International Learned Institute of Argumentation Studies - Pragma-dialectical Research and Education

ISSA 2023


Much to our regret, the continuing virus crisis makes it impossible to have the 10th ISSA Conference and the preceding ILIAS Colloquium on the dates that were planned in 2022. It goes without saying that we are very disappointed about this sad state of affairs, but unfortunately it cannot be helped.

To remain on the safe side, we intend to postpone the ISSA Conference to 28-30 June of the next year (2023). The preceding ILIAS Colloquium will take place on 26 June 2023. Again, a Summer Institute for PhD students and other interested argumentation scholars will be organised right after the Conference. As originally planned, all these events will take place at Jiangsu University in Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China. (You can view the proceedings of the 2018 ISSA conference here)

All earlier acceptances of presentations at the ISSA Conference and participation in the ILIAS Colloquium or the Summer Institute will be maintained. Additional applications for presentations or participation will be welcome. In due course the new time schedule will be announced on our website.

The keynote speakers are:

  • Isabela Fairclough (University of Central Lancashire, UK)
  • Robert Rowland (University of Kansas, US)
  • Christopher Tindale (University of Windsor, Canada)

ISSA Conferences as an International Meeting Place
From the start in 1986, the ISSA Conferences have been an international meeting place of argumentation scholars from all over the world who are interested in getting to know their fellows, irrespective of these colleagues’ academic preferences and the policies of the countries they live in. Because the Planning Committee wants to maintain this tradition, they keep the 10 th ISSA Conference in 2023 the way it always was and do not make it into an online conference or “hybrid”.

The conference themes include:

Argument schemes

Argumentation and cognitive studies

Argumentation and discourse analysis

Argumentation and epistemology

Argumentation and rhetoric

Argumentation structures

Argumentative patterns

Argumentative strategies

Argumentative styