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2 positions are now open for a 4-year PhD programme at the ArgLab, Institute of Philosophy of Language, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, in the domain of political and legal argumentation. The programme is meant to include international cooperation, first of all within the ArguPolis framework developed by the University of Lugano and their partners.

Funding is secured through a grant received by the Institute from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and should not be affected by the current financial volatility in Portugal.

Deadline for applications: May 31st, 2011.
Start of the programme: September 1st, 2011.

Details can be found here:
and here:

(Many thanks to Marcin Lewinsky and the ARGTHRY mailing list for this announcement)

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2011 Workshop in Computational Models of Natural Argument

The 2011 CMNA workshops will be held concurrently with the 25th AAAI Conference in San Francisco, CA,  August 7-11.


The series of CMNA workshops, since its inception in 2001, has been acting to nurture and provide succor to the ever growing community working in “Argument and Computation”. AI has witnessed a prodigious growth in uses of argumentation throughout many of its subdisciplines: agent system negotiation protocols that demonstrate higher levels of sophistication and robustness; argumentation-based models of evidential relations; groupwork tools that use argument to structure interaction and debate; computer-based learning tools that exploit monological and dialogical argument structures in designing pedagogic environments; decision support systems that build upon argumentation theoretic models of deliberation to better integrate with human reasoning

The CMNA workshop series has seen a notable growth in submissions, and forms a complement to more recent series or events, like the ArgMAS series, begun in 2004, and the nascent COMMA series, which held its first meeting in 2006. CMNA keeps a broader, interdisciplinary emphasis on natural (real) arguments and the computational tools and techniques for modeling, manipulating and exploiting them. (more…)

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July 2-July 29, 2011 – Ages 16-18
Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem, NC

Do you know a teenager (16-18) who is interested in meeting young people from Europe, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia? Do they have an interest in learning more about transatlantic relationships, public advocacy and civic engagement?

The Department of Communication at Wake Forest University is offering 10 Scholarships for American students to attend the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute. These Scholarships include the following:

• $2,500 scholarship; Designation as Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow (covers tuition, activities, meals and lodging in WFU dorm, and partial travel funds to and from WFU)
• Participation in all Institute events, including classes on: Citizenship, Comparative Constitutionalism, Documentary Production and Theory, New Media, Public Advocacy, taught by Wake Forest and visiting faculty.
• Seven day educational trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA, including a visit to the State Department, The Washington Center and several sites including the Newseum in DC; Constitution Center in Philadelphia, etc.
• Civic engagement activities, local community service projects and workshops on public advocacy.
• Cultural activities including an International Dinner, visits to places of worship and other local sites.

The U.S. Fellows would join about 50 Fellows on the Wake Forest campus for a month-long Institute. The international Fellows are from over 30 countries ranging from Armenia to Iceland, Denmark to Kosovo, Malta to Lithuania. Participants will arrive at WFU on July 2 and depart on July 29, 2011.

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and 16-18 years old. For more information and the application form, visit our website.

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Meeting: 23rd European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI)

Date: 01-Aug-2011 – 12-Aug-2011

Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia

Contact Email: esslli2011@gmail.com

Meeting URL: http://esslli2011.ijs.si/

Early registration deadline: 31-05-2011


*Meeting Description*

For the past 23 years, the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) has been organized every year by the Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) in different sites around Europe. The main focus of ESSLLI is on the interface between linguistics, logic and computation.

ESSLLI offers foundational, introductory and advanced courses, as well as workshops, covering a wide variety of topics within the three areas of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation. Previous summer schools have been highly successful, attracting up to 500 students from Europe and elsewhere. The school has developed into an important meeting place and forum for discussion for students and researchers interested in the interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information. During two weeks, around 50 courses and 10 workshops are offered to the attendants, each of 1.5 hours per day during a five days week, with up to seven parallel sessions. ESSLLI also includes a student session (papers and posters by students only, 1.5 hour per day during the two weeks) and four evening lectures by senior scientists in the covered areas.

In 2011, ESSLLI will held in Ljubljana, Slovenia and will be organized by the Slovenian Language Technologies Society (SDJT), the Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS) and The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (FMF) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Chair of the Program Committee is Makoto Kanazawa (National Institute of Informatics, Japan), and Chair of the Organizing Committee is Darja Fišer (The University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). To contact the ESSLLI 2011 Organizing Committee, write to: esslli2011@gmail.com.

*Summer School Programme*


*Online Registration Form*



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Scottish Argumentation Day

The 2011 Scottish Argumentation Day will take place at the University of Aberdeen on the 4th of March in Room A31 of the Taylor Building (lunch will be provided). Scotland contains a number of world leading centres for argumentation research, and the purpose of the day is to bring together students, post-doctoral researchers and established scientists from these groups  to discuss their work, obtain feedback on it, and forge new collaborations.

