Here is our current call for papers:

“Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics”? Rhetoric, Spin, and Discourse in the Political Landscape

trackchanges, the postgraduate journal of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield is preparing its 13th issue for publication in summer 2020. Our Call for Papers this year is an invitation to all postgraduate researchers to consider their discipline and interests in the light of current, and timeless, debates about the nature of political debate. What is acceptable? What is becoming of those in high office? Are things worse or better now than they have been, and what criteria should inform that conversation?

Taking ‘politics’ in its broadest sense, we invite abstracts of no more than 300 words on subjects which may include, but are not limited to:

  • The development or history of types of political rhetoric
  • Content analysis of the debate around specific political issues
  • Philosophical approaches to Politics, Rhetoric, or related questions
  • Historic case studies which cast contemporary incidents in a particular light
  • Perspectives from literature
  • Political rhetoric and debate in different locations, cultures, or systems
  • Political symbolism and architecture
  • Religion and politics … or the politics of religion
  • Technologies of communication and their effect on politics
  • Identity and politics
  • Economics and the economy in political discourse
  • International perspectives on British politics

Abstracts should be submitted via the online form here: no later than the 15th November 2019. Authors will be informed of the status of their submission by the 1st of December 2019. The word limit for completed articles is 5000 words including footnotes and excluding bibliography, subject to revision. First drafts will be required by the 28th February 2020, for final completion before the 15th April 2020.

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