Theories and Practices of Cross-Disciplinarity

Christine Böhler
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04090


Inter-, trans-, and cross-disciplinarity will be introduced with seminal texts, discussions, and practical examples, setting the ground for cross-disciplinary projects and their conceptualisation.

In the seminar, we will look at moments that lead to scientific disciplines and interdisciplinarity. How are facts created? How can we work together with experts? How can artistic methods and strategies be brought into scientific work?

In studio and lab visits, we will experience different disciplinary conditions of labour organisation and collaboration.

Examination Modalities

  1. Attendance (80%),readings and (written) contributions   
  2. Poster presentation with hand-out on one of the lecture topics, which can be chosen freely (students are expected to research further literature on the topic). The poster presentations and hand-out should contain in-depth information about the topic and critically deal with it.
  3. Provide research notes on the material you decide to read for the class.


Students from other departments or universities are welcome, given the room capacity permits.

Key Words

Cross-Disciplinarity, History of Science


11 October 2022, 15:00–18:00 CDS Lecture Room
18 October 2022, 15:00–18:00 Excursion, Studio Herwig Turk, Lichtenauergasse 15 (im Hof), 1020 Wien
25 October 2022, 15:00–16:45, "Meeting point: Muthgasse 18, 3. Stock. (MUG2, Department für Chemie)"
15 November 2022, 15:00–18:00 CDS Lecture Room
29 November 2022, 15:00–18:00 CDS Lecture Room
06 December 2022, 15:00–18:00 CDS Lecture Room
13 December 2022, 15:00–18:00 CDS Lecture Room
17 January 2023, 15:00–18:00 CDS Studio (examination)

Course Enrolment

Until 24 October 2022, 09:33
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 1: Artistic Strategies and Approaches to Art 569/020.01

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 3: Economics and Politics 569/020.03

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6 569/080.10

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Künstlerische Strategien und Zugänge zu Kunst: Deepening and Application 700/001.20

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Science and Technology: Deepening/Application: Methods and Theory 700/002.22

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Deepening/Application: Methods and Theory 700/004.22

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible