Strategies for teaching on and for The Anthropocene – A Case Study from UNSW Art & Design

Presented by Dr Josh Wodak (Art and Design)

Strategies for teaching on and for The Anthropocene – A Case Study from UNSW Art & Design

This presentation provides an overview of the centrality of the Anthropocene and its relevance for tertiary education from A (accounting) to Z (zoology). Across all disciplines around the world, there is widespread recognition that we now face Grand Challenges in the 21st century that are unprecedented in recorded history. How then can the Anthropocene be a platform from which to develop transformative pedagogy for such environmental challenges?

The talk is based on a case study of ‘The Anthropocene Kitchen’, the first teaching project on the Anthropocene at UNSW, which was also one of the first university courses in Australia to engage with the Anthropocene in the disciplines of art or design. The case study will detail the presenter’s strategies for introducing such subject matter to students who are otherwise largely unfamiliar with 21st century environmental challenges, and of how the project developed students' critical engagement with such environmental challenges.

‘The Anthropocene Kitchen’ is an international research project lead by Humboldt University as part of their ‘Image Knowledge Gestaltung: An Interdisciplinary Laboratory Cluster of Excellence. The presentation will contextualise the UNSW Art & Design project within this larger research project, including the collaboration with Assoc Prof Katerina Teaiwa (ANU) and Dr Ian McArthur (UNSW), and drawing from the presenter’s essay ‘The Anthropocene as a Transformative Pedagogical Platform’ (forthcoming in ‘Transformative Pedagogies and the Environment: Creative Agency Through Contemporary Art’ edited by Prof Marie Sierra (UNSW Art & Design) and Prof Kit Wise (University of Tasmania).


Please register here for this seminar

5th Oct 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Room 1025, Level 10, Library (back entrance near the IT service centre)

Staff Only: Event open only to UNSW Staff



Christina Kingen