Van Eemeren Prize

ECA Frans van Eemeren Prize for Outstanding Student Paper

An international panel of leading argumentation scholars, coordinated by Professor Mark Aakhus, will act as the jury for the ECA Frans van Eemeren Prize, with the aim of selecting an outstanding student paper in each ECA edition. ECA organisers strongly encourage students’ contributions jointly fulfilling the following conditions:

  1. They are long papers accepted to the conference
  2. With a student (undergraduate or graduate) as first author (no PhD defended before 28 February 2017)
  3. Without any non-student scholar as co-author.

Students interested to submit their work for the prize during ECA Fribourg 2017 should use – like any other participant – the EasyChair platform. When submitting an abstract, choose the “Long paper (extended abstract: 1000-1500 words)” category under the abstract and further tick the “I would like to submit paper to Van Eemeren Prize for Outstanding Student Paper” option in the “Group” of submission. If the abstract is accepted, the student should commit to submitting the final paper by 28 February 2017.

Springer – the publisher of the Argumentation journal and the Argumentation Library book series – will award the author of the outstanding student paper with a 500 EUR (around 575 USD) cash prize and an additional 300 EUR (around 345 USD) voucher for books from Springer’s catalogue. In addition to that, the winning author will be invited to publish the paper in a top journal.

The prize will be awarded by Mark Aakhus during the next ECA conference in Fribourg, 20-23 June 2017.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline:                              1 October 2016
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection:                early December 2016
  • Paper submission deadline:                                   28 February 2017

eemeren-f-h-vanProfessor Frans H. van Eemeren has been a central figure in argumentation theory since the early 1980s. He is internationally recognized for the pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation, developed with his colleagues at the University of Amsterdam. Through a consistent research programme, their work has substantially consolidated the field and provided a continuous source of inspiration for others.

Frans van Eemeren is the founding father and chairman of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) with its quadrennial conference held in Amsterdam. He is also a founder and editor-in-chief of the main journals (Argumentation, Journal of Argumentation in Context) and book series (Argumentation Library, Argumentation in Context) in the field.

Importantly, Frans van Eemeren has dedicated much of his academic effort to educating students – he has been a respected teacher and supervisor of many active argumentation scholars. The appreciation of students’ work is part of his academic dedication. This makes him the ideal patron of the ECA Prize for Outstanding Student Paper.