This is the second of a two-part interview with Dr. Frida Buhre and Dr. Erik Bengtson, co-founders of the International Rhetoric Workshop (IRW). In this episode, they tell us about the role of rhetoric at large in Sweden, including a popular game show that’s all about rhetoric. They also discuss the origins of the IRW as well as the opportunities and challenges of doing rhetoric on a global scale.
Like the previous episode, this was recorded in August 2019 at Uppsala University. Thanks to Uppsala University staff for providing access to an interview room.
Frida Buhre is Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric at Uppsala University in Sweden, and co-founder of the International rhetoric Workshop. Frida has been working in the field of rhetorical temporalities since 2009, and her current book project is on the role of anachronisms in political rhetoric. Her research interests are in global rhetoric, environmental rhetoric, rhetoric of resistance, and the role of temporality in all of these. She wrote her dissertation on the temporalities of politics in the thought of Hannah Arendt. She has published on indigenous rhetoric, the spatial turn, knowledge production, ideology, and Arendt.
Erik Bengtson is a Senior Lecturer in Rhetoric at Uppsala University, Sweden, and co-founder of the International Rhetoric Workshop. In research and teaching Bengtson enjoys questioning that which is taken for granted whether it concerns the epistemology of rhetoric, the history of rhetoric or contemporary politics, identities and theories. Among his publications you will find two articles on Ernst Cassirer and rhetorical anthropology, published in Rhetorica. Bengtson is currently developing research projects on environmental rhetoric and mythological reasoning in democracies, combining anthropological methods with questions of rhetorical theory.