The format of the day will depend on those attending. However, it is envisioned that participants will be invited to give brief presentations, followed by informal discussion sessions in the afternoon.

The event is free to all, and  anyone with an interest in argumentation is welcome to attend. If you are interested in coming along, or for further details, please contact Nir Oren (n.oren at abdn.ac.uk).

Dr. Nir Oren
Department of Computing Science
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UE


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The Centre for Research on Reasoning, Argumentation and Rhetoric announces a Summer Institute on “Reasoning and Argument: Computing and Cognitive Science Perspectives,” to be held at the University of Windsor, May 9-27, 2011.  Attendees can enroll in a 500-level graduate course at the University of Windsor entitled “Current Issues in Argumentation Studies” for either Arts (Humanities) or Social Science credit. See the attachment for details about the Summer Institute.

CRRAR Summer Institute Announcement

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Dear colleagues

We would like to let you know about our new book which has just been published: Reason in the Balance: An Inquiry Approach to Critical Thinking. The approach taken to critical thinking instruction is dialectical, focusing on the kind of comparative evaluation of contending positions and arguments which we make in actual contexts of disagreement and debate.
For more information, please contact the publisher, McGraw-Hill Ryerson at:
Sharon Bailin & Mark Battersby
Note: below is a downloadable flyer with more information. –SP

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Seventh International Workshop on
Argumentation in Multi-Agent Systems (ArgMAS 2010)

Toronto, Canada, May 10, 2010

In Conjunction with AAMAS 2010
Workshop web site:
ArgMAS series web site:


This workshop will focus on the concepts, theories, methodologies, and applications of computational models of argumentation in building autonomous agents and multi-agent systems. Argumentation can be abstractly defined as the formal interaction of different arguments for and against some conclusion (eg, a proposition, an action intention, a preference, etc.). An agent may use argumentation techniques to perform individual reasoning, in order to resolve conflicting evidence or to decide between conflicting goals.   Multiple agents may also use dialectical argumentation in order to identify and reconcile differences between themselves, through interactions such as negotiation, persuasion, and joint deliberation.
The main goal of this workshop will be to bring together the community of researchers working on argumentation in multi-agent systems.

The workshop has the following technical goals:
1.    To explore the use of argumentation in practical reasoning.
2.    To investigate how argumentation can be used to enable rational interaction between autonomous agents.
3.    To explore the applicability of argumentation for solving a variety of problems in multi-agent systems, such as information exchange, negotiation, team formation, deliberation, etc.
4.    To explore strategic reasoning and behaviour in argumentation-based interaction.
5.    To understand how argumentation relates to other areas of multiagent research, such as game theory, agent communications, and planning.
6.    To present and encourage implemented systems which demonstrate the use of argumentation in multi-agent systems.

The workshop aims at bridging the gap between the vast amount of work on argumentation theory and the practical needs of multi-agent systems research.

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The North American Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (NASSLLI) is a summer school with classes in the interface between computer science, linguistics, and logic.

Website: http://www.indiana.edu/~nasslli/

After previous editions at Stanford University, Indiana University, and UCLA, NASSLLI will return to Bloomington, Indiana, June 20–26, 2010. The summer school, loosely modeled on the long-running ESSLLI series in Europe, will consist of a number of courses and workshops, selected on the basis of the proposals. Courses and workshops meet for 90 or 120 minutes on each of five days, June 21–25, and there will be tutorials on June 20 and a day-long workshop on June 26. The instructors are prominent researchers who volunteer their time and energy to present basic work in their disciplines. Many are coming from Europe just to teach at NASSLLI.

Who should attend? What will it be like?

NASSLLI courses are aimed at graduate students and advanced undergraduates in wide variety of fields. The instructors know that people will be attending from a wide range of disciplines, and they all are pleased to be associated with an interdisciplinary school. The courses will also appeal to post-docs and researchers in all of the relevant fields.

We hope to have 100-150 participants. In addition to classes in the daytime, the evenings will have social events and plenary lectures. Bloomington is a wonderful place to visit, known for arts, music, and ethnic restaurants. All of this is within 15 minutes walking from campus. We aim to make NASSLLI fun and exciting.

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From Monday April 19th to Friday April 23rd 2010, the Philosophy Department at the University of Lund, Sweden, offers a one week intensive course (at upper MA to PhD level) on Bayesian Argumentation, i.e., on the application of Bayes’s theorem to issues such as argument strength, (statistical) fallacies, causal reasoning and decision making. A mathematical background is not necessary to successful complete the course. For more info and a preliminary list of references, please see:

To register and to address questions regarding the preconditions for taking this course, please contact Ylva von Gerber at:

Travel bursaries will not be offered, but help with accomodations, etc. will be available.

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