WANTED: Ideas for a paper or a panel discussion or a book review session for the AILACT Group Session at the Central Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association, February 18-21, 2015, at the Ballpark Hilton, St. Louis.

This is a great way to share some ideas and test some arguments with friends. It’s always a fun social occasion too.

Topics include:  critical thinking, informal logic, argumentation, their instruction, assessment, and philosophical and psychological foundations.

Please send ideas or questions by September 30 to Kevin Possin: kpossin@winona.edu


Argumentation and Advocacy invites submissions for a special anniversary issue on visual argument titled “Twenty Years of Visual Argument.” The issue, scheduled to be published in 2016, will celebrate and extend the groundbreaking work on visual argument that appeared in the journal’s 1996 (double) issue on visual argument. Since that time, visual argument has become a central topic in argumentation theory and been featured in presented papers and published articles that explore case studies and investigate the possibility of a theory of visual argument. The special issue editors invite articles that outline what argumentation scholars can learn from the last twenty years of work. In particular, we are interested in articles that address theoretical considerations, helping frame a coherent theoretical account of visual argument (and possibly other multi-modal forms of argument). We welcome theoretical contributions that illustrate their point with concrete examples of visual argument and their use. We are committed to having the special issue represent the wide range of scholarly traditions that engage visual argument including, but not limited to, informal logic, philosophy, and rhetoric.

Questions about the special issue may be directed to the guest editors:

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Applications are invited for two positions in Dundee: a postdoctoral research assistant for the TSB- & EPSRC-funded project “Argument Analytics” (starting from Nov 2014); and for a PhD student for the EPSRC DTG-funded project “Recognizing Trust in Natural Language” (starting from Dec 2014). Continue Reading »

CFP: AREW 2014

Call for Papers

AREW: Analogical Reasoning East & West
Heidelberg, Germany, November 24-25, 2014

AREW is a two-day workshop aimed at bringing together people working in the area of analogical reasoning, broadly speaking. The invited speakers are two people working on formal aspects of analogical reasoning, including issues of the logical representation of analogical reasoning and formal models of the same, and applications of analogical reasoning, particularly with reference to such applications in history. Further information about the workshop can be found at

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26-31 July 2015,
Antwerp, Belgium


Pragmatic insights for analysing multimodal argumentative discourse

Panel organizers:

Assimakis Tseronis, University of Amsterdam
Chiara Pollaroli, Università della Svizzera italiana
Charles Forceville, University of Amsterdam


In the last two decades or so, scholars from discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, as well as pragmatics and argumentation studies have started paying attention to the non-verbal modes that interact with the verbal in a variety of media and communicative genres. Within multimodal discourse analysis, each mode is studied as realising part of the information communicated and their interaction as contributing to meaning-making processes. In most of the studies within multimodal analysis, however, the focus is more on the image-internal aspects than on the interaction between the image and the viewer and the properties of the context that play a role in the interpretation process.

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23-26 September, 2015
Diego Portales Univeristy,
Santiago, Chile

Conference Website: http://www.cear-lact.udp.cl/index.htm

About the Conference

The Fourth International Conference on Argumentation, Psychology of Reasoning and Critical Thinking is a new academic effort of our Centre to continue what was started in January 2008 and continued in October 2010 and January 2013. Just as with the three first Conferences, in which we were together with researchers from Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, The Netherlands, United States, and Uruguay, in this fourth Conference we are not only trying to deepen and update the production of knowledge in the fields that this conference covers, but we are also trying to contribute to a positive valuation of different proposals that develop critical thinking and promote social debate with a standard of reasonableness.

This Conference, organized by the Centre for the Study of Argumentation and Reasoning (CEAR) of the Faculty of Psychology at Diego Portales University, would like to generate tools, approaches and solutions to apply in those fields in which the uses of reason is fundamental: communication, law, education, etc. We do not have an official theoretical position, but rather we value the diversity of angles and proposals. We invite the scientific international community, which works in the topics of the Conference, to participate and share its knowledge, experience and current challenges.

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2015 Call | NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation.

From the Conference website:

Theme: Recovering Argument

The key term recover is richly ambiguous. Its primary sense, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “to regain (something lost).” To recover argument, in this sense, might be “to bring back or restore” argumentation to human affairs, and to encourage reflection on useable traditions. Although doing so requires awareness of a past (another sense is “to remember; to recall or bring back to memory”), and although such awareness might be nostalgic, recovery can be much more complicated: Continue Reading »


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