The Speaking Citizens project team presents 'The Uses of Oracy', a landmark conference on the future of speech and citizenship education.
In the spirit of Richard Hoggart's seminal The Uses of Literacy (1957), the conference aims to revive interdisciplinary dialogue between the humanities, social sciences and education.
Over three days, we will bring together researchers, activists, students, politicians and charity leaders to think about the current state of debate over speaking and listening, citizenship and education in Britain.
We have curated five roundtables, each focusing on a key question, on which you will hear from a wide range of invited speakers, who will offer fresh and complementary perspectives intended to stimulate debate.
For details of these roundtables see the provisional programme below.
We are also delighted to present three plenary talks:
- On Wednesday 26th January, Lord David Blunkett looks back over his career as education secretary and his own relationship to 'oracy'.
- On Thursday 27th, Deborah Cameron, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Oxford will use a case study of the BBC archive of the 1920s-30s to illuminate current discussions.
- On Friday 28th, Cyril Delhay, Professor of Oratory at Sciences-Po, Paris, will reflect on the introduction in 2021 of Le Grand Oral into the French baccalaureate.
Attendance is free. Sign up for access to all events Using the link here
All sessions will be live-streamed, and available for viewing after the event.
Wednesday 26th January:
Thursday 27th January:
Friday 28th January: