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Why the limits of my language are the limits of my world

6. Mai 2017 | 15:00 - 18:00

This workshop is not a philosophical seminar. Our title, of course, is taken from Ludwig Wittgenstein (the Austrian philosopher who fled from the Nazis and became a prominent professor in Cambridge). What we intend to address is something absolutely practical: intercultural competence, what it is and how one can acquire it. Wittgenstein’s approach proves helpful in this context. For if it is true that our language(s) stand for the limits of our world(s), language should play a significant role in intercultural training. This is perhaps even more so since we all use English as a lingua franca. After all, English – the language Number One of intercultural communication – is not at all ‘culture-free’. So how can we deal with the limitations imposed by our language(s) in intercultural encounters? Using examples from intercultural discourse analysis we want to illustrate how language and culture are related to one another and suggest practical exercises for preparing for intercultural encounters – using language.

Workshopleitung: Rudi Camerer (Mitglied des AFS-Fachbeirates) und Judith Mader (


6. Mai 2017
15:00 - 18:00