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Date: 1 March 2013, UEA, Norwich

A one-day workshop open to postgraduate research students from the University of East Anglia and other universities

Researchers in politics often make use of political speeches, pamphlets, manifestos, policy documents and so on. But how exactly should we use these texts? This one-day workshop will explore the advantages of ‘rhetorical political analysis’, conceiving and analysing all of these as forms of instances of argument and persuasion. The morning session will include discussion of key concepts and terms in rhetorical theory and their relationship to related themes in political theory and analysis including language, discourse and ideology. The afternoon session will concentrate on the practical aspects of analysis with particular focus on recent speeches by David Cameron and Ed Miliband.

This event is organised by the School of Political, Social and International Studies at the University of East Anglia as part of the Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts Southeast England (CHASE). Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.

Session Leaders
Prof. Alan Finlayson, PSI and Prof. James Martin (Goldsmiths)

See web site for further details and enrolment (click this line): enrol by 30 Jan 2013

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