264.222 Seminar Art and Design 2
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022W, SE, 3.5h, 5.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.5
  • Credits: 5.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to develop a research question, to come up with appropriate methods and to conduct independent research. They are able to understand the intersectional relations of gender and migration in the field of architecture and urban research. The seminar is an introduction to basic scientific research and artistic resarch in the field of architecture and urban research. Students conclude the seminar with a written paper of 40.000 characters.

Subject of course

Decolonizing Vienna Exkursion, 2022 (c) Amila Sirbegovic

from queer feminist, dekolonial and migrant perspectives

The history(ies) of a city are a contested field! How we understand our past has a bearing on how we can imagine our future. Whose experiences and points of view are being kept and passed on reflects on dominant power relations of our present. For example, the demolition of Südbahnhof – a place of arrival for many migrants in Vienna – left a great gap in the city‘s history of migration. In contrast, the decision to transform another historical site has been postponed time and again. It has been an ongoing discussion, over many years, how the city should deal with the monument of Karl Lueger – a former mayor of Vienna who is known for his antisemitic views.

In this seminar, we will investigate how different histories manifest in the city. Whose history can be found where and how? Whos history is visible and whose is invisble? Which histories matter and who is writing them? To find out, we will examine the city as an archive from a queer feminist, decolonizing, and migrant perspective. What can we (un)learn when we reflect on the city‘s history from such positions? What are these documents of women‘s or migrants‘ histories in the city? How can we make the histories of queer life in the city visible?

We will approach these questions by discussing artworks and projects from educational contexts, activism, and culture as well as by going for walks through the city. We will interrogate monuments, sites, and buildings in the city for their histories, work with concepts such as narrative urbanism, consult archives, and make interviews.

Artists' works (planned):
IMMO GRIEF, kuratiert von Lisa Bolyos und Tomash Schoiswohl, Wienwoche 2022 Wer putzt die Stadt?, Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken, 2022
Harun Farocki, The Silver and the Cross, 2010
Hito Steyerl, “Der Bau”, Linz 2009

Excursionena (planned):
Stadtspaziergang mit Decolonizing in Vienna!
Archiv des Vereins für Geschichte der Arbeiter*innenbewegung, Wien
Sichtwort - Archiv der Frauen und Lesbenbewegung, Wien
QWIEN, Zentrum für Queere Geschichte, Wien

Texte (vorläufig):

Carla Bobadilla. 2020. “The Butterfly House,” in: Giulia Carabelli et. al (Hg.), Sharpening the Haze: Visual Essays on Imperial History and Memory. London: Ubiquity Press, 129-142.

Katarina Bonnevier. 2007. Behind Straight Curtains: Towards A Queer Feminist Theory Of Architecture. Stockholm: Axl Books. (chapter 2)

Elke Krasny. 2008. "Narrativer Urbanismus oder die Kunst des City-Telling,” in: Elke Krasny und Irene Nierhaus (Hg.), Urbanografien, Stadtforschung in Kunst, Architektur und Theorie. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag.

Alessandro Petti. 2017. "The Architecture of Exile IV. B.” e-flux architecture, Refugee Heritage, February 22, 2017. https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/refugee-heritage/99756/the-architecture-of- exile-iv-b/

Meike Schalk. 2017.  "Old News from a Contact Zone: Action Archive in Tensta,” in: The Social (Re)Production of Architecture. Politics, Values and Actions in Contemporary Practice edited by Doina Petrescu and Kim Trogal, 329-345.

Vida Bakondy und Amila Širbegović, 2022. "Flüchten, ankommen, Erinnern: Eine Ausstellung als Erinnerungsort ex-jugoslawischer-Wiener Gegenwart," in Südslawisches Wien, Band Nr. XX

Johanna Schaffner. 2008. Ambivalenzen der Sichtbarkeit: Über die visuellen Strukturen der Anerkennung. Wien: transcript Verlag. (Auszug)

Ann Cvetcovic. 2003. An Archive of Feelings. Trauma, Sexuality and Lesbian Public Cultures. Durham NC: Duke Universtiy Press. (Auszug)


Teaching methods

The seminar is based on affirmative pedagogy (according to Rosi Braidotti). 

The main elements are text, book and lecture discussions, excursions, discursive development of individual interrogation, which also involves methods of drawing. Workshops will allow us to practice the handling of scientific sources, good scientific practice and writing abstracts. Individual meetings are possible if necessary. 

Mode of examination


Additional information

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



Course dates

Fri10:00 - 13:0014.10.2022 - 20.01.2023Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Seminar Art and Design 2 - Single appointments
Fri14.10.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri21.10.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri28.10.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri04.11.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri11.11.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri18.11.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri25.11.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri02.12.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri09.12.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri16.12.202210:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri13.01.202310:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt
Fri20.01.202310:00 - 13:00Seminarraum AC0440 Geschichte(n) in der Stadt

Examination modalities

Written paper (40.000 characters)


TitleApplication beginApplication end
Wahlseminare12.09.2022 09:0026.09.2022 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
033 243 Architecture Not specified6. SemesterSTEOP
Course requires the completion of the introductory and orientation phase


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