The “we” in politics

Location: Library & Learning Center Ceremonial Hall 1 and YouTube livestream Starting on 03 November 2021 at 18:00 WU matters. WU talks.
Type Lecture / discussion
Organizer WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) Marketing & Communications

How language shapes our reality

Lecture and discussion as part of the Wirtschaft Wissenschaft Unplugged series

Language gives structure to our world, our perception, and our thinking. And it is politicians’ most important tool. Political rhetoric aims to impart more than just information; rather, its goal is to legitimize political actions and, while doing so, solicit approval from the population. We will be looking at the question of who is meant when politicians talk about “all Austrians.” What are the effects of non-inclusive language? And how does political communication affect our perception of the concept of “we”?


Judith Kohlenberger, researcher in cultural studies


Christoph Badelt, President of the Austrian Fiscal Advisory Council

Heidi Glück, communication expert

Judith Kohlenberger, researcher in cultural studies

Nadine Thielemann, Professor, Head of the Department of Foreign Language Business Communication, WU Vienna

Moderated by:

Iris Bonavida, editor domestic politics, "Die Presse"

Video livestream starting at 6:00pm

livestream starting at 6:00pm

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