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.
Proposals of no more than 300 words should be submitted to the organizing committee via Giles Scott-Smith firstname.lastname@example.org and Michael Burke email@example.com
Each proposal should include a short CV.
Deadline for proposals is April 15, 2013.
Prof. Dr. Gert Buelens, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University
Prof. Dr. Michael Burke, University College Roosevelt. Middelburg
Prof. Dr. Danny Praet, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University
Prof. Dr. Giles Scott-Smith, Roosevelt Study Center / Leiden University
Prof. Dr. Adam Fairclough, Institute of History, Leiden University
Prof. Dr. Jan Verplaetse, Faculty of Law, Ghent University
Prof. Dr. Rik Coolsaet, Faculty of Political Sciences, Ghent University
Dr. Koen De Temmerman, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Ghent University
Senior Researcher, Roosevelt Study Center
Ernst van der Beugel Chair in the Diplomatic History of Transatlantic Relations since WW II, Leiden University
Roosevelt Study Center
4330 LA Middelburg
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