One year after the 2012 US presidential elections an international conference will be held in the neighbouring
towns of Middelburg in the Netherlands and Ghent in Belgium.
This four-day conference (November 6-9, 2013)
will be hosted jointly by the Roosevelt Study Center (Middelburg) and Ghent University.
Both Ghent and Middelburg possess close links with former US presidents: the sixth president of the United
States, John Quincy Adams, negotiated the Treaty of Ghent in 1814, while the Roosevelt family originated from
the province of Zeeland, of which Middelburg is the main town.
The conference, which will take place one year after the 2012 presidential elections, encompasses American
political discourse and rhetoric in the widest sense. We welcome paper proposals that analyse aspects of
discourse and rhetoric in the United States since the 18th century. The conference aims to cover a wide range of
political actors, from presidential rhetoric and campaigns to state-level politics, from the role of the media to
online fora, from social movements to public intellectuals.
The conference will bring together specialists of ancient and modern rhetoric, historians, political scientists,
linguists, and communication specialists. While the event will bring together perspectives on the use of classical
rhetoric in American politics, the intention is to include perspectives on both classical and modern rhetoric. This
will allow not only for contrast and comparison but will also emphasise the continuity between the two. By
bringing classicists and modernists together around the subject of American discourse and rhetoric, the
conference will develop a fruitful interaction between disciplines.
The language of the conference will be English.
We cordially invite researchers working in a field relevant to the main topics of the conference to submit a short
abstract of no more than 300 words followed by a short CV in the same field to
Abstracts must be written in English.
In order to access the submission page, the creation of an EasyChair account will be required.
Submission deadline: March 15, 2013
Notification of acceptance: May 20, 2013
Roosevelt Study Center
4330 LA Middelburg
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