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22 Jan - "Rhetorical literacy in the quarrelling society", Lecture by Maria Załęska, University of Warsaw, Poland

The visit of Maria Załęska is organised in collaboration with Bruno Capaci from the Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies

Jan 22, 2019 from 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM

Where Sala Rossa, Palazzo Marchesini, via Marsala 26, Bologna (first floor)

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Treating rhetoric as an intellectual equipment for living, the lecture will address the persuasive phenomena within the counter-discourses, a dominant feature of the so-called quarrelling society. In the world deeply divided by conflicts, misunderstandings and fake news, the rhetorical literacy is needed more than ever to cope with the complexities of multilayered messages. Each citizen should develop the rhetorical awareness, meant both as passive competence of deciphering the messages of others and as an competent communicative performance, able to lead to consensus. After the preliminary distinctions between folk and learned meanings of the term ‘rhetoric’ and ‘counter-discourses’, the lecture will focus on rhetorical mechanisms of constructive and destructive conflicts. Several typologies of overt and covert mechanisms of conflict escalation and appeasement will be discussed and exemplified in contexts of private and professional communication, in order to offer the participants theoretical and practical means useful in both monitoring and actively shaping the conflictual interactions in which they are involved. The examples are expected to foster the discussion of the utility of the rhetorical research in context of other disciplines and to address the issue of the significance and meaning of academic expertise in context of non-academic activities.