Petra Aczél

Petra Aczél is Full Professor and Head of Institute of Behavioral Science and Communication Theory, as well as member of the Social Communication Doctoral School at Corvinus University of Budapest. She earned her PhD degree in linguistics with the thesis titled Winning with Words: Classical and Modern Ar-gumentation Theory in 2003, and gave her habilitation lecture in 2011. Her fields of interest include rhetoric, new media communication, persuasive communication, argumentation theories, public and political communication. She is author and coauthor of eight books and numerous articles on rhetoric (verbal, visual, virtual) and communication.

She was also an advisor in organizational communication at Hungarian Academy of Sciences, as well as a special rapporteur of higher education and communication at Hungarian Ministry of Education. She is the chair and member of several editorial boards and the leader of research projects in media literacy and communicative effectiveness.

In Spring 2015 she was visiting international professor at the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, School of Arts and Sciences, Rhetoric and Communication Studies Department where she taught courses Central European Rhetoric and New Media in Global Contexts. That year she also won Kenneth Rice Award of Teaching Excellence at the Corvinus University of Budapest.

Nick Turnbull

Nick Turnbull is Lecturer in Politics at The University of Manchester. His main research interests are in questioning processes in political rhetoric and public policymaking. He has an interdisciplinary orientation, taking in political science, rhetoric, philosophy, and sociology. He is a specialist in the philosophy of problematology and has published several works on the subject, including Michel Meyer's Problematology: Questioning and Society (Bloomsbury 2014), along with scholarly journal articles in History of the Human Sciences, Policy and Society and the Revue Internationale de Philosophie. His published works on rhetoric include the edited collection Rhetoric in British Politics and Society (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and articles in Critical Discourse Studies, Critical Policy Studies, Political Studies, and Philosophy & Rhetoric. He is currently working on a study of questioning in the British public sphere and on anti-slavery discourses in European public policy.

He is currently Deputy Editor of the Revue Internationale de Philosophie. He was the Convenor of the Interpretive Political Science Specialist Group of the UK Political Studies Association from 2011 to 2016. He has been visiting fellow in sociology at Macquarie University (2014) and in politics at the University of Liverpool (2017).