Mittwochs-Feature

About Life, Debating And How To Become A Better Debater – An interview with Owen Mooney

About Life, Debating And How To Become A Better Debater - An interview with Owen MooneyA few days ago, we interviewed the magnificient Owen Mooney, current EUDC champion. We asked him some questions about his debating development and which advice he would give to novices and debaters who seek to become better. Enjoy some funny stories, expert suggestions and clever comments! ...
Nov 8th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature |

“It’s actually a cool story” – An interview with the México WUDC 2018 convenors

"It’s actually a cool story" - An interview with the México WUDC 2018 convenorsSome weeks ago, we interviewed David Alatorre and Montserrat Legorreta, convenors of México WUDC 2018. This week, we can finally present you the results with tons of information - whether it's about the Masters' Competition, the Socials, Livestreams, México Open, Triple breaks, Wi-Fi or the IA allocation system. Enjoy! ...
Oct 11th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere |

History debates in a nutshell

History debates in a nutshellApart from regular tournaments with debates around topics that generally move - or should move - society, there are some examples were debaters just combine some of their various interests. This led German debaters to establish their very own ruleset for what they call "history debates", ultimately resulting in history tournaments. Additionally, a history debate sometimes even gets set for one round of a regular tournament. In this article, we will introduce you to this feature - maybe you even want to do your own history debate? ...
Oct 4th, 2017 | By | Category: Mittwochs-Feature, Themen |

“I am really looking forward to it” – Selene Gnadenteich in her interview about convening the EUDC 2017 in Tallinn

"I am really looking forward to it" - Selene Gnadenteich in her interview about convening the EUDC 2017 in TallinnWith the EUDC 2017 in Tallinn coming closer, people might want to prepare their trip - but what to prepare for? We've asked convenor Selene Gnadenteich about the tournament, including the questions we got from the community. ...
Jul 13th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on “I am really looking forward to it” – Selene Gnadenteich in her interview about convening the EUDC 2017 in Tallinn

When Women Speak, we, er, Think? A Conversation with Miriam Kohn on Gendered Communication in British Parliamentary Debate

When Women Speak, we, er, Think? A Conversation with Miriam Kohn on Gendered Communication in British Parliamentary DebateThe use of language in university debating hasn't been studied a lot so far. Miriam Kohn from the University of Rochester did some research - in this interview, she tells us about her results and thoughts on the use of "hedging". Conducting the interview for the Achte Minute was Bexley Brown. Edited for length & clarity with entire thesis and speech transcriptions available here. ...
Apr 27th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature | Comments Off on When Women Speak, we, er, Think? A Conversation with Miriam Kohn on Gendered Communication in British Parliamentary Debate

How can we improve judging for women?

How can we improve judging for women?In this week's feature, Helena Hecke investigates the issue of women not being taken serious in adjudication discussions, along with some suggestions to fix it. ...
Apr 12th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Jurieren, Mittwochs-Feature | Mit einem Kommentar

Why we need more knives

Why we need more knivesIn this article, I’d like to argue for more knives in BPS debating. Not because I’m the owner of a knife shop – which I’m not – but because there are certain cases where the current rules are unfair towards certain teams and this could be easily corrected. ...
Apr 5th, 2017 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Jurieren, Mittwochs-Feature | mit 6 Kommentaren

Is the ideal judge a blank slate?

Is the ideal judge a blank slate?Lots of experienced debaters keep discussing what might be the best way to adjudicate in British Parliamentary Style. Today, Stefan Torges wants to discuss the perfect adjudicator's position. ...
Jan 11th, 2017 | By | Category: Jurieren, Mittwochs-Feature | mit 22 Kommentaren

I pack my bags and take…: An EUDC-Guide for Beginners

I pack my bags and take…: An EUDC-Guide for BeginnersComing Sunday at the 14th August the European Debating Championship 2016 will take place in Warsaw and, as usual, the Achte Minute will be there to report. But for now the big question is not yet who managed to break but rather what to bring along. As a wonderful German proverb states: "Life ain't no pony yard" - it means that life isn't easy. Most participants have to pack their own bags, since mother or father don't do it for them anymore. So we want to have a chat out of the sewing box with you about things we deem ...
Aug 10th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature | mit 2 Kommentaren

