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1st July 2022

Transnational Project Meeting in Sofia

Our fourth transnational project meeting took place on the 1st of July in Sofia, Bulgaria. It was the second time we were able to meet face-to-face, since all our previous meetings but one were held online, and the first time all the national teams met not online nor in hybrid form. We discussed the outputs, especially O2 and O5. The platform for the online course was presented. We talked about dissemination and publication our results and made some plans for the final meeting and event in Warsaw. Overview timesheets was done

There was also time do discuss more general matters (this is how the "rhetorical think tank works). Ivanka Mavrodieva, Yovka Tisheva, Stefan Serezliev and Iglika Kassabova presented programs and good practices of rhetoric teaching in Bulgarian universities: Sofia University, New Bulgarian University, National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Veliko Tarnovo University, etc. Elenmari Pletikos Olof presented the good practices at the University of Zagreb, the trainings on behaviour formation and voice improvement and the contribution of the Department of Phonetics. She presented the results of conference the University of Zagreb and the contacts with the participants, the possibilities for team building and scientific networking.
We also had time for a delicious lunch together and for a sightseeing tour through Sofia University.

10th June 2022

Project & output presentation to the academic audience

The conference "Literatura i Kultura Popularna" (Popular Literature and Culture) is a yearly event organized by The Laboratory of Popular Litarature & Culture and New Media (University of Wrocław). This year's edition was held in Wisła, Poland, 8th-12th June and was attended by researchers from Poland, Slovakia and Portugal.
During the conference, Agnieszka Szurek presented the RHEFINE project and handed over the invitation for the muliplier event in Warsaw in October. The presentation was focused on the rhetoric of translation - a chapter from
Methods of Rhetorical Criticism - A Handbook (O1).

13th May 2022

Students' Research Teams - second workshop (O7)

During the second virtual workshop in Output 7, students took the floor. We could see the effect of their work. And the task was not easy. As a continuation of the analysis of Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech, students in international groups prepared its analysis according to the rules proposed by the instructors.


Then we moved on to analyze two political speeches by president Duda and president Milanović, moderated by Vlatka from Croatia and Witold from Poland. Prior to the workshop they suggested dividing into groups and prepared the tasks to be performed.


Polish teams analyzed the speech of the Croatian president and Croatians analyzed the speech of the Polish president. Thanks to this we could compare our observations of the speeches of public figures who hold the same function but about whom we have different situational knowledge and for whom we have different expectations.


Finally, Aleksandra Łukowska introduced the basics of pentadic criticism, which will be used by international teams to analyze Zelensky's speech to Russians. The next workshop, already the last one, will be held in June.

5th May 2022

Teaching Rhetoric Online - workshop for teachers in Bulgaria

Third part of the E2 event was targeted at teachers. The event took place in the National School of Finance and Economics (NFSG) and its director, Mrs. Maya Gesheva, assisted in organizing and leading the workshop. It was attended by teachers from NFSG, the National High School "Sofia", NPMG and others. Teachers were informed about how rhetoric can be used in school teaching and which modern genres and methods can be applied. They also participated in a dialogue on the topics:

How can you prepare a convincing and attractive podcast?

How to use rhetorical techniques and techniques in debates?

Prof. Ivanka Mavrodieva presented the activities and presented the participants with the outputs: O2 Online course in rhetoric and O5 Teaching rhetoric online - open resources.

Teachers received the textbook "Teaching Rhetoric Online: Open Resources", which is available online on the IRC website https://www.iorc.info/ and on the website https://rhetoricteacher.iorc.info/.

Podcasts are available at https://rhetoricteacher.iorc.info/podcasts/

29th April 2022

Students' Research Teams - new opening (O7)

With the new academic year, we began the second installment of output 7 involving collaboration between student groups. This time we took advantage of the fact that at the University of Warsaw in the summer semester there are classes on the art of presentation, and at the University of Zagreb there is a course on rhetorical genres.

This time we proposed 3 joint online workshops in which we look at the rhetorical analysis of political speeches together with students. Arnold Schwarzenegger's speech delivered as a response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine was chosen for the first meeting on April 29.

