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PSA Conference 2018: Our panels


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I’m pleased to announce that our group will have three panels running at the PSA 2018 Conference in Cardiff. Below are the details of the panels. In time they will be given dates and rooms in the conference schedule. But for now, here’s what we hope to present. Do come along if you are attending the conference (click for details).

1. Rhetoric and the constitution of difficult questions

 Panel Chair: James Martin (Goldsmiths, Univ London)

Discussant: Judi Atkins (Coventry)

Panel Abstract

This Panel brings together both theoretical and empirical insights from the rhetorical study of politics and demonstrates how both as a way of constituting difficult questions and enquiring into them, rhetoric is well equipped to enhance our understanding of complex political issues. One of the virtues of this approach is that it enables us to attend both at specific instances of political life and to the very reasons that make such rhetorical interventions constitutive of a vibrant public sphere. Therefore, the contributors to this Panel argue that the importance of ‘asking the difficult questions’ is of equal worth as that of ‘resolving difficult questions’. Ultimately, they argue, the rhetorical analysis of political concepts, as well as the practices, institutions, and events that sustain and reproduce them, can help us grasp the interplay of political ideology, administration, and action.   


Studying Politics ‘Critically’: Insights from Rhetoric

Sophia Hatzisavvidou

University of Bath



Constituting the People: How a rhetorical approach radicalizes the study of politics and democracy

Emilia Palonen

University of Helsinki


A Point of Principle or Tit-for-tat? The Conservative-Liberal Democrat Government and the Conflict over House of Lords Reform

Judi Atkins

Coventry University



The Origins of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: A Political Interpretation

Taru Haapala and Hanna-Mari Kivistö

University of Jyväskylä


2. Hermeneutics and Politics

Panel Chair: Emilia Palonen (Helsinki)

Discussant: Sophia Hatzisavvidou (Bath)

Panel Abstract

Drawing from disparate sources within the hermeneutic tradition from Dilthey, Heidegger and Gadamer to Marxist hermeneutics to Caputo’s radical hermeneutics and Ricoeur’s hermeneutics of naïveté, the panel seeks to investigate the powers and the limits of hermeneutics in the practice of interpretation, and explore possible ways to overcome its limitations. Central in this respect is the relation between language and reality as well as the extension of hermeneutics beyond the level of individual consciousness set by the phenomenological tradition to the intersubjective plain.

Often equated with Gadamer’s ‘conservative’ version or what has been popularized as the ‘hermeneutics of suspicion’, hermeneutics has been often criticized as a foundationalist – albeit postpositivist – theory of politics and international relations. The research aim of this panel is to suggest that the difficult hermeneutic detour is never complete unless emphasis is redirected from the disclosure of a hidden deeper truth, from answers to already given questions, to the very questioning of those questions. This panel aims to stress the urgency of asking new and difficult questions most relevant to the contemporary predicament and to highlight the significance of a post-critical hermeneutics in this venture.

The hermeneutics of suspicion and naïveté in the critique of humanitarian intervention

Dimitris Akrivoulis

University of Thesaloniki


Performativity, parody and post-Marxist hermeneutics: Reading Capital all over again

Terrell Carver

University of Bristol



Bodies of Speech

James Martin

Goldsmiths, University of London



3. Political Rhetoric and Performance: from the Silver Screen to Squared Circle

Panel Chair: Dimitris Akrivoulis (Thessaloniki)

Discussant: Sophia Hatzisavvidou (University of Bath)

Panel Abstract:

Rhetoric has always been associated as much with performance as it has with speech and argument. Visual and aural display is central not simply to the presentation of speaking figures but also to the embodiment of attitude and character in argument itself. But whereas the performance of ancient rhetoric drew inspiration from myths and from soldiering, contemporary popular culture offers up a wide variety of models through which agonistic contest and heroic archetypes can be conjured. This panel investigates the linkage between rhetoric and political performance, drawing upon the insights offered by academic literatures on cinema, acting and performance art.


Seeing Voices: Towards a Cinematic Rhetoric

James Martin

Goldsmiths, University of London


The Haunted Politician: Embodiment and Political Performance

Julia Peetz

University of Surrey



Donald Trump: A Wrestler in the White House?

David S. Moon

University of Bath



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