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Panel at PSA 2017

The Rhetoric and Politics Specialist Group will have a panel at the Glasgow PSA Annual Conference later this year. Here are the details:

Rhetoric and the British Labour Party

Since losing the election in 2010 (and again in 2015), the British Labour Party has found itself drifting away from firm programmatic or ideological moorings. The party’s relation to its intellectual heritage, its styles of leadership and communication, as well as its historic sense of purpose and relation to its support base have become topics of – often sharp – controversy. This panel explores themes in Labour’s rhetorical framing of its own programme, purpose and leadership. Papers will reflect on the way ideas and principles are figured in the party and how past events and recent changes challenge its identity as a political movement.

Chair: Andrew Crines (University of Liverpool)

Discussant: David Moon (University of Bath)


  1. Eunice Goes (Richmond University): Mapping Ideational Change in Political Parties: The accidental life of the idea ‘pre-distribution’ in the Labour Party Under Ed Miliband
  2. Karl Pike (Queen Mary University): The Party has a Life of its Own: Labour’s ethos and its leaders
  3. Judi Atkins (Coventry University): Preaching to the Choir? Rhetoric, Leadership and Labour’s Crisis of Communication

Do come along! See you in Glasgow.

PSA2017: extension to submission deadline

Some news in from the PSA: ‘Please note that the deadline for Panel Proposals for the 67th PSA Annual International Conference has now been extended to Tuesday 1st November 2016.

So we have an extra week to come up with panels and papers. Do get in touch if you have any proposals!


Brexit: some reflections

The UK Referendum on ending membership of the EU, held on June 2016, has provoked a number of reflections on its rhetoric. Here are a few links from our members and friends.

Rhetoric Society of Europe Conference 2017

The Rhetoric Society of Europe (RSE) will hold its conference in 2017 between 3-5 July at the University of East Anglia, Norwich! The conference theme is ‘Rhetorics of Unity and Division’ and the keynotes include Gerard Hauser and Quentin Skinner.

For details on the conference, see the web site here: http://eusorhet.eu/


PSA Annual Conference 2017

The annual conference of the UK Political Studies Association will take place in Glasgow from 10-12 April 2017. Details can be found here:


We have one panel already prepared (on Rhetoric and the British Labour Party – details to follow when confirmed by the conference organisers). But there is still (just about) time to submit papers and panels. Closing date is 24 October 2016. Get in touch with me (j.martin@gold.ac.uk) if you’d like to present something on rhetoric or a related theme.

Republican Orators Conference

Here’s news of a promising conference on US Republican orators on 3 November 2016 at the University of Liverpool:


A fresh new look …

It seemed about time to refresh the web site and add a few more things to its content. I hope you like the design; it’s supposed to make it easier to navigate and read (let me know if it needs tweaking). I’ve also added a ‘research’ page to the menu to draw attention to any new publications, projects, or research-worthy news in the field of rhetoric and politics. Please send me content to fill it out a bit. JM