Aggression and Argumentation. The demonic spinning top of war preparation and justification

Lecture Series

First lecture of TraCe lecture series “Arguing Violence. Making Peace.”

The first lecture of the TraCe lecture series 2023/2024, organized by TraCe at Justus Liebig University Giessen, is titled "Aggression and Argumentation. The demonic spinning top of war preparation and justification". The lecture will be given by Holger Kuße, who is Professor of Linguistics and History of Slavic Languages at the Institute of Slavic Studies at Technische Universität Dresden. His research focuses on the theory of languages, studies on discourses and language varietes (especially Russian philosophical discourse as well as political and religious discourse) and other aspects of linguistic-cultural interaction.

In his lecture, he will examine the russian rhetoric in the context of a discourse analysis. At least since 2012 Vladimir Putin has indirectly announced the war against Ukraine, and at least since 2014 the war was certainly to be expected. Unfortunately, this war rhetoric was not taken seriously 'in the West'. One wonders why. Starting from the concept of the demonic as a cognitive and rhetorical narrowing (after Søren Kierkegaard, Paul Tillich and Fedor Stepun), a discourse analysis of the demonic in the cognitive and rhetorical sense is developed and applied to the analysis of Putin's war rhetoric.

When? Wednesday, October 25 2023, 6:15-7:45 pm

Where? Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen, GCSC (International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture), Konferenzraum 1 - Otto-Behaghel-Straße 12 (über Alter Steinbacher Weg), 35394 Gießen.

The TraCe lecture series in the winter term 2023/2024 will be held in person and in English. There will be a livestream on TraCe's YouTube channel.