Call for Papers – ‘Ancient Rhetoric and Contemporary Society’

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The Network for the Interface of Classics and Politics is organising a conference for Friday 13 September 2019 at the University of Liverpool.

The organisers invite proposals for papers that examine the relevance of ancient rhetorical devices and strategies upon contemporary society, broadly defined. Proposals can focus on any element of the conference aims that speak at least one of the following themes:


Theme 1: Classical Rhetoric and Contemporary Society

Theme 2: Language of Leadership

Theme 3: Linguistics and Ideologies in Political Parties

Theme 4: Sub-National, National, and International Identities

Theme 5: Constitutional and Institutional Language


To submit your proposal you are requested to submit a 500 words max abstract that outlines how your paper makes use of ancient rhetorical concepts in its examination of contemporary society. Each presentation should aim to be approximately 20 minutes long and can be proposals at any stage of development including work in progress, research plans, interim, or concluding findings.

You are requested to email your abstract to the conference organisers: Dr Andrew S. CrinesProf Bruce Gibson, and Dr David Jeffery

We are especially keen to welcome abstracts from women, BAME, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented groups.

The aim of the conference is to develop papers into a series of scholarly 8k word chapters for publication in 2020.

To book your place at the conference, please click here.