Lectures for Future

Maximilian Muhr
Arts and Society, Arts and Society
2022S, Ringvorlesung mit Workshop (RVW), 1.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S03728


“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 lecture series is taking place for the 6th 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 last semester (winter 2021/22) can be found here.

The course starts off with a general overview of sustainability concepts and our approaches and personal understanding of it. We will then host eight guest lectures on various topics related to sustainability. PLEASE NOTE: These lectures will be open to the public. Typically, lectures will be 60 minutes + 30 minutes discussion (18:00-19:30). From 17:30 to 18:00, we will do a recap of the lecture from the week before, based on online reflections and comments. However, this semester there will be a lot of exceptions in formats as we've tried to diversify the program as much as possible. 


"The future is collective"

As we do not want you to only be listeners but also creators, we will make use of the guest lectures as well as relevant literature as a basis for artistic reflections. These reflections will be developed collectively in small groups and could be in the form of posters, collages, Illustrations/scribbles, and other forms of artistic expression. We will provide some input on this and dedicate two sessions for discussing and refining your ideas. You will then share your work with the course and maybe some of the guest lecturers at the end of the semester.


We are looking forward to the following guest lectures:

Thomas Thaler, MMag. Ph.D. (BOKU) - Environmental justice in climate change: opportunities, limitations and impacts of adaptation strategies


Excursion with Irene Zluwa, Dipl.-Ing.in Dr.in (BOKU) - Green and blue infrastructures in the city

(meeting point Spittelau, little square between U4/U6 and waste incineration plant)


Philipp Wilfinger, M.A., B.Sc. (Universität Graz) - Climate neutrality before 2040: The potential of cities for a transformative climate policy


Panel discussion in cooperation with TU Wien "Riches, Resistance, Provisoning: How to shape a climate-social society" with Iris Frey (attac), Katharina Litschauer, M.Sc., M.A. (WU), Mag. Mario Taschwer, B.A. (Universität Wien), chair: Dr.in Christina Plank (BOKU

(based on the German book Kli­maso­zia­le Poli­tik — Eine gerech­te und emis­si­ons­freie Gesell­schaft gestal­ten (2021), see also: https://klimasozial.at)


Mag.a Dr.in Alina Brad (Universität Wien) - Ecological crisis and socio-ecological transformation

(meeting point Lobau activist camp Anfanggasse, location see: https://lobaubleibt.at/mitmachen/waswiewo/)

Film screening + lecture in cooperation with Department of Media Theory "ECO CINEMA" with Bori Máté, M.A. (Angewandte)

Examination Modalities

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

1) Your presence in four out of six guest lectures as well as the final presentations on 20.06.2022. Your active participation in the discussions will also contribute to your grade.

2) Four short online reflections on guest lectures of your choice as well as a certain amount of comments on other students' reflections.

3) Your contribution to the artistic reflections "The future is collective".


Grading will be scaled A-C for CDS-students and 1-5 for all other students.


External listeners are invited to join the guest lectures, which we will advertise throughout Angewandte and online.


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.

Key Words

Sustainability, Nachhaltigkeit, Ökologie, Ecology, Climate Change, Klimawandel, lecture


07 March 2022, 17:30–19:30 Seminar Room 7 , "Introduction"
14 March 2022, 17:30–19:30 Seminar Room 7 , "Discussion of group projects"
04 April 2022, 17:30–19:30 Seminar Room 7 (guest lecture: Thomas Thaler)
25 April 2022, 17:30–19:30 EXCURSION: Meeting point Spittelau, little square between U4/U6 and waste incineration plant (guest lecture: Irene Zluwa)
02 May 2022, 17:30–19:30 Seminar Room 7 (guest lecture: Philipp Wilfinger)
09 May 2022, 17:30–19:30 Auditorium , "Panel discussion" (guest lecture)
16 May 2022, 17:30–19:30 Lobau activist camp Anfanggasse (guest lecture: Alina Brad)
23 May 2022, 17:30–19:30 Auditorium , "Film screening + lecture" (guest lecture: Bori Máté)
30 May 2022, 17:30–19:30 Seminar Room 7 , "Discussion of group projects"
20 June 2022, 17:30–19:30 Seminar Room 7 , "Final presentations" (examination)

Course Enrolment

Until 14 March 2022, 17:00
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Deepening / Application

Individual courses: possible