Language and Exclusion: A Public Forum

March 13, 2020 - 18:15-20:00
Technische Universität Berlin (Marchstraße 23) - Raum 0.011

This public forum discusses the role language plays in excluding groups of people or members of certain social groups. One example of this is slurs based on race, sexuality, gender and other social signifiers. Specifically, we will explore the risks of exclusionary speech in everyday life, how to identify the harms of exclusionary speech and how to distinguish between empowering reclamations of speech and harmful speech. Finally, we will address some recent examples of political speech that might work in an exclusionary way and how one might regulate such speech.


  • Luvell Anderson (Syracuse University)
  • Mihaela Popa-Wyatt (Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft)
  • Quill R Kukla (Georgetown University & Leibniz Universität Hannover)
  • Ren Mino (MAP Berlin, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin),
  • Gen Eickers (MAP Berlin, Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg)

The panel discussion will take 60 minutes. There will be a short break (10min) followed by a Q&A session (30min) where everyone is invited to ask questions to the panel – either in spoken or written form.

The language of this event will be English. Live captioning will be provided.

This event is connected to the workshop “Exclusionary Speech” at TU Berlin, organized by Prof. Dr. Axel Gelfert. Organized and sponsored by TU Berlin, MAP Berlin, ZAS Berlin, and SDAW.