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Coronavirus Update: Trainings und Vienna IV

Aufgrund der derzeitigen Lage geben wir folgende Änderungen bekannt: Das Vienna IV (13.03 -15-03.) und der Baker McKenzie Debate Club (31.03.) werden abgesagt. Von 11.03. bis 18.03. kann mangels Räumlichkeiten leider kein Training stattfinden. Derzeit planen wir, die Trainingssessions im verbleibenden Rest des Monats am Lassingleithnerplatz 2/3, 1020 Wien abzuhalten. Wir werden die Trainingseinheiten auf Facebook und in unserem Kalender eintragen, bitte checkt die einzelnen Termine bevor ihr euch auf den Weg macht!

Bei Fragen sind wir wie üblich über die Adresse info@dkwien.at oder über unsere Social-Media Kanäle auf Facebook bzw Instagram (@dkwien) erreichbar.

DK Wien@Prague Open 2018: A Fresher’s Perspective

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Participating in international competitions is probably the best part of debating. For those who don’t believe that yet, here’s how one of our newest members (Barbara Neuwirth) experienced her first time debating abroad. To put it in Mr. Trump’s words: It was just so great! 

Joy and Babsi at the River Vltava (Moldau), just being tourists

Just before uni started again, DK Wien sent a delegation of four debaters (Joy Edobor, Tommi Deimel, Katrin Fallmann and myself) to the lovely city of Prague, well known capital of beer, as well as of the Czech Republic itself. Having started debating only a few months prior to that, I must admit I was quite excited (better: super nervous) to take part in my first international debating competition. Would I get kicked out because my English was too bad? Would I vomit over the Judges? Would Katrin deeply regret pro-aming me due to a, then expected, major tearful breakdown?

Luckily, neither of those things happened. We faced only one slightly embarrassing incident on the train ride, when Katrin and I came to the painful realisation that our chosen team name “Czech us some beer” (German speakers will know) doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to an English native.
We’ll try better next time.

Day 1

Arriving at the location the following day, the National Scout Hall, what we found was a majestic old building right next to the famous astrological clock in the middle of Prague’s historical town centre. Debating with a view of one of Europe’s prettiest town squares created the feeling of delivering a speech of considerable importance, which might have helped me to calm down a bit. Looking back, that was me entering what I’ll call “politician mode”.
Both our teams did amazingly well in the first two rounds, where we all finished 2nd debating about political satire and state-run brothels – topics that I was pleasantly surprised with! Being a bit tired during the 3rd round, we had a harder time with a cheeky little Trump motion. Admittedly, I should’ve expected this in 2018.
Already looking forward to a well-deserved dinner and drink after the last round, a big surprise was waiting for us in the announcement hall: Katrin and I had broken and Tommi and Joy had, while narrowly missing the break, also done an incredible job in the last round!
Of course, being responsible adults, this didn’t come without a minor inconvenience: Celebrations hat to be cut a bit short that night to be able to get some rest before the next round on Sunday.

Final’s Day

Babsi, Katrin, Tommi, Joy

When the semi-final motion “TH, as the EU, would go ahead and boycott US sanctions imposed on Iran” was announced on the following morning, I realised two things. First, we probably wouldn’t make it to the finals. Secondly, the first thing I’d do right after getting home would be to dive head first into some good reading material on Iran-US relations. (It was not the first thing I did, and recommendations are still appreciated.) It was still a great pleasure to be able to listen to the other great speeches, foremost my own partner’s, the club’s designated expert on IR.

Finally,  Joy and I made good use of the stunning late summer weather in Prague when we successfully climbed up the hill to explore Prague’s gorgeous castle before taking the train back home to Vienna. Thanks Joy and Tommi for a great weekend and especially Katrin for taking me with her. I’m really looking forward to all the debates to come!

Motions

R1. THR the rise of satire as a means of political criticism.
R2. THW introduce state-run brothels.
R3. THBT it is the morally correct path for those who oppose Trump to depart the administration rather than trying to block it from within.
R4. THW subsidise banks to disproportionally direct loans to poor communities and individuals.
Semi: TH, as the EU, would go ahead and boycott US sanctions imposed on Iran.
Final: THBT atheists should try to convince religious people that there is no god.[:de]

Participating in international competitions is probably the best part of debating. For those who don’t believe that yet, here’s how one of our newest members (Barbara Neuwirth) experienced her first time debating abroad. To put it in Mr. Trump’s words: It was just so great! 

