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Riccarda Schmid

Riccarda Schmid

BA in History, Political Science and Economics, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2013
MA in Anicent History, University of Bern, Switzerland, 2016

Riccarda Schmid is a PhD student in ancient history and a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Andreas Victor Walser at the Department of History at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. On invitation of Prof. Josiah Ober, she is a visiting PhD student at the Classics Department from September 2021 to July 2022, funded by a scholarship of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Her research interests are classical Athens and especially ancient democracy and political communication, oratory and rhetoric, theories on memory and identity, frame analysis, as well as the reception of classical antiquity in 18th century Switzerland.

While at Stanford, she is working on her PhD project on political communication in Athenian democracy in the 4th century B.C. She is interested in how communication in different institutions of the ancient democracy influenced how Athenian citizens perceived themselves and their political system. To analyze these dynamics in public-political communication, she uses as a combination of memory theories and modern frame analysis, in particular Claes H. de Vreese's framing-process model. The main sources for this study are the Athenian political court speeches.

 

Publications:

  • (forthcoming) With C. Riedweg and A.V. Walser (Eds.), Demokratie und Populismus in der griechischen Antike und Heute. Akten zur ersten internationalen ZAZH-Tagung in Zürich vom 12.-14.02.2020, De Gruyter.
  • (forthcoming) Populisten im Gerichtshof? Populismus und politische Kommunikation im Athen des 4. Jahrhunderts. v. Chr., in: C. Riedweg, R. Schmid, A.V. Walser (Hg.), Demokratie und Populismus in der griechischen Antike und Heute. Akten zur ersten internationalen ZAZH-Tagung in Zürich vom 12.-14.02.2020, De Gruyter.
  • 2022:  Framing in Athenian Public Discourse. A Case Study on Aeschines II, Journal of Ancient Civilizations.
  • 2020: «So fiel Sparta, so fiel Athen, so fiel Rom». Antikenrezeptionen in den Präsidialreden der Helvetischen Gesellschaft 1762–1797, Antike und Abendland 65-66, S. 308-339.