Online Colloquium "Artificial Friday" in the Summer Semester

On three Fri­days between May and July, we will once again focus on the top­ic of "arti­fi­cial intelligence".

Arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence is con­sidered one of the greatest oppor­tun­it­ies and chal­lenges facing our soci­ety today. Research on AI comes from a vari­ety of sci­entif­ic dis­cip­lines, from the nat­ur­al and tech­nic­al sci­ences to the human­it­ies, social sci­ences, and cul­tur­al stud­ies. Because lan­guage and cul­ture are of great import­ance in the con­text of arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence is also a top­ic of research in the human­it­ies, which we want to address in the "Arti­fi­cial Fri­day" colloquium.

Lan­guage plays a role in arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence in vari­ous ways. Many arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence sys­tems can speak for them­selves, which in turn leads to humans talk­ing to arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence. Arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence is also the sub­ject of many sci­entif­ic and non-sci­entif­ic debates as a source of hope for the future, which is also asso­ci­ated with many fears. As a res­ult, arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence is a recur­ring top­ic of discussion.

The col­loqui­um will explore these con­nec­tions between lan­guage, cul­ture and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence. On one Fri­day each in May, June and July, two dif­fer­ent human­ist­ic approaches to the top­ic of AI will be presented.

Regis­tra­tion for par­ti­cip­a­tion in the online col­loqui­um via e‑mail at

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Simon Mei­er-Vier­ack­er (Dresden)
No Choice. Reflec­tions on the Styl­ist­ics of Gen­er­ated Texts (Talk is in German)

Vor­stel­lung des GAL-Forschungs­fok­us mit digitaler Poster­präsent­a­tion von:

  • Tamara Bod­den (Kas­sel)
    Arti­fi­cial Gender – The lin­guist­ic con­struc­tion of gender in AI (Talk is in German)
  • Alyssa Kutzn­er (Wup­per­tal)
    Text Machine or Writ­ing Artist? The trans­form­at­ive influ­ence of Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence on Writ­ing in Sec­ond­ary Edu­ca­tion (Talk is in German)
  • Kuanyong Qiu (Zürich)
    Shap­ing AI in Chinese and Ger­man Media Dis­course Pre- and Post-Launch of ChatGPT

Ellen Fricke (Chem­nitz)
Address­ee Design and Inten­tion­al Com­plex­ity: semi­ot­ic per­spect­ives on pro­cesses of Anthro­po­morph­isa­tion (Talk is in German)

Jan Georg Schneider (Land­au)
Intel­li­gible Tex­tures: What role can Chat­G­PT play in essay eval­u­ation? (Talk is in German)

Alyssa Kutzner/Kirsten Schind­ler (Wup­per­tal)
AI and Writ­ing in Schools: Reviews, Tests, Find­ings (Talk is in German)

Britta Schneider (Frank­furt Oder)
Posthu­man­ist Lin­guist­ics, Colo­ni­al­ism and AI – How Lan­guage Tech­no­lo­gies Repro­duce and Recon­fig­ure Glob­al Power Struc­tures (Talk is in German)

Earlier Semesters

Winter Semester 2023/24

Sum­mer Semester 2023

Winter Semester 2022/23