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Ulrich Hoinkes

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        Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hoinkes

               (Kiel University)

     Ulrich Hoinkes Workshop 

Threats and dangers as a relevant world experience: How public discourses and ways of social learning fit with our anxiety culture and what can be done for its overcoming.

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Antje Wienke

Antje neu

                 Antje Wienke (M.A., PhD Stud.)

                    (Kiel University)

           Antje Wienke Workshop

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

The French author Michel Houellebecq presents in his novel Submission (2015) a socially critical vision of the future in which France adopts a moderate Islam as defining culture and identity. The novel has caused heated debates. This presentation can be considered as the point of departure for a critical scrutiny of the social threats and its effects of public education as presented in the novel.

Bàrbara Roviró

Bàrbara Roviró

              Bàrbara Roviró (M.A.)

               (Bremen University)

 Bàrbara Roviró    

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

In this brief contribution I will first give a short introduction to the separatist movement in Catalonia and then take a look at the Spanish answer spread in the mass media. The involved stakeholders from both sides participate intensively in a social discourse making – not only when arguing about the recent development of the Catalan question, but also with regard to the frightening consequences the Catalan independence is supposed to entail.

Elmar Eggert

Elmar Eggert

        Prof. Dr. Elmar Eggert

              (Kiel University)

     Herr Eggert Workshop     

Two Linguistic Approaches to Social Threats: Etholinguistics and Discourse Traditions

The presentation will introduce two linguistic approaches that aim to analyse the linguistic-communicative depiction of media report on so called social threats.

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Elmar Eggert (born in 1970) started his maîtrise de lettres modernes in 1994 at the University Charles de Gaulle, Lille III in France. He completed his PhD in 2002 at the University François Rabelais in Tours. Between 2002 and 2012, he held scientific positions at the universities of Bochum, Frankfurt a.M., Heidelberg.

Since 2012 he has served as the Chair in Romance Linguistics at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. His main research focus has been in the History of languages in the Middle Ages, languages for special purposes and translation studies as well as language policy. His Publications include Bisontins ou Besançonnais? A la recherche des règles pour la formation des gentilés pour une application au traitement automatique, Tübingen 2005; [ed.]: Scientia valescit. Zur Institutionalisierung von kulturellem Wissen in romanischem Mittelalter und Früher Neuzeit, Munich  2009; [ed.]: Historische Sprachwissenschaft als philologische Kulturwissenschaft in der Romanistik, Göttingen 2015.


Holly Brewster

Holly Brewster

               Dr. Holly Brewster

               (Washington University)

     Holly Workshop

Certainty and Risk in Democratic Mathematics Education

Imke Hoppe

Imke Hoppe

                  Dr. Imke Hoppe

               (Hamburg University)


Climate Change Communication – A Short Introduction to the Research Perspectives in Communication Studies

Climate science is an abstract field. Often the results are too complex to be applied to one particular situation. For example, climate scientists do not know whether or not it will be raining in a certain place at a certain time in the future. The reason is that climate, in contrast to the weather forecast, focuses on statistical values. These are monitored for at least 30 years as cannot be felt with one’s own sense.

In addition, the findings about climate are often temporary and uncertain. At the same time, climate change not only has great relevance for society, but is also ever-present in the media.

In the last few years, news coverage of the topic has expanded all over the world. At the point where media and the public converge, the abstract findings of climate science are being simplified and pointed - knowledge about climate change is “socially constructed”.


Jan Gerwinski

Jan Gerwinski Workshop

Dr. Jan Gerwinski

(Siegen University)


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

I want to find out what we can learn about actual social threats by analysing assessments in special online discourses with the help of discourse and conversation analysis.

Jordi Cassany Bates

Jordi Cassany Bates

        Jordi Cassany Bates (M.A.)

               (Kiel University)

    Jordi Workshop 


Threats and Safeties of Language Immersion According to Catalan Media

The Catalan school system has followed for decades a language immersion program which now, in the context of big political changes, is being questioned by part of the society. We will try to analyse how Catalan media discusses the issue and, specially, how it attacks or defends this method of language teaching.

Michael Schapira

Michael Schapira Workshop

Dr. Michael Schapira

   (Hofstra University)



The Longing for Total Revolution Revisited: Total Critique in an Age of Crisis

The economic collapse of 2008 intensified a discourse that had been building since the early 21st century, namely that the modern university was in a state of crisis. Crisis discourse in higher education has become as ubiquitous as it is imprecise, focusing on issues as desperate as curricular reform, student debt, the obsolescence of tenure, and the corporatization of university management. In this presentation, the author takes a historical perspective to show that this current talk of the “university in crisis” is not unique. He discusses two prior iterations of crisis – the global student protests of 1968 and debates within German universities in the early 20th century – to highlight the background conditions which lead to the crisis designation, and then links this with a 19th century tradition of social critique which Bernard Yack has called “the longing for total revolution.” He concludes by suggesting that our talk of the “university in crisis” could benefit from revisiting this history to clarify how critics and defenders alike imagine the purpose and function of the 21st century university, especially in how they envision its relation to both the state and the economy.

