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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: European Conference on Argumentation, 9-12 Jun 2015, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

ECA 2015

The European Conference on Argumentation (ECA) is a new pan-European 
initiative aiming to consolidate and advance various streaks of research 
into argumentation and reasoning: from philosophical, linguistic, 
discourse analytic, cognitive, to computational approaches. The chief goal 
of the initiative is to organize on a regular basis a major conference on 
argumentation. The first of these conferences will be hosted in Lisbon by 
the ArgLab, Institute of Philosophy (IFILNOVA), Universidade Nova de 
Lisboa. While based in Europe, ECA involves and further encourages 
participation from argumentation scholars all over the world.


Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Discourse Analysis, University of Central Lancashire & University of Lancaster, UK

Computer Science, University of Liverpool, UK


Argumentation and Reasoned Action

The primary idea behind this first edition of the conference is that 
argumentation and reasoning are the main vehicles for our decisions and 
actions. They accompany, indeed constitute, a variety of significant 
social practices: from individual practical reasoning, small group 
decisions, deliberations of official bodies in various institutional 
contexts, to large-scale political and social deliberations. Argumentation 
is understood here as a mode of action ? and not just any action, but a 
reasoned action, comprised of consideration of reasons (whether they are 
good or bad). Traditionally, argumentation has been assigned many distinct 
functions: epistemic, moral, conversational, etc. The aim of the 
conference is to explore how these functions are interrelated with the 
practical need for deciding on a course of action. Simply put, our chief 
concern is with the role argumentation and reasoning play when the 
question of ?what to do?? is addressed.

All kinds of approaches to argumentation and reasoning are welcome: the 
(informal) logical, (pragma-)dialectical, rhetorical, but also 
contributions that examine argumentation from the perspective of practical 
reasoning in moral philosophy and philosophy of action; deliberation in 
political theory; public policy analysis; legal decisions in philosophy of 
law; cognitive study of reasoning and decisions; models of decision-making 
in computer science; organisational, small-group, and interpersonal 
communication; or discourse analytic methods examining the linguistic 
tokens of argumentative practices.

The conference will be focused on, but not limited to, the following 

   * Practical reasoning and argumentation

   * Fallacious arguments and bad decisions

   * Argumentation and decision-making in institutional (education, health, 
business) and interpersonal contexts

   * Argumentation and deliberation in the public sphere

   * Public policy debates and public controversies

   * Argumentation in digital media

   * Visual arguments as modes of action

   * Models of argumentative dialogues

   * Argumentation in multi-agent systems

   * Legal arguments and legal decisions

   * Cognitive mechanisms behind argumentative practices

Submissions from students and young scholars are encouraged.


The Programme Committee and Organising Committee invite the following 
types of original submissions:

Individual long papers

Submit extended abstracts (min. 1000, max. 1500 words), ready for blind 

Each accepted paper will have to be submitted before the conference, and 
will have a commentator assigned. Authors will be allocated longer slots 
(+- 45min).

Individual regular papers

Submit regular abstracts (min. 300, max. 500 words), ready for blind 

For authors of accepted regular papers there is no need to submit them in 
advance, and there will be no commentator. Authors will be allocated 
shorter slots (+- 25min).

Thematic panels/symposia

Thematic panels/symposia are expected to be directly related to the main 
theme of the conference. Panels should comprise of 3-5 speakers and last 
90-150min; they may include a panel respondent (panel organiser 
her/himself or someone invited by the panel organiser). Panel proposals 
are submitted by the panel organiser; they should be prepared for blind 
referring and include: title; description of the panel, incl. its 
connection to the theme of the conference (300-500 words); the titles and 
abstracts of all contributions to the panel (300-500 words); and whether 
it will involve a respondent.

The deadline for all submissions is 1 October 2014.

Details of the submission procedure will be available at in August 2014.

All individual paper and panel proposals will be blind reviewed for their 
overall quality and relevance to the conference by the members of the 
Scientific Committee of ECA Lisbon 2015 (see below).

