Week begin. 6/03

In between last week’s meeting and this week’s meeting, each group member had gone away and researched for their section of the group project. This was to ensure that by this week’s meeting, we could all contribute and fill in the gaps to make sure that our project was interdisciplinary instead of multidisciplinary or disconnected.

In Thursday’s meeting, we began to formulate an argument and structure for the presentation. Our presentation will be looking at the voice of UKIP leader Nigel Farage, through his speeches pre- and post-Brexit and consider whether it is the context that allowed his voice to become powerful, or if it is what he is saying that has given him a platform to speak, or if it is a combination of both the context and Farage. In order to do this, we will look at the historical, political and geographical context in order to set the stage for a closer analysis of the speech. Georgina will be analysing the speech through the lens of philosopher Aristotle, whilst Merrick is going to look at the rhetoric and language of the speech as well as the media and communication which Farage used during the Brexit campaign.

I think, now that we all know more about what we are doing, we felt a lot more confident than we did before by the end of the meeting. Merrick also showed the group how “Prezi” works, which we think will work well for the project, as it shows how everything connects and will hopefully ensure that everything flows well. Our next step is to start putting a working script together, and we are meeting again next week (before the run through on the 20th with Sophie).

Meeting Notes from Week Begin. 27/02

Next steps for our group:

Finalise the selection of speeches

Complete our own individual research

Meet next week as a group and consolidate our ideas within our presentation

Potential Structure for our Presentation:


1. Historical

2. Geographical

3. Close analysis Literary, Classical

4. Bibliography

In the upcoming two weeks [completed by the 20th March]: start writing up the presentation.

For the presentation itself: choice of doing a powerpoint: Best to use. If we don’t then the structure is really important. 5 mins each. Gives structure to what you’re saying.

Not too much text, use to clarify what you’re saying, support what you’re saying. Visuals. Pictures of Farage??

Keeping pace and focusing audience.

Mixture of images and quote from speech.


What they say together. Interdisciplinary focus. Think about broad outline: list of key themes. What we’re aiming for.

Have the information and the analysis by when we meet on:

Wednesday 8th, 2pm– Liberal Arts common room/ maughan- book a room.

Next meeting with Sophie March 20th at 9am – a week before the presentation (need to have written by then). Trial run for speech.

Primary Sources:


2013 speech (http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2013/09/nigel-farages-speech-full-text-and-audio)

Immigration speech just before referendum (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k422Kc-9DE&t=336s)

Victory speech (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLCb1cGROAw)

Interdisciplinary focus – Looking at the where and when (Geography and History context) versus who (close analysis of what Nigel Farage is saying) in order to understand how Farage and Brexit were given a platform to speak and be heard→ benefit of being interdisciplinary is the ability to understand and consider these different factors.