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Call for Proposals

Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA)

VIRTUES of ARGUMENTATION

May 22-25, 2013 University of Windsor

Keynote speakers:

Daniel H. Cohen, Department of Philosophy, Colby College

Marianne Doury, Communication & Politics, CNRS – Paris

G. Thomas Goodnight, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California

The OSSA Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers that deal with argumentation, especially those that pertain to the practice of argumentation and its virtues.

Abstracts prepared for blind refereeing must be submitted electronically to the Program Committee no later than SEPTEMBER 7, 2012, to <ossa@uwindsor.ca>

(write ‘[your last name] OSSA abstract’ in the subject line).

Abstracts should be between 200 and 250 words long. Additional information on how to prepare proposals will be available on the conference website in the coming months: www.uwindsor.ca/ossa.

OSSA wishes to promote the work of graduate students and young scholars in the field of argumentation studies. Thus we strongly encourage submissions from this group.

The J. Anthony Blair Prize ($1000 CDN) will be awarded to the student paper presented at the Conference judged to be especially worthy of recognition. The competition is open to all students whose proposals are accepted for the Conference.

Canadian graduate students who need financial assistance in order to attend should advise us when submitting their proposals.

For the purpose of the Conference, a graduate student is one who has not completed her/his graduate program by September 7, 2012.  (Additional information about this prize will also be available on the website.)

Organizing Committee:

H. V. Hansen – C. W. Tindale – C. E, Hundleby

University of Windsor

www.uwindsor.ca/ossa

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The Communication of Certainty and Uncertainty: linguistic, psychological, philosophical aspects PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 October 2011 19:33
3 – 5 October 2012
University of Macerata (Italy)

The Certainty or Uncertainty of a piece of information communicated by a speaker plays a significant role both in building knowledge or beliefs in the interlocutor’s mind and in choosing the appropriate linguistic and non-linguistic behaviour during and after verbal interactions.

The Conference focuses on how interlocutors express their individual degrees of Certainty or Uncertainty towards the piece of information they are giving hearers/readers during the communicative process, i.e. at the time when (= Now) and in the place where (= Here) communication occurs. This topic may be related, more or less directly, to what in the linguistic literature is called epistemicity and evidentiality.

The Conference topic can be approached from different perspectives and in different – European and non European – languages.

Proposals are invited for papers mainly on linguistic, psychological and philosophical aspects of the communication of Certainty and Uncertainty. The Conference aims to be interdisciplinary and therefore welcomes proposals from scholars from different areas.

We are particularly interested in studying the communication of Certainty and Uncertainty in dialogue; we are interested in how it evolves during the interactional sequences between at least two interlocutors, how an interlocutor switches from Certainty to Uncertainty and vice-versa, how a content communicated as Certain or Uncertain is disrupted or argued, negotiated and co-constructed by the interlocutors. This may also be approached from a non-verbal communication standpoint. (more…)

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“PERSONS AND THEIR BRAINS”

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND CALL FOR PAPERS:

11-14 July 2012, St Anne’s College, Oxford

Organised by the Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford
www.ianramseycentre.ox.ac.uk

Email: irc.admin@theology.ox.ac.uk

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BACKGROUND

It is now over 20 years since Churchland’s book Neurophilosophy was published, and in its wake whole disciplines have sprung into being, proudly sporting the prefix ‘neuro-’ by way of attaching themselves to Churchland’s banner. We have entered a new period in which philosophy, among a substantial community of its practitioners, might be seen as the handmaiden of neuroscience, whose role is to remove the obstacles that have been laid in the path of scientific advance by popular prejudice and superstitious ways of thinking. Brain imaging techniques, which enable us to allocate mental functions to precise cortical areas, and in some cases to establish the neural pathways through which information is processed and decisions formed, have cast doubt on the reality of human freedom, have revised the description of reason and its place in human nature, and caused many people to suspect the validity of the old distinctions of kind, which separated person from animal, animal from machine and the free agent from the conditioned organism. In addition, the more we learn about the brain and its functions, the more do people wonder whether our old ways of managing our lives and resolving our conflicts – the ways of moral judgment, legal process and the imparting of virtue – are the best ways, and whether there might be more direct forms of intervention that would take us more speedily, more reliably and perhaps more kindly to the right result. (more…)

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CALL FOR PAPERS: AILACT @ the APA Eastern Division, December 28-30, 2011, Washington, DC
Deadline: July 31

We are now accepting proposals on any relevant topic for the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking (AILACT) session to be held in conjunction with this year’s Eastern Division meetings of the APA.  Papers, papers-with-commentators, author-meets-critics, and panel discussions are all welcome. Send proposals or abstracts to dhcohen@colby.edu by July 31.

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Rights and Responsibilities:
A Symposium on Citizenship
Wake Forest University
Thursday, April 7, 2011

CALL FOR PAPERS, PANELS, AND OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS
DEADLINE: March 10, 2011
Participants will be notified by March 21

The Department of Communication, the Institute for Public Engagement and
the Office of the Provost at Wake Forest University invite students,
scholars, community members, interest groups, and businesses to a
Symposium to discuss the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

We welcome all contributions addressing themes related to citizenship
(papers, proposals for panels, and other creative ideas). Issues may
include, but are not limited to:
• Voter participation and involvement
• Role of non-profit organizations
• Conceptions of state security and privacy rights
• Investing in local communities
• Rights of others
• Religion and citizenship
• Influence of social media, new media
• Policies on citizenship, rights and responsibilities

Papers must not exceed 25 pages and include a separate cover page with
complete contact information. No information identifying the author
should appear on the paper.

Panel Discussion/Debate/Roundtable Proposals must include a 250-word
abstract, a 250-word rationale, and a list of participants, their
affiliation and contact information.

Two $300 prizes will be awarded for Best Student Paper and for Best
Panel. A small scholarship for travel and lodging expenses is available.
If you wish to be considered for the scholarship, please include a short
letter with your application.

Send or e-mail all materials to:
Alessandra Beasley Von Burg
Department of Communication
Wake Forest University
Box 7347, Reynolda Station
Winston-Salem, NC 27109
beaslea@wfu.edu

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