The course introduces students into the theme of the Anthropocene and its relevance to the history and anthropology of science.
The Anthropocene is the proposed new geological epoch characterized by the planetary impact of human interventions. From a stratigraphic perspective, the beginning of the new epoch can probably be dated to the period of the “Great Acceleration” after the Second World War, but its roots go back much further in time, perhaps even to the beginning of cultural evolution. The course examines the role of knowledge and science in this process.
The course will be based on a common reading of recent publications such as the book “Evolution of Knowledge. Rethinking Science for the Anthropocene” by Jürgen Renn. Relevant passages will be made available to the students and discussed
If the course is presented in remote or in mixed mode, changes may be made to what appears in the syllabus to make lessons and exams accessible also in this format