January 26, 2019

Rhetoric: Rethinking the Impact of the Liberal Arts

Rhetoric is the liberal art which is most clearly connected to social and political developments. The idea and the practice of republicanism and democracy depend not only on the freedom but also on the art of speech. The workshop explores the impact that rhetoric had and has on the development of the civil society. We will select historical and literary (fictional) examples that have shaped the Serbian culture of speech but also discuss the most recent developments. Through the creation of an anthology of Serbian rhetoric we aim to reconstruct a tradition that has transmitted political ideals through the art of speech; we will establish a connection between social and political developments and the reputation and practice of rhetoric.

The workshop is one of seven workshops and conferences dedicated to the legacy of the Liberal Arts and organised in Cologne, Belgrade and Tršić in 2018 and 2019. The conferences bring together students and scholars from Belgrade and Cologne, members of the Serbian civil society as well as students of the double master program Cultural and Intellectual History between East and West (CIH). This workshop is organised by the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (IFDT), the Centre for Ethics, Law and Applied Philosophy (CELAP) and the Slavic Institute of the University of Cologne (UoC).

The workshop languages are English and Serbian.


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