259.650 Wahlseminar Topos in architectural theory
Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist in allen zugeordneten Curricula Teil der STEOP.
Diese Lehrveranstaltung ist in mindestens einem zugeordneten Curriculum Teil der STEOP.

2022W, SE, 3.5h, 5.0EC


  • Semesterwochenstunden: 3.5
  • ECTS: 5.0
  • Typ: SE Seminar
  • Format der Abhaltung: Präsenz


Nach positiver Absolvierung der Lehrveranstaltung sind Studierende in der Lage:


  • Neue Erkenntnisse zu den Themen des Kurses gewinnen
  • über ein Verständnis und ein Sprachvermögen zu verfügen, welches quer durch die unterschiedlichen Kontexte der Diskussionen reicht


  • Ein Forschungsthema auf akademische Weise zu formulieren und entwickeln, zu den Inhalten des Kurses


  • Auf interdisziplinäre Weise Texte zu lesen, auf abstrahierende Weise mit den Texten umzugehen, die Texte kollektiv zu besprechen und dabei das eigene Textverständnis zu schulen. 
  • Zwischen journalistischen und akademischen Quellen zu unterscheiden, sowie deren unterschiedliche Weisen und Formen des Schreibens kennenzulernen.  
  • Methodologische Skills zu kultivieren, allgemeines Ausdrucks- und Sprachvermögen aufzubauen und präzises Formulieren zu lernen
  • Prinzipien wissenschaftlicher Forschung kennenzulernen (Bibliotheks- und Internet Recherchen, korrekte Weisen des Zitierens und Bibliographierens, Grundformen der Argumentation).

Inhalt der Lehrveranstaltung

Credits of the image: Philippe Parreno, "My Room is Another Fish Bowl", 2018. Photography by Anja Thierfelder.

Credits of the image:Philippe Parreno, "My Room is Another Fish Bowl", 2018. Photography by Anja Thierfelder.  

Comic, Cosmic, Cosmetic: Hospitality in a Sonic Key

Is it possible to think of hospitality with respect to beings and fleshes of human and non-human affiliation? How to let them come, to let them arrive? What could it mean to be hospitable on a planet overlapping zoe/geo/techno modes of inhabitation? Can we imagine and activate figures of hospitality that set in motion new variations and unknown resonances regarding the practice of living well together today? How to think of hospitality in light of a temperament that is creative and recreative—rather than compassive or prescriptive? 

Philosophy, architecture, art, mythology and science will propel the circulation and cultivation of these questions by offering us instruments to think of hospitality in terms of sound. Sound as a physical, material and ephemeral sensibility; sound as a polyphony of omni-directional voices; sound as distinguishability in synchrony; sound as a contingency in touch or in contact, sound as an invitation to engage with the physicality of things in terms of resonance and reverberation, in terms that avoid exhaustion, in terms circumventing empathy and its wish for epistemic colonization. Sound then as a stratum from which to experiment with new lines of flight regarding hospitality, but also as a framework to imagine and to make, as a set up whose sonic vocation is not to deny the visible or the visual, but to expand how we might see.

Thinking of hospitality in a sonic key addresses the political possibility of attuning us to those human or non-human voices that remain unheard or that sound outside a harmonic unity. But we would also like to bypass the moralizing circularity of harmony and discord; if hospitality brings the private or local life-world to a contingent and polyphonic environment of cohabitation, of public reverberation, then perhaps we can avoid the classificatory pendulation between friend and enemy by thinking of a sonic hospitality that is animated by comic, cosmic and cosmetic temperaments: codes of publicness that are active and performative, aware yet ironic, collective and cosmological, never prescriptive or taxonomic, and, thus, perhaps opportune to dramatize on the stage of thought sonic forms of order and decorum stimulating and articulating hospitable manners of sharing the cosmos.



1. Vinciane Despret, Living as a Bird. London: Polity, 2021. 

[With special attention to the chapter 4 “Possessions” and the chapter 6  “Polyphonic Scores”]

2. Rick Dolphijn, The Philosophy of Matter, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021.

[With special attention to Part 2 “This is not the Earth!”] 

3. Michel Serres, HominiscenceLondon: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.

[With special attention to chapter 7 “Old and New Common Houses” and chapter 8 “The Evolutionary House”]  

4. Salome Voegelin, The Political Possibility of Sound: Fragments of Listening. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018.  

[With special attention to the chapter 1 “The Political Possibility of Sound” and chapter 2 “Hearing Volumes: Architecture, Light and Words]

5. Alenka Zupančič, The Odd One In: On Comedy. London: The MIT Press, 2008.

[With special attention to the Introduction and the chapter 1 “The Concrete Universal”.]


The seminar is structured around the concept of Hospitality conceived in sonic terms and in its relation to the notions of the comic, the cosmic and the cosmetic. From this base, each student will cultivate and deploy their specific line of thought, which will be accommodated through three different resources:

  • In class group conversations

  • Week to week writing exercises

  • Optional meetings outside class time to prepare the essay of 8 - 12 pages that each student is submitting at the end of the course.



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Fridays    9:00 - 11:00
at: ATTP Seminar Room (Wiedner Hauptstr. 7, Stiege 2, Stock 1)

Start: 07.10.2022

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)

Beachten Sie beim Verfassen der Ausarbeitung bitte die Richtlinie der TU Wien zum Umgang mit Plagiaten: Leitfaden zum Umgang mit Plagiaten (PDF)

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The evaluation considers the participation in class and the delivery of a paper of 8 - 12 pages according to the following criteria:

  • Active participation and engagement in the seminar discussions.

  • Capacity to engage with the concepts and contents of the course in an inventive manner.

  • Continued participation in the exercises

  • Capacity to identify a topic study, a specific angle for such study, to develop arguments and an adequate method.

  • Capacity to distinguish academic research from critic and journalistic prose.

  • Sophistication of the research topic and capacity to articulate it in the paper.

  • Academic formatting of the research paper and general attention to the presentation (written and oral).


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