ECA Fribourg 2017 2nd European Conference on Argumentation: Argumentation and Inference

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The European Conference on Argumentation (ECA) is a pan-European biennial initiative aiming to consolidate and advance various strands of research on argumentation and reasoning by gathering scholars from a range of disciplines. After a successful 1st edition held in Lisbon in 2015, ECA will be hosted in 2017 by the Department of English at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. While based in Europe, ECA involves and encourages participation from argumentation scholars all over the world. Special Theme: Argumentation and inference In addition to welcoming submissions linked to argumentation studies in general, each ECA edition has a special theme. While the 1st edition of ECA was devoted to exploring the relationship between argumentation and the decisions that follow from it, the 2017 Fribourg edition will focus on the cognitive processes involved in argumentation, with a clear focus on inference as one of the key features of the argumentative process. Argumentation studies have increasingly expanded over the last decades with a clear opening towards cognitive science, and we accordingly believe that the time is ripe to ground a discussion in the community around the notion of inference, along its formal, social and cognitive dimensions. The overarching questions the conference theme will be concerned with are therefore the following: How does the study of argumentation connect with the notion of inference and how, as a discipline, does it connect with the disciplines involved in the study of the cognitive features of inference? Granting, of course, that we take argumentation to be the verbal and social manifestation of inferential processes, we are particularly seeking contributions focusing on the ins and outs of (i) how reasoning, but more generally inference, influences and constrains argument production and (ii) which (and how) inferential processes are involved in argument reception, thus covering cognitive tasks such as understanding and accepting. To foster this discussion, the conference seeks to attract scholars in argumentation coming from a range of different traditions, including (but not limited to) philosophy, psychology, linguistics, informal logic, speech communication, pragma-dialectics, epistemic approaches, rhetoric, dialectics, logic, and computational approaches. The lines of inquiry promoted for ECA 2017 in Fribourg are the following, but this indicative list is neither exhaustive nor limitative: -inferential processes in argument production -cognitive states as motivations to argue -typology of argumentative inferences -pedagogy and inference in critical thinking -topoi and argument schemes -rhetorical strategies -qualifiers -inference and persuasion -types of inference linked to types of arguments -political argumentation -comprehension and acceptance -stylistic effects -understanding and believing -inferences linked to figures of speech -fallacies and cognitive biases in argumentation -inference in argumentative decision-making -formal models of inference -quality of deliberation -computational models of inference -developmental views on inference and argumentation -automatic recognition of argumentative inferences -reflective and intuitive inference in argumentation -the relationship between norms and inference -relationships between culture (and social context) -social cognition and argumentation -inference in argumentative contexts. Submissions from students and young scholars are encouraged. To this end, ECA has established the Frans van Eemeren Prize for Outstanding Student Paper sponsored by Springer. The winning paper will be awarded a 500 € (around 575 US$) cash prize and additional 300 € (around 345 US$) in books from Springer’s catalogue.

Special Theme: Argumentation and inference

In addition to welcoming submissions linked to argumentation studies in general, each ECA edition has a special theme. While the 1st edition of ECA was devoted to exploring the relationship between argumentation and the decisions that follow from it, the 2017 Fribourg edition will focus on the cognitive processes involved in argumentation, with a clear focus on what happens ‘upstream’ in the argumentative chain, both in production and reception. The 2nd edition of ECA will thus focus on inference as one of the key features of the argumentative process.
The field of argumentation has been expanding over the last decade with a clear opening towards cognitive psychology (and cognitive science more generally) and the processes it accounts for. With the development of cognitive science as an encompassing framework within which both psychological and social aspects of human behaviour can be accounted for, we believe that the time is ripe to ground a discussion in the community of argumentation studies around the notion of inference, along its formal, social and cognitive dimensions. The overarching questions the conference theme will be concerned with are therefore the following: How does the study of argumentation connect with the notion of inference and how, as a discipline, does it connect with the disciplines involved in the study of the cognitive features of inference? Granting, of course, that we take argumentation to be the verbal and social manifestation of inferential processes, we are seeking contributions focusing on the ins and outs of (i) how reasoning, but more generally inference, influences and constrains argument production and (ii) which (and how) inferential processes are involved in argument reception, thus covering cognitive tasks such as understanding and accepting.
To foster this discussion, the conference accordingly seeks to attract scholars in argumentation coming from a range of different traditions, including (but not limited to) philosophy, psychology, linguistics, informal logic, speech communication, pragma-dialectics, epistemic approaches, rhetoric, dialectics, logic, and computational approaches.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
• ULRIKE HAHN
Birkbeck, University of London, UK
• SALLY JACKSON
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
• JOHAN VAN BENTHEM
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• DEIRDRE WILSON
University College London, UK & University of Oslo, Norway
More on our Keynote Speakers
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TOPICS
The lines of inquiry promoted for ECA 2017 in Fribourg are the following, but this indicative list is neither exhaustive nor limitative:
• inferential processes geared towards the production of arguments
• typology of inferences involved in argumentation
• topoi and argument schemes
• qualifiers
• links between types of inference and types of arguments
• comprehension and acceptance, understanding and believing
• fallacies and cognitive biases in relation to argumentation
• formal models of inference
• computational models of inference
• automatic recognition of argumentative inferences in texts
• the relationship between norms and inference
• social cognition and argumentation
• cognitive states as motivations to argue
• pedagogy and inference in teaching critical thinking
• rhetorical strategies, inference and persuasion
• political argumentation
• stylistic effects, figures of speech and the inferential processes they trigger
• inference in argumentative decision-making, quality of deliberation
• development of inferential and argumentative capacities in children
• reflective and intuitive inference in argumentative contexts
• relationships between culture (and social context) and inference in argumentative contexts
Submissions from students and young scholars are encouraged. To this end, ECA has established the Frans van Eemeren Prize for Outstanding Student Paper sponsored by Springer. The winning paper will be awarded a 500 € (around 575 US$) cash prize and additional 300 € (around 345 US$) in books from Springer’s catalogue.
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ECA SUMMER SCHOOL
Prior to the ECA conference, a summer school for PhD students in argumentation will take place at the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, from 16 to 19 June. More information will soon be available on the dedicated page.

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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION

The Programme Committee invites the following types of original submissions: (i) long paper, (ii) regular paper and (iii) thematic panel/symposium, (iv) poster

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Department of English at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
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The ECA2017 Organising Committee