Bernard Crick Prize for Alan Finlayson!

June 18, 2015 § Leave a comment

Our esteemed colleague, Alan Finlayson, has won the Bernard Crick Prize for the best piece in the journal, Political Quarterly, in 2014. His article, ‘Proving, Pleasing and Persuading: Rhetoric in Contemporary British Politics’ was described as ‘extraordinary’ by the judges. And we don’t disagree. Hearty congratulations to Alan.

You can find the story and a link to the article (for free) by following this link.

‘Rhetoric, Politics and Society’ Book Series with Palgrave

March 22, 2015 § Leave a comment

Please click below for a pdf leaflet advertising the ‘Rhetoric, Politics and Society’ book series run by Palgrave and edited by some of us in the specialist group. Do get in touch if you have an idea for a book. We have three published already and others in the pipeline! Do pass on the link, too.

Rhetoric Politics and Society – leaflet

Rhetoric Society of Europe conference: June 24-27, Warsaw

March 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

Here’s a link to a very interesting conference on ‘Rhetoric in the Knowledge Society’ organized by the Rhetoric Society of Europe.

New MA in Rhetoric and Politics? Take the Survey ..

March 13, 2015 § Leave a comment

I’m thinking about setting up a Rhetoric and Politics Masters programme at Goldsmiths. Here’s a very short survey aimed at gathering opinion on the topic. Do think about completing it and please pass it on to those who might be interested:


Jim Martin

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.



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