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Centre for Rhetoric Studies

The Centre for Rhetoric Studies, focused on multidisciplinary research in public rhetoric, deliberative democracy and argumentative culture, is based in the UCT Faculty of Law, is recognised as being unique on the African continent where it has pioneered the emergence of Rhetoric Studies. Founded in 1995 by the then Dean of Arts and Centre Director, Distinguished Professor Philippe-Joseph Salazar, Centre for Rhetoric Studies (CRhS) has been graduating M and PhD students in the field since 2000. Past graduates are employed in the high-level roles in civil service across Southern Africa, and some hold academic positions in South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, and Zimbabwe (amongst other places).  

In addition to research projects, the CRhS engages in three main activities: hosting research fellows, organisng academic conferences and supervising postgraduate students (Masters and PhD). CRhS publishes many of its findings through the open access journal African Yearbook of Rhetoriand encourages publication by graduates. 

Along with offering Masters and PhD supervision, CRhS  also offers an LLB elective course on Law, Rhetoric and Society (RDL4604S) as part of Private Law course offerings in the LLB, as well as supervision by the director and co-director (Professor of Jurisprudence A J Barnard-Naudé) of LLB Independent Research Papers on appropriate topics related to law’s rhetoric as well as rhetoric at large. 

Having previously been located in the Faculty of Humanities, CRhs in 2016 gained affiliation to the Faculty of Law and in 2017 the postgraduates programmes in Rhetoric were registered in the Department of Private Law.