Collaborative Project on the Anthropocene and the Technosphere

Collaborative Project on the Anthropocene and the Technosphere

Cooperation Partners: 

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW, Berlin), Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS, Potsdam), Deutsches Museum (DM), Munich), Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC, Environmental Humanities Laboratory, KTH (Stockholm), Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation (Arizona State University, Tempe, and Leuphana University, Lüneburg), Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory (Duke University, Durham), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN, Kyoto), Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene (AURA, Aarhus)

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Anthropocene Campus 2014; © Sera Cakal.

On the novel topics of the Anthropocene and the Technosphere, Department I, in collaboration with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW, Berlin), is fostering innovative research settings, the participation of a wide scholarly community and public discourse. As an integral part of the “The Anthropocene Project 2012–2014” the Department has been engaged in creating numerous international workshops, public events, and several publications.

The partnership between the HKW and Department I has now been extended until the end of 2018 for the follow-up project on the “Technosphere.” A central focus of this continued collaboration is the “Anthropocene Curriculum,” a multi-year project leveraging new modes of higher education under the premises of the Anthropocene. For this purpose, an intensive ten-day summer school, bringing together 27 renowned university teachers and more than one hundred young researchers from the sciences, humanities, and art and design, convened in 2014. A second “Anthropocene Campus” has been held in April 2016 lending a special focus to the concept of the Technosphere.