VAN News


Podcast: Climate scientist Aiko Voigt about his research on clouds, climate dynamics and climate change as "unintentional experiment" (in German)


March - June 2022: Colloquium organised by the Department of European Ethnology on cultural aspects of weather and meteorology (in English and German)


16-18 June 2022 - The Forum Anthropocene takes an interdisciplinary approach to the question of how people can once again understand and experience...

VAN Mission Statement

Research for a future we want to live inThe 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


8-10 Sept 2022: Third NEHT Workshop 2022 with a keynote by John McNeill (Georgetown University) - 'Building the Anthropocene'