Theme in Science and Technology

Christina Gruber
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04477


"Watery Anthropocenes"

This course aims at unfolding the relationships between the increased human impact on Earth and changes in the water cycle. To do so we'll navigate along legal frameworks established to protect aquatic ecosystems, transition zones in the shape of wetlands, and current movements to embrace more-than-human entities and debates about environmental personhood.


- Get to know monitoring and assessment methods used for water management and biodiversity conservation (legal requirements, river health and ecological integrity)

- Examine local restoration projects along the Viennese watershed, meeting different stakeholders, and restoration projects)

- Critically discuss the concept of the Anthropocene based on aquatic ecosystems (natural vs. human-induced),

- Explore non-anthropocentric (more-than-human) ways of thinking


Examination Modalities

- Regular attendance, come to almost every session

- Active participation in the course

- Read the ecological, legal and cultural texts and contribute to the discussion


- Part of the course will include fieldwork exploring the waterbodies of Vienna with a focus on the Danube -> weatherproof clothing

- Students from other departments or universities will be given a place on the course subject to room capacities.


Key Words

Anthropocene, Ecology, Water, waterbodies, aquatic ecosystems, biomonitoring


21 October 2022, 09:15–14:30 CDS Studio
28 October 2022, 09:15–14:30 Viennese Waterscapes - NEUE DONAU (U6 Metro Station)
04 November 2022, 09:15–14:30 CDS Studio
11 November 2022, 10:15–14:30 CDS Studio
25 November 2022, 10:15–13:30 CDS Studio

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible