The Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric (COR) was established in 2010 in order to foster research in the art of persuasion from the Graeco-Roman antiquity until the twenty-first century. It is the only Research Centre of its kind in the UK and its distinctiveness lies in the fact that it places its primary emphasis on the practice of oratory as distinct from the theory of rhetoric.
A key aim is to make COR a hub for an interdisciplinary study and research into Oratory and Rhetoric, ancient and modern. It currently brings together three members of staff in the Department of Classics whose expertise and research interests fall in the area of Graeco-Roman Oratory and is establishing an extensive research network of scholars in the UK, Europe and the US. A number of PhD students are already carrying out research on topics in this area and the Centre is welcoming applications from prospective research students.
Since its establishment, COR has organised a number of international conferences, workshops and colloquia, which have led to a number of edited volumes, and has hosted visiting researchers from the UK and abroad. Finally, COR staff along with Associates have offered an innovative MRes in Rhetoric programme, the only one of its kind in the UK.
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