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Academic Rhetoric in Early Modern Europe

This session will offer six different perspectives on academic rhetorical practice in the early modern period, especially in the predominantly Latin spheres of colleges, schools and universities. Speakers will discuss the theory and practice of written and spoken rhetorical performance on which scholarly authority, individual and institutional reputations, and, frequently, religious and political influence rested in this period. Our talks will consider various rhetorical forms, including declamations and disputations, orations, lectures and dissertations, and plays and poetry composed for public performance.

The ‘Eloquentia Academica’ project has been generously funded by the AHRC ‘Language Acts and Worldmaking’ project, the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies, the Society for Renaissance Studies and the Association for Manuscripts and Archives in Research Collections.

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