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Lecture | Research seminar

The Audience Perspective in Rhetorical Research

Friday 25 June 2021
Online via Zoom

Special Meeting of Leidse Werkgroep Retorica (Leiden Rhetoric Group)

What is the real impact of speeches on listeners? The active involvement of audiences in rhetorical studies has become more important than ever before. However, rhetorical research into the understanding and conceptualization of the rhetorical audience is scarce. In particular, little attention has been given to empirical explorations of actual audiences and the effects of speeches on these audiences. This research seminar will provide us with new ideas about the way in which rhetoric works as well as new methods for rhetorical studies.

  • Jaap de Jong (University of Leiden) – Introduction: Some notes on effects of informative presentations, ministerial speeches, and sermons
  • Jens Kjeldsen (University of Bergen) – Exploring Audiences Empirically
  • Olaf Kramer (University of Tübingen) – Rhetoric and perspective taking
  • Henk te Velde (University of Leiden) – Historical reception of speeches
  • Martijn Wackers (University of Leiden) – Investigating effects of rhetorical techniques: opportunities and obstacles
  • Discussion with all participants

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 941 1789 3880
Passcode: 578983
Technical assistance: Sjaak Baars / sjaakbaars@gmail.com

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