Debaters at the WSDC – Part 2

Debaters at the WSDC - Part 2On the 19th-29th Juli the World Schools Debating Championships take place in and around Stuttgart, Germany (an article about the WSDC 2016 can be found here). The Achte Minute was visiting the event and we’ve interviewed some of the participating debaters from all around the world. Because of the large number of interviews the first part of this Mittwochs-Feature was already published yesterday. In this part you can find the interviews with: Naz Gocek, Branksome Hall - Canada Barbara Krumpholz, Europäisches Gymnasium Bertha-von-Suttner - Germany Thomas Murphy, Dubai College - United Arabic Emirates Abhaya Gauchan, Ratobangala School - Nepal   Naz Gocek, Branksome Hall - Canada [caption id="attachment_29517" ...
Jul 27th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on Debaters at the WSDC – Part 2

Debaters at the WSDC – Part 1

Debaters at the WSDC - Part 1On the 19th-29th Juli the World Schools Debating Championships take place in and around Stuttgart, Germany (an article about the WSDC 2016 can be found here). The Achte Minute was visiting the event and has interviewed some of the participating debaters from all around the world. Because of the large number of interviews, the first part of this Mittwochs-Feature is already published today. The second part will be published regularly at 10am on Wednesday. In this part you can find the interviews with: Kenza Wilks, Dulwich College - England Alejo Gonzalez Virgili, Belgrano Day School - Argentina Jay Tanatswa Muzhingi, Kutama College - Zimbabwe Kenza ...
Jul 26th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on Debaters at the WSDC – Part 1

This month: World Schools Debating Championships in Stuttgart

This month: World Schools Debating Championships in StuttgartIn addition to debating at universities, competition has spread at schools all over the globe in recent decades. For example, participating countries annually send a delegation of pupils aged 14 to 19 to the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC), which are comparable to the World Universities Debating Championships. Laura Alviz of the Debating Society Germany e.V. explains what exactly that means. WSDC takes place in Stuttgart next week. After the German team had to cover long distances in 2014 and 2015 to reach the Southeast Asian cities Bangkok and Singapore, traveling becomes easier this year. WSDC takes place in seven days ...
Jul 13th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on This month: World Schools Debating Championships in Stuttgart

The WUDC – Wealthy Uptown Debaters’ Championship

The WUDC - Wealthy Uptown Debaters' ChampionshipThe WUDC - World Universities Debating Championship - are hosted annually around New Year and decide, who will become the english speaking university debating champions in one of three language categories. [caption id="attachment_28793" align="alignleft" width="400"] An Komfort völlig ausreichend? Jugendherberge in Tübingen // Sufficient comfort? Youth hostel in Tübingen // © Lennart Lokstein[/caption] In the German (in this article meaning: German speaking language region - primarily Germany, Austria and Switzerland) debate szene international tournaments aren't really important. The WUDC 2013 in Berlin and the EUDC 2015 in Vienna may have risen attention and as far as I'm informed the number of VDCH ...
Apr 27th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature | mit 16 Kommentaren

“I took the first step”: Interview with Worlds Tab Master Jakob Reiter

"I took the first step": Interview with Worlds Tab Master Jakob Reiter  Worlds are over, but some questions remain. Why was there a delay during the preliminary rounds every day? Did Tabbie2 malfunction at any time? Or were the adjudicator scores lost? Worlds Tab Master Jakob Reiter from DK Wien talked to Achte Minute about tabbing the biggest international tournament, his software Tabbie2, and other technical details. Achte Minute: Dear Jakob, you were one of the Tab Masters at the World University Debating Championships in Thessaloniki. How do you feel after this tournament? Jakob: I am really happy I had the opportunity to be the Tab Master. It is always a great challenge to ...
Jan 13th, 2016 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature | Comments Off on “I took the first step”: Interview with Worlds Tab Master Jakob Reiter

An App to Fight Anxiety: Debatebreaker for Android

An App to Fight Anxiety: Debatebreaker for AndroidIt is the longest time at a debating tournament: The last closed round is over and you are waiting for the break. The tabbing team always takes longer than promised, and the social can barely pass the time. [caption id="attachment_25851" align="alignright" width="300"] Debatebreaker's logo[/caption]There are the patient debaters who can sit back and relax, and let the break surprise them. If you belong to the many who are not like that, you probably spend the time constantly speculating about your chances. You have a rough idea of your score, but will it be enough for the break?There are some rules of thumb that you ...
Feb 11th, 2015 | By | Category: Mittwochs-Feature | mit 2 Kommentaren

„Let’s not reinvent the wheel every year“ – Dessislava Kirova on South Africa’s bid for WUDC 2017

„Let's not reinvent the wheel every year“ – Dessislava Kirova on South Africa's bid for WUDC 2017South Africa is currently applying to host the World Universities Debating Championships (WUDC) in 2017. Should the bid be successful, Dessislava Kirova would form the Chief Adjudication panel, together with Gemma Buckley from Australia and Syed Saddiq from Malaysia. Anne Gaa spoke with her about her plans for the Worlds.Achte Minute: How did you get to be nominated by the South African OrgCom? Is there a special relationship between the German and South African debating communities?Dessislava Kirova: It was quite surprising. At the Paris Open 2013, I met someone who was, at that time, part of the organizing team. That connection ...
Jan 28th, 2015 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature | Mit einem Kommentar

