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Media and Politics Research Seminar - Dr Rudi Palmieri: “A storm broke over...
Thu 19 November 2015, 17:00 – 19:00 GMT
School of the Arts Presents:
Media and Politics Research Seminar - Semester One 2016
Thursday, 19 November, 5pm - 6.30pm
Dr. Rudi Palmieri (Lecturer)
Department of Communication and Media
“A storm broke over financial markets”. The rhetorical-argumentative framing of crisis in public debates over government bailouts.
The serious crisis of a large corporation with national importance typically triggers a public debate where a central issue is whether the government should financially support or not the troubled firm. In this talk, I will discuss some well-known cases (e.g. banks after the 2007-2008 global financial crisis; the bailout of the Detroit car industry) by approaching the crisis-related discourse from the perspective of argumentation. An argumentative analysis of these debates allows us to highlight several interesting aspects of the relationship between business and society that typical emerge during financial crises. In particular, I will illustrate the following points: the negotiation and renegotiation of cultural background premises (named endoxa in argumentation theory); the use of metaphors and similar rhetorical means to frame the crisis and orient its interpretation toward the desired effect; the importance for citizens and other stakeholders of acquiring argumentation skills which enable them to improve their critical assessment of – and participation in – the crisis debate.
Born in Switzerland in 1981, Rudi Palmieri (PhD, University of Lugano) is lecturer of “Strategic Communication” at the University of Liverpool (UK). His main research activity focuses on argumentation in business and, more specifically, financial communication. He has published several books, papers and chapters where he examines the strategic uses of argumentation for different organizational purposes, such as realizing or preventing a takeover, regaining trust after a crisis, or securing the support of security analysts about the performance and future prospects of the company. In 2014 he co-organized the international conference “Discourse Approaches to Financial Communication” (www.dafc.usi.ch) with the purpose of developing an interdisciplinary network of scholars interested in studying financial communication with a discourse and text analytic perspective.
Light refreshments will be served.
Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.