ECA Rome 2022

NEWS: Deadline extended to 30 April 2022! Due to numerous requests for extension and the partial overlapping of the original deadline with the Easter holidays, the organizers have decided to accept submissions to ECA 2022 until 30 April 2022 at midnight, CET.

4th European Conference on Argumentation – ECA 2022

The cognitive dimension of social argumentation

Wednesday, September 28 – Friday, September 30, 2022, Roma, Italy

Abstract submission: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eca2022

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 April 2022 extended to 30 APRIL 2022

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • Catarina Dutilh Novaes, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL
  • Luciano Floridi, Oxford University, UK
  • Harvey Siegel, University of Miami, US

 

RATIONALE

The European Conference on Argumentation (ECA) is a biennial international initiative aiming to consolidate and advance research on argumentation. Each edition is based in Europe, hence the “European” label, yet these events welcome and regularly attract scholars from all around the globe. After three successful editions, in Lisbon (Portugal, 2015), Fribourg (Switzerland, 2017), and Groningen (The Netherlands, 2019), ECA will be hosted in 2022 by the University of Roma Tre, in Rome, Italy – postponed from 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Submissions are welcome on all aspects of argumentation theory, yet this edition will have a special focus on the cognitive dimension of social argumentation. Digital technologies have increased the scope and frequency of social dialogue, while at the same time deeply affecting its nature and argumentative function. This, in turn, has produced either unfettered enthusiasm for the positive potential of digital platforms to foster deliberative democracy, or urgent concerns about their negative impact on rational debate and the quality of information (e.g., the widespread alarm about fake news and their alleged influence on democratic processes). Both these types of reaction are partial and unbalanced: to achieve a better understanding of how the current information ecology is affecting social argumentation, we need to focus also on the cognitive dimension of our argumentative engagements, both online and offline.

Whereas contributions on this topic are encouraged, individual submissions are not required to focus on the special theme of the conference. We invite submissions on all aspects of argumentation from any discipline, taking various approaches and dealing with various themes, among which:

  • argumentative design
  • argumentation schemes and patterns: analogy, practical argument, conduction, …
  • argumentation in special contexts: finance, medicine, law, policy making, academy, (social) media, …
  • argumentative strategies
  • artificial arguers
  • children and argument
  • cognitive and social biases
  • controversy
  • critical thinking
  • criticism
  • debate
  • diagramming
  • dialogue logic, empirical logic, informal logic, …
  • dialogue types: deliberation, eristics, inquiry, negotiation, …
  • disagreement
  • discourse analysis
  • fallacies
  • formal argumentation
  • linguistic features
  • normative pragmatics
  • pedagogy
  • persuasion research
  • philosophy of argument
  • power and argument
  • probability and argument
  • rhetoric
  • social epistemology
  • strategic manoeuvring
  • stylistics
  • virtues
  • visual and multi-model argumentation

 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

We invite three types of original submissions, defined as follows:

1) Long paper (with commentator)

Submit an extended abstract (min. 1000, max. 1500 words), ready for double-blind reviewing. Each accepted paper will then have to be submitted prior to the conference (see important dates below) and will have a commentator assigned. Authors will be allocated longer slots (approx. 45 min.). Published long papers will be within the 5000-7000 words range (incl. references and footnotes).

2) Regular paper (without commentator)

Submit a regular abstract (min. 300, max. 500 words) ready for double-blind reviewing. 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 (approx. 25 min.). Published regular papers will be within the 3500-5000 words range (incl. references and footnotes).

3) Thematic panel/symposium

A thematic panel/symposium is expected to be related to the main theme of the conference. Panels should allow 3 to 5 speakers to present and will last between 90 and 150 min. They may include a panel respondent (panel organizer(s) or someone invited by the panel organizer(s)). Panel proposals are submitted by the panel organizer. They should be prepared for double-blind reviewing and include a title, a description of the panel, including its connection to the conference theme (300-500 words), the titles and abstracts of all contributions to the panel (300-500 words each) and the name of the respondent if applicable. Published panel/symposium papers will be within the 3500-5000 words range (incl. references and footnotes). Please note that all abstracts in the panel/symposium should also be individually submitted by their authors as ‘Regular papers’; when those individual contributions are being submitted,  authors must include the sentence “My paper is part of the thematic panel/symposium…” followed by the title of the symposium at the very beginning of the paper abstract. Please note that book panels should be submitted under this category.

Whereas directly submitting poster proposals is not allowed, we expect to have an overabundance on high quality submissions, possibly exceeding the temporal boundaries of the conference programme; should that be the case, authors of eligible submissions with the lowest peer reviewing score will be offered the possibility to participate in the conference’s poster session. Authors of submissions accepted only as poster will not be required to submit them in advance, and posters will neither be assigned a commentator nor published. Please prepare a printed A1 poster and not a hand-written one.

