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Call for Papers, Panels, and Abstracts

20th Biennial NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation

The Cliff Lodge at Snowbird, Alta, UT

July 20-23, 2017

Note: This conference is held in the 3rd week of July.

Theme: Networking Argument

     as in how argument functions within online networks,
as in how argument functions within offline networks (i.e., within or between individuals, groups, and/or communities),
     as in how networking theories of argument can add value to argumentation studies,
     as in how networking argument studies can foster interdisciplinary inquiry.

All submissions related to argumentation are welcomed and encouraged. Preference will be given to those addressing the conference theme. For examples of the wide range of approaches that are welcome at the conference, feel free to explore past proceedings’ content at

Keynote Speaker:

Robert Asen, Professor of Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Editorial Review Board:

Jennifer Bevan, Chapman University
Ron Greene, University of Minnesota
Dale Hample, University of Maryland
Johanna Hartelius, University of Pittsburg
David Hingstman, University of Iowa
Casey Kelly, Butler University
Susan Kline, The Ohio State University
Rob Mills, Northwestern University
Gordon Mitchell, University of Pittsburg
Cate Palczewski, University of Northern Iowa
Sam Perry, Baylor University
Damien Pfister, University of Maryland
Gordon Stables, University of Southern California

About the Conference:

The Alta Argumentation Conference is the oldest gathering in argumentation studies, attracting scholars from around the world since 1979. This year we will celebrate the 20th biennial conference by offering an unmatched combination of scholarship, conviviality, and fellowship in a spectacular natural setting. While international in scope, the conference offers an intimate experience. Attendees stay together and eat meals in common. Opportunities for direct engagement abound, both in formal sessions and informal sessions (including the hot tub!). Participants have time for hiking and outdoor recreation in the magnificent Wasatch Mountains. Attendees and their families can take fuller advantage by arranging to arrive early or to stay after the conference concludes.

Presentation Guidelines:

The Alta Conference encourages discussion and audience participation. Thus, each oral presentation (paper or response) should not exceed 15 minutes, and the total presentation time for a panel (papers and respondents) should not exceed one hour.

Conference Proceedings:

Papers presented at the conference will be reviewed for possible inclusion in a volume of Selected Papers to be published by Routledge. Authors who wish to have their papers considered for publication must meet two additional requirements:

(1) They must obtain written permissions for any copyrighted materials that appear in their work, and they must sign a copyright agreement provided by the publisher.
(2) They must verify the accuracy of all direct quotations that appear in their work by providing copies of the relevant pages from the original sources.

Further information and instructions will be provided when submissions are accepted for publication. Only completed papers (including those proposed for panels and in abstracts) submitted to by Wednesday, June 28, 2017 will be considered for inclusion.

All submitted papers should be in APA style (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition) and be submitted as a MS Word (.docx) or Rich Text (.rft) document. MS Word is preferred.

Authors who exceed the word limit due to the numerical content of included figures should contact the conference director at to inquire if space is available in the volume for inclusion.


• Graduate Student Scholarships
We strongly encourage graduate student participation in the Alta conference. And have a competitive scholarship pool available for graduate students whose institutions are unable to provide financial support needed to attend the conference. Please indicate if you are a graduate student who wishes to apply for a scholarship and send, in addition, your advisor’s letter of support.

• International Scholar Awards
We also strongly encourage submissions from faculty members from international institutions. Scholars who wish to apply for a scholarship should submit a letter of interest that explains their request for funds at the time of paper, panel, or abstract conference submission.

Conference Director:

Carol K. Winkler, Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, P.O. Box 4038, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30302-4038. E-mail: