Lectures for Future

Maximilian Muhr
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2020S, lecture series (RV), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03300



“Lectures for Future“ is a lecture series with guest lecturers from various universities and research institutions, most of them part of the Scientists4Future, working on the most pressing societal and ecological challenges and their potential solutions. The lectures series takes place at six higher education institutions this semester, each of them with their own unique programming. More information on the initiative and the other programs can be found here.

At Angewandte, we primarily focus on socio-economic sustainability issues, while also incorporating a few lectures on ecological aspects. Typically, lectures will be 90 minutes long (including discussion and/or interactive exercises) and will start after the student presentations of Polanyi's work (see below). As the lectures address quite diverse topics, some sessions (09.03.2020, 23.03.2020, 30.03.2020, 04.05.2020, 22.06.2020) will particularly aim at clarifying open questions and contextualizing the content against the backdrop of a larger sustainability picture (Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs, Sustainability Science, etc.), thus establishing a "golden thread" for the course.

As we do not want you to only be listeners but also creators, we have come up with an additional element for the course:

"The future is collective"

There are nice comments by famous authors on their own books, such as Lodovico Guicciardini in the 15th century, which are as old as the printed books themselves. Some seminal books contain very creative scribbles by other authors, for example Vladimir Nabokov's notes on Franz Kafka's "Methamorphosis". The discovery of these annotated books is a kind of "archaeology of reading". "Don't scribble on books!" they say, but that is exactly what we will do together. Based on our reflections and ideas on sustainability for the future, we will write a little bit of history. When we talk about the future, it is important to define when (and where) we apply this term. Each of you will be assigned a chapter of Karl Polanyi's  important classic  "The Great Transformation" from 1944, which still holds important implications for sustainability. You will be asked to comment and scribble on a chapter/section of the book within one week of the semester and share your notes with the rest of the course in a short presentation [due to the current situation, comments are added to a digital version (PDF) of the book and the short presentations are given online in the beginning of each class]. At the end of the semester, we will have collectively created a beautiful book that contains comments by all students of the course, which we aim to exhibit at Angewandte Festival in June 2020 [which will also take place online]. Try to be critical, ironic, creative and illustrative!

We are looking forward to the following guest lectures [via ZOOM]:

[confirmed] 20.04.2020: Dr.in Karin Reisinger (Akademie der bildenen Künste Wien) - Feminist ecologies

[confirmed] 27.04.2020: Dr. Alexander Novotny (WU Wien) - Cybersecurity and sustainable human development

[online material + Q&A confirmed] 04.05.2020: Dr.in Sarah Louise Nash (BOKU Wien) - Seeking refuge from the climate?

[confirmed] 11.05.2020: Mag. Juri Troy (juri troy architects) - How to build a resource-saving future

[confirmed] 18.05.2020: Priv. Doz. Dr. Johannes Tintner-Olifiers (BOKU Wien) - Humus and compost as valuable carbon sinks

[confirmed] 25.05.2020: Dr.in Claudia Maria Walther and project team* (TU Wien) - Educational landscapes on the move

[confirmed] 08.06.2020: Prof. Dr. Christoph Görg (BOKU Wien) - Challenges of social-ecological transformations

[confirmed] 15.06.2020: Em.O.Univ.Prof.in Dr.in Helga Kromp-Kolb (BOKU Wien) - A climatologist's thoughts on the future


* project team: Dr. Christian Peer, Mag.a Korinna Lindinger, Dr.in Katharina Tielsch, Dipl.Ing.in Christine Egeler, Dr.in Karin Harather

Examination Modalities


To pass the class, you are required to fulfill three criteria:

1) Your contribution to the collective commenting of the book ("The future is collective")

2) Your presence in more than 50% of the guest lectures on ZOOM (5 out of 8) as well as the last session on 22.06.2020. [As Angewandte Festival is taking place online, we assume that this is possible for most of you, otherwise it will be possible to hand in a written assignment instead.]

3) Two reflective assignments on guest lectures of your choice, one from the first "set" of four and one from the second. Further information can be found in the ownCloud folder of the course.


Please note: The course is worth 2.0 ECTS (not 1.0), to receive them please also register for the course with the same name hosted by Carlos Toledo.

External listeners (not part of the course) are very welcome to join for individual lectures - please get in touch with us for the ZOOM-links.

Key Words

Sustainability, Guest lecture, Nachhaltigkeit, Gastvortrag, Literature, Discussion, literature, discussion


09 March 2020, 17:15–19:15 Seminar Room 8 , "Course introduction: Presence required"
23 March 2020, 17:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Online input and discussion"
30 March 2020, 17:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Online input and discussion"
20 April 2020, 17:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Feminist ecologies" (guest lecture: Dr.in Karin Reisinger (Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien))
27 April 2020, 17:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Cybersecurity and sustainable human development" (guest lecture: Dr. Alexander Novotny (WU Wien))
04 May 2020, 17:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Seeking refuge from the climate?" (guest lecture: Q and A with Sarah Louise Nash (BOKU Wien))
11 May 2020, 17:15–20:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "How to build a resource-saving future" (guest lecture: Mag. Juri Troy (juri troy architects))
18 May 2020, 17:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Humus and compost as valuable carbon sinks" (guest lecture: Priv. Doz. Dr. Johannes Tintner-Olifiers (BOKU Wien))
25 May 2020, 17:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Educational landscapes on the move" (guest lecture: Dr.in Claudia Maria Walther + project team (TU Wien))
08 June 2020, 17:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Challenges of social-ecological transformations" (guest lecture: Prof. Dr. Christoph Görg (BOKU Wien))
15 June 2020, 17:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "What you've always wanted to know about climate change" (guest lecture: Em.O.Univ.Prof.in Dr.in Helga Kromp-Kolb (BOKU Wien))
22 June 2020, 16:15–19:15 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Course reflection: Presence required (alternative: written assignment)"

Course Enrolment

From 13 February 2020, 17:04 to 17 March 2020, 00:00
Via online registration

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations: Theoretical foundations 180/003.01

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible