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PSA specialist group on rhetoric

Dear All

I am currently formulating a proposal to establish a Political Studies Association specialist group on Rhetoric and Politics and am scouting for potential members. If accepted, the group will have regular panels at the PSA conferences and funds to organise seminars at other times on theoretical and empirical themes that you might be interested in.

If you are a member of the UK PSA and are interested in joining such a group, can you reply to me at

The more members I can list on the proposal, the more persuasive it would be! If it isn’t obvious by your email, let me know your institutional affiliation so I can flag that in the application along with your name.

Many thanks

Jim Martin

For more on the PSA (including how to join):

Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
London SE14 6NW
Tel. 020 7919 7754

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas:

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




·                     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 ( if you’d like to attend.


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