldo (University Vale do Rio dos Sinos, UNISINOS) and Porto Alegre (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS).

His research interests include: subtropical climate/ecologies; commons; ethnohistory; Guarani archaeology; global agricultural and sylvan knowledge; biological/genetic resources; migration studies (focus: German migration to overseas).

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  • Relly, Eduardo. Germans go subtropical: migration and the quest for environmental-climate knowledge. History of Knowledge (German Historical Institute – Washington D.C), 2021. (forthcoming)
  • Relly, Eduardo. Sob a sombra dos commons: capital social, meio ambiente e imigração alemã no Brasil meridional. São Leopoldo: Oikos, 2021.
  • Relly, Eduardo. A proposal for the understanding of German forest colonization in Southern Brazil through property rights and (de)regulation. In: Artur Cesar Isaia et al. (eds.). História, Cultura e Religiosidades Afro-Brasileiras: volume 2. Porto Alegre: Fi, 2018, pp. 71-78. (ISBN 9788556965387)
  • Relly, Eduardo; Schneider, Patricia; Machado, Neli T. G. Do Taiaçuapé a Colinas. Lajeado: Univates, 2008. (ISBN 9788598611655)
  • Relly, Eduardo. As origens aldeãs das comunidades teuto-brasileiras no sul do Brasil: os commons. Territórios e Fronteiras (UFMT), v. 13, n. 2, pp. 322-348, 2021.:
  • Relly, Eduardo; De Majo, Claudio. American vines, European potatoes: an evolutionary history of European migrations in southern Brazil. International Review of Environmental History, v. 6, n. 1, pp. 5-29, 2020.:
  • Relly, Eduardo. A agricultura e floresta dos alemães no Brasil: mobilidade, conhecimentos e transfers no Urwald (século XIX). Estudos Iberoamericanos, v. 46, n. 1, pp. 1-16, 2020.: