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ONLINE LECTURE SERIES “CRITICAL MEDIA LITERACY: A CHALLENGE FOR TEACHER EDUCATION AND BEYOND”
Critical Media Literacy is a joint interdisciplinary initiative by the Heidelberg School of Education and Teachers College (Columbia University). With this year’s lecture series entitled “Critical Media Literacy: A Challenge for Teacher Education and Beyond”, the project aims for a transatlantic collaborative dialogue at the intersection of various disciplines and didactics. Lecturers, students, teachers, educators and various stakeholders in education are welcome to join in.
- How is the picture of a person with physical disability constructed through a conversation in the analysed talk show? How is it negotiated? Looking at the German talk show “Wetten, dass”, we will examine how ascriptions of specialness and deficiency are rejected by a person with paraplegia.
- How is the role of an expert (de-)constructed and defended in interaction? An example from the German talk show “Markus Lanz – Talkrunde” will be used to analyse how a female virologist fights for her right to speak and be heard as an expert in a round table discussion.
Based on these two cases Harren argues that Conversation Analysis can help to develop a critical view of how the media construct social roles, norms and rights in talks and conversations, and that it can be one tool among others to promote critical awareness in teacher education and beyond.
ABOUT INGA HARREN
Inga Harren is a full professor of German Language and German Language Didactics at the Heidelberg University of Education. She first qualified as a teacher for secondary school and grammar school (“Gymnasium”, grade 5–12) for German and Biology and worked as a teacher for several years. As a member of the German “Arbeitskreis Angewandte Gesprächsforschung” (AAG, working group of applied conversation analysis) since 2002, Inga Harren has a wide range of interests and deep expertise in Conversation Analysis and Applied Conversation Analysis. She is one of the editors of the quarterly German didactics journal “Deutsch 5-10” publishing teaching material, teacher instructions and accompanying theoretical information. Her research interests include language-across-the-curriculum, grammar for writing, fostering academic language in natural science classrooms and conversation analytic teacher training.