Rhetoric and persuasion

Peitho is Radboud University's knowledge centre for rhetoric, bringing together knowledge and expertise on rhetoric and persuasion. Peitho organises academic and public conferences, lectures and workshops, sparks social debates and is a source of information for anyone who wants to know more about persuasion.

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Peitho and research

Peitho is interested in all research related to rhetoric and the persuasion process. Peitho brings researchers together by, for example, helping to shape collaborations between researchers from different faculties.
In addition, Peitho can contribute practically to research in various ways. This can include advice or help in performing (rhetorical) analyses of texts or suggestions for theoretical backgrounds in persuasion.

Peitho also develops ideas about how results and insight from research can be presented to the public.

Practical communication training for academics (such as successfully applying for grants or bringing research results to the public's attention) is available via Radboud in'to Languages.

What can Peitho help you with?


Peitho can provide input for lessons on the various aspects of rhetoric. For example, this could include the effectiveness of a political speech or campaign or how subtle choices in texts can persuade us. For more information on (other) classroom programmes and for help or advice on portfolios, see also PUC Society. The Academia lectures on the Radboud University campus are also interesting for students interested in Greek, Latin, Ancient History and Archaeology.


Peitho can help you with advice and ideas for making a portfolio on persuasive texts. The Pre-University College of Society offers working lectures in Academic Skills and master classes and can also help you make your portfolio.


Peitho is open to a good debate and is happy to help organise debates, whether that’s giving advice on suitable topics or resolutions or the structure and judging of a debate. Peitho can also briefly introduce debate techniques to help new debaters get started.

Workshops and lectures

Peitho gives lectures on rhetoric and persuasion on various occasions. These sometimes focus on a current speech or campaign, including classic speeches or larger developments.

Professional development

In cooperation with Radboud Pre-University College of Society, Peitho gives workshops and lectures on rhetoric and persuasion, which are suitable as educational activities for professionals in various fields. In addition to the many developed and ready-to-use workshops, themed courses are possible at the request of organisations or associations. Peitho has a network of scientists and professionals in multiple professional groups to tailor lectures to the specific demand.


Do you have questions, or would you like more information? Then get in touch with us, and we will be happy to help you! You can send us an e-mail at peitho [at] (peitho[at]let[dot]ru[dot]nl)

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