[eDebate] Global Debate Conference -- and MORE

Alfred Snider alfred.snider
Mon Mar 27 08:50:00 CST 2006

Below is the call for papers for the international debate conference. It 
is an attempt to try and bring debate teachers and practitioners 
together with argumentation and rhetoric scholars. It will have an 
emphasis on debate and other critical methods in the classroom, so it 
also attempts to bring theorists AND teachers together as well.

Look for more sponsors to be added soon.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Bojana is taking care of 
registration and housing.

The costs seem very reasonable.

Alfred Snider aka Tuna


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
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 doesn?t fit into these categories don?t worry! Send 
your idea to us and we?ll figure out where it goes. If you aren?t 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 (please 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, Slovenia
* Frans van Eemeren, Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation 
Theory and Rhetoric, University of Amsterdam
* David Williams, Department of Communication, Florida Atlantic 
University, USA.
The members of the debate division committee are:
* Alfred Snider, World Debate Institute, 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 participations 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 at University of Vermont, USA
Igor Zagar, Educational Research Institute and University of Primorska, 

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