Lectures for Future

Maximilian Muhr
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2020W, 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 is taking place for the third semester in a row, everytime at several higher education institutions, each of them with their own unique programming. More information on the initiative and the programs of the summer semester 2020 can be found here.

At Angewandte, we want to incorporate the student feedback from last semester and try to select guest lectures with a focus on political and sociological sustainability issues, activism, and further practical experiences (the specific guest lectures will be determined in September). Typically, lectures will be 90 minutes long (including discussion and/or interactive exercises) and will start after the student presentations of Raworth's work (see below). As the lectures address quite diverse topics, we will also dedicate certain sessions to clarifying open questions and contextualizing the content against the backdrop of a bigger picture of Sustainable Development, 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, 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. The chapters of Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics will be assigned to teams of two or more students, which will be asked to comment and scribble on a chapter of the book within one week of the semester and share your work with the rest of the course in a short presentation. At the end of the semester, we will have collectively created a beautiful book that contains comments by all students of the course. For Kate Raworth, the visualization of economics is primordial. Try to be critical, ironic, creative and illustrative!

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 a certain amount of guest lectures (number of lectures to be determined) as well as the first introductory session and the final reflective session.

3) Some small assignments throughout the semester.


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.

The guest lectures will be announced publicly and external listeners (not part of the course) are explicitly welcome to join!

Key Words

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

Course Enrolment

From 03 August 2020, 00:00 to 05 October 2020, 00:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

TransArts - Transdisciplinary Arts (Bachelor): Theoretical foundations

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Deepening / Application

Individual courses: possible