The next workshop will be partially student-led in May. The workshop will include speeches by Polish and Croatian politicians. The series of workshops will conclude with an analysis of the speech made by the President of Ukraine just before the start of the war.

The workshops are prepared by Ewa Modrzejewska, Aleksandra Łukowska and Elenmari Pletikos Olof.

16-17th April 2022

Teaching rhetoric online - a workshop (E2)

The second part of the E2 event took place on April 16-17th. Students from Националната школа по мениджмънт participated in a workshop conducted by Professor Ivanka Mavrodieva and Georgi Petkov. Students practiced their skills as orators and tried to persuade their colleagues.

11th April 2022

Teaching rhetoric online - a workshop and a seminar in Bulgaria (E2)

Students from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski took part in the workshop, seminar and simulation games. The event was an opportunity to present the Online Course in Rhetoric (O2) and Teaching Rhetoric Online (O5) to a wider audience. Students presented their own speeches and took part in the activities coordinated by prof. Ivanka Mavrodieva and dr Iglika Kasabova.

The event, originally planned for June, was organized a bit earlier, with a slightly modified program. Some points originally scheduled for this event, such as discussing "Rhetorical Think Tank" and reaching wider academic circles, were covered during the conference in Zagreb. We thought it is important to give students some face-to-face activities after the long time of isolation and online learning, and to present the outputs of out project not only during meetings on Zoom, but through live interactions.

24-25th February 2022

RHEFINE Conference
Rhetorical Research and Didactics (E3
)

The RHEFINE Conference took place on the 24th and 25th of February 2022 at The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Zagreb University and online. The conference’s theme was Rhetorical Research and Didactics. The conference was opened by Diana Tomić, the leader of the Croatian team of the RHEFINE project, the dean of the Faculty, Domagoj Tončinić, and the head of the Department of Phonetics, Gabrijela Kišiček.

The program's first point was a keynote by Kris Rutten titled The rhetoric of cultural literacy. After that, there were two hybrid sessions: Rhetoric in an educational context and Impact and influence of rhetoric in society. After that, participants on-site attended a roundtable on rhetorical curricula and a RHEFINE Book Club.

Keynote from Gabrijela Kišiček: Speech delivery in rhetorical scholarship: A historical overview opened the second day of the conference. Two hybrid sessions of the day: Application of rhetoric in various edu-contexts and Contemporary trends in the rhetorical classroom were separated by three on-site elective workshops: Rhetorical Listening by Ana Vlah and Diana Tomić, Collegial Dialogue for Culture of Collaboration by Sanja Kišiček, and Speech Skills by Elenmari Pletikos Olof and Jelena Vlašić Duić.

The conference hosted scholars from different European countries that seemed to have a similar goal: to evaluate and improve rhetorical research and didactics, which is in line with the RHEFINE team's goal.

Above all, it was an opportunity to present the projects outputs to a wider audience. Most attention has been given to Rhetorical Research and Didactics, a book coordinated by the Croatian team: Diana Tomić, Elenmari Pletikos Olof and Jelena Vlašić Duić. Ewa Modrzejewska, Agnieszka Szurek and Kinga Rogowska presented the outputs led the Polish team, and during the online session the members of the Bulgarian team - Ivanka Mavrodieva and Iglika Kassabova - shared their experiences on teaching rhetoric.


More photos from the conference you can find here.

24th February 2022

Rhetorical Curricula: Round Table
and the RHEFINE Book Club

The conference in Zagreb was accompanied by other dissemination events. The round table on curricula was a good opportunity to present one of the project outputs (O4 - Applied Rhetoric, First and Second Cycle Study Program) to the wider audience: academics from other faculties and disciplines, teachers, graduates. We discussed the perspectives on close collaboration between our institutions in teaching rhetoric and applying the curricula.

The Book Club was a lively and fruitful discussion between the project participants and invited guests on books that we use in our teaching, that inspire us most or has influenced us during the early stages of our career. It was a good occasion to arouse interest in out project outputs: Methods of Rhetorical Criticism. A Handbook (O1) and Rhetorical Research and Didactics (O6).

