Zwischen (Sprach-)Gewalt und der Suche nach Frieden – Ost- und Südosteuropa im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert

17.11.2023 09:15

International Interdisciplinary Conference on Language, Violence and the Search for Peace in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, November 17-18

Friday to Saturday, November 17-18
University of Vienna
Department of Slavonic Studies
Seminarraum 1

This conference will take a closer look at language, violence and linguistic violence in Eastern and Southeastern Europe in the 20th and 21st centuries. The topic at hand has become more important due to the Russian war of aggression on Ukraine and the accompanying war of words. In addition, the relevance of the topic is underlined by the situation in the Western Balkans. This is demonstrated, for instance, by the increasing tensions in Kosovo at the beginning of this year or by the ethnic conflicts dominating the elections in Bosnia and the way in which the elections were dealt with in politics and the media. The conception of the conference is deliberately rather broad in terms of disciplines. Presentations are from the fields of history, linguistics, literature studies, education theory, theology, political science, cultural studies, and sociology. Apart from talks, the conference additionally includes a panel discussion.

The event will also provide an opportunity to explore language, violence and the consequences for scholarship or science.

The conference languages are German and English.

The conference is cosponsored by the Walter Benjamin Kolleg at the University of Bern and the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Vienna.


Link to the conference Zoom


Elias Bounatirou, professor of East Slavic linguistics at the University of Vienna (

Rebecca Krug, research associate at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz (

Franziska Zaugg, lecturer at the University of Fribourg (