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From Thucydides to Twitter: Towards a History of the Soundbite - 22-23/04/2016, London (England)

11.03.2016

 

This conference aims 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.

 

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 22-23/04/2016

 

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Royal Holloway, Institute of Classical Studies (London, England)

 

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric; Classics Department at Royal Holloway; Institute of Classical Studies

 

INFO: thucydides2twitter@gmail.com

 

INSCRIPCIÓN/REGISTRATION/REGISTRAZIONE: abierta / open / aperta

 

tasa / fee / quota: £10 por día / per day / al giorno

 

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PROGRAMA/PROGRAM/PROGRAMMA:

 

DAY 1: SOUNDBITES IN ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME

9:30-10:00 Registration, Tea, and Coffee

10:00: Welcome and Introduction

Panel 1 (Chair: Professor Lene Rubinstein, Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London)

10:15-10:45: Professor Joshua Katz (Classics, Princeton University)
How the Sound got its Bite: An Ancient Perspective on a Modern Coinage

10:45-11:15: Professor Emeritus Peter Rhodes (Classics and Ancient History, University of Durham)
Soundbites before Aristotle: Thucydides and Other Historians

Coffee Break

11:30-12:00: Professor Asako Kurihara (Western History, School of Letters, Osaka University)
Rich Country, Strong Army: New phases of old phrases in classical Athens and modern Japan

12:00-12:30 Professor Michael Edwards (History & Classics, University of Roehampton)
Maxims in Greek Oratory and Rhetoric

12:30-13:00: Discussion

13:00-14:00: Lunch

Panel 2 (Chair: Professor Gesine Manuwald, Greek and Latin, University College London)

14:00-14:30: Dr. Richard Hawley (Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London)
Teaching by Soundbites: ancient Greek proverbial philosophy

14:30-15:00 Professor Catherine Steel (Classics, University of Glasgow)
Soundbites from the Roman Republican Orators

15:00-15:30 Professor Bruce Gibson (History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Liverpool)
The soundbite in the Latin literature of the Empire

15:30-16:00 Discussion

Short Break

FROM THE ANCIENT TO THE MODERN WORLD

16:15-16:45 Simon Lancaster (Bespoke Speeches Ltd.)
Metaphor in contemporary soundbites

16:45-17:00 Discussion

DAY 2: SOUNDBITES IN THE MODERN WORLD

Panel 1 (Chair: Dr. Christos Kremmydas, Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London)

10:30-11:00 Professor Christian Kock (Rhetoric, Copenhagen University)
Soundbites as Artful Dodging: how soundbites are used to avoid answering questions

11:00-11:30 Dr. Lisa S. Villadsen (Rhetoric, Copenhagen University)
Soundbites that Bite Back: failed and unintended soundbites in modern politics

11:30-12:00 Professor Tom Clark (Writing and Communication, Victoria University, Melbourne)
Soundbites in Australian politics

12:00-12:30: Discussion

Lunch: 12:30 -14:00

Panel 2 (Chair: tbc)

14:00-14:30 Katerina Voussoura (Freelance journalist)
Soundbites and the media: the challenge of manipulation as illustrated in the coverage of the Greek economic crisis

14:30- 15:00 Nigel Rees (Broadcaster)
Soundbites and the Hand of History: British News Broadcasting since 1940

15:00-15:30 Brian Jenner (UK Speechwriters’ Guild)
Soundbites and speechwriting

15:30-16:00: Discussion

16:00-17:00: Closing discussion

18:30-  Conference Dinner
 

 

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