Hedy Lamarr Lecture with Ruth Wodak on November 29th on the Socio-Linguistic Perspectives of a Multi-Lingual European Union
- The Austrian linguist Ruth Wodak is the guest speaker at the 7th Hedy Lamarr Lecture at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
- National and international researchers discuss the topic of infrastructures and their social consequences for the knowledge and information society
- The Telekom Austria Group is co-initiator of the social science lecture series
- Attendance is free of charge, registration is not required
Vienna, November 17, 2010: The Austrian linguist Ruth Wodak, Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University in England and also a professor at the Institute of Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna, will hold a lecture on the topic “Unity in Diversity” within the scope of the Hedy Lamarr Lectures. Wodak will speak about the multi-lingual European Union and its socio-linguistic perspectives, and will draw attention to the opportunities and challenges for the knowledge society.
The 7th Hedy Lamarr Lecture will take place on November 29, 2010 at 6:15 p.m. in the Festsaal of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 1010 Vienna, Dr. Ignaz Seipel-Platz 2; Moritz Csaky, Professor of General Modern History and Austrian History at the University of Graz will be the presenter. The Hedy Lamarr Lectures are open to everyone. Registration is not required.
The Hedy Lamarr Lectures
With the Hedy Lamarr Lectures, this year for the first time the Austrian Academy of Sciences is addressing the topic of social sciences. The lectures series has been running since 1998 and previously focused primarily on the natural sciences. The lectures aim to deal with questions regarding current research, on a high level and in comprehensible form. The current lecture series comprises eight lectures focusing on the knowledge society. The political scientist Anton Pelinka, the media sociologist Kurt Imhof, the President of the European Research Council Helga Nowotny, the political scientist Pippa Norris, the sociologist Gerhard Vowes and the communications expert Otfried Jarren were the lecturers in 2010. The lecture series is named after the Austrian actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000); without her invention of frequency hopping mobile communications technology would be unthinkable today.
Information on the previous lectures and current news at
Telekom Austria Group and Medienhaus Wien are Co-Initiators
Co-initiators of the Hedy Lamarr Lectures are the Telekom Austria Group and Medienhaus Wien. By supporting the lecture series the Telekom Austria Group underlines the importance of the knowledge society for Austria as a business location and for Europe as a whole. The lecture is among the numerous measures for “Wissen schafft! Für die Gesellschaft von morgen. Initiativen der Telekom Austria Group für die Wissensgesellschaft“ („Knowledge creates! For tomorrow's society. Initiatives by the Telekom Austria Group for the Knowledge Society”). Medienhaus Wien offers a program to accompany the lectures entitled "science meets practice": At five small group events the lecturers and professionals from the media and information sector discuss the topics in greater detail
(information under www.medienhaus-wien.at).
The Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)
The Austrian Academy of Sciences is the leading organization of non-university academic research in Austria. It creates impetus by taking up new, forward-looking areas of research. Scientific quality, innovation potential and sustainability are the main criteria for the ÖAW's research profile. The ÖAW currently operates 65 research facilities, among them three research companies (GmbHs), with approximately 1,300 employees in research and administration. http://www.oeaw.ac.at
About the Telekom Austria Group:
The Telekom Austria Group lists on the Vienna Stock Exchange and is the leading telecommunications provider in Central and Eastern Europe. The Group has 21 million customers and is currently operating in eight countries: in Austria (A1 Telekom Austria, created from the merger between Telekom Austria TA and mobilkom austria), Slovenia (Si.mobil), Croatia (Vipnet), the Republics of Serbia (Vip mobile) and Macedonia (Vip operator), Bulgaria (Mobiltel), Belarus (Velcom) and Liechtenstein (mobilkom liechtenstein). The Group has more than 16,000 employees and had revenues of EUR 4.8 billion as of year-end 2009. The wide-ranging portfolio comprises products and services in the areas of voice telephony, Internet access, multimedia services, data and IT solutions, wholesale and payment solutions.
Medienhaus Wien was founded in 2005 as an independent organization for research and further development and offers practice-oriented media research, tailored qualification concepts and concrete further education measures for journalists. Medienhaus Wien elaborates a sound decision basis for companies and institutions and organizes further education programs, meetings, workshops, seminars and in-house training programs. In addition it is a specialist for developing international curricula for new educational and study programs in the media sector. With the accompanying events "science meets practice" for the Hedy Lamarr Lectures, Medienhaus Wien supports direct knowledge transfer between researchers and professionals in the media sector. http://www.medienhaus-wien.at/
ÖAW: Marianne Baumgart, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Telekom Austria Group: Elisabeth Mattes, Konzernkommunikation
Tel: 0664 66 39187
Medienhaus Wien: Bernd Matouschek, CommuniCom
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