Based on the reviews, the Programme Committee and Organising Committee 
will notify you of the acceptance or rejection by 1 December 2014.


Authors of all accepted papers (including those in thematic panels) and 
keynote addresses will be invited to publish them in conference 
proceedings. Details of the proceedings will be available soon at


Individual paper submission deadline: 1 October 2014

Thematic panel submission deadline: 1 October 2014

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 1 December 2014

Early-bird registration: 28 February 2015

Final registration: 15 April 2015

Submission of long papers to commentators: 15 April 2015

Conference: 9-12 June 2015


Sally Jackson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA) (Chair)

Dima Mohammed (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal) (Secretary)

Lilian Bermejo-Luque (University of Granada, Spain)

Steve Oswald (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)


Argumentation Lab, Institute of Philosophy, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 

Marcin Lewi?ski (Chair)

Giovanni Damele

Fabrizio Macagno

Dima Mohammed

Joo Sgua


Fabio Paglieri (ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy) (Chair)

Jan Albert van Laar (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) (D. Chair)

Lilian Bermejo Luque (University of Granada, Spain)

Katarzyna Budzy?ska (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)

Marcin Koszowy (University of Bia?ystok, Poland)

Marcin Lewi?ski (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Dima Mohammed (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Steve Oswald (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Chris Reed (University of Dundee, Scotland, UK)

Juho Ritola (University of Turku, Finland)

Sara Rubinelli (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)

Frank Zenker (University of Lund, Sweden)


Mark Aakhus (Rutgers University, USA)

Micha? Araszkiewicz (Jagiellonian University, Poland)

Gregor Betz (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany)

Anthony Blair (University of Windsor, Canada)

Alessandra von Burg (Wake Forest University, USA)

Christian Dahlmann (University of Lund, Sweden)

Emmanuelle Danblon (Universit Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Kamila D?bowska-Koz?owska (Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna?, Poland)

Marianne Doury (CNRS, Paris, France)

Frans H. van Eemeren (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Joana Garmendia (University of the Basque Country, Spain)

David Godden (Old Dominion University, USA)

Jean Goodwin (Iowa State University, USA)

Thomas Gordon (Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany)

Floriana Grasso (University of Liverpool, UK)

Sara Greco Morasso (University of Lugano, Switzerland)

Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck, University of London, UK)

Dale Hample (University of Maryland, USA)

Hans V. Hansen (University of Windsor, Canada)

Christopher Hart (University of Lancaster, UK)

Thierry Herman (University of Neuchtel, Switzerland)

Catherine Hundleby (University of Windsor, Canada)

Constanza Ihnen (University of Chile, Chile)

Henrike Jansen (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)

Ralph Johnson (University of Windsor, Canada)

Gabrijela Kisicek (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Jens Kjeldsen (University of Bergen, Norway)

Christian Kock (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Manfred Kraus (University of Tbingen, Germany)

Markus Lammenranta (University of Helsinki, Finland)

Hugo Mercier (University of Neuchtel, Switzerland)

Paula Olmos (UNED, Madrid, Spain)

Catherine Palczewski (University of Northern Iowa, USA)

Rudi Palmieri (University of Lugano, Switzerland)

Steve Patterson (Marygrove College, Detroit, USA)

Niki Pfeifer (Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany)

Damien Smith Pfister (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA)

Henry Prakken (University of Utrecht, The Netherlands)

Iyad Rahwan (British University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Henrique Ribeiro (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Andrea Rocci (University of Lugano, Switzerland)

Cristin Santibez Yez (Diego Portales University, Chile)

Harvey Siegel (University of Miami, USA)

Francisca Snoeck Henkemans (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Christopher Tindale (University of Windsor, Canada)

Sarah L. Uckelman (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

Bart Verheij (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Laura Vincze (Roma Tre University, Italy)

Jean Wagemans (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Lena Wahlberg (University of Lund, Sweden)

Harry Weger (University of Central Florida, USA)

David Cratis Williams (Florida Atlantic University, USA)

Maciej Witek (University of Szczecin, Poland)

Yun (Robert) Xie (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China)