Public Lecture: The Role of Ideology in Public Discourse

Join the School of Languages and Cultures for a Public Lecture titled The Role of Ideology in Public Discourse, presented by Professor Jef Verschueren.

Perhaps the most flattering thing one can say about human beings of the sapiens type is that they are meaning-making machines. Verschueren’s lecture will discuss the processes involved in turning a relatively under-differentiated blur of meaning-making potential into cognitively and perceptually differentiated categories, which we can then communicate with the help of utterances in a human language. Read the full abstract here.

Jef Verschueren received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California at Berkeley. After an extensive career as a researcher for the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research, and as Professor of Linguistics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2001 to 2009, he is now Professor Emeritus.

The lecture will be followed by a Reception, with light refreshments. Please kindly RSVP by Tuesday 6 March if you would like to attend. As places are limited, we recommend that you register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Date: Tuesday 13 March
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Building 33
The University of Queensland
St Lucia Campus