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New Postgraduate Programme: MRes / PGDip / PGCert in Rhetoric 

This new one-year, research-based postgraduate course in oratory and rhetoric combines both ancient and modern fields of research. It is designed equally for students with a background in classics, in other humanities disciplines, and in other subjects including law and social science. The programme offers preparation not only for advanced research at PhD level but also for a wide range of other careers in which oral and written communication are important, such as the media, the legal profession, politics and public relations. Click here for further details.


Forthcoming Conferences and Events 

  • The Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric is organizing a two-day conference entitled "From Antiphon to Autocue: Speechwriting Ancient and Modern", which will bring together scholars of ancient and modern oratory and a number o modern practitioners to explore the phenomenon of speech-writing in ancient Greece and modern politics. The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has already pledged to support it financially.  The conference will take place on the 25th and 26th of April 2013 in Central London (RHUL's base in Bedford Square). For the Call for Papers click here. 


  • "Emotion and Persuasion in Classical Antiquity" (27-28 June 2013): a conference co-organized by Dr Ed Sanders and Matthew Johncock and supported by COR. For the Call for Papers click here
  • "Exploring Theatre, Rhetoric, and Education" (8 June 2013): an informal workshop taking place at RHUL's base in Bedford Square, London. For further details click here.


Past Events

  • Cicero Away Day (co-organized with the Department of Greek and Latin, UCL) on Wednesday 30 May. Speakers include Henriette van der Blom (Oxford), Katie East (RHUL), J. G. F. Powell (RHUL), Robin Seager (Liverpool), Kathryn Tempest (Roehampton). Click here for the programme and further details


  • On Wednesday 28 March 2012, Professor Michel Meyer, Professor of Philosophy at the Université libre de Bruxelles, gave a guest lecture entitled "Rhetoric and the Emotions". 


  • The inaugural event of the Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric took place on the 27th of November 2010 in Central London. The colloquium Actio-Hypokrisis-Delivery examined aspects of oratorical performance from the classical period down to the 21st century. Among other contributions, Lord Justice Laws gave the keynote lecture on "Advocacy Ancient and Modern", while Professor Victor Bers of Yale University gave a paper on "Performing the speech in Courts and Assembly: Adjusting the Act to fit the Bema". For the full programme of the colloquium click here.


  • A volume of papers entitled Actio-Hypokrisis-Delivery is currently being edited by Dr Christos Kremmydas and Professor Lene Rubinstein and will appear in 2012 as a Supplement of the Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies (BICS).

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