Conference Presentations

Poster Presentation

  • “Plastics, Cultural-Environmental Toxicity, and Air”
    Savannah Schaufler (Speaker) and Tatiana Konrad 
    July 10, 2024 – July 12, 2024
    International Summer School Environment and Planetary Health
    Mondor Biomedical Research Institute, Université Paris Est Créteil & Metatox Team, University of Paris Cité, France

Project-Related Teaching

  • BA Seminar “Airborne Pandemics: (Visual) Culture and Ecology of Disease”
    Tatiana Konrad (Lecturer)
    October 10, 2022 – January 30, 2023 (WS 2022/23)
    University of Vienna, Austria
    The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has emphasized the tight connection between humans and nonhumans. This course explores this relationship by drawing on numerous fictional and real pandemics depicted in cultural texts. Through its exclusive focus on airborne pandemics, the course investigates the relationship between air, breath, and the environment and foregrounds the issue of (in)visibility when it comes to the virus, toxicity, and pollution. In doing so, it explores pandemics from the perspectives of both the health humanities and the environmental humanities.

  • BEd Seminar “Cultures of (Air) Pollution”
    Tatiana Konrad (Lecturer) 
    October 2, 2023 – December 5, 2023 (WS 2023/24)
    University of Vienna, Austria 
    This course examines cultural representations of pollution. Focusing on, among other issues, the Anthropocene, cheap energy, health, and environmental crisis, this course explores how pollution is discussed and made visible in and through cultural texts. Via selected cinematic examples, the course investigates the relationship among toxicity, health, and environmental inequality. Zeroing in on filmic examples of air pollution, the course analyzes the aesthetics of the invisible, linking air, breath, and planetary health. In addition to air pollution, students are invited to explore other kinds of pollution and the way they are represented in cultural texts. One of the chief goals of this course is to provide examples and outline clear ways of teaching environmentalism and environmental justice through cultural texts at school.