GW4 Rhetoric in Society is a new interdisciplinary research community on rhetoric based in the South West and funded by the GW4 Alliance. Through seminars, workshops, and public engagement events, GW4 Rhetoric in Society brings together scholars from across the humanities and social sciences to share expertise and develop new approaches to a number of pressing issues in rhetoric today and in the past. Broader aims include promoting our research, building links with existing research groups nationally and internationally, and exploring pathways for future collaboration.

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14-15 January 2021 (via Zoom)

Our first event is a series of panel discussion sessions held online over two days in January (14th-15th) on the theme of 'Viral Rhetorics'. From its beginnings in ancient Athens, rhetoric has been at the heart of debates over the relationship between democracy and the public sphere. The unprecedented global public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic has only underscored the vital importance of processes of communication, persuasion, and the sharing of expertise, at a time of intense digital connectivity in which ideas can circulate in a more viral-like way than ever before.

In this climate, which presents both opportunities and obstacles to the robustness of debate in the public sphere, 'Viral Rhetorics' is a forum for scholars from a range of disciplines to share diverse perspectives and approaches to understanding the challenges of communication today. 

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