[eDebate] International Debate Conference -- and more!

Alfred Snider alfred.snider
Mon Jul 24 07:00:42 CDT 2006

When IDEA decided not to sponsor their global debate academic conference 
again, many thought that there was a serious need for such an event. Two 
of those were Bojana Skrt of Z.I.P., the national debate program of 
Slovenia, and Igar Zagar who teaches at the University of Primorska, 
They encouraged me to help them organize a similar conference, but with 
some differences. A sincere attempt should be made to bring different 
parts of what I would call the ?critical thinking? movement together. 
Thus, scholars in argumentation should co-mingle with debate scholars 
and with teachers who are using argumentation and debate to change the 
face of global education. The goal was also to provide an affordable 
conference experience. This conference will be in Koper, Slovenia, 
November 2006.

The website is at http://debate.uvm.edu/betterworld.htm

Especially for my American audience, here are some things to consider:
1. After we accept your abstract we will be glad to work with you to 
obtain funding from your sponsoring institution.
2. The papers will be juried and published in a proceedings.
3. Easy and simple travel from NYC-JFK to Venice, very close to Koper. 
Fantastic tourist opportunities on the Adriatic coast - close to Italy, 
Austria, Croatia and Hungary and some of the bluest water in the world.
4. Very modest fee.
5. Network in a ten century-old cafe in city center.
6. Interested scholars should indicate their interest and we will try 
and find a panel that fits their area of expertise.

Here are some debate-related panels that we are interested in finding 
people for:

Debate across the curriculum - subject areas, results
The crisis of assessment in debating
Middle school debate programs
Deliberative education
]European Youth Parliament
European Comenius Project
Debate and success
Format specificity - is it debiulitating?
Using New Media to promote Debating
Creating New forum for global competition

Here is some information from the website:

The Faculty of Humanities at the University of Primorska and the 
Educational Research Institute , Slovenia, the World Debate Institute at 
the University of Vermont USA, the National Education Institute of the 
Republic of Slovenia and ZIP, Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga/ Pro 
et contra Institute for culture of dialogue Slovenia invite all scholars 
of argumentation, rhetoric, debate, and educators using deliberative 
education methodologies to the International Conference on 
Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment -- 
THINKING AND SPEAKING A BETTER WORLD, 24-26 November 2006, Koper, Slovenia

The conference will welcome scholars and educators from diverse fields 
for vigorous dialogue and exchange. This conference will unite scholars 
of argumentation and rhetoric, teachers, and organizers of local, 
national and international debating networks to discuss critical 
thinking and advocacy discourse through pedagogy.
This conference is extremely timely. A global information society which 
seeks reasoned solutions to problems through broad citizen involvement 
needs to develop and refine techniques for criticizing and validating 
ideas through discourse and then impart these to new generations of 
citizens if we are to create a better future and avoid looming crises. 
This conference represents a unique opportunity to share ideas, network 
and cross-fertilize with global critical thinkers.
The conference will generate a proceedings volume that will be provided 
to all attendees within six months of the completion of the conference. 
Submissions will be selected from the papers available at the date of 
the conference.
The program for the conference will have three themes. Submissions are 
encouraged to center their work on one of the three themes and to submit 
proposals to the appropriate conference division. Interdisciplinary work 
is welcome.
? Argumentation and rhetoric. The use of logic and reason to criticize 
and analyze ideas through communication. Those interested in research on 
argumentation theory, criticisms of communication acts and scholarship 
on argumentation practice are encouraged to submit to this division.
? Debate. The use of formal argumentation forums to educate and empower 
citizens. Those interested in work on the practice and theory of debate 
competition, public debates, research on the impact of debate for 
participants, and theorizing about debate paradigms are encouraged to 
submit to this division.
? Critical thinking/pedagogy. Teaching and the methodology of teaching 
in the active classrooms. Those interested in using debate and 
argumentation in classrooms, discussion of experiences and teaching 
lessons relating to communication and critical thinking are encouraged 
to submit to this division.
If your proposal does not fit into these categories do not worry! Send 
your idea to us and we will figure out where it goes. If you are not 
sure which division you belong in, send your proposal to 
alfred.snider at uvm.edu.
We welcome submissions in the form of:
? Panels or individual academic papers
? Discussion groups focusing on cutting edge concepts
? Public debates about important issues in these fields
? Samples and presentations of active pedagogy
? Creative presentations that inspire and motivate
? Workshops that provide instruction in new techniques and programs

