Poster for the Bayreuth City Talks

Bayreuther Stadtgespräche: City Talks

Bayreuther Stadtgespräche (Bayreuth City Talks) have been taking place regularly at Iwalewahaus since July 2014. On the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to about 7.30 p.m., changing speakers offer insights into exciting and current topics. The lectures are open to all interested parties without registration – admission is free.

The basic idea of Bayreuther Stadtgespräche is to strengthen the connection between the City and the University. That is why the series of events is aimed at all Bayreuth citizens.

The venue is the Iwalewahaus (Wölfelstraße) in the heart of Bayreuth – right next to the Margravial Opera House. The speakers come from the University of Bayreuth, other universities or research institutes, or from (university) politics. (Higher education) policy issues are taken up and questions are discussed that are currently of concern to academia or citizens. This is done in an understandable way for people who are not familiar with the subject, and for non-academics.

The lectures are organised by the University of Bayreuth together with Universitätsverein Bayreuth e. V. and with the support of Universitäts-Forum Bayreuth – Kollegium Bayreuther Univ.-Professoren i. R.

Upcoming events

6. December 2023: Digital Feasting and Virtual Overconsumption: How Language and Food Provide Entertainment on the Net

Speaker: Speaker: Dr. Sofia Rüdiger, Chair of English Linguistics


The popularity of videos in which the protagonists deal with food is growing enormously on social networks. They are often about different diets, health and fitness, but often also about gluttony and indulgence. Some of these content creators even earn their living by eating in front of the camera. But what function does language actually fulfill in videos of overconsumption, which are mainly about the act of eating? And how do the actors and actresses of these videos manage to let the audience participate in the taste experience? In this lecture, we will go on a journey of discovery of the linguistic form of so-called mukbang videos, in which large amounts of food are consumed and which captivate hundreds of thousands of viewers on YouTube, among other places. We explore how excessive consumption of food and certain linguistic patterns are used for the purpose of public self-presentation.

During the time of the Corona pandemic, most of the Bayreuth City Talks have been offered online! The current city talks take place exclusively in presence and are not recorded!

Past highlights of the event series (partly in German language)

For further information, please contact

Angela Danner

Angela Danner

Head of Press, Marketing & Communications Office
University of Bayreuth 

Phone: +49 (0) 921 / 55-5323