23rd February 2022

Transnational project meeting

A project meeting was held on 23 February 2022 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, with the participation of partners from Poland and Croatia. The members of the Polish part of the consortium were represented by Agnieszka Szurek, Ewa Modrzejewska and Kinga Rogowska, and the Croatian members by Diana Tomić, Jelena Vlašić Duić and Elenmari Pletikos Olof. The RHEFINE project entered the second half of its life, so the goals of the meeting were: final agreement on drafting a document with evaluation methods in rhetorical pedagogy, review of the state and stages of completion of books and other project content, publication plan and evaluation procedures. Since, due to the pandemic, this was the first live meeting of the project team members, the meeting took place in an extremely cheerful atmosphere, a part of which you can see in the photos.

17th February 2022

RHEFINE Conference

Final progam of the conference Rhetorical Research and Didactics can be found here.

1st February 2022

RHEFINE Conference

The Conference Rhetorical Research and Didactics is being organized in Zagreb. For the registration form, program and other information please see the document below.

21st January 2022

Steering Committee working meeting

The Steering Committee members from Poland, Bulgaria and Croatia met on Zoom to discuss plans for the upcoming months. The main issues were progress on outputs and organizing events in the unstable pandemic situation.

3rd January 2022

RHEFINE's first year recap

21st December 2021

First result published!

Our first project result has been published!
Go to
Project Outputs to read full versions of Applied Rhetoric. First and Second cycle study program (versions available: Polish and English).

1st December 2021

Online Course in Rhetoric - pilot version

A pilot version of the Online Course in Rhetoric (O2) has been presented in form of a book (in Bulgarian) and is available here. Works on an online and interactive version (and on version in English) are in progress.

29th November 2021

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences for the 21st century in context of EU projects

Diana Tomić & the Croatian team presented RHEFINE during the project day at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb.

18th November 2021

Steering Committee Meeting

Steering Committee met to set organizational matters, monitor & evaluate the outputs, to talk about challenges to face and to plan future activities. And also of course to support each other, exchange ideas and inspirations.

17 November 2021

RHEFINE on the media

Ivanka Mavrodieva, the leader of the Bulgarian team, talked about RHEFINE - and especially about the Online Course in Rhetoric, our "O2" output - in the interview for the news platform Luboslovie. You can watch the whole interview [in Bulgarian] here.

18th November 2021

Rhetorical Research and Didactics: Invitation letter

We would like to invite you to contribute a chapter to a volume Rhetorical Research and Didactics. The project's aim is to reform the academic teaching of rhetoric, but also to create a rhetorical pedagogy network and a knowledge hub which can be applied not only at university level, but also in secondary and lifelong education.

An abstract of 300 words should be submitted to the editors by email preferably by 15 December, 2021. Abstracts should feature the working title of the proposed chapter, the author or authors responsible for it, together with the details of the corresponding author.

Read more.

11th November 2021

Dissemination

Results of RHEFINE are going to be disseminated not only in the academic world. Foundation for Developing Emotional Intellignece expressed interest in the results of RHEFINE and sent us an official letter of support. The Foundation intends to make use of some of our outputs, especially online resources.
RHEFINE project will be presented by Professor Ivanka Mavrodieva during the conference "Emotional Intelligence - Lenses for Learning and Development" 4-18 June 2021. This is for us an opportunity to reach the wider audience.

2nd November 2021

First output almost ready!

One of the outputs of RHEFINE are the curricula for teaching rhetoric (O4) . The leader of this output is the University of Warsaw. The first drafts and ideas of a new teaching programme have been clarified during the consultations with our partners. We also had some pilot activities with students. Now the almost-final version of the curriculum is being widely evaluated by students.
Meanwhile, in Bulgaria the whole hive of activity is busy with output O2 - Online Course in Rhetoric. The first draft is being presented and published for the students and all interested parts for consultations. The course will include materials prepared by students from Croatia and Poland and it's main language will be English, but the first round of consultations is targeted mainly at Bulgarian audience.

