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Wild Publics: Language in Public Space during Late Modernity

Conference at Freie Universität in cooperation with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, March 22 to 24, 2018

№ 040/2018 from Mar 01, 2018

The complex relationship between language and the public in late modernism is the focus of a conference scholars at Freie Universität Berlin are holding in cooperation with the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. From March 22 to 24, 2018, 20 scholars from Germany and abroad will discuss sociocultural processes of change in times of digital communication and against the background of sociopolitical developments such as the rise of populist parties in Europe or Brexit. The studies to be presented at the conference cover a wide range of topics, from the algorithmization of linguistic interactions to the public presentation of white male identities or linguistic authority in multilinguistic territories such as Luxembourg and Tel Aviv. Workshops for junior researchers will be held where two experts will present qualitative and quantitative methods of discourse analysis in social media. The conference is being organized by Britta Schneider and Theresa Heyd, researchers at the Institute for English Language and Literature at Freie Universität.

The opening event of the conference “Wild Publics – Language under the Conditions of Late Modernity” will take place on March 22 at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICI) Berlin. It will be a public evening lecture. The presenter, Kathrin Passig, is a writer and expert in digital communication and a winner of the Grimme Award and the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. In a lecture entitled “The Trouble with Talking,” she will speak about aspects of civility and aggression in spoken and digital communication. Attendance is free. Registration is requested via the website www.geisteswissenschaften.fu-berlin.de/en/v/wild-publics/index.html.

The conference is the 16th Blankensee Colloquium. The Blankensee Colloquia are international workshops held to promote young scholars in the Berlin area and to develop innovative research approaches in the humanities and social sciences. They are funded by the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

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Times and Locations

  • Opening evening lecture (March 22, 7 p.m.): Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Christinenstraße 18/19, Haus 8, 10119 Berlin; subway station: Senefelderplatz (U2)
  • Presentations (March 23 and 24, starting at 9 a.m.): Freie Universität Berlin, Holzlaube, Fabeckstraße 23/25, 14105 Berlin, Room -1.2009, subway station: Dahlem-Dorf (U3)