Henriette van der Blom (CAHA, University of Birmingham) - Principal Investigator
Henriette van der Blom is Director of the Network for Oratory and Politics. Henriette is an ancient historian who researches Roman political culture and the ways in which public oratory influenced political behaviour and decision making. She has published extensively on Roman political oratory and memorialisation and would like to move this interest into a comparative mode through the activities of the Network for Oratory and Politics.
Ernest Schonfield (German, University of Glasgow)
Ernest Schonfield is Lecturer in German in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Glasgow. He writes on modern German literature with particular emphasis on social politics. He is also interested in the uses and reception of oratory and rhetoric in modern German culture and politics. His monograph Art and its Uses in Thomas Mann’s Felix Krull was published in 2008.
Gesine Manuwald (Latin and Greek, UCL)
Gesine Manuwald is Professor of Latin at University College London (UCL). Her research interests include the oratory of the famous Roman writer and politician Marcus Tullius Cicero. She has published a commentary and a bilingual edition on Cicero’s Philippic Orations as well as a number of articles on various aspects of his speeches. In several of these publications as well as in talks and in her teaching, she has looked at the relationship between oratory and politics and the role of performance with respect to the impact of a speech. She hopes that NOP will make it possible to explore such questions in greater depth by enabling comparisons between countries and periods and discussions of the relevant material among scholars with mutual interests.