The Role of Argumentation in Society

Call for Papers

August 10-12, 2012

Keynote Speakers

David Zarefsky, PhD
Northwestern University

Yoshiro Yano, PhD
Chuo University


The 4th Tokyo Conference on Argumentation will be held August 10-12, 2012, in Tokyo, Japan. The conference is sponsored by the Japan Debate Association (JDA). The conference is designed to encourage exchanges of views on the theory, practice and instruction of argumentation across the disciplines. Presentations related to the convention theme "The Role of Argumentation in Society" are encouraged, but proposals are not restricted to it. Potential topics of interest include: argumentation and rhetoric, forensic pedagogy, the philosophy and psychology of reasoning, practical studies, and studies of historical argumentative texts. Qualified papers will appear in our Proceedings to be distributed at the Conference.

On-line submission of abstracts will be accepted starting November 16, 2010. Submit your title, affiliation and abstract (200-300 words) by January 15, 2012, the form below. Acceptance will be notified by February 20, 2012. Accepted authors who wish to have their papers considered for publication in the Proceedings must submit full manuscript by May 20, 2012.

If you have questions, please contact Planning Committee Chair Takeshi Suzuki, School of Information and Communication, Meiji University, 1-9-1 Eifuku, Suginami, Tokyo 168-8555 JAPAN, or send your question on line,


The Latest Program is now available
(3rd version released on August 3 / subject to change in case of sudden cancellation)

of presentations at the 4th Tokyo Conference on Argumentation

Parchasing Proceedings of 3rd Conference in 2008

Proceeding of 3rd Conference for \3000 or $30

Participation Fee

Course 1: First day's English-Debate Seminar ONLY; the lectures are
provided in Japanese.
Seminar fee is 500 yen for materials. Reception fee and Proceedings
fee are NOT included.

コース1: 初日に開催される「高校教員対象英語ディベート体験セミナー」(要申し込み)のみに参加される場合、500円(資料代)をお支払いいただき、その他の参加費用はかかりません。

Course 2: Full participation through all 3 Days; the 2nd and/or the 3rd day.
Reception fee and ONE copy of Proceedings fee are included.
(A) General Participants (other than graduate students) for 12,000 yen
(B) Graduate students for 6,000 yen
(1,000yen discount is offered to JDA dues-paying members)

コース2: (3日間又は2日目以降の参加費、但し懇親会費と会議録代も含む)
一般 ¥12,000、大学院生¥6,000 (JDA会員1000円引き)、上智大学短期大学部関係者無料

Online Submission for Participation


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