Head of Humanities to become President of Rhetoric Society

Professor of Classics and the Head of the Department of Humanities, Mike Edwards, will become the president of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) at the end of July.

Posted: 7 July 2015

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Professor Mike Edwards, who will become President of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric later this month.
He will begin his two year term by giving a public lecture on Rhetoric Across Cultures at the society’s annual conference which takes place in Tübingen, Germany, between 28-31 July.

During his lecture, Professor Edwards will focus on the theoretical works of Aristotle, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Cicero and Quintilian, and how (and how far) their ideas reflect the practice of public speaking in Athens and Rome.

He will draw examples from forensic, deliberative and epideictic oratory and will give consideration to the practical circumstances of public speaking.

Professor Edwards, who is currently Vice-President of the ISHR, will take over the top role from Professor Manfred Kraus, from the University of Tübingen. The ISHR promotes the study of the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages. It is concerned with the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law and other aspects of the cultural context.

Mike Edwards joined Roehampton in August 2013 as Professor of Classics, and is an expert in oratory and rhetoric, in particular the speeches of the Attic Orators and Greek rhetorical theory. He became Head of Department in January 2015, and teaches modules on Athens (first year), Sparta (second year) and Demosthenes and the Rhetoric of Power (third year), as well as supervising dissertations.

Read about the University of Roehampton’s Classical Civilisation undergraduate degree and MRes qualification in Classical Research.

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