814.007 (18S) New Natures: History at the Intersection of Environment and Technology

Sommersemester 2018

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23.05.2018 13:00 - 18:00 , IFF Wien, SR 3a Off Campus
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Lehrende/r
LV-Titel englisch
New Natures: History at the Intersection of Environment and Technology
LV-Art
Seminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
1.0
ECTS-Anrechnungspunkte
2.0
Anmeldungen
15 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
LV-Beginn
23.05.2018
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs

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Intendierte Lernergebnisse

Be able to identify how humans, technologies and nature relate to each other

Be able to recognize and analyze the interconnectedness of objects in envirotechnical systems

Be able to present examples of the historical linkages between environment and technology

Lehrmethodik inkl. Einsatz von eLearning-Tools

The course inculdes lectures, discussion, group work, and a walk-talk placed-based exploration of the course topics.

The course schedule will be:

23.05. Lecture and group work, read before the meeting:

Jeffrey K. Stine and Joel A. Tarr, “At the Intersection of Histories: Technology and the Environment,” Technology and Culture 39 (1998): 601-640.

Sara Pritchard, “Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies,” in New Natures, ed. Dolly Jørgensen, Finn Arne Jørgensen, and Sara Pritchard (Pittsburgh University Press, 2013), 1-17.

24.05. Lecture and walk-talk, read before the meeting:

Dolly Jørgensen, “Not by human hands: five technological tenets for environmental history in the Anthropocene,” Environment and History 20 (2014): 479-489.

 Joel Tarr, “The City as an Artifact of Technology and the Environment,” in Martin Reuss and Stephen Cutcliffe, The Illusory Boundary: Environment and Technology in History (University of Virginia Press, 2010), 145-170

25.05. Lecture and group presentations, read before the meeting:

Ashley Carse, “Nature as Infrastructure: Making and Managing the Panama Canal Watershed,” Social Studies of Science 42 (2012): 539-563.

Inhalt/e

Humans are technological creatures. We harness nature for energy, food, protection, leisure, information, and meaning through the deployment of technologies. In so doing, we modify nature in countless ways. Focusing on these new natures allows histories to be written that take into account the complex relationship between nature and technology. The goal with the course is to investigate the historical linkages between environment and technology over time.

The course is organized around four meeting places of environment and technology: animals, urban areas, water, and mega projects. The course is designed for Masters and PhD level students as an introduction into the field of "envirotech", which bridges scholarship in the disciplines of history of technology and environmental history. The literature also includes methodological contributions from Science & Technology Studies that strenghten analysis of this intersection.

Literatur

Jeffrey K. Stine and Joel A. Tarr, “At the Intersection of Histories: Technology and the Environment,” Technology and Culture 39 (1998): 601-640.

Sara Pritchard, “Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies,” in New Natures, ed. Dolly Jørgensen, Finn Arne Jørgensen, and Sara Pritchard (Pittsburgh University Press, 2013), 1-17.

Dolly Jørgensen, “Not by human hands: five technological tenets for environmental history in the Anthropocene,” Environment and History 20 (2014): 479-489.

Joel Tarr, “The City as an Artifact of Technology and the Environment,” in Martin Reuss and Stephen Cutcliffe, The Illusory Boundary: Environment and Technology in History (University of Virginia Press, 2010), 145-170.

Ashley Carse, “Nature as Infrastructure: Making and Managing the Panama Canal Watershed,” Social Studies of Science 42 (2012): 539-563.

Prüfungsinformationen

Prüfungsmethode/n

group project which includes individual written component (750-1000 words) and oral presentation

Prüfungsinhalt/e

all relevant informations in and literature of the course

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe

minimum presence: 80% plus and participation as well as presentation and group project

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Doktoratsprogramm Doctoral School Social Ecology (DSSE) (SKZ: ---, Version: 16W.1)
    • Fach: Doctoral School Social Ecology (DSSE) (Pflichtfach)
      • Doctoral School Social Ecology (DSSE) ( 0.0h XX / 0.0 ECTS)
        • 814.007 New Natures: History at the Intersection of Environment and Technology (1.0h SE / 2.0 ECTS)
  • Masterstudium Sozial- und Humanökologie (SKZ: 919, Version: 14W.1)
    • Fach: GWF4 Umweltgeschichte (Wahlfach)
      • GWF4 Vertiefung ( 0.0h VO, SE, EX, KU, SX / 14.0 ECTS)
        • 814.007 New Natures: History at the Intersection of Environment and Technology (1.0h SE / 2.0 ECTS)

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