Epistemic (In)Justice. Witnessing, Testimony and Accounting in the Anthropocene

Monika Halkort
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2021S, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03731


Epistemic injustice commonly refers to unfairness or wrongful treatment (i.e. injustices) related to issues of knowledge, understanding, and participation. This can include the exclusion and/or silencing of voices and testimonies and the systematic distortion and misrepresentation of experiences by hegemonic knowledge regimes. But who or what counts as voice and where can we situate it in the midst of damaged life that cannot be fixed in discrete onto-epistemic locations? And how do we account for harms and injustices that escape the cognitive and perceptual registers of the human domain?

Drawing on critical texts in infrastructure studies, ecology, and feminist STS the central aim of this seminar is to critically review the methods and tools of artistic and scientific responses to environmental crises on a planetary scale. Together we explore how the need for a more inclusive, caring knowledge can be reconciled with being answerable to the historical entanglements of colonial capitalism and extractive knowledge practices that subtend the metabolism of the Earth today.

Examination Modalities

Students will be graded based on their attendance and contribution to class discussions (20%), short blog posts, and written statements during the semester (30%) and the final project/paper at the end of the term (50%). Attendance is mandatory.

Grading Scheme:

A = Passed with distinction

B = Passed

C= Not passed

All non-CDS students are rated 1 = very good to 5 = insufficient.



Students from other faculties or universities are welcome, pending on room capacity and availability of places allocated to this class. 

Key Words

epistemic justice, ecology, memory, Anthropocene, knowledge practices


02 March 2021, 10:15–11:45 Distance Learning (details as described)
23 March 2021, 10:15–11:45 Distance Learning (details as described)
27 April 2021, 10:15–11:45 Distance Learning (details as described)
04 May 2021, 13:45–15:15 Distance Learning (details as described)
20 May 2021, 10:15–11:45 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Replacement for April 20th"
08 June 2021, 10:15–11:45 Distance Learning (details as described)
22 June 2021, 10:15–12:45 Distance Learning (details as described) , "Extended duration: 2:30 hours"
23 June 2021, 10:15–11:45, "optional, to be confirmed"

Course Enrolment

From 18 January 2021, 18:32 to 22 March 2021, 18:32
The online registration was already closed

co-registration: possible

Individual courses: possible