Rhetoric as Equipment for Living. Kenneth Burke, Culture and Education.
22nd to 25th May 2013
Confirmed keynote speakers
Barry Brummett (University of Texas at Austin – USA)
Steven Mailloux (University of California, Irvine – USA)
Jennifer Richards (Newcastle University – UK)
The second half of the twentieth century has witnessed a number of different but related turns in the humanities and social sciences: linguistic, cultural, anthropological/ ethnographic, interpretive, semiotic, narrative… All these turns recognise the importance of signs and symbols in our interpretations of reality and more specifically the cultural construction of meaning through both language and narrative. The aim of this conference is to introduce rhetoric as a major term for synthesizing all the above-mentioned turns by exploring how rhetoric can make us self-aware about language and culture. We will specifically focus on ‘new rhetoric’, a body of work that sets rhetoric free from its confinement within the traditional fields of education, politics and literature, not by abandoning these fields but by refiguring them. (more…)