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Referendum Rhetoric – Lecture by Murray Pittock

murray podiumReferendum Rhetoric - Lecture by Murray Pittock

University of Glasgow

Wednesday 25 February, 5pm
Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre D, Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, G12 8QR

The lecture is free and open to all.

Murray Pittock’s lecture, 'Referendum Rhetoric: political debate, personal valency and the triumph of ante occupatio in print, electronic and social media, 2013-15’ addresses the rhetoric of the referendum campaign and the repeated requests for facts made by politicians, journalists and members of the public, which were in fact efforts to control the space open to subsequent negotiation in the event of the result.

The lecture looks at questions of authority, the level of public debate, and whether and how the use of rhetoric varied given the high degree of migration of the debate to social media during the campaign. What is the effect of Twitter on argument for example?

Murray Pittock is Pro Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow and a leading expert on Scottish identity internationally, author of The Road to Independence? Scotland in the Balance (2014) and of the five part series on The Roots of Scottish Nationalism for Radio 4.

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