ECA Rome 2022

NEWS: Registration to ECA 2022 is now open! Early bird fees are valid only until July 15, 2022 at midnight CEST, whereas the latest time to register at all is August 15, 2022, at midnight CEST. After that date, it will no longer possible to join the conference – so act promptly and register asap!

4th European Conference on Argumentation – ECA 2022

The cognitive dimension of social argumentation

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


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



Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts, Università di Roma Tre, via Ostiense 234, 00146 Roma (



The conference is planned 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. Should the pandemic scenario take a turn to the worse in the second half of 2022, we will adjust our plans accordingly, to safeguard the safety of all participants. 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 by far the most likely scenario), or it will happen solely online (plan B if all else fails).

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

EARLY BIRD (by 15 July 2022, midnight CEST)

Senior scholars € 200 (faculty members, active or retired, and anyone holding a PhD awarded before January 2022)

Junior researchers € 100 (undergraduates, PhD students and anyone holding a PhD awarded after January 2022)

REGULAR (by 15 August 2022, midnight CEST)

Senior scholars € 300 (faculty members, active or retired, and anyone holding a PhD awarded before January 2022)

Junior researchers € 150 (undergraduates, PhD students and anyone holding a PhD awarded after January 2022)

These fees include conference material, 2 lunches, 5 coffee breaks, and administrative costs. A cultural tour is planned at an additional fee of € 20, as well as a conference dinner at an additional fee of € 40 (details below).



Registering to ECA 2022 requires two mandatory steps: (1) filling-in the online attendance form, and (2) paying the resulting fee via bank transfer. Failure to complete either of these steps by August 15, 2022 will result in exclusion from the conference: in fact, after that date registration to ECA 2022 will no longer be possible (which means that also on-site registration is not allowed).


Attendance form

Please go to and fill in all the required fields: this will also let you know the exact amount that you are supposed to pay for registration (keep in mind that early bird fees are available only until July 15, 2022 at midnight, CEST). Once you have completed your attendance form, please make sure to pay your due fee as soon as possible. Once again, keep in mind that July 15, 2022 at midnight CEST is the deadline for early bird registration, whereas August 15, 2022 is the last day for registering at all.


Payment procedure (bank transfer)

The payment of the registration fee to the ECA 2022 conference must be done via bank transfer, using the following bank details:

Account holder: Associazione Italiana di Scienze Cognitive (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences)

Bank: BPER

Account ID number: 163-1648762

IBAN code: IT64M0538703202000001648762


Reason: “Registration to ECA 2022, first name and surname”

The fee for senior scholars (faculty members, active or retired, and anyone holding a PhD awarded before January 2022) is 200 € before July 15, 2022, and 300 € after; for junior researchers (undergraduates, PhD students and anyone holding a PhD awarded after January 2022), the fee is 100 € before July 15, 2022, and 150 € after. If any other additional fee is being paid at the time of registration, e.g. 20 € for the cultural tour and/or 40 € for the social dinner (details below), the amount to pay must be updated accordingly and the additional services must be mentioned in the reason for payment.

Important notice: early bird fees are valid only before July 15, 2022, and all fees must be paid before August 15, 2022, without exception. After the latter date has expired, it will no longer be possible to register to ECA 2022 or to any of its associated events (including the cultural tour and the social dinner).

Upon registration, the payment receipt must be forwarded BOTH to the ECA 2022 Chair Fabio Paglieri ( and to the AISC Treasurer Francesco Bianchini (, mentioning “Payment for ECA 2022, first name and surname” in the subject of the message: this is MANDATORY in order to consider your registration to ECA 2022 successfully completed.

Here are two examples of possible fess to be paid by ECA 2022 registrants and the correct payment reason to mention in their bank transfer.

Janine Prompt, a PhD student, registers before July 15, 2022 and elects to participate also to the cultural tour, but not the social dinner; thus she pays 120 € (100 € for early bird registration as a junior researcher, plus 20 € for the cultural tour) and writes as reason “Registration to ECA 2022 and cultural tour, Janine Soon” in her bank transfer.

Instead, Adam Slow, a faculty member, registers after July 15, 2022, and wants to take part in all the associated events: therefore, he pays 360 € (300 € for late registration as a senior scholar, plus 20 € for the cultural tour and 40 € for the social dinner) and writes as reason “Registration to ECA 2022 with cultural tour and social dinner, Adam Slow” in his bank transfer.



CULTURAL TOUR, Sept 29 after dinner (20 €): night visit to the Imperial Forums (Forum of Augustus and Forum of Caesar) with multimedia installations. A special audio system with disposable earphones will allow participants to listen to the music, special effects and the story narrated by a famous Italian science communicator and writer, Piero Angela, in 6 languages (Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese). Details here:

SOCIAL DINNER, Sept 30 around 20:30 (40 €): final dinner of the conference at a restaurant in the city center. This will include also the proclamation and the official awarding of the 2022 edition of the ECA Frans van Eemeren prize for Best Student Paper; the prize will be delivered to the winner by the President of the jury, Prof. Ulrike Hahn. Details on the prize here:



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



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. The winner will be announced and the prize awarded at the end of the ECA Rome 2022, during the social dinner: the President of the Jury, Prof. Ulrike Hahn, will deliver the prize. Further details on the FvE prize, including the winners of past editions, are available on the ECA website.



In the week preceding the ECA 2022 conference (19-21 September 2022) there will be an APPLY Training School at the University of Cagliari, organized by Francesca Ervas, Elisabetta Gola and Antonio Ledda, and sponsored by the  European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis (APPLY). More information, including the programme and how to apply to the training school, will soon be made available from the dedicated page on the APPLY website (



In the days right before the ECA 2022 conference (27-28 September 2022) there will be a conference of the European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis (APPLY,, 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 soon be announced on the APPLY website.



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.



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.




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

APPLY Training School in Cagliari: 19-21 September 2022 (exact dates to be confirmed)

APPLY conference in Rome: 27-28 September 2022

ECA 2022 conference in Rome: 28-30 September 2022



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

Francesco Ferretti (Università di Roma Tre)

Ines Adornetti (Università di Roma Tre)

Alessandra Chiera (Università di Roma Tre)

Marco Marini (IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca)






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)