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The final dinner at the RSE 2017 conference in UEA’s Sainsbury Centre


Last week the Rhetoric Society of Europe 2017 conference was held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. This was a very successful event with c. 180 attendees presenting around the theme ‘rhetorics of unity and division’. The plenary speakers were the very excellent Quentin Skinner, Ruth Wodak, and Gerard Hauser. The Rhetoric & Politics group was one of the co-sponsors and the conference was organised with skill by our members, Alan Finlayson and Sophia Hatzisavvidou. The sun shone and Norwich offered a delightful, welcoming backdrop to a very pleasant and friendly event. One of the dominant themes was the emergence of populism in contemporary political discourse – papers explored the rhetoric of populism from a variety of different perspectives. The range and diversity of speakers – from across Europe, Russia, the US, Turkey and Israel – helped make this an especially interesting gathering. The next RSE conference will be held in Pavia, Italy in 2019 and I thoroughly recommend all to attend.

Participants at the RSE wine reception in Norwich Cathedral

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