Mittwoch, 22. Januar 2020, 09:00 - 18:00 iCal

Vanishing Ice

Podiumdiskussion & Workshop (2 Tage)

Tag 2: Vanishing Ice - Human and natural impacts of a changing cryosphere

Aula am Campus, Universität Wien
Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Wien


The world’s glaciers and ice shields are melting at unprecedented rates, constituting one of the most visible signs of global climate change.Glacial loss not only affects global water cycles, changes landscapes and biotopes,but it also impacts directly on people living in these and surrounding locations. The retreat of the cryosphere impinges on their environment and their resources, their local economies, and eventually their personal lives and sense of place. While some groups insist on business as usual, others feel that the visible physical change of their environment will induce a profound change of their individual and collective lives.


Our workshop explore questions such as how these transformations can be observed, measured and understood. The other central question is how the vanishing of the cryosphere and its environmental changes impactthe thoughts, emotions and actions of people who experience changing ice-scapes daily. How do these profound transformations of landscapes and biotopes influence religious, political and subjective world views? How do they in turn affect perceptions and interpretations of environmental change?


The participants of this workshop are scholars from the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. The main goal of the event is to foster an interdisciplinary exchange about the power of “vanishing ice” within the context of ongoing debates about human-environmental interactions in the Anthropocene.


Vienna Anthropocene Network

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Anastassiya Schacht
Vienna Anthropocene Network
Institut für Germanistik/Institut für Geschichte