Mirko
Winkel

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Mirko Winkel is the coordinator of the mLAB. The artist and curator teaches at the University of Bern and other places with the aim of synthesizing art with scientific research and socio-political concerns.

Susan
Thieme

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Susan Thieme is professor of Critical Sustainability Studies at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern. She brought the Global Science Film Festival to Bern and co-developed the Social Learning Video Method. She is co-founder of the mLAB.  MORE

Carolin
Schurr

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Carolin Schurr is professor of Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. As a feminist geographer, she has developed and experimented with affectual and visual methods to grasp the emotional effects of globalization processes on our intimate lives. She is co-founder of the mLAB.  MORE

Alexander
Vorbrugg

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Alexander Vorbrugg is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. His research interests include visual forms of research and science communication. He is part of the coordination group of the mLAB. MORE

Laura
Perler

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Laura Perler is a postdoctoral researcher in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. In her research she investigates inequalities in relation to reproductive technologies and the Swiss asylum system. In her projects she uses audiovisual approaches and collaborates with artists. Together with Mirko Winkel, she is currently organizing a traveling exhibition on egg donation. She is part of the coordination group of the mLAB. MORE

Stefan
Brönnimann

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Stefan Brönnimann is a professor in Climatology at the University of Bern. His research focuses on weather and climate reconstruction, climate models, climate dynamics, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate and climate and society interactions. MORE

Elisabeth
Militz

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Elisabeth Militz is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Guelph (Canada) and a feminist political and cultural geographer. She experiments with affectual and feminist digital methodologies and advances feminist social media research methods. MORE

Adrien
Mestrot

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Adrien Mestrot is a professor in Soil Science at the University of Bern. Part of his research topics is analyzing the biogeochemistry of soils under global change to improve environmental health and food production.  MORE

Nora
Komposch

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Nora Komposch is a PhD student and assistant in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. Her research interests are geographies of the body, care and reproduction, migration and labor, and politics of the global intimate. MORE

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“Critical Sustainability Research” with the Social Learning Video Method

Susan Thieme (Geography, University of Bern) and Patricia Fry (Bern University of Applied Sciences, HAFL) won the University Teaching Award 2021 for geography. The prize was awarded at # GeoWoche2021 by the Association for Geography at German-speaking universities and research institutions (VGDH).

The award-winning seminar ‘Critical Sustainability Research: Semester Stop at Olten Railway Station’ combined the topics of sustainability, mobility and social learning. In close cooperation with representatives of the SBB and other practical partners, the students gained insight into negotiations on the case study of the Olten train station about the future role and design of train stations. These ‘mobility hubs’ are places where sustainability issues such as access to and use of mobility for population groups, mobility infrastructure and participation in decision-making are negotiated.

The social learning video method makes social learning processes between different actors and their transformation knowledge accessible and embeds social learning processes within video creation and the consumption of its final product. The languages of the protagonists, their perspectives and work contexts can be directly experienced and reflected upon. Due to the simultaneity of image and sound, so-called tacit knowledge can also be conveyed better. In the seminar, the students went through the entire process of creating a video, from determining relevant transformation knowledge through group discussions and interviews to viewing and commenting on the rough cut, using the videos with practice-partners and accompanying social learning processes.

“Critical Sustainability Research” with the Social Learning Video Method

Bibliography

  • Thieme S. and P. Fry (2021): Transdisziplinarität praktisch erleben: Prinzipien für die geographische Hochschullehre. In Wintzer Jeannine, Ivo Moosig I. und Angelika Hof (eds.). Prinzipien, Strukturen und Praktiken geographischer Hochschullehre. Hamburg, UTB. S. 105-118.
  • Fry P. and S. Thieme (2021): ‘From the Sage on the Stage to the Guide on the Side’: Studierende als aktive Partner*innen für langfristigen Wissenserwerb. In Wintzer Jeannine, Ivo Moosig I. und Angelika Hof (eds.). Prinzipien, Strukturen und Praktiken geographischer Hochschullehre. Hamburg, UTB. S. 275-288.