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From Thucydides to Twitter: Towards a History of the Soundbite

London, 22-23 April 2016

Organizers: Jonathan Powell, Peter Rhodes, Lene Rubinstein and Christos Kremmydas

The Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric is pleased to announce its next conference entitled "From Thucydides to Twitter: Towards a History of the Soundbite". The conference will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of April 2016 in Senate House (room 349).

The conference aims to to explore the nature and history of the 'soundbite' as a feature of political rhetoric and other forms of communication in the classical and modern worlds. It will bring together classical scholars, researchers in the fields of rhetoric, media and communication, and practising speechwriters, broadcasters and journalists, to explore the history of the phenomenon, compare its ancient and modern manifestations in theory and practice, and highlight its advantages and disadvantages in the context of public debate.

Conference speakers:

Tom Clark (Melbourne)

Michael Edwards (Roehampton)

Bruce Gibson (Liverpool)

Richard Hawley (Royal Holloway)

Brian Jenner (UK Speechwriters guild)

Joshua Katz (Princeton)

Asako Kurihara (Osaka)

Christian Kock (Copenhagen)

Simon Lancaster (Bespoke speeches Ltd)

Nigel Rees (BBC broadcaster and author)

Peter Rhodes (Durham)

Catherine Steel (Glasgow)

Anne Ulrich (Tübingen)

Lisa S. Villadsen (Copenhagen)

The Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric is grateful for the generous support of the Classics Department at Royal Holloway and the Institute of Classical Studies.

For any queries please contact: Christos.Kremmydas@rhul.ac.uk or L.Rubinstein@rhul.ac.uk

 

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