Timothy Ignaffo


                    Timothy Ignaffo (PhD)

(Teachers College/Columbia University)

Timothy Workshop 


Rainer Zaiser

Rainer Zaiser

                   Prof. Dr. Rainer Zaiser

                          (Kiel University)

 Herr Zaiser Workshop    

Dangerous Passions: Emotions as Social Threat in Early Modern French Literature

The purpuse of this essay is to show that the meaning of love in literature refers in most cases to social, religious, philosophical, epistemological or moral issues and that outbursts of emotional love are even able to jeopardize the maintenance of the social and ideological orders at issue. So Niklas Luhmann points out in his book on Love as Passion that in mid-seventeenth-century treatises and fictional works love is no longer codified as a socially ritualized play whose parts had been inherited from the medieval tradition of courtly love, but as a passion, this means as a strong and irrational emotion tempted to break with social rules and moral norms. The foremost examples are The Princess of Clèves, written by Madame de Lafayette and published anonymously in 1678, and The Portuguese Letters, one of the first French epistolary novels anonymously published, too, in 1669. Both of the characters’ love could be described in terms of a passion which becomes dangerous to social and moral orders. As far as it concerns the topic of social threat, it is worth noting that strong emotions seem to have the potential to resist laws, moral codes or other behavioural conventions. This potential is grounded in the individual and what makes it dangerous is the fact that the individual is not able to master it. So the outbursts of passionate love always latently claim the abolishment of such norms, for better or for worse.


Rainer Zaiser is Professor of French and Italian Literatures in the Department of Romance Languages of the University of Kiel. He has published on the seventeenth-century French novel, the French classical theatre, Medieval and Early Modern Italian Literature. He is the editor of the journals Œuvres et Critiques and Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature, and of the book series Biblio 17 and Études littéraries françaises.



“Gefährliche Leidenschaften: Vom Wandel der ‘amour galant’ zur ‘amour passion’ im Roman der französischen Klassik: La Princesse de Clèves und Les Lettres portugaises”, in Kirsten Dickhaut, Dietmar Rieger (ed.), Liebe und Emergenz. Neue Modelle des Affekt­begreifens im französischen Kulturgedächtnis um 1700. Tübingen: Niemeyer, 2006, pp. 183-195.





Anna-Kira Roggon

Anna Kira Workshop

        Anna-Kira Roggon (MEd)

               (Kiel University)


Youth Unemployment in Spain - An Empirical Study

Blanka Niewrzella

Blanca Workshop

        Blanka Niewrzella (MEd)

               (Kiel University)

     Blanka Niewrzella

The ‘Crisis’ of Cologne - A Critical Discourse Analysis of French and Spanish Media

The night of the 31th December in Cologne had led to a discursive event in the international media characterized by discourse interlays causing effects.

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Lisa Paetz

Lisa Paetz Workshop

       Lisa Paetz (M.A.)

        (Kiel University)


HIV/AIDS in Spanish Campaigns


Madlen Pockrandt

Madlen Workshop

        Madlen Pockrandt (MEd)

               (Kiel University)


The Hispanic Challenge - Are Hispanics really threatening the “Traditional American” Way of Life?

The presentation will discuss the issue of Hispanics in the United States, who are often regarded or rather presented as posing a threat to U.S. society. As a basis, Samuel P. Huntington’s article “The Hispanic Challenge” from 2004 will be used, supplemented with data from the Pew Research Center from 2013.

Sara-Ann Simon

Sara-Ann Workshop

        Sara-Ann Simon (MEd)

         (Kiel University)


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

In 2015, France declares the state of emergency.
At the very start of 2015, on 7 January, the editorial offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo became victim of an Islamic motivated terror attack. The two brothers belonging to Al-Qaida, shot 11 persons, hurt several persons present and killed a policeman during the escape. Until the day of the attacks on the Bataclan, theses aggressions were the deadliest in France since 1961. On the evening of 13th November of the same year, a series of jihadist-motivated terrorist attacks occurred in Paris. The attackers killed 130 people, including 89 in the Bataclan concert hall.

The attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January, against the Bataclan in November and other attacks that claimed more lives, raised difficult questions about issues ranging from free speech and satire to immigration, religion, diversity and extremism in a civil society.

The idea of my research work is to analyze all the sentiments people express in traditional medias of Romance countries (mainly France and Spain) in order to make a data-based assessment of the level of consensus about the value of multiculturalism and freedom. This analysis refers to a fixed period of approximately one month before and one year after the first attacks and will be done by a discourse analysis.

A discourse analysis studies larger linguistic units such as written texts in different languages, connected to social questions and problems. In my case, I will focus on the following research questions:

  • Does France and Spain react in a different way to the attacks?
  • Did the consciousness of people change? How?
  • Does people tend toward deepening the conflict in the society or toward reinforce the consensus in the society?

To work out these questions, I will refer to each three renowned daily French and Spanish newspapers, which are relevant to the formation of public opinion and open to European topics. Consequently, I assume that my research will be representative in democratic countries like France and Spain.


I  studied French and Spanish Philology in Kiel. During my studies, I spent several months in France and Spain. Currently I am writing my master’s thesis in Spanish literature and translation. After this, I will apply for a position of a teacher training.

During my studies, I also completed a correspondence course that enables me to teach German as a foreign language. Since one year, I work in a language school, teaching not only private and company courses, but also daily integration courses for refugees and citizens of the EU who want to learn German – an important experience and challenge for me.