Submissions should be sent via email to the appropriate division. Those 
interested should provide title and abstract of less than 150 words (in 
English or Slovenian).

Submission for proposals is open immediately and all submissions will be 
considered on a rolling basis until August 1 2006. Early submissions 
will be considered and approved as quickly as possible and space is 
limited, later submissions may not be accepted. The committees will 
evaluate and confirm the acceptance of the proposals as quickly as 
possible with the final selection being made by September 1 2006.
Please note that admission to the conference and housing must be 
coordinated through Bojana Skrt bojana.skrt at siol.net.
Proposals should be sent to the following addresses:
Argumentation and Rhetoric: igor.zagar at guest.arnes.si, controv at fau.edu, 
f.h.vaneemeren at uva.nl (send to all three)
Debate: alfred.snider at uvm.edu
Pedagogy: bojana.skrt at siol.net
Proposals in Slovenian are welcome, as there will be a special track for 
Slovenian presentations and audiences. The conference is open to the 
public and we encourage all interested to attend.
A committee of conference organizers and scholars will examine 
submissions to each division. The members of the argumentation division 
committee are:
Igor Zagar, Educational Research Institute and University of Primorska, 
Frans van Eemeren, Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation 
Theory and Rhetoric, University of Amsterdam
David Williams, Florida Atlantic University, USA
The members of the debate division committee are:
Alfred Snider, University of Vermont USA
Virginija Paksiene, Informal Education Debate Center, Lithuania
Omar Salahuddin, Multimedia University, Malaysia
The members of the pedagogy division committee are:
Zora Rutar, National Education Institute, Slovenia
Maxwell Schnurer, Department of Communication, Humboldt State 
University, USA
Bojana Skrt, ZIP Slovenia.

The Conference will be held at the Faculty of Humanities in Koper, 
http://www.fhs-kp.si. The participation fee is 55 Euros and covers the 
conference sessions and materials as well as a banquet. The participants 
will be accommodated in different locations in Koper, depending on the 
budget option they choose. There are different accommodations possible, 
from 19 Euros in high school dormitory to 31 Euros in Hotel Vodisek, 
http://www.hotel-vodisek.com/ The prices are for one person/night in two 
? bedrooms, and single rooms are 10 Euros more per night. There are also 
many other available hotels in Koper, Izola and Piran, and information 
can be found through a web search.

The application deadline to attend is September 15 2006. The payment for 
the participation fee should be transferred to ZIP bank account by 
October 2006. All inquires about application, accommodation and other 
information should be sent to Bojana Skrt at bojana.skrt at siol.net.

Koper is a beautiful old town at the Adriatic coast, one hour from the 
capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, and two hours from Venice, Italy and 
half an hour from the Croatian border. Low cost flights from within 
Europe are available to Ljubljana and Trieste with connecting short 
train and bus rides to Koper. We recommend that participants from 
overseas check the option of flying to Venice. This would allow for an 
exciting tourist opportunity to be part of your trip. There are regular 
train connections between Venice and Trieste and a bus connection to 
Koper. We will also organize vans for pickup in Venice and then bring 
you to Koper if you register and pay a modest fee.

Organizing committee:
Bojana Skrt, Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga, Slovenia
Alfred C. Snider, World Debate Institute, University of Vermont, USA
Igor Zagar, Educational Research Institute and University of Primorska, 
Visit nearby Izola

Alfred C. Snider aka Tuna
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