Hanne Roer

Hanne Roer

Associate Professor


I am currently working on the reception of St. Augustine's rhetorical writings, from 430 to modern rhetoric and contemporary homiletics. My papers, book chapters and journal articles have for the past six years been dedicated to St. Augustine’s rhetoric and its impact on later rhetorical writers. This is a study of Christian mystical rhetoric which is also a power discourse marked by gendered concepts. I am also doing research in Danish oratory, a neglected field of research.

I have been an associate professor at the section for rhetoric at the Department for Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen since 2004. My Ph.D.-thesis on Dante Alighieri’s theory of language, poetics and rhetoric in 1999 was titled Dante Impositor. On the Origins of Poetry and Language in Dante and the Modistae (2000). Taking the dissertation as my starting point I published the monograph Beatrice i Paradiset: En rejse i Dantes værker. Aarhus Universitetsforlag 2010 (307 pp) on Dante's poetics and rhetoric - the first monograph in Danish on Dante since 1892.

I have partly written and edited (with M. Lund, Aarhus University) a textbook on rhetorical criticism, Retorikkens Aktualitet, that has come out in three editions (2006, 2009, 2014). It introduces American rhetorical criticism and offers original close readings of Danish political texts. I co-edited the volume on the Catholic reformation, En anden Reformation, Forlaget Orbis, 2017.


I teach courses in the history of rhetoric, visual rhetoric, argumentation, rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism. I supervise BA and master theses in all disciplines of the curriculum.


Since 2005 I have attended the conferences held by The International Society for The History of Rhetoric as well as the Nordic conferences on research in rhetoric (since 1999). I have been participating in conferences and seminars held by the Nordic network on law, literature and rhetoric and the Bergen School of Law and Literature (2005-2015). In the period 1999-2006 I was part of the Nordic Dante Network, attending the related conferences.

Research visits abroad and languages:

I have stayed in Rome and Pisa for longer periods, working in libraries and archives, and in shorter periods in Paris, Venice, Oxford and Coimbra. I read Greek, Latin, French, Italian, German, English and some Spanish, apart from the Scandinavian languages.

Communication to the public:

I regularly write for popular magazines such as Retorikmagasinet, Kommunikationsforum and Sfinx.

I have also curated (with artist Anita V. Nielsen) the art exhibition 00197 Roma (Sophienholm 2015). 

Selected publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    Augustine’s Christian eloquence.

    Roer, Hanne, 2021, (Accepted/In press) Brill's Companion to the Reception of Ancient Rhetoric. Brill, 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Krigens taler

    Roer, Hanne, Dec 2020, Danske Taler: 20 opbyggelige analyser . Aarhus Universitetsforlag

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    Den fantastiske retorik! Jesuitten Nogheras forsvar for retorikken – med perspektiv til Vico

    Roer, Hanne, 16 Oct 2019, In: Rhetorica Scandinavica. 23, 2019, 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. Published

    En anden reformation: Rom som religiøst epicenter

    Carstens, P. (ed.), Nykjær, M. (ed.) & Roer, Hanne (ed.), 6 Dec 2017, København: Forlaget Orbis. 364 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearch

  5. Published

    Reading the negative: Kenneth Burke and Jean-Francois Lyotard on Augustine’s Confessions

    Roer, Hanne, 1 Aug 2015, In: KB Journal. 11, 1, 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  6. Published

    Retorikkens Aktualitet: Grundbog i retorisk kritik

    Roer, Hanne (ed.) & Lund, M. (ed.), 2014, København: Hans Reitzels Forlag. 418 p. (Sprog i praksis; No. 1).

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthologyResearchpeer-review

  7. Published


    Roer, Hanne, 2013, The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine. Pollmann, K. (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, Vol. 3. p. 1650-1657 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEncyclopedia chapterResearchpeer-review

  8. Published

    Beatrice i Paradiset: En rejse i Dantes værker

    Roer, Hanne, 14 Dec 2010, Aarhus Universitetsforlag. 307 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

  9. Published

    Dante: Om veltalenhed på folkesproget

    Roer, Hanne (Translator) & Høgel, C. (Translator), 2008, Dante om poesi og sprog. Syddansk Universitetsforlag, p. 17-73 56 p. (Klassikeroversættelser; No. 9).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterCommunication

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