The Anthropocene Curriculum & Campus: Model course, presentations and discussions

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
14 Nov 2014 - 22 Nov 2014

The Anthropocene Curriculum & Campus: Model course, presentations and discussions

Benedikt Rugar, Illustration, 2014. © Benedikt Rugar.

How does the Anthropocene change our scientific approach to the world? How can teaching and research face the challenges of rapid global change in a responsible way? What forms of knowledge production and transmission are appropriate responses? What does it mean to question the borders between institutionalized disciplines, or even to renegotiate them entirely? What new fields of knowledge emerge when an atmospherics chemist, a historian of technology, and an architect develop a joint curriculum?

Since autumn 2013, thirty international scholars from the natural, environmental, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, art, and architecture have been exchanging ideas around new content, access, and methods that would do justice to the challenges posed by the Anthropocene. In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and renowned international partners, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt has developed an ANTHROPOCENE CURRICULUM that explores, in an experimental and exemplary manner, pathways towards a new interdisciplinary culture of knowledge and education. What should a body of « earthbound knowledge » contain, what forms of transmission are appropriate?

The ANTHROPOCENE CURRICULUM is an ongoing negotiation across disciplinary lines, taking place as a multistage, online-based process of active knowledge production. The curriculum will be tested in the form of an exemplary model course at HKW from Nov 14 – 22, 2014, open to a group of 100 postgraduates who will be selected via an international call for applications. This temporary ANTHROPOCENE CAMPUS will be accompanied by a program of talks and discussions in which the participating lecturers will provide insights into the development of the curriculum. Seminar materials, video and audio recordings of lectures and classes, as well as a coursebook will be made accessible online.

With Marco Armiero, Amita Baviskar, Elena Bougleux, Arno Brandlhuber, Miriam Diamond, Paul N. Edwards, Erle Ellis, Sabine Höhler, Pablo Jensen, Natalie Jeremijenko, Adrian Lahoud, Manfred Laubichler, Mark Lawrence, Reinhold Leinfelder, Wolfgang Lucht, Ioan Negrutiu, Philipp Oswalt, Armin Reller, Jürgen Renn, Libby Robin, Wolfgang Schäffner, Sverker Sörlin, Will Steffen, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Helmuth Trischler, Eyal Weizman, Jan Zalasiewicz a.o.

Head of Project: Katrin Klingan, Scientific Conception: Christoph Rosol, Scientific Advice: Roman Brinzanik

Find the full program me here or download the pdf