The Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric (COR) was established in 2010 in order to foster research in the art of persuasion from the Graeco-Roman antiquity until the twenty-first century. It is the only Research Centre of its kind in the UK and its distinctiveness lies in the fact that it places its primary emphasis on the practice of oratory as distinct from the theory of rhetoric.
A key aim is to make COR a hub for an interdisciplinary study and research into Oratory and Rhetoric, ancient and modern. It currently brings together three members of staff in the Department of Classics whose expertise and research interests fall in the area of Graeco-Roman Oratory and is establishing an extensive research network of scholars in the UK, Europe and the US. A number of PhD students are already carrying out research on topics in this area and the Centre is welcoming applications from prospective research students.
Since its establishment, COR has organised a number of international conferences, workshops and colloquia, which have led to a number of edited volumes, and has hosted visiting researchers from the UK and abroad. Finally, COR staff along with Associates have offered an innovative MRes in Rhetoric programme, the only one of its kind in the UK.
Members of staff
Current research students
Dr Sarah Bremner (Birmingham)
Dr Emiliano Buis (Buenos Aires; short bio)
Professor Angelos Chaniotis (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University)
Layla Claridge (alumna)
Kristianne Colvin (alumna)
Dr Athina Dimopoulou (Law School, University of Athens)
Dr James Dow (Leeds University)
Guy Doza (alumnus)
Professor Mike Edwards (Roehampton University)
Dr Athanasios Efstathiou (Ionian University, Corfu)
Dr Jakub Filonik (Warsaw)
Seamus Flynn (alumnus)
Dr Ifigeneia Giannadaki (University College London/Royal Holloway, University of London)
Dr Simone Gigliotti (Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London)
Dr. Rosalia Hatzilambrou (University of Athens)
Dr Nigel Hope
Prof. Asako Kurihara (Osaka University, Japan)
Dr Gottfried Mader (London)
Professor Jose Carlos Miralles Maldonado (University of Murcia)
Rochelle Mayner (alumna)
Lawrence Newport (alumnus)
Alex Payne (alumnus)
Dr Christine Plastow (Royal Holloway, University of London/University College London)
Henry Rothery (alumnus)
Dr Irene Salvo (Gerda Henkel Fellow)
Dr. Ed Sanders (Honorary Research Associate).
Dr Kathryn Tempest (Roehampton University)
Bhavini Tailor (alumna)
Sam Tobin (alumnus)
Dr Eleni Volonaki (University of Peloponnese)
Professor Maria Youni, Demokritus University of Thrace
Affiliated societies and organisations
Network for Oratory and Politics (Glasgow University): The Network for Oratory and Politics is an interdisciplinary research network on the relationship between oratory and politics. The aim of the Network for Oratory and Politics is to facilitate research into and discussion of political oratory across historical periods and regions in order to broaden up the study of political speech and reach out to non-academic communities. The network aims to connect academics with political practitioners of public speech such as politicians, speech writers and the general public in an exchange of knowledge and ideas.
RHETOR (University of Brasília, Brazil): RHETOR, Research Group of Ancient Greek Rhetoric and Oratory, began its activities in 2009, at the University of Brasília, and obtained accreditation by the CNPq in 2011, under the coordination of Professor Sandra Lúcia Rodrigues da Rocha. RHETOR's research team brings together researchers from several Brazilian universities who develop projects in three main research areas, namely: oratory and critical thinking of literature in antiquity; ancient rhetoric and historiography; and translations and commentaries of Greek texts (oratory and rhetoric) for publication in Portuguese.
Centre for Ancient Rhetoric and Drama (CARD)
The Kalamata Centre for Ancient Rhetoric and Drama is in the Department of Philology at the University of the Peloponnese.