 

ECA FRANS VAN EEMEREN PRIZE

To encourage submissions from students and young scholars, ECA awards the Frans van Eemeren Prize for Outstanding Student Paper, sponsored by Springer: € 500 cash and additional € 300 in books from Springer’s catalogue. Only submissions for Long Papers authored by a single young scholar (no PhD defended before 15 January 2022) are eligible for this prize: those interested to participate should make sure to check the corresponding box in the submission form. If the abstract is accepted, one should submit the full paper by 15 July 2022. Further details on the FvE prize, including the winners of past editions, are available on the ECA website.

 

ECA SUMMER SCHOOL

In the week preceding the ECA 2022 conference (19-23 September 2022) there will be an ECA Summer School at the University of Cagliari, chaired by Prof. Francesca Ervas. More information, including the exact dates of the summer school, will be announced in the first months of 2022.

 

APPLY FINAL CONFERENCE

In the days right before the ECA 2022 conference (26-28 September 2022) there will be the final conference of the European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis (APPLY, https://publicpolicyargument.eu/), also hosted by the University of Roma Tre, whose last day will coincide with the first day of the ECA main event. More information will be announced in the first months of 2022.

 

PUBLICATION

Authors of all accepted papers, including those in thematic panels, but excluding posters, as well as the keynote addresses will be invited to publish them in the conference proceedings. Proceedings will be published as a printed volume by College Publications, with authors being able to distribute their individual papers as open access.

 

CONFERENCE FEES & CONFERENCE FORMAT

The conference is expected to take place as a physical event: the current situation in Italy and past experience with the Covid-19 pandemic dynamics over the summer (Northern hemisphere) justify confidence in this plan. However, there is some unavoidable uncertainty involved at this point, thus it is possible that the event will have to be held online after all, if the pandemic scenario will take a turn to the worse in the second half of 2022. What is guaranteed, however, is that ECA 2022 will NOT be a hybrid event: either it will take place entirely as a physical conference (our current plan and the most likely scenario), or it will happen solely online. Since these two situations entail different organizational costs, we have hypothesized also different conference fees. However, participants should keep in mind that:

  1. if the event is held physically in Rome, only “in person fees” will allow to participate (you cannot pay the “online fee” and expect to participate in the physical conference in Rome, not even via remote connection – since, as explained, in that case the event will not have a hybrid format);
  2. the conference organizers cannot handle reimbursements of fees, once they are paid – not even partial reimbursement; this means that, if you pay early your “in person fee” and then the event ends up being held online, you will of course still be allowed to participate in the conference but you will not receive any reimbursement for the higher fee you paid.

In light of these considerations, registration will open in June 2022 and we suggest participants to register during the first two weeks of July 2022: early enough to benefit from our reduced fees, late enough to know for sure (as much as possible, at least) whether to expect a physical or an online event. For the same reasons, we encourage participants not to book travel tickets and accommodation too early, and strongly suggest opting for refundable options anyway.

With that in mind, these are the fees for ECA 2022:

In person fees (our current plan)

Early bird (by 15 July 2022)

Faculty € 200

PhD Student € 100

Regular (by 15 August 2022)

Faculty € 300

PhD Student € 150

In person fees include conference material, lunches, coffee breaks, receptions and administrative costs. A conference dinner is planned at an additional fee of € 40. Registration (including fee payment) will be open to participants in June 2022.

Online fees (our backup plan, to be implemented only as a last resort)

Early bird (by 15 July 2022)

Faculty € 50

PhD Student € 25

Regular (by 15 August 2022)

Faculty € 75

PhD Student € 40

Online fees include digital conference material and administrative costs. Registration (including fee payment) will be open to participants in June 2022 or later, only if and when it will become absolutely necessary to hold the event online.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Abstract submission deadline: 15 April 2022 extended to 30 APRIL 2022

Notification of acceptance/rejection: 15 June 2022

Submission of full papers selected for the FvE Prize: 15 July 2022

Submission of long papers to commentators: 15 August 2022

Early-bird registration: 15 July 2022

Final registration: 15 August 2022

ECA Summer School in Cagliari: 19-23 September 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed)

APPLY final conference in Roma: 26-28 September 2022

ECA 2022 conference in Rome: 28-30 September 2022

 

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Fabio Paglieri, chair (Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, CNR, Roma)

Francesco Ferretti (Università di Roma Tre)

Francesca Ervas (Università di Cagliari)

Ines Adornetti (Università di Roma Tre)

 

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

TBA

 

ECA STEERING COMMITTEE

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

Jan Albert van Laar (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) – Deputy Chair

Katie Atkinson (University of Liverpool, UK)

Sara Greco (Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland)

Henrike Jansen (University of Leiden, Netherlands)

Gabrijela Kišiček (University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Marcin Koszowy (Warsaw University of Technology, Poland)

Marcin Lewiński (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Dima Mohammed (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)

Elena Musi (University of Liverpool, UK)

Paula Olmos (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

Steve Oswald (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)

Juho Ritola (University of Turku, Finland)

Serena Villata (INRIA-CNRS, Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France)

Frank Zenker (University of Lund, Sweden)