Discourses, Social Practices and Education with Regard to Threats and Dangers in Public Life

Interdisciplinary Workshop at the Dr. Otto Bagge-Kolleg of Christian-Albrechts-University, Sehlendorf
February 19th / 20th 2016

A Response to Social Threats: Discourse Analysis and Educational Research

In these historic times for the global community, educators, researchers and academics of all backgrounds and disciplines must take time to critically and thoughtfully engage issues of enduring importance. On February, 19th – 20th, we asked an eclectic and cosmopolitan group of select scholars to join us for an interdisciplinary workshop at the Dr. Otto Bagge-Kolleg of Christian-Albrechts-University in Sehlendorf to discuss and engage issues relating to the theme: “Social Threats and Public Education”.

This international workshop, and the discussions that resulted, evolved into a rich collaborative discourse, and a working think tank. We had participation from scholars, researchers and pedagogues from various disciplines and a host of institutions: Kiel University, Washington College, Siegen University, Hamburg University, Bremen University, Oldenburg University, Köln University, Hofstra and Teachers College Columbia. The participants brought a multitude of perspectives to this workshop, and the respective contributions served not only as a text-in-themselves, but also helped to launch a sustainable long-term collaborative research project. In addition to the workshop, this international and interdisciplinary project also involves a research colloquium at Kiel University.

This requires and at the same time produces an interdisciplinary framing of the individual research projects, whose theoretical and methodological commonality is that the individual and the collective as well as theory and empiricism are taken as a basis in their interaction.

Anxiety culture is thus understood as a (central) dynamic in societies of the globalised world, and is thus based neither on a singular state, nor on a state to be overcome, nor on an epistemic turn, for example in the logic of an affective turn.

Panels and Speakers

Friday, February 19th 2016

10.00 a.m.
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hoinkes
Introducing the Workshop’s Theme: Social Threats and Public Education

Panel 1

11.30 a.m.​

Prof. Dr. Elmar Eggert
Two Linguistic Approaches to Social Threats: Etholinguistics and Discourse Traditions

Jan Gerwinski
Assessments in Online Discourses: An Analytical Approach to Social Threats?

Panel 2
2.00 p.m

Madlen Pockrandt
The Hispanic Challenge – Are Hispanics really Threatening the ‘Traditional American’ Way of Life?

​Sara-Ann Simon
After Charlie Hebdo – Optimism and Hope or Resentment and Revenge? An International and Interlingual Discourse Analysis on the Basis of French and Spanish Printed Mass Media

​Jordi Cassany Bates
Threats and Safeties of Language Immersion According to Catalan Media

Panel 3
4.00 p.m. 

Dr. Imke Hoppe
Climate Change Communication – A Short Introduction to the Research Perspectives in Communication Studies

Prof. Dr. Rainer Zaiser
Dangerous Passions: Emotions as Social Threats in Early Modern French Literature

Lisa Paetz
HIV/AIDS in Spanish Campaigns

Saturday, February 20th 2016

Panel 4

10.00 a.m.​
Anna-Kira Roggon
Youth Unemployment in Spain – an Empirical Study

Barbara Roviró
How to Maintain Spain’s Unity? Stoking Fears Instead of Providing Arguments in the Face of Separatism in Catalonia

Panel 5

11.30 a.m.

Tim Ignaffo (Teachers College/ Columbia University)
… And Public Education

Michael Schapira (Hofstra University/ New York)
The Longing for Total Revolution Revisited: Total Critique in an Age of Crisis

Holly Brewster (Washington College)

Closing Panel

2.00 p.m. 

Antje Wienke
Michel Houellebecq’s Novel Submission against the Backdrop of Social Threats and Public Education

Blanka Niewrzella
La crisis de Colonia o(u) la crise de Cologne – A Discourse Analysis in French and Spanish Media

​Paul Mecheril and Monica van der Haagen-Wulff
Discursive Constructions of Threat Scenarios in Migration Societies