International Conference 2013 – Rhetoric in Europe

9.-13.10.2013 / Universität des Saarlandes / Université du Luxembourg / Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen 

The international conference will be under the patronage of the European Parliament President Martin Schulz


In autumn 2013, a conference on rhetoric will take place at the Saarland University. This conference will be international and multidisciplinary. The central theme of the symposium is ‘Rhetoric in Europe’. At the same time, we examine what is European in rhetoric and what is rhetorical in Europe. Because 2013 is an anniversary year in the history of rhetoric, the conference will be held in 2013. Presumably, 387 AC, 2400 years ago, Isocrates founded his school of rhetoric and philosophy.


Since antiquity, rhetoric has reigned as one of the great European traditions in education. Currently, as the importance of media of all kind is growing in daily communication, rhetoric is prevailing as an educational topic. The importance of intercultural communication is growing internationally as well as domestically, economically, and politically. Often political changes (from war, refugees, work migration, economical pressure, etc.) impact the crisis that the education system aggravates, (especially in the primary and secondary area), and this not since PISA. The worlds of work, along with public and everyday life, are altered since political (1989/1990), cultural (1968 and again 1989/90), and economical changes are not initiated, but accelerated by the globalization. Even this raw draft shows that schools, universities and adult education have important tasks and responsibilities in the formation of qualified teachers, university professors, and adult educators as well as in the research that is the basis for these formations. Because communication is the central category of the intercultural, medial, interpersonal problem, rhetoric is needed urgently in the mediation of “communication competence”, since media rhetoric, economical rhetoric, intercultural rhetoric, political rhetoric, and forensic rhetoric can advance the sectoral rhetorics at will.


Research on rhetoric from a European perspective means to explore historical and contemporary rhetoric as a discipline; it also encompasses the practice of rhetoric as communication in terms of intercultural and transcultural relations. Thus, to pursue a question, such as: Can the transculturality of rhetoric as a discipline be of use or not in the history of a rhetoric of intercultural communication? How can the transculturality of rhetoric be made interculturally fruitful in various sectors, especially forensics, politics, economy and science? 


180 scientists from about 120 universities in 30 countries have announced papers, panels and workshops.



  1. Speaking and Learning. Rhetoric of the classroom.
  2. Rhetoric, translation, interculture communication.
  3. The power of the image. Media-Rhetoric.
  4. Rhetoric and Policy. 
  5. Forensic Rhetoric.
  6. Homiletics: Rhetoric and Religion.
  7. Argumentation: pistis - logos - ethos - pathos - topos
  8. Rhetoric and Philosophy



Doris Pack, member of the European Parliament will give a speech about rhetoric in Europe October 10, 2013.



The fee for participants is 150€ which includes: buffet on the social evening, coffee during the conference, catering on the campus, bus tickets between the campus and the hotel. Participants who will register until July 1, 2013 will only pay a fee of 120 €. You can also get tickets for one day. A day ticket costs 50€. These tickets do not include the buffet on the social evening. Students will only pay 50€ for all 3 days.


Please register for the international conference on rhetoric and remit the fee via: 


Europäisches Institut für Rhetorik EIR

Institut Européen de Rhétorique IER

Prof. Dr. Norbert Gutenberg