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Please find below a call for papers for the ‘Affect’ journal.
Issue 1 - Political Speeches
Affect Journal is a new project created by graduates of the School of
Geography, University of Oxford as an attempt to open up critical academic
discourses to a wider audience through greater accessibility of writing.
The journal has a wide scope, and encourages debate and analysis across
the social sciences, although its main emphasis is on geographical and
This call for papers is for our first issue to be published in Winter
2008/9. The theme of the first issue is Political Speeches, and the
editorial team is encouraging a range of critical perspectives on this
form of political performance.
Oratory and rhetoric has always been a key feature of conventional
politics, constituting a vital element in constructing political support
and interest. Such techniques appeal to both affective and intellectual
registers and can be seen as powerful examples of political performance
that not only reflect the politics of their era, but also act to shape
them. Barack Obama's recent 'race speech' on March 18, 2008, for example,
has come to be seen as key moment in the nomination for the Democrat
presidential candidate in addition to potentially having a significant
impact on future race relations within and outside of the US.
The editors invite contributors to submit a diverse range of
interpretations of this speech as a means by which to enter into a wider
consideration of the performativity and potential impacts of political
speeches from around the world.
Possible areas of analysis might include:
- Close analysis or comparison of particular speeches, either in the 20th
century or more recently
- The rhetoric of the Bush Administration and the performance of the 'War on Terror'
- Political speeches in non-western states. To what extent is rhetoric a
- Performativity and persuasion in speeches
- How do political speeches mobilise and utilise affect?
- Political speeches as hybrid performances, cofabricated by audience, orator
- Political speeches are the single great constant of political history, but how
has oratory changed over time, and how does the advent of new media and
communications technologies affect this political conduit?
For more specific information regarding the kinds of articles Affect
Journal is seeking, please visit this page on our website:
For more information about submitting articles, future themes, and about
the project in general, please visit our website at:
www.affectjournal.co.uk or please email for further questions:
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