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POLITICAL THOUGHT CONFERENCE 2014

2014 Political Thought Conference

St Catherine’s College, Oxford.

Thursday January 9 to Saturday January 11 2014

Academic Convenors: Moya Lloyd, Loughborough University, and Chris Brooke, University of Bristol.

Papers are selected by the academic convenors. All sessions are plenary and consist of a single paper followed by discussion.

Speakers:

Sam Chambers, Johns Hopkins; Diana Coole, Birkbeck; Avner De-Shalit, Hebrew University Jerusalem; James Harris, St Andrews; Justine Lacroix, Universite libre de Bruxelles; Iain McDaniel, University of Sussex; Aletta Norval, Essex University; Laura Valentini, London School of Economics.

A provisional Conference Timetable, including session titles, can be accessed at: www.associationforpoliticalthought.ac.uk/2014conference

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Persuasion: Rhetoric and Politics in Contemporary Democracy

 

A seminar organized by the Goldsmiths’ Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy and the Centre for the Study of Culture and Politics, University of Swansea.

 

May 5 2009, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2-5pm

 

Venue: Small Hall Theatre, Richard Hoggart Building, followed by a wine reception in the SCR

 

 

Speakers: 

·                     Aletta Norval (University of Essex)

·                     Michael Carrithers (Durham University)

·                     Rochana Bajpai (SOAS)

·                     Alan Finlayson (Swansea University)

·                     Chair: James Martin (Goldsmiths)

 

 

Persuasion is one of the most fundamental of democratic political activities. But it is also one of the most ambiguous. Does democratic development and expansion require the slow substitution of persuasion or rational conviction or, on the contrary, the proliferation of opportunities for rhetorical contestation? Where is the line between persuasion and force? Are there standards of truth or consent that guarantee the democratic character of a persuasive activity? What forms of rhetoric distinguish a democratic polity from tyranny? What happens to political persuasion in an economy and culture dominated by commercial persuasion? How can we best understand and analyse the forms, modes and locations of contemporary political rhetoric as manifested in visual and media cultures?

 

This interdisciplinary seminar explores the modes of democratic persuasion, the methods for its explication and interpretation and the prospects for rhetoric both in the academy and in the contemporary multifaceted polis.

The event is free and open to all but please contact James Martin (j.martin@gold.ac.uk) if you’d like to attend.

 

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