The Evil of History with Ruth Wodak


Kicking off the second half of season three where we will look beyond the ranks of Europe's Futures Fellows to bring you conversations from thought leaders and key thinkers across the academic and policy spectrum, this new episode of the Vienna Coffee House Conversations with Ivan Vejvoda features a conversation with distinguished professor Ruth Wodak. Ruth shares her expertise on the recurring evils of history, particularly emphasizing contemporary antisemitism and its roots. Her personal story, interwoven with academic observations, provides a poignant backdrop and urgency to the conversation about the resurgence of right-wing politics in Europe.

Ruth Wodak is a distinguished linguist and Emerita Distinguished Professor of Discourse Studies at Lancaster University, as well as a retired Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Vienna. Renowned for her research in critical discourse studies, Wodak's work delves into topics such as language in politics, identity politics, gender studies, and the discourse of racism and anti-Semitism. Over her career, she has been recognized with numerous awards including the Wittgenstein Prize for Elite Researchers in 1996 and the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria in 2011. Wodak has held several prestigious visiting professorships globally and has authored and co-authored numerous influential books and articles, with her research being translated into many languages.