POROI 10.1 contains articles by Celeste Condit, G. Thomas Goodnight, and Joshua Welsh. They are linked by a thematic concern with how new technologies affect common sense and deliberation. Condit, University of Georgia, suggests that digital communication can become an effective means of deliberation and decision. Welsh, Central Washington University, contrasts Aristotle’s negative attitude toward the effect of new technologies on common sense with the more welcoming attitude of modern rhetorical theorists. Goodnight, University of Southern California, argues that the architectonic rhetorical theories of modernity must give way in the digital era to “polytechtonic” approaches.The issue also contains reports from the 2013 pre-conference of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology (ARST). They are about how rhetorical scholars are working with scientists as communication consultants on funded collaborative research projects. These reports are by Caroline Druschke, University of Rhode Island; Jean Goodwin and her collaborators at Iowa State University; Sara Parks, Iowa State University; John Reif, University of Pittsburgh; and Kenny Walker, University of Arizona. The reports are introduced by Jean Goodwin, Iowa State University. They are commented on by Jamie L. Vernon, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, and Leah Cecarrelli, University of Washington.
POROI welcomes submissions that bring rhetorical invention and criticism to bear on the production, circulation, and consumption of claims to knowledge in all disciplines, professions, communities, and cultures.
The Institute for Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics, of the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera Italiana is hiring for one position at the Assistant Professor level. Click here for details.
CALL FOR PAPERS, INNOVATIVE APPLICATIONS, DEMONSTRATIONS
5th International Conference on
COMPUTATIONAL MODELS OF ARGUMENT (COMMA 2014)
Pitlochry, Scotland, September 9-12, 2014
AIMS AND SCOPE
Argumentation is an exciting research topic in artificial intelligence, with a broad spectrum of research activities ranging from theory to applications. The International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA) is a regular forum for presentation and exchange of the latest research results related to computational aspects of argumentation. After the successful editions in Liverpool (2006); Toulouse (2008); Desenzano del Garda (2010); and Vienna (2012); COMMA 2014 will be held in Scotland in September 2014.
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Call for Papers
The Practice/s of Giving Reasons: a special issue of Topoi
Guest Edited by Chris Campolo and David Godden
The re-discovery, in the late 1970’s, of the perspectives on argument as process and practice (added to that of product) occasioned a dramatic re-visioning of the object of study in argumentation. Viewed as a practice of transacting reasons, argumentation became a situated activity, or doing, requiring know-how, rather than a collection of reasons – a thing containing a collection of knowledge-that.
This volume focuses on the normative and epistemic dimensions and consequences of viewing argumentation as the practice/s of transacting (giving and asking for) reasons. We mean to create momentum behind the perspectives focused primarily on the actions and doings which, alongside many related human practices, constitute argumentation. Here we open a space to explore and interrogate the idea that neither argumentation as a whole, nor the many elements into which it may be analyzed, can be adequately understood apart from an account of what it is to give reasons, with all the complexity and fluidity that attends our engagement in any kind of know-how. Rather, the practice/s of transacting reasons is central to the projects of explaining what a reason is, how reasons work, the normativity of reasons, as well as their prescriptivity (or our accountability to them). Continue Reading »
The call for abstracts for the 3rd Conference on Games, Interaction, Reasoning, Learning & Semantics: Evolution and Cooperation held at Lund, Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science on April 28-30, 2014, has submission deadline February 7th.
The 3rd Lund Conference on Games, Interaction, Reasoning, Learning and Semantics (GIRLS’14@LUND) welcomes submissions from researchers in philosophy, cognitive science, economics, and linguistics, using agent based models with bounded rationality, models of evolutionary dynamics, and other naturalistic approaches. The primary conference aims are to foster cooperation between these groups and help establish common ground.
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Via the RSA, basic information on grant opportunities for women scholars engaged in projects focused on the history of rhetoric, including synopses. Click on the link below for more information: