Anthropocene Campus Venice 2021

September 28th, 2020

The Anthropocene Campus Venice (ACV) will take the case of Venice as a point of departure to collectively reflect on geo-environmental politics in the water city and beyond.

Long-term Environmental Knowledge and Politics in a Rapidly Changing Water City

The balance of water and land has always constituted both a vital resource for the inhabitants of Venice as well as a crucial factor for the very existence of the lagoon. The city’s insularity, which is at once natural and artificial, marks its specific relation to the elements. The political economy of a “water city” like Venice thus constitutes an emblematic case study to address crucial cultural questions in connection with a longue-durée history. An inquiry into the long-term geo-environmental practices and knowledge forms of Venice offers a vantage point to reflect on the co-evolution of human inhabitation of a highly dynamic environment at threat of catastrophic shifting as we enter the Anthropocene. The Anthropocene Campus Venice (ACV) will take the case of Venice as a point of departure to collectively reflect on geo-environmental politics in the water city and beyond. Over the span of a full week, this forum will provide a space for co-learning, interdisciplinary collaborations, and comparative studies bringing together environmental scientists, artists, historians of science and technology, geologists, environmental humanity scholars, archaeologists, and architects.