“Sometimes the boat needs to be rocked…”: Gemma Buckley on Discrimination at International Tournaments

"Sometimes the boat needs to be rocked...": Gemma Buckley on Discrimination at International TournamentsShortly after this year's World Universities Debating Championship (WUDC) in Malaysia, Gemma Buckley wrote down her thoughts on the topic of discrimination based on language skills and the existing power structures in the debating community. Her article caused a broad debate on that issue on Facebook. She allowed the Achte Minute to republish it on this blog. You can discuss it here or add a comment to the existing discussion. Judging at this year's WUDC was an eye opening (and occasionally devastating) experience for me, as has been made clear through my recent posts on Facebook. After many took offense to ...
Jan 14th, 2015 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature | Comments Off on “Sometimes the boat needs to be rocked…”: Gemma Buckley on Discrimination at International Tournaments

Zu Gast beim „Debattierclub, der eine Zeitung nebenher betreibt“ – Tina Rudolph über den Präsidententag der ZEIT 2014

Zu Gast beim „Debattierclub, der eine Zeitung nebenher betreibt“ - Tina Rudolph über den Präsidententag der ZEIT 2014Sorry, this entry is only available in German.
Dec 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Mittwochs-Feature, Veranstaltungen | Comments Off on Zu Gast beim „Debattierclub, der eine Zeitung nebenher betreibt“ – Tina Rudolph über den Präsidententag der ZEIT 2014

Tim Squirrell: Why Free Speech isn’t absolute and it’s okay to be vulnerable

Tim Squirrell: Why Free Speech isn’t absolute and it’s okay to be vulnerableThe cancellation of a public debate in Oxford on the topic "This House believes Britain's abortion culture hurts us all" caused a controversial and emotional debate in the United Kingdom. After Tim Squirrell, current president of the Cambridge Union Society, published an article in the students' newspaper "The Tab," saying, "it’s about time we recognised that and started thinking responsibly and considerately about freedom of speech," he was exposed to hostilities. Tim allowed us to republish his latest article from his blog "Squirrelling the Motion" that reflects on the ongoing discussion. Besides offering an overview on the events of the ...
Nov 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Debattieren in der Öffentlichkeit, Mittwochs-Feature, Politik und Gesellschaft | Comments Off on Tim Squirrell: Why Free Speech isn’t absolute and it’s okay to be vulnerable

Team spirit, bureaucracy, and the prospect of an amazing party: An interview with Stefan Zweiker, convenor of Vienna EUDC

Team spirit, bureaucracy, and the prospect of an amazing party: An interview with Stefan Zweiker, convenor of Vienna EUDCThe preparations for the European Universities Debating Championship (EUDC) 2015 in Vienna are in full swing. Stefan Zweiker convenes the event, which will host 800 participants in Austria’s capital. Press representative of Debattierklub Wien (DKWien) Damita Pressl conducted a short interview. Stefan, how is the organisation going at the moment? What details have been confirmed so far? For one thing, we have a key organisation committee, meaning that up to this point, we had around 20 people completing most tasks. That number is now set to grow, and I would guess around another 20 people are going to join us and take ...
Nov 19th, 2014 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on Team spirit, bureaucracy, and the prospect of an amazing party: An interview with Stefan Zweiker, convenor of Vienna EUDC

Swordfights and Republican Values – the French Speaking Debate World Championship

Swordfights and Republican Values - the French Speaking Debate World ChampionshipThe German Peer Klüßendorf, who has been debating for Lund University for the last two years and won the European Championship 2013, went to the second French World Debating Championship in Paris. In this week’s Mittwochs-Feature, he summarises his experiences and writes about different debating formats, French humour, and a Grand Final judging panel that refused to announce the winner before an encore with reversed roles. A suavely suited up young man walks on stage. With his loud voice he fills the historic auditorium easily. He raises a sword. 30 seconds later, he is sitting on the President's chair, still speaking, ...
Jul 30th, 2014 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Comments Off on Swordfights and Republican Values – the French Speaking Debate World Championship

Trans debaters ought to be welcomed, not only tolerated: Crash Wigley argues in favour of pronoun introductions