Joy and Babsi at the River Vltava (Moldau), just being tourists

Just before uni started again, DK Wien sent a delegation of four debaters (Joy Edobor, Tommi Deimel, Katrin Fallmann and myself) to the lovely city of Prague, well known capital of beer, as well as of the Czech Republic itself. Having started debating only a few months prior to that, I must admit I was quite excited (better: super nervous) to take part in my first international debating competition. Would I get kicked out because my English was too bad? Would I vomit over the Judges? Would Katrin deeply regret pro-aming me due to a, then expected, major tearful breakdown?

Luckily, neither of those things happened. We faced only one slightly embarrassing incident on the train ride, when Katrin and I came to the painful realisation that our chosen team name “Czech us some beer” (German speakers will know) doesn’t make any sense whatsoever to an English native.
We’ll try better next time.

Day 1

Arriving at the location the following day, the National Scout Hall, what we found was a majestic old building right next to the famous astrological clock in the middle of Prague’s historical town centre. Debating with a view of one of Europe’s prettiest town squares created the feeling of delivering a speech of considerable importance, which might have helped me to calm down a bit. Looking back, that was me entering what I’ll call “politician mode”.
Both our teams did amazingly well in the first two rounds, where we all finished 2nd debating about political satire and state-run brothels – topics that I was pleasantly surprised with! Being a bit tired during the 3rd round, we had a harder time with a cheeky little Trump motion. Admittedly, I should’ve expected this in 2018.
Already looking forward to a well-deserved dinner and drink after the last round, a big surprise was waiting for us in the announcement hall: Katrin and I had broken and Tommi and Joy had, while narrowly missing the break, also done an incredible job in the last round!
Of course, being responsible adults, this didn’t come without a minor inconvenience: Celebrations hat to be cut a bit short that night to be able to get some rest before the next round on Sunday.

Final’s Day

Babsi, Katrin, Tommi, Joy

When the semi-final motion “TH, as the EU, would go ahead and boycott US sanctions imposed on Iran” was announced on the following morning, I realised two things. First, we probably wouldn’t make it to the finals. Secondly, the first thing I’d do right after getting home would be to dive head first into some good reading material on Iran-US relations. (It was not the first thing I did, and recommendations are still appreciated.) It was still a great pleasure to be able to listen to the other great speeches, foremost my own partner’s, the club’s designated expert on IR.

Finally,  Joy and I made good use of the stunning late summer weather in Prague when we successfully climbed up the hill to explore Prague’s gorgeous castle before taking the train back home to Vienna. Thanks Joy and Tommi for a great weekend and especially Katrin for taking me with her. I’m really looking forward to all the debates to come!

Motions

R1. THR the rise of satire as a means of political criticism.
R2. THW introduce state-run brothels.
R3. THBT it is the morally correct path for those who oppose Trump to depart the administration rather than trying to block it from within.
R4. THW subsidise banks to disproportionally direct loans to poor communities and individuals.
Semi: TH, as the EU, would go ahead and boycott US sanctions imposed on Iran.
Final: THBT atheists should try to convince religious people that there is no god.[:]

[:en]Debattierklub Wien is South German Champion[:de]Debattierklub Wien ist Süddeutscher Meister [:]

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2018, a year of success for DKWien

The year 2018 proves to be a most successful year for DK Wien until now. After our Break to the Quarterfinals of the Worlds Debating Championship in Mexico City in january for the first time in history, we now won the German-language competition “South German Debating Championship” in Tübingen in april 2018.

DKWien has been participating in this tournament (which qualifies debate clubs for the German-speaking Debate Championships) for quite some time now, reaching the finals in most of the years. Last year a speaker from DKWien won the title for the best speaker of the entire competition. This year the club’s members managed to outdo themselves: Katrin and Marvin have won the finals for the first time since 2013 and are now crowned South German Champions. Katrin and Marvin, however, are not the only team that represented us at the championships. DKWien also sent a freshers team consisting of Elisabeth and Martin who reached the semifinals together, a remarkable achievement given they have just started debating in fall 2017.

While some of our members were debating away in Tübingen, Madlen and Mark both represented DKWien at the North-East-German Championships in Leipzig, which coincided with Tübingen. Mark was there as a Chief Adjudicator responsible for selecting debate topics, and Madlen came to support the competition as an Independent Adjudicator. She also chaired the finals of the competition. Congratulations to all teams and judges!

 

Marvin und Katrin, South German Champions 2018

Contingent

Nine DKWien Members went to Tübingen (Germany) for the South German Championship. We sent three teams (Marvin & Katrin, Elisabeth & Martin, Ricardo & Josef) and three judges (Anna, Joy & Uyanga). Two of the three teams were novices and used the past six months to develop their rhetorical and argumentative skills through our training sessions at DKWien.

