Presentation of the Eugen Wüster Prize 2016

to

Prof.Dr. Bassey Edem Antia, Ph.D.

 

on behalf of

International Information Centre for Terminology
(Infoterm)

 

UNESCO Chair in Multilingual, Transcultural Communication

in the Digital Age (MTC)
(University of Vienna)

 

Department of Planned Languages and Esperanto Museum
(Austrian National Library)

 

Vienna, 24 June 2017

 Moderator: Dr. Christian Galinski (Infoterm)

Laudatio: Professor Emeritus Dr.h.c. Heribert Picht

Acceptance Speech: Prof.Dr. Bassey Edem Antia, Ph.D.

 The Eugen Wüster Prize is sponsored by the Austrian Commission for UNESCO (ÖUK), the International Institute for Terminology Research (IITF) and the City of Wieselburg (Lower Austria)

The Eugen Wüster Prize (EWP), the Secretariat of which is being held by Infoterm, was created in 1997. The Prize consists of a certificate, a bronze medal and a golden pin, and is awarded every three years to eminent personalities, who have significantly contributed, over years, to research, training, as well as to the development of practical methods or the improvement of international co-operation in the field of terminology and related fields.

 

The Prize is awarded  by:

  • the International Information Centre for Terminology (Infoterm), an international scientific association founded by UNESCO in 1971 (as a result of a feasibility study carried out by Eugen Wüster for UNESCO);
  • the UNESCO Chair in Multilingual, Transcultural Communication in the Digital Age (MTC) at the (University of Vienna (also hosting the Eugen Wüster Archive, EWA, which was founded in 1999 with the support of Infoterm and is holding the terminology related legacy of Eugen Wüster);

and

  • the Department of Planned Languages and Esperanto Museum at the Austrian National Library (founded in 1927 and holding the planned languages related legacy of Eugen Wüster).

It is sponsored by:

  • the City of Wieselburg where Eugen Wüster had his company and private terminology institute,
  • the International Institute for Terminology Research (IITF – founded in 1989),

the Austrian Commission for UNESCO (ÖUK).

Prof.Dr. Bassey Edem Antia, Ph.D.

The Eigth Eugen Wüster Prize (EWP) is awarded to Prof. Dr. Bassey Edem Antia, Ph.D. of the Department of Linguistics, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Prof. Antia has made noteworthy contributions to theoretical and applied terminology. He has brought to the fore seldom acknowledged positions in Wüster’s oeuvre; underscored the importance of terminological analysis in several field, including social epidemiology; developed methods for evaluating terminology resources in language planning contexts; explained the knowledge dynamics underpinning the use of variant terminology in pedagogical texts; among others. He is also an outstanding trainer, and has facilitated capacity development in the field internationally.

He obtained a B.A. (first class) honours degree from the University of Calabar (Nigeria, 1986), an M.A. from the University of Lagos (Nigeria, 1988) and a Ph.D. summa cum laude from the University of Bielefeld (Germany, 1999). The latter won him the Prize for an excellent doctoral dissertation of the Westphalia-Lippe University Society. It also won him the International INFOTERM Award for Outstanding Achievement in Applied Research & Development in the Field of Terminology.

He has held numerous scholarships and fellowships funded by, among others, the French Government, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Association of French-speaking Universities (AUF), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has also held teaching, guest-lectureship and visiting researcher positions at several universities, including the University of Maiduguri (Nigeria), Universität Bielefeld (Germany), Université de Montréal (Canada), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain), University of Surrey, Guildford (UK), Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa), University of the Western Cape (South Africa).

In addition to the monograph “Terminology and Language Planning”, and his edited multi-author volume “Indeterminacy in Terminology and LSP Studies”, both from the stable of John Benjamins, Prof. Antia has published close to forty other titles in the field of terminology.