Trans debaters ought to be welcomed, not only tolerated: Crash Wigley argues in favour of pronoun introductionsHaving been openly trans for a while, at the beginning of this year I abandoned my old name and started dressing more unambiguously femininely. When I went to debating competitions it was obvious that there were some practical things that needed to do be done to make debating an enjoyable experience for transgender people. In particular, I argued that the debating circuit should implement pronoun introductions at the start of debates. Since then I’ve been really pleased with the UK debating circuit’s openness to pronoun introductions, and numerous competitions have used them successfully. For reference, I use the words trans and ...
Jul 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature | Comments Off on Trans debaters ought to be welcomed, not only tolerated: Crash Wigley argues in favour of pronoun introductions

“A waste of time to examine context?” – Steve Llano on the ethics of the chair

"A waste of time to examine context?" - Steve Llano on the ethics of the chairUnder the impression of experiences at Vienna IV, professor of rhetoric and debating coach Steve Llano advocates for an "ethical adjudication". This article was first published on his blog, Progymnasmata. The Vienna IV seems like a competition that time forgot. It's a competition that reaches back to European debate the way it was long before I got involved in it, to a time when the more weird or inside-joke funny the motion was, the better the tournament. These are examples of motions and procedures that operated debate societies before the current trend of making competitions tied at least somewhat to the ...
Mar 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Jurieren, Mittwochs-Feature | Comments Off on “A waste of time to examine context?” – Steve Llano on the ethics of the chair

“The underdog taking the international debating world by surprise”: Debating in the UAE

Tuqa Khalid (c) PrivateAchte Minute features today an article by Tuqa Khalid on Debating in the United Arab Emirates. After Ary Ferreira da Cunha's article about the "(Hi)story of Debate in Portugal", this is the second time that an international debater reports on debating in a different country. First and foremost: What is the UAE, you might ask? Well, you probably have heard of Dubai – it has the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s tallest tower, and recently won the 2020 Expo bid. It is one of the seven cities of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). [caption id="attachment_21844" align="alignright" width="400"] A debate at ...
Feb 12th, 2014 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature | Comments Off on “The underdog taking the international debating world by surprise”: Debating in the UAE

“(Hi)Story of Debate in Portugal” by Ary Ferreira Da Cunha

National tournament in Portugal (c) Micael PereiraIn March 2008, I sat with a few friends at the University of Porto, Faculty of Law, and we decided to create “the debate society”. That made some sense at the time since we felt like we were completely alone: there was no other debate society in Portugal, international tournaments sounded like something completely out of reach, and we didn’t know any other debaters. Many didn’t even know what debate was: professors and students were afraid we would be a façade for some political party and the idea that debate could have a place outside partisan politics sounded weird to ...
Dec 18th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature | mit 2 Kommentaren

“An incredibly awesome surprise”- Interview with ESL Champions Peer & Emilia

“An incredibly awesome surprise”-  Interview with ESL Champions Peer & EmiliaLast weekend a dream that many debaters dream came true for Peer Klüßendorf and Emilia Carlqvist: They became European Debating Champions in English as a second language. Peer started debating in highschool when he attended "Jugend debattiert" and advanced to its national and international final in 2007. One year ago, he resumed debating when he moved to Lund. Emilia just moved to Lund in 2011 and tried debating at a local tournament. Despite liking it, she was too busy and did not debate again until 2012 when she decided to run for the board of Lund Debate Society. Achte Minute ...
Aug 28th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Menschen, Mittwochs-Feature, Turniere | Mit einem Kommentar

“Five ideas for debating” by Daan Welling

"Five ideas for debating" by Daan WellingAchte Minute features today a online post by Daan Welling that can also be found on his blog. He says, that as he is now part of the “old crowd” on the Dutch debating scene, he thinks it ought to be time for him to sit down on the sofa of self-appointed wisdom, and give some general suggestions, ideas and inspirations for the coming debating season. We are excited to see what you think about his ideas. I think our circuit is incredibly fun and inclusive, and serves as a great addition to one’s (student) life. Nonetheless, there are always ...
Aug 14th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature | Mit einem Kommentar

Reshaping the DCA application process for EUDC

Reshaping the DCA application process for EUDCIn the past the Deputy Chief Adjudicators of the European Universities Debating Championships (EUDC) were choosen in advance. Danique van Koppenhagen one of the Chief Adjudicators of the Durham EUDC bid shares her and Fred Crowell ideas about a reform. Comment and discuss away!  At EUDC council in Belgrade, a decision was made to no longer allow bids for EUDC to announce more than two members of their prospective CA team. The Durham EUDC bid for 2014 has taken this to heart, and announced only Fred Cowell and myself as co-CA’s. DCA’s will be announced after the bid has been awarded. The change ...
Apr 10th, 2013 | By | Category: [:de]International[:en]international[:], Mittwochs-Feature | Mit einem Kommentar

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