Extended deadline CMNA 2017: 21 April

The CMNA deadline has been extended to April 21.

CSSR members and all rhetoricians are welcomed to participate.

Randy Harris says “we would very much like to up the rhetorical quotient this year: anything with computers + argumentation + rhetoric will be looked on favourably. Notice also that there will be preferential adjudication for papers based on CMNA 17 proposals submitted to the journal Argument and Computation.”

Here is the original announcement Posted April 4: http://cssr-scer.ca/cmna-2017-workshop/

CMNA 2017, the 17th workshop on Computational Models of Natural Argument

16 June 2017, London, UK.

DEADLINE 12 April 2017.

CMNA 2017 will be held in conjunction with the ICAIL 2017 (International Conference on AI and Law) conference, which is held in London, UK from 12 to 16 June 2017.

The series of workshops on Computational Models of Natural Argument is continuing to attract high quality submissions from researchers around the world since its inception in 2001. The workshop focuses on “natural” argumentation. Topics are as follows.

  • The characteristics of “natural” arguments (e.g. ontological aspects, cognitive issues, legal aspects).
  • The linguistic characteristics of natural argumentation, including discourse markers, sentence format, referring expressions, and style.
  • The generation of natural argument
  • Corpus argumentation results and techniques
  • Argumentation mining
  • Models of natural legal argument
  • Rhetoric and affect: the role of emotions, personalities, etc. in argumentation.
  • The roles of licentiousness and deceit and the ethical implications of implemented systems demonstrating such features.
  • Natural argumentation in multi-agent systems.
  • Methods to better convey the structure of complex argument, including representation and summarisation.
  • Natural argumentation and media: visual arguments, multi-modal arguments, spoken arguments.
  • Evaluative arguments and their application in AI systems (such as decision-support and advice-giving).
  • The computational use of models from informal logic and argumentation theory.
  • Computer supported collaborative argumentation, for pedagogy, e-democracy and public debate.
  • Tools for interacting with structures of argument.
  • Applications of argumentation based systems.

We are accepting submissions of long and short papers, demonstrations and short abstracts. CMNA17 proceedings will be published as CEUR Workshop Proceedings, and extended versions of selected accepted papers will be published in a special issue of Argument and Computation

Key dates are as follows:

  • Paper submission (all categories): 12th April 2017
  • Notification to authors: 1st May 2017
  • Final version of papers: 20th May 2017
  • Early registration deadline: see the ICAIL website at https://nms.kcl.ac.uk/icail2017/
  • CMNA 17: 16 June 2017

Please visit http://cmna.info//CMNA17/ for more information.

COMS academic positions at Concordia University, 2017

Forwarded by Dr. Maurice Charland:

“My department is hiring a tenure-track and a number of replacement (Limited Term Appointment) positions.  Among these, there is room for a rhetorician.”

LTAs : http://www.concordia.ca/artsci/about/jobs/limited-term-appointments/LTA-communication-studies-5.html

Tenure-Track :  http://www.concordia.ca/artsci/about/jobs/tenure-track-appointments/data-and-networked-publics.html

Journal CFP: The Humanities as a Form of Resistance

The first issue of Con Texte, Laurentian University’s interdisciplinary humanities graduate student journal, will explore the various forms of text that ignite revolutionary forms of political and social resistance.

Works should reflect the ever present need for political resistance as expressed through the humanities and emphasize the role and importance of text as a means of pedagogy, revolution, and reformation.  When politics fall into dangerous and threatening forms, many of us have few alternatives for opposition.  This edition will explore the importance of text in maintaining our sense of the world, creating culture and national identity, and centring our communities within their own power.

We are looking for submissions exploring a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • feminist literature, philosophy, and all other forms of text
  • explorations of intersectionality in terms of art, literature and philosophy
  • humour and satire as forms of political commentary
  • explorations of empowerment for community and culture through humanities methods
  • scholarly reflections on music, poetry and prose as forms of resistance

We invite submissions from scholars at all levels and seek a variety of theoretical positions, differing and silenced opinions, and strange perspectives about the value of the Humanities.

Full Submission Due: March 15th 2017
Maximum 3,500 words in Word format.
Citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago.
Prepared for blind review.
In English or French.
Online publication released June 1st 2017.

Please send your submission to contexte.journal@gmail.com.

More information available at contextejournal.ca