VAN News


An ongoing, intensive debate in the geoscientific community revolves around this core question: Can the Anthropocene be formalised as a fundamentally...


1 Dec 2021, 5-6:30pm CET - Talk by Thilo Hofmann on "Nano in Plant Agriculture: Risks and Opportunities" (via Zoom)


11 Nov 2021, 7pm CET - Opening panel discussion of the OPEN MIND Festival 2021 with Katharina Hoppe and VAN co-founder Michael Wagreich (in German)

VAN Mission Statement

The Anthropocene presents challenges to all academic fields. As a new geochronological epoch it redefines the human relationship to the planet in ecological terms with consequences that are also historical, social, and ethical. Bringing together the humanities and the sciences, our network comprises scholars from geology, geography, the life sciences, history, philosophy, political science, literary and cultural studies, STS, anthropology and a range of area studies. Drawing on this broad interdisciplinary base, we will explore the new perspectives on nature, culture, society, and technology that the Anthropocene urgently solicits. We furthermore aim to convey an understanding of the significance of the Anthropocene to a wider audience of policy makers, teachers, journalists and the public at large.

 VAN Events


A series of three workshops on ecocritical methods in art history which will take place over 2021-2022.