Political Speech in Contemporary Greece

February 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Few could doubt that Greece in 2015 has entered an important phase in its domestic situation and in the wider scene of European politics. This is, by consequence, an important time to keep an eye on the rhetorical shifts and manoeuvres that typically accompany such moments. For those interested in the rhetoric and the politics of Greece just now, the following links might be of interest:

If anyone has links to translations or analyses of speeches by Tsipras and other members of the Greek governing coalition, do please let us know.

PSA Annual Conference 2015 in Sheffield

February 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

We are delighted to announce that the Rhetoric and Politics group has four panels running at the upcoming PSA conference in Sheffield, March 31- April 1st, 2015. The titles of the panels are as follows:

  • 1. Politics and Rhetoric Under Stress
  • 2. Oratory and Rhetoric in British Party Politics – Roundtable
  • 3. Philosophical Perspectives on Rhetoric
  • 4. Voices of the UK Left

Details of the papers and paper-givers, chairs, discussants, times and places are yet to be confirmed. You will find these, eventually, in the PSA Conference Programme site (click).

We look forward to seeing you there, if you attend. Remember to book your place!

PSA Annual Conference 2014: Manchester

March 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Annual PSA Conference will be held in Manchester from 14-16 April 2014. The Rhetoric and Politics group has three very interesting panels. All will be held on the Monday. Here are the details (click on titles for full blurb and participants):


1. Theorising Rhetorical Practice: Monday, 14 April. Session 2, 1100-1230 Rolls Suite

2. Voices of the Left: Monday 14 April. Session 3, 1330-1500 Rolls Suite

3. Rhetoric and Interpretive Political Science: Monday 14 April. Session 5, 1530-1700, Syndicate A


We look forward to seeing you there.


Mary Beard – The Public Voice of Women

March 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Professor Mary Beard’s lecture for the London Review of Books Winter Lecture Series 2014 is well worth a read/listen/viewing. It’s a great exploration of the link between rhetoric, gender and power – and it demonstrates the continued importance of classical thought (and prejudice) for how we think about and practice speech. You can find the lecture here:


Tony Benn, 1925-2014

March 15, 2014 § Leave a comment

With the recent death of Tony Benn, British politics has lost a marvellous and widely admired orator. Have a look at Prof Alan Finlayson’s comment on Benn’s rhetoric:


And keep an eye out for a post here soon detailing our panels at the upcoming PSA conference in Manchester. One of the panels will be on ‘Voices of the Left’.

PSA Conference 2014: CfP

October 1, 2013 § Leave a comment

It’s time to start to sending in proposals for Rhetoric panels at the PSA Annual Conference in Manchester 2014!

The deadline for submission of all proposals to the PSA is October 27, so please send me (j.martin plus @ plus gold.ac.uk. You know what I mean) any ideas you might have for panels/papers before October 20, if you can. We already have one panel proposed and another being formulated. It would be good to see some more. The conference theme is ‘Rebels and Radicals’, which seems a good theme for the rhetorical imagination.

The conference web site (with all details for registration etc) can be found here:



Protagoras in the Guardian

September 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Do have a look at the eminent wisdom offered by ‘Protagoras’ in the Guardian this week. Some wise advice for rhetoricians (and everyone else) there:

Here is the link to today’s post.



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