Universität Wien

240116 SE VM5 / VM2 - Working the Land (2020W)

Labour, Technology and the Environment in Global Agriculture

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Please follow this link to a collaborate videoconference:

*** A Seminar in Times of Covid-19 ***

Given the increasing number of covid-19 cases, I decided to teach this seminar online. Thus, you will be able to complete this seminar without being physically present at Vienna University. This allows those of you who currently cannot travel to Vienna or those who are part of a corona high-risk group to attend this seminar without any disadvantages.

Moodle will serve as our central platform of communication. We will replace the physical attendance in classrooms with a bi-weekly live video conference (see dates below). Attendance to these videoconferences is mandatory. You can miss max. 2 sessions.

You will receive all the materials needed for this seminar via moodle. For your seminar paper you will need to access online sources via u:search.

Please make sure that you attend the videoconference on Thursday 8 October at 1pm. I will provide you with all the details on our online seminar in this video conference. You’ll find a link to the webinar tool (Collaborate) on this seminar’s moodle page. You can also access the conference by clicking on this link:

Donnerstag 08.10. 13:00 - 16:15 Digital
Donnerstag 22.10. 13:00 - 16:15 Digital
Donnerstag 05.11. 13:00 - 16:15 Digital
Donnerstag 19.11. 13:00 - 16:15 Digital
Donnerstag 03.12. 13:00 - 16:15 Digital
Donnerstag 17.12. 13:00 - 16:15 Digital
Donnerstag 14.01. 13:00 - 16:15 Digital
Donnerstag 28.01. 13:00 - 16:15 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Agriculture is a coproduction of society and nature. Agricultural work, e.g. growing crops or raising cattle, differs from other forms of work in many ways, most importantly due to its natural embedment. Weather, soil fertility and many other natural factors not only have an impact on the choice of crops or animals, but also on the organisation of labour, the application of technology or even the composition of households. At the same time agriculture shares fundamental features with other branches of work, as it is part of larger political and economic systems. Issues like free and un-free labour, gender relations or migration are as relevant in agriculture as they are in all other social and economic spheres. This seminar is primarily based on a recent academic conference on agricultural work (ITH 2019) and an on-going book project. It thus aims at providing the students with both an introduction to various academic approaches to agricultural work and a selection of state-of-the-art research. We discuss topics such as slash-and-burn agriculture in the Amazon, the exploitation of migrant workers in Southeast Asia’s palm oil industry, gender relations in colonial Java’s coffee production, slavery on American cotton plantations, global soy farming or the peasant production of opium in colonial India.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel


1) Active participation in videoconferences and the forum on moodle // 15%
2) Production of a Podcast // 20%
3) Written assignments // 15%
4) Final Seminar paper, 15 pages // 50%

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

>= 87,5 very good (1)
>= 75 good (2)
>= 62,5 satisfactory (3)
>= 50 sufficient (4)
< 50 deficient (5)



Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

VM5 / VM2

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:20