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Sustainability

Julia Goetze

Julia Goetze

Arts and Humanities
Assistant Teaching Professor
• Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature
Julia Goetze

Teaching Description

My seminars explore selected topics of environmentalism, green energy policies, and civic activism in Germany through both a historic and an eco-linguistic lens. My teaching centers on the premise that humans’ treatment of the environment is influenced by their thoughts, beliefs, ideologies, and world views, which in turn are shaped through language. In the words of Arran Stibbe, “It is through language that the natural world is mentally reduced to objects or resources to be conquered, and it is through language that people can be encouraged to respect and care for the system that supports life.” (Stibbe, 2015, p. 2)

Arts and Humanities

Keywords:

Ecolinguistics
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Greenspeak