This seminar works through an idea of 'future artefacts' to explore several key ideas that help us understand the ways in which we inhabit the world, and to start to imagine the dimensions of our impacts as they stretch spatially and temporally. Ideas that will shape our engagement in Material Cultures include waste, the Anthropocene(s), temporalities and post/neo-colonial relations. This course will involve reading, critical thinking, short statement writing pieces, as well as the curation of a 'virtual museum catalogue' (a creative task) where each student nominates and 'presents' their own 'future artefact.'
Normally, a Reader with a selection of thematically organised texts and a list of topics for term papers would be provided at the beginning of the course to be bought at Printzentrum, Neuer Markt 3. As this seminar will probably be offered online, the necessary materials will be provided in digital form.