Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin
Illustration © 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 atmospheric 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 was put into teaching practice for the first time in the form of an exemplary model course at HKW from Nov 14 - 22, 2014, open to a group of 100 postgraduates who had been selected via an international call for applications. This temporary ANTHROPOCENE CAMPUS was accompanied by a program of talks and discussions in which the participating lecturers provided insights into the development of the curriculum. Seminar materials, video and audio recordings of lectures and classes, as well as a course book/site 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
More information on the public program can be found below and at HKW.de.
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THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT is an initiative of Haus der Kulturen der Welt in cooperation with the Max Planck Society, Deutsches Museum, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam.
The ANTHROPOCENE CURRICULUM is part of THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT and developed by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin in cooperation with the Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory”, Humboldt University, Berlin, the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Deutsches Museum, Munich, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam.
It is supported by the Schering Foundation, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, the Cluster of Excellence “Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory”, Humboldt University, Berlin, the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Goethe Institute Max Müller Bhavan, New Delhi, Goethe Institute Hongkong, Lemonaid, Quartiermeister, the Portuguese Embassy in Berlin and the Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua.
The ANTHROPOCENE CURRICULUM,
forming a part of THE ANTHROPOCENE PROJECT 2012/2014, is facilitated by
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
For more information please visit our website www.hkw.de.