Virtual Gathering 2021

We are very happy to present the program for our short „Virtual Gathering“ from May, 27 and 28, 2021 (both days starting at 2 p.m. CET). As you already know, the Rhetoric in Society 8 Conference as a whole has been postponed to 2023. Nevertheless, we want to give members and participants at least some possibilities to meet, chat, exchange ideas and discuss the current state of the art. The gathering will be hosted on Zoom by the conference team at Tübingen University, Germany.


If you submitted a paper or panel proposal, you do not need to register. We will send the Zoom link and details a couple of days before the gathering in May to the email address from which you have sent your proposal.

If not, please send an email to the organizing team in Tübingen (

Please take into account:

All times are CET (Central European Time: Oslo, Berlin, Paris, Tübingen)!

PROGRAMME (Short version)

All times are CET (Central European Time).

Thursday, May 27, 2021

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Welcome and Keynote Speech

Sonja K. Foss (Regents’ Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico) and Karen A. Foss (Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado Denver, US):

Constricted and Constructed Potentiality: An Inquiry into Paradigms of Strategic Change

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Panel 1: “The Rhetoric of the Coronavirus” and the Strategic Construction of Legitimacy. First Addresses of Western Leaders to the Nation

Jürgen Siess (Caen University, France)

Ruth Amossy (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)

Irit Kornblit (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)

Keren Sadoun-Kerber (Tel-Aviv University, Israel)

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Coffee break

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. General Assembly (Rhetoric Society of Europe)

Friday, May 28, 2021

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Panel 2: Pandemics and Rhetoric. Perspectives on Strategic Rhetoric from the Athenian Plague 430 BC to COVID-19 2020 AD.

Otto Fischer / Ann Öhrberg (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Jon Viklund (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Louise Schou-Therkildsen (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Mats Rosengren (Uppsala University, Sweden)

Janne Lindqvist (Uppsala University, Sweden)

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Coffee break

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Panel 3: Rhetoric as Strategic Thinking

Alexander Fischer (University of Basel, Switzerland)

Michael Hoppmann (Northeastern University, Boston, USA)

Manfred Kraus (University of Tübingen, Germany)

Sine Just / Marcus Lantz (Roskilde University / Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

Rudi Palmieri / Andrea Rocci (University of Liverpool, UK / Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland)

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Coffee break and Farewell