What role does language play in the sciences, humanities and arts? What is it used for? When does it challenge us to think or rethink about conventions?

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Language plays a key role in everyday scientific and artistic life. It is employed for writing essays and books, giving lectures and discussing with colleagues. For artists, talking about their works is part of professional communication. Researchers and artists reflect on their use of language when they try to convey scientific facts or the aesthetic experience of works of art to other people.


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    • Workshop „Künstler*innen über Kunst“ ('artists on art')

      Talking about art: For some artists, the linguistic construction of an artistic programme or an artistic position is an inherent part of their work. Others see it as a challenging communicative task to speak and write about their own art in professional contexts or in front of a critical audience. In addition to individual differences, there are also differences specific to art forms and media.

      The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop organised by the Working Group Language is to shed light on the broad field of artistic communication.


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    • Interdisciplinary workshop "language use in science and humanities"

      In this workshop we want to try a little experiment “on our own” and compare scientific texts from different subjects to see how they use language to present scientific results. We are not concerned with an exact linguistic description of individual phenomena, but rather with our spontaneous impressions: How do texts from other disciplines affect us, which stylistic features surprise or irritate us, what seems familiar to us? What linguistic means do the articles use to present their problem/question? What is considered as 'fact' in each case? How is the argumentation made?


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