September, October, November...

Testing, evaluating and... improving

Outputs in our project are taking shape. We want them to be of prime quality, so first drafts are put into various kinds of tests and evaluating procedures. First three chapters from the Methods of Rhetorical Criticism. A Handbook were submitted to the critical eyes of students -after all, students are meant to be the first users and beneficiaries of this output. Three groups, each consisting of 12-17 students, were asked to read the chapters and submit their comments and reflections. The commentaries will be discussed with the chapters' authors and some improvements will probably be implemented. First versions of Online Guide into Rhetoric underwent a throughout review by Monika Chalkova, a MA student of rhetoric, and was also discussed by other students.
Other outputs are also constantly tested and discussed. Hard work, but very gratifying!

14 October 2021

Erasmus Days

Our online event, which was part of Erasmus Days, was a great opportunity to present some of the project outputs - and also to put them into test. A mini-lecture and discussion on Virtual Rhetoric: Features and Manifestations were prepared by Ivanka Mavrodieva and Iglika Kassabova and were based on the chapters from Methods of Rhetorical Criticism. A Handbook. Other chapters from this book were presented in the exhibition. The presentation on What do a rhetorician and a phonetician have in common? Evidence-based approach to speech delivery (by Diana Tomić and Jelena Vlasić Duić) was not only recalled some points from the chapter in the Methods... concerning sound symbolism, but reached out to the Rhetorical Research and Didactics and to the broadly conceived Rhetorical Think Tank. However, the most lively part were perhaps Students' Research Teams presentations. From voice training to antivaxxers' rhetoric, from athletes on Facebook to Croatian president on social media and from different formats of debate to jokes told by Google Assistant - the topics investigated by young researchers were really intriguing and their presentations brilliant!

18 September 2021

Dissemination: Output presentations during the XXV Science Festival in Warsaw

The XXV Science Festival has been an opportunity for the Rhefine team to present first drafts of the outputs, discuss and test ideas and engage students.

During the workshop "Dyskusja od podstaw - warsztaty z debatowania" the Rhefine team presented -and tested in practice - parts from our O3 output - "The Rhetoric of Debate".

The workshop "Jak się odnaleźć w sytuacji retorycznej" was based on the chapter from the O1 output - "Methods of Rhetorical Criticism. A Handbook" as well as on the activities of one from the Students' Research Teams (O7).

The meetings were held online, but the discussion was really lively. The participants used various IT tools to engage in the activities - not only chat box, but also Mentimeter and Kialo.

24-25 June 2021

Transnational Meeting 2

Had it not been the pandemic, we would have been sitting together in some nice place in Croatia and having coffee together... Nonetheless, during our Transnational Meeting 2 we discussed our progress on outputs, evaluating procedures and dissemination strategies. There was an extremely useful workshop on new assessment methods. We also had some ice-breaking activities.

On the second day there was a steering committee meeting, when we discussed issues concerning project management,finance and reporting.

The result of the meeting was a clear roadmap for outputs, clarifying some formal issues and very fruitful insights on assessment methods. We did also a lot towards building a supportive, well-organized team.

19 May 2021

Students' Research Groups Meeting
O7 Pilot Workshop

During the pilot workshop, the coordinator of this output, dr Ewa Modrzejewska, welcomed the international team and presented the goals of this project. Students who proposed the research topics had some time to present them and invite other students to join their research groups.

We have formed 5 international student research groups that will be working on topics from fake news and social media rhetoric, through voice training methods to debate formats and tools. We will be seeing their research results in a couple of months!

29 January 2021

Kick-off Meeting part 2
O1 and O6 discussion


28 January 2021

Kick-off Meeting part 1


18 December 2020

Steering Committee Unofficial Meeting 2


11 December 2020

Polish Team Unofficial Meeting


1 December 2020

Steering Committee Unofficial Meeting 1


27 November 2020

Hurray! Our project received funding!

During our first unofficial meeting on Zoom we (virtually) opened champagne bottles and started laying the foundations for our upcoming work.

21st December 2021