Anthropocene Curriculum


since 2013

Understanding and shaping the complex transformation processes of the Anthropocene requires a collaborative and radically transdisciplinary practice of knowledge production and transmission. New modes and methods of collaboration between science, art and civic engagement need to be explored and implemented.

In collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and other partners worldwide, HKW has been continuously developing an Anthropocene Curriculum, a steadily growing corpus of experimental research questions and designs, field studies, educational and participatory formats.

The curriculum was first tested at HKW in the multi-day campus events Anthropocene Campus (2014) and Anthropocene Campus: The Technosphere Issue (2016). Subsequently, the campus format has been adopted and developed by a multitude of international project partners, each of which has set its own priorities. A preliminary highlight of the Anthropocene Curriculum has been the project Mississippi. An Anthropocene River (2018-2019), which explored the Mississippi River as landscape particularly poised for the studying of the Anthropocene.

Central component of all Anthropocene Curriculum activities is the research platform anthropocene-curriculum.org , where a growing international network continuously develops, discusses and documents its research projects.

The next Anthropocene Curriculum event, The Shape of a Practice, will take place in October 2020 and will explore local approaches to the planetary transformation processes of the Anthropocene through concrete practices.

Past projects

Campus 2014 & 2016

How does the Anthropocene change academic approaches to the world? For two issues of the Anthropocene Campus, international teachers and researchers from the natural sciences, humanities, art, and architecture developed model teaching programs of “earth-bound knowledge.” Each tested them in experimental teaching formats together with 100 selected young academics and cultural professionals.