Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Network for Oratory and Politics Workshop: Figuring the Audience, Addressing the Nation - political speech writing on national identity

04 July 2016, 11:00 am–5:00 pm

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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building

The Institute of Advanced Studies is delighted to host this workshop, which gathers political journalists, speech writers and academics in a discussion of the ways in which political speech writers and political speakers tailor speeches on national identity to the intended audience. In light of the current political debates about national identities in the UK, Britain vis-à-vis the EU and Scotland vis-à-vis the rest of the UK, this workshop presents papers on political speech writing aiming to address the nation and offering narratives of national identity and belonging.

Each presentation lasts circa 30 minutes and is followed by circa 15 minutes of questions and discussion.


11.00 Arrival

11.15 Welcome (Gesine Manuwald/Ernest Schonfield)

Session 1: chair Ernest Schonfield (Network for Oratory and Politics/University of Glasgow)

11.30 Richard Toye (University of Exeter): 'Churchill's European Rhetoric Reconsidered: the Zurich speech seventy years on'

12.15 Andrew Grice (The Independent): 'The EU referendum campaign - the rhetoric and the reality'

13.00 Sandwich lunch

Session 2: chair Gesine Manuwald (Network for Oratory and Politics/University College London)

13.45 Andrew Crines (University of Liverpool): 'The Eurosceptic Rhetoric of Margaret Thatcher'

14.30 Judi Atkins (Coventry University): '"Our Island Story": David Cameron's Narrative of Britain and British Identity'

15.15 Tea and Coffee

Session 3: chair Henriette van der Blom (Network for Oratory and Politics/University of Glasgow)

15.45 Phil Collins (The Times): 'Success and Failure in the Rhetoric about The European Union'

16.30 Closing discussion

17.00 Drinks

Please register for a free ticket here.