Schatten des Schattens: Sprache in (post)kolonialen Zeiten

Sprachideologien und Mehrsprachigkeit. Gute Sprachen - Schlechte Sprachen?


Numerous views of the German language that are still common today are based on nationalist, imperialist and colonial ideologies of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The constructed juxtaposition of 'Kulturvölker' and 'Naturvölker' for the purpose of devaluing the latter took place, among other things, by claiming the superiority of European 'Kultursprachen'.
On 15 November, the linguists İnci Dirim from the University of Vienna and Stefan Engelberg from the Leibniz Institute for the German Language will be our guests. Their discussion will focus on different evaluations of languages. What are the roots of common prejudices about languages today and what consequences do these prejudices have for the speakers?
At the beginning, the audio piece Klänge aus dem Orient by the performance collective Anna Kpok can be heard, which critically reflects on the poem cycle of the same name by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and the "Orientalism" associated with it.

In the event series Schatten des Schattens we ask ourselves how strongly colonial history characterises our languages and how far colonial patterns reach into our everyday speech and also into literature. Shadows of Shadows also sees language as part of the larger process of decolonisation. The two-year project uses conversations and artistic contributions to trace historical traces in language - between science and art, between Westphalia and the world.

İnci Dirim
Stefan Engelberg

moderated by
Prasanna Oommen


Only cash payment is possible at the box office.

Die Veranstaltung gehört zum Projekt Schatten des Schattens: Sprache in (post)kolonialen Zeiten, einer Kooperation von Burg Hülshoff – Center for Literature (CfL), der LWL-Kommission für Mundart- und Namenforschung Westfalens und dem Germanistischen Institut der Universität Münster, gefördert durch die LWL-Kulturstiftung im Rahmen von »POWR! Postkoloniales Westfalen-Lippe« und der Stiftung der Sparkasse Münsterland Ost.