About the Conference

Many thanks to everyone who helped make Rhetoric, Politics, Ethics a big success!

The web proceedings are now available. You can also look at our photos (note: may be slow to appear without a fast internet connection)


In April 2005 Ghent University hosts an international conference on Rhetoric, Politics, Ethics organised by the Flemish Research Council's project on literary ethics. The conference will address the political and ethical dimensions of language use in both literary and cultural discourse, with specific emphasis on the ideological potential of distinct rhetorical tropes. In exploring these issues, we hope to address the ethico-political imperative (or fallacy) accompanying contemporary theoretical scholarship in the humanities.

Rhetoric, Politics, Ethics will feature both parallel and plenary sessions. For the plenary sessions, we are pleased to welcome key-note speakers whose work has been formative for the shape of theoretical debate in the humanities.

The conference will run over three days:

Full registration is €75 (or €30 per day). Students, unemployed and subsidy recipients are eligible for the reduced rate of €25 (or €10 per day). A €10 late fee will be charged after February 1, 2005.

The conference will take place in Het Pand, Onderbergen 1. However, the opening plenaries on Thursday 21st take place in the Aula Academica, Voldersstraat 9. Please see the transportation page for details on how to get there.