DKWien Contingent 18: Ricardo, Josef, Elisabeth, Martin, Marvin, Katrin, Anna, Uyanga & Joy

Topics (translated by the Author)

Preliminary rounds

R1: TH regrets the Decline of natural authorities, e.g. teachers, politicans, doctors, police officers, priests, judges.

R2: THS a  wide reaching #youtoo-movement. (Infoslide)

R3: THB, humanity should stop research and development of a “strong artifical intelligence” (Infoslide)

R4: THR the europewide loss of Importance of formerly big people’s parties in favour of a fragmentation of the party scene.

 

Final:

THB Germans should be more patriotic.[:de]

Erfolgsjahr 2018

Das Jahr 2018 scheint ein regelrechtes Erfolgsjahr für den Debattierklub Wien zu sein. Nicht nur im englischen Debattieren, sondern auch im deutschen Debattieren beweist der DKWien seine Kompetenz. Nach dem historischen Erreichen der Finalrunden in der Weltmeisterschaft in Mexiko gewinnt nun der Debattierklub Wien auch die Süddeutsche Meisterschaft in Tübingen. Während wir die letzten Jahre konstant das Finale erreichten und letztes Jahr die beste Rednerin stellten, konnten Marvin und Katrin erstmals seit 2013 den Pokal nach Wien tragen. Doch nicht nur die beiden waren erfolgreich: Besonders stolz sind wir auch auf Elisabeth und Martin welche beide erst im Herbst 2017 mit dem Debattieren begannen. Sie erreichten das Halbfinale und zeigten, dass man auch den Wiener Nachwuchs in der deutschen Debattierszene in Zukunft auf der Rechnung haben muss. Parallel zur süddeutschen Meisterschaft fanden die Westdeutsche und die Nord-Ost-Deutsche Meisterschaft statt auf der Mark Etzel Teil der Chefjury war.  Madlen brillierte als eine der besten Jurorinnen jurierte sämtliche Finalrunden

Marvin und Katrin, Süddeutsche Meister 2018

Kontingent

Der Debattierklub entsandte 2018 eine Gruppe von neun Leuten nach Tübingen, drei Teams (Marvin & Katrin, Elisabeth & Martin, Ricardo & Josef) und drei Jurorinen (Anna, Joy & Uyanga). Zwei der drei Teams und eine der Jurorinnen haben erst im vergangen Jahr zu Debattieren begonnen und haben durch regelmäßiges Training im Debattierklub ihre Argumentationsfähigkeiten ausgebaut.

DKWien Kontingent 18: Ricardo, Josef, Elisabeth, Martin, Marvin, Katrin, Anna, Uyanga & Joy

 

Themen

Vorrunden

R1: DH bedauert den Verfall von natürlichen Autoritäten, z.B. Lehrer, Politiker, Ärzte, Polizisten, Pfarrer, Priester, Richter.

R2: DH begrüßt eine weitreichende #youtoo-Bewegung. (inkl. Infoslide)

R3: DHG, die Menschheit sollte die Forschung und Entwicklung von einer “Starken Künstlichen Intelligenz” aufgeben. (inkl. Infoslide)

R4: DH bedauert den europaweiten Bedeutungsverlust ehemals großer Volksparteinen zugunsten der Zerspliterung der Parteienlandschaft.

 

Finale:

DHG Deutsche sollten patriotischer sein.[:]

[:en]Freshers Training [:de]Freshers Training – Einsteigerkurs[:]

[:en]You have heard there is a debating club in town, but aren’t yet sure what it is all about? You imagine a round table, and people chatting about a variety of topics over a glass of wine? Or possibly, you already know what you can expect, and are ready to start your debating life.

Either way, Debattierklub Wien, Vienna’s most competitive debating club, holds a range of beginner seminars this winter semester. Our experienced members and trainers will introduce you to the world of debating and everything you need in order to participate in a debate.

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Summer Debate Training 2017

Join us this Summer

Even in Summer the Debattierklub Wien continues its Training.  There will be Training Debates for all interested on Wednesday. Additionally there will be special Training for the people going to EUDC 2017 (European Championships).

During the summer holidays there will be no German Training on Mondays. You can find us Wednesdays at the WU, room 3.06 or 3.07 at 18:00.
Since there might be less attendance in the holidays as some people are on holidays or at tournaments, make sure to check our facebook page first to be certain that the Training is taking place this week:

https://www.facebook.com/DKWien/

Hope to see you on Wednesday! 🙂