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 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 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 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 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 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 is an Assistant Professor for Social and Digital Geographies at the University of Innsbruck. As a feminist political and cultural geographer, her focus lies on global/intimate relations and digital transformations. She experiments with affectual and feminist digital methodologies for human geographies. MORE
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 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
Johanna Paschen is a PhD student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. Her research interests include social and environmental justice, transdisciplinarity and artistic research. In cooperation with the Academy of the Arts Bern, she is involved with the research project EcoArtLab. MORE
Luca Tschiderer is a PhD student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. His research focuses on alternative practices of work in health- and care related contexts. As part of his PhD project he uses social learning videos as a participatory method towards workers inquiry. MORE
Sarah Hartmann is a Postdoc student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. Her research looks at issues around work, transnational mobilities and future transformations in healthcare from a critical sustainability perspective. MORE
5th Global Science Film Festival 2023: Bern Edition
Spatial Narratives – Installation
Exhibition: Care-Arbeit erzählbar machen
Lunch Cinema: Weaving Threads Across Borders
Residency: GEOGRAPHY OF GHOSTS
Workshop: Creative Methods in Health Geographies
Workshop Call: Transitional Justice
Film & Geography: Work/Health/Care
Short Film Program: Reproductive Justice
Exhibition: Making Babies in Bern
5th Global Science Film Festival 2023: Zurich Edition
Exhibition: Making Babies in Berlin
Elusive Exposures Event Series
Research Studio: Mapping the Global Intimate
ARTISTIC INSTALLATIONS AROUND THE BATHS
mLAB Symposium - Other Cartographies
Partnering for Change: Link Research to Societal Challenges
EcoArtLab: Transdisciplinary Approaches to Climate Change
Theatre of Transformation Workshop: Transforming Margins
Master's Thesis: Co-production of Knowledge through Filmmaking
Health Care Unbound
Animating the Commons
Call for Research-Art Collaboration: ON UN/HEALTHY GROUNDS
4th Global Science Film Festival 2021 Bern-Zurich
Mapping Possible Worlds
“Critical Sustainability Research” with the Social Learning Video Method
Conversing Alps in Times of Climate Crisis
Digital Geographies of the Global Intimate
mLAB Symposium - The Inspired Discipline
Call for Research-Art Collaboration: UN/CERTAIN CALIBRATIONS
Explorations into the World of Radical Cartographies
Producing and Reflecting Maps
Climatology & Climatography of Care
Call for Research-Art Collaboration - GLOBAL IN/JUSTICE
Homelessness in Bern
“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. The full video can be watched below.
- Fry, P. and Thieme, S. (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 Thieme, S. (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.
- Fry, P., Schmid, F. and Thieme, S. (2021): ‘Social Learning Videos’ vermitteln Handlungswissen. Proclim Flash, 74, pp. 10-11. ProClim Forum für Klima und globalen Wandel.
Fry, P. and S. Thieme (2019): A social learning video method: Identifying and sharing successful transformation knowledge for sustainable soil management in Switzerland. Soil use and management, 35(1), pp. 185-194. Wiley.
Thieme, S., Eyer, P., and Vorbrugg, A.(2919): Film VerORTen: Film als Forschungs- und Kommunikationsmedium in der Geographie, Geogr. Helv., 74, 293–297.