Murray Pittock lecture 'Referendum Rhetoric'

Join Murray Pittock, Pro Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow, for his lecture 'Referendum Rhetoric'.

Date: Wednesday 25 February 2015
Topic:  Referendum Rhetoric
Time:  5pm
Venue:  Boyd Orr Lecture Theatre D, Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow
Admission: Free event, open to members of the University and the general public.
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The lecture

'Referendum Rhetoric: political debate, personal valency and the triumph of ante occupatio in print, electronic and social media, 2013-15'

Murray Pittock’s lecture 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

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

This event is open to everyone and will be followed by a reception in 1 University Gardens.

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First published: 9 February 2015