Mittwoch, 8–12 Uhr, 14.tgl. – Präsenz, Beginn 26.10.

Wednesday 8AM-noon, biweekly, on-site, starting 26.10.

Sophienstrasse 22a 0.02


Environmental Humanities is an interdisciplinary field of research and practice that brings pressing environmental concerns into dialogue with questions of values, labor, meaning and justice. Its aims is to bridge the natural science, humanities, arts and design by employing practice-based, situated and speculative modes of critique. It is difficult (and probably not useful) to pin down environmental humanities to a prescribed set of methods. Rather do environmental humanities scholars excel in inventing own methods or recombining existing ones from anthropology, the history of science, science and technology studies, arts and design.

In this seminar we will make an attempt to map this nascent field by engaging with authors such as Anna Tsing, Astrida Neimanis, Cecilia Asberg, Stacy Alaimo, Kathryn Yusoff, Stefan Helmreich, Maria Puig de la Bellacasa, Max Liboiron and more. While these authors deal with a great range of topics they share an approach to research that is sensitive to and critical of existing entanglements between humans and environments. Texts in this seminar are held in English and proficiency in both reading and speaking is essential. Final exams may be written in German or English.


Teilnahme/participation (3LP): Aktive Teilnahme plus Referat/active participation plus oral presentation

MAP (4LP): Hausarbeit, Referatsverschriftlichung/ Essay

Semester: WiSe 2022/23