Advancing the Value of Humanities in Academia, Society and Industry – ein trinationales Bildungsprojekt
The project was jointly carried out by the Universities of Liechtenstein and Graz and the HafenCity University Hamburg. At all three locations the theoretical focus was on the concepts of space and culture.
The different topics of the teaching projects are based on topical local issues of these universities, on the thematic priorities represented by the institutes and the interdisciplinary expertise of those involved.

Analysis and evaluation

After completion of the teaching projects, a critical evaluation was carried out by the interdisciplinary team of lecturers from one of the other participating universities. In this case, the parameters of the procedure were jointly worked out in advance. In the form of accompanying ethnographic research, using the methods of participant observation, free-floating attention, and interviews with students and lecturers, findings and questions were documented in writing, by means of sketches and maps, as well as photographs and video recordings. The results and knowledge gained from each previous evaluation were then incorporated into the next event via constructive feedback loops. This process enabled a consecutive process of communication, learning and thinking among all teams as well as a consolidation of the aims of the project and the findings.

Advancing the Value of Humanities


University of Liechtenstein

Ethnographic exploration of border regions

As part of a one-week block course, students from various cross-faculty courses - above all entrepreneurship and architecture - gained their first ethnographic experience in exploratory, interdisciplinary research teams. A number of teaching-learning tools were used, such as “Epistemic Objects”, the use of distributed roles, the “Juke Box” as a communication format, the “Table Criticism” tool, etc. Methods of cultural analysis, self-reflective thinking and interdisciplinary work were the subject of discussion during the course.


HafenCity University Hamburg

Micromappings: Recycling. Rethinking Property. Real Estate in the Bille-Land District.

The course at the HafenCity University Hamburg took place in the 2019 summer semester in cooperation with the HALLO: e.V. association, which is committed to urban politics, and focused on the concept of property. Students from various disciplines (architecture, urban planning, cultural and urban research) worked with and on the site of a former recycling centre in the industrial eastern area of Hamburg. After dealing with theoretical literature on the topics of property, mapping and the value of humanities, the students developed small research projects on-site using a diverse catalogue of methods. The collected material was presented in the form of mapping installations on location and was incorporated into the formulation of the white paper.


University of Graz

City-Space-Culture LAB (interdisciplinary teaching-learning laboratory)

The Graz course was conceptualised as an exploratory and open-ended teaching-learning laboratory. In interdisciplinary, multilingual teams from cultural anthropology, art and architecture, the students work out self-organised research projects on the subject of “upheaval” in the urban area of Graz over the course of a semester. By regularly changing the space in which they study, deliberate inclusion of irritations (“unlearning”) as well as a variety of input formats and tasks, a very special, open work situation was created and continuously reflected upon. Particular attention was paid to the moderation and creation of social processes in the sense of a temporary teaching-learning community.

9.9.20 in Hamburg
24.9.20 in Vaduz
27.9.20 in Graz

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