Introductory Topics in Communication and Cooperation Strategies

Scott Clifford Evans
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2023S, Workshop (WSP), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04579


Geisterbahn Theory

The Geisterbahn (ghost train) is a horror amusement park ride that exists in a long tradition of horror theater…installation, video, automatons, and illusion used in the service of creating a thrill, a scare. These rides, much like the plays of the Grand Guignol of the 20th century, trot out a variety of horror tropes to excite and amuse their patrons—vampires, mad scientists, killer clowns...

In “Geisterbahn Theory,” we will ride the Geisterbahns in the Prater, doing a “close reading” of what we experience. We will use this research to each write about the Geisterbahn: an essay, study, micro-history, critical analysis, or piece of creative writing. All texts should be written in English. These written works will then be bound together into a master text in which we create a new academic discipline: Geisterbahn Theory! This insane and beautiful book will then be released at the end of the semester. Join us…IF YOU DARE!!!


The schedule will be as follows:

Thursday, 04.05.2023 (10:00-12:00) – Intro (2 h)

Thursday, 11.05.2023 (10:00-12:00) – Essay Ideas (2 h)

Saturday, 13.05.2023 (10:00-20:00) – Prater Research Trip (10 h)

Thursday, 25.05.2023 (10:00-12:00) – Rough Drafts (2 h)

Thursday, 01.06.2023 (10:00-12:00) – Revisions, Book Design (2 h)

Thursday, 15.06.2023 (10:00-12:00) – Final Drafts (2 h)

Saturday, 24.06.2023 (17:00-20:00) – Book Release (3 h)


04 May 2023, 10:00–12:00 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
11 May 2023, 10:00–12:00 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
13 May 2023, 10:00–20:00 Prater – Meet by FLUC at Praterstern
25 May 2023, 10:00–12:00 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
01 June 2023, 10:00–12:00 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
15 June 2023, 10:00–12:00 KUG Lecture Room PSK 149
24 June 2023, 17:00–20:00 Prater – TBD

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 5: Communication and Cooperation Strategies 569/020.05

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): Global Challenges and Cross-Disciplinary Capabilities: Foundation: Communication and Cooperation Strategies 700/005.12

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible