ECA Online Day 2021

VIRAL ARGUMENTS: PUBLIC DISCOURSE IN A PANDEMIC AGE

Monday, September 6, 2021 – online meeting (Zoom)

 

In lieu of its biennial conference, postponed to 2022 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ECA is hosting an international online meeting on what makes arguments and information viral in online public discourse, and how these dynamics interact with the ongoing pandemic. Participation is free of charge, but registration is mandatory: detailed information on how to register will soon be posted on this webpage. Join us on September 6, 2021, to discuss how argumentation theory may ally itself with other approaches to help improving the quality of public discourse!

 

PROGRAMME

10:00               Opening & welcome, updates on ECA2022

10:15-11:00    Ulrike Hahn (London), on how communicating through social networks may affect the quality of our beliefs and epistemic practices

11:00-11:45    Stephan Lewandowsky (Bristol), on a cognitive perspective on vaccine communication in relations to Covid-19

11:45-12:30    Elena Semino (Lancaster), on metaphors and Covid-19

12:30-13:30    Shared task on social media data, first segment: assessing virality in online discourse (parallel)

(1 h lunch break) 

14:30-15:30    Shared task on social media data, second segment: comparing theoretical predictions and empirical facts on virality (parallel)

15:15-16:15    Reporting back on shared task (plenary)

16:15-17:00    Walter Quattrociocchi (Roma) & Fabiana Zollo (Venezia), on large-scale models of the infodemic associated with Covid-19

17:00-17:45    Sally Jackson (Urbana), on the role of evidence in health controversies, in particular re: Covid-19

17:45-18:00    Closing remarks