ECA Groningen 2019

3rd European Conference on Argumentation – ECA 2019

Reason to Dissent


Monday, June 24 – Thursday, June 27 2019, Groningen, The Netherlands


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Deanna Kuhn, Columbia University, New York, USA

Katie Atkinson, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Ruth Amossy, Tel-Aviv University, Israel



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The European Conference on Argumentation (ECA) is a pan-European biennial initiative aiming to consolidate and advance research on argumentation. After two successful editions, in Lisbon in 2015 and in Fribourg in 2017, ECA will be hosted in 2019 by the University of Groningen, in Groningen, The Netherlands.

We aim to attract scholars on argumentation world-wide from various disciplines, dealing with various themes and adopting various approaches.


Reason to Dissent

The special theme of this conference is Reason to Dissent. The goal is to inquire into the virtues and vices of dissent, criticism, disagreement, objections, and controversy in light of legitimizing policy decisions, justifying beliefs, proving theorems, defending standpoints, or strengthening informed consent. Dissent may spoil the cooperation and reciprocity required for reason-based deliberation and decision making. But then, dissent produces the kind of competition and criticism required for reliable and robust outcomes. How much dissent does an argumentative practice require? What kinds of dissent should we promote, or discourage? How to deal with dissent virtuously? How to exploit dissent in artificial arguers? How has dissent been conceptualized in the history of rhetoric, dialectic and logic?

We have reason to dissent, and we do reason to dissent – also in the study of argumentation. In the interdisciplinary field of argumentation studies, some scholars emphasise the importance of studying argumentation in natural settings. Others stress the value of theoretical models of argumentation, and start from theories on logic or probability or from dialectical systems. Yet others highlight the urgency of developing artificial systems of argumentation, like software support, automated reasoning or argument mining. The conference aims at exploiting this plurality for the purpose of a high quality exchange of research results.

Individual submissions are not required to focus on the special theme Reason to Dissent. We invite submissions on argumentation from various sub disciplines, 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


The Frans van Eemeren Prize

To encourage submissions from students and young scholars (no PhD defended before 28 February 2019), 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. Please, check the website for details. If the abstract is accepted, one should submit the full paper by 28 February 2019.


Abstract submission



Conference fees

Early bird (by 28 February 2019)

  • Faculty € 250
  • PhD Student € 150

Regular (by 15 April 2019)

  • Faculty € 325
  • PhD Student € 200

Fees include conference material, lunches, coffee breaks, receptions and administrative costs. A conference dinner is planned at an additional fee of € 50. Registration (including fee payment) will be open to accepted participants in early 2019.


ECA summer school

Preceding to the ECA conference at the University of Groningen there is a 2,5 day ECA summer school at Leiden University (20-22 June 2019). Confirmed lecturers are prof. dr. Catharina Dutilh Novaes (Free University Amsterdam), dr. Henrike Jansen (Leiden University) and dr. Steve Oswald (University of Fribourg). Because of these professors’ different disciplinary backgrounds the summer school offers a broad variety in theoretical and methodological insights, including philosophy, argumentation theory, rhetoric, discourse analysis, pragmatics and cognitive science. More information will be announced later this year.



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 as well as online, with authors being able to distribute their individual papers as open access.


Important dates

  • February 28 2019: Early-bird registration
  • February 28 2019: Submission paper only for students who join the Frans van Eemeren Prize
  • April 15 2019: Final registration
  • April 15 2019: Submission of long papers to commentators
  • June 20 – 22: Summer School Leiden
  • June 24-27 2019: Conference


Organising committee


Programme committee

 Dale HAMPLE, chair (University of Maryland)

  • Henrike JANSEN, secretary (University of Leiden)
  • Marcin LEWINSKI (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
  • Frank ZENKER (Universität Konstanz, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Lund University)
  • Juho RITOLA (University of Turku)


ECA steering committee

  • Fabio PAGLIERI, chair (ISTC-CNR, Rome, Italy)
  • Jan Albert VAN LAAR, deputy chair (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Lilian BERMEJO LUQUE (University of Granada, Spain)
  • Katarzyna BUDZYŃSKA (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)
  • Henrike JANSEN (University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
  • Marcin KOSZOWY (University of Białystok, Poland)
  • Marcin LEWIŃSKI (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Dima MOHAMMED (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal)
  • Steve OSWALD (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
  • Juho RITOLA (University of Turku, Finland)
  • Sara RUBINELLI (University of Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • Frank ZENKER (University of Lund, Sweden)


Scientific panel

See this website.



There is an excellent, direct train connection of 2 hours and 9 minutes with Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam).