Vienna Arctic Summer School

VASS will provide its participants with in-depth treatments of three areas: 1) human-environmental interactions in the Anthropocene, 2) regimes of mobility and immobility, and 3) the study of the interrelationship of human and non-human actants in technological and infrastructural settings. 


The VASS summer school is designed as a mixture of intensive lectures and seminars for PhD students and young researchers. Senior and early career scholars will be working together in this two-week course. After an introductory workshop in Vienna a field trip and excursions will lead to several locations in the Austrian Alps. Moving westwards from Vienna to the Pinzgau region of Salzburg and further on to the Pitztal valley (Tyrol), participants will experience local articulations of dwelling and working in these regions, focusing on topics including tourism, resource extraction and infrastructure. The excursion to the Alps showcases a region that has many similarities with the Arctic and has faced similar challenges in the past.

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Course details

Academic level(s)PhD
CountryAustria
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Vienna
Begin date28.08.2016
End date09.09.2016
Registration deadline04.04.2016
ECTS credits0.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studySociology and cultural studies
Teaching placeVienna, Austria
Teaching termSummer
Tagsfield schooltourismsummer schoolinfrastructureextractive industries
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