Symposium in Vienna [21-24/03/2018]
Language use always needs to be analysed against the socio-cultural backdrop. On March 22nd 2018 I gave a keynote talk on the powerful and damaging populist right-wing rhetoric of the “ideology of gender”, both as a Polish idiosyncrasy and a transnational discourse strand. I argued that in order to understand the success of right-wing propaganda, we need to uncover the linguistic mechanisms governing this phenomenon. It was somewhat chilling to hear, during the Q&A session, how many European countries a similar rhetoric has already invaded.
After the intense day packed with highly informative talks, together with my colleagues we went on a sightseeing tour of the campus and later sought refuge in the captivating building of the library designed by Zaha Hadid. Unforgettable memories and lessons learned is what I bring back home.