Deutsches Haus at NYU and the Center for European and Mediterranean Studies presents a conversation among Anastasia Colosimo, Wolfgang Freitag, and Christian Martin about “Politics and Language: Let’s Tell It Like It Is.”
Language and politics are two spheres that, intuitively, seem to be closely intertwined. Yet, their exact relationship is open to contestation, thus becoming a matter of politics itself. In the most recent elections in Germany and elsewhere, this contestation has been underlying the campaigns of political actors primarily from the far-right. By pushing the boundaries of what is admissible content in the language of democratic politics they have successfully established themselves as forces that are supposedly ”telling it as it is.” This event at Deutsches Haus at NYU will look at “Language and Politics” through the lens of philosophy and political theory. Following two short presentations, we will enter into a discussion on the relationship between language and politics and what this relationship and its contestation means for the democratic polity.
About the panelists:
Anastasia Colosimo, PhD, is the Advisor to the Chairman at Richard Attias & Associates in New York. She holds a PhD in political theory from Science Po, Paris, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Université Sorbonne, Paris. Before coming to New York, Anastasia was a Graduate Instructor at Science Po, teaching classes on political theory and political theology. Her book, “Les bûchers de la liberté” (“The stakes of liberty”) won the 2016 the Elina and Louis Pauwels award.
Dr. Wolfgang Freitag is the Chair of Theoretical Philosophy and the Philosophy of Language at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Before joining the faculty at U of Mannheim, he was the Chair in Epistemology and Theory of Science at University College Freiburg. Wolfgang holds a doctorate from the University of Konstanz and has studied at universities in Germany, the US and the UK. His most recent publications are on “Norm and Sanction” and “Want and Ought”. In addition, Wolfgang is the author of the books “I Know. Modal Epistemology and Scepticism” (mentis, Münster 2013) and “Form and Philosophy. A Topology of Possibility and Representation”, Synchron, Heidelberg 2009. The event will be moderated by Dr. Christian Martin, Max-Weber Visiting Chair of German and European Studies at NYU.
Christian Martin (moderator) currently holds the Max Weber Chair in German and European Studies at New York University.
Events at Deutsches Haus are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend this event, please send an email to [email protected] As space at Deutsches Haus is limited, please arrive ten minutes prior to the event to ensure you get a good seat. Thank you!
“Language and Politics: Let’s Tell It Like It Is” is a DAAD-sponsored event.