Anthropocene Curriculum

since 2013

Demanding structurally novel commitments, the Anthropocene predicament offers the opportunity to make previously uncharted, transdisciplinary connections visible and to experiment with new forms of higher education. A deep integration of cross-disciplinary thinking, mutual learning, new modes of research, and civic commitment seem key for the future of universities, academies, research platforms, and cultural institutions as situated spaces of knowledge production and its dissemination.

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 curriculum was first tested in the form of an exemplary model course, the Anthropocene Campus, at HKW in November 2014. Its discussions and exercises showed that the concept of the technosphere may as a key agent determine the dynamics of the Anthropocene.

The second edition of the Anthropocene Campus, The Technosphere Issue (April, 14-22, 2016) shed light on the this man-made sphere, posing the challenge of describing, understanding, and more consciously shaping a twenty-first century wherein the forces of humanity, technology, culture, life, and industry act in accordance with the biophysical possibilities and limits of our planet.

The Anthropocene Curriculum is developed by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

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