Online event on the topic "The limits of my language are the limits of my world"

29. October 2021 Science communicationPublic Science
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On December 13, 2021, OeAD's Education and Society Division invites you to a keynote address and panel discussion from 14:00-16:00.

The use of language in science and culture education  

Language is the most important means of communication for people to get in touch with each other. What sounds simple at first glance is associated with challenges for many, especially numerous, actors in the fields of culture, science and education. Due to the great diversity of people to be addressed in the course of outreach initiatives, different types of communication are needed, which have to be adapted to the respective target groups.

In the course of the event, examples will be shown of how initiatives in science communication and the mediation of culture and history use language to reach (as many) people as possible, both students and adults, with the content. What do we need to consider in each case and what impact does language have on the projects with the respective target groups? In the context of short inputs as well as the subsequent discussion, the following questions will be addressed:

  •     What needs to be taken into account when using language that is appropriate for the target group in each case?
  •     How can language be used to achieve the greatest possible inclusion?
  •     Where and when does language reach its limits?  
  •     Which best practice examples can/could be used to address target groups that are difficult to reach or have not been reached so far?
  •     Are there differences in the approaches on the part of culture, science or (historical)-political education?  

The invited experts will give insight into different areas by means of practical examples and will discuss their experiences together afterwards.  

Target group: Researchers, cultural mediators, science communicators, staff of research and cultural institutions and representatives of schools with an interest in science mediation, cultural mediation, political education and memory culture.  

We look forward to the following experts:

Mirko Bischofberger, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Sandra Kobel, Salzburg Museum
Axel Schacht, _erinnern.at_
Bettina Dausien, University of Vienna

Moderation: Christian Kneil, APA

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The event is organized by the department "Education and Society" of the OeAD.