Political Rhetoric and Performance: from the Silver Screen to Squared Circle

Room: 
Room I, City Hall
Time Slot: 
Monday 26th March 16:15 - 17:45
Panel Chair: 
  • Dr Dimitrios Akrivoulis (University of Macedonia)
Panel Discussant: 
  • Dr Sophia Hatzisavvidou (University of Bath)
Panel Members: 
  • Ms Julia Peetz (University of Surrey)
  • Dr David Moon (University of Bath)
  • Professor James Martin (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Rhetoric has always been associated as much with performance as it has with speech and argument. Visual and aural display is central not simply to the presentation of speaking figures but also to the embodiment of attitude and character in argument itself. But whereas the performance of ancient rhetoric drew inspiration from myths and from soldiering, contemporary popular culture offers up a wide variety of models through which agonistic contest and heroic archetypes can be conjured. This panel investigates the linkage between rhetoric and political performance, drawing upon the insights offered by academic literatures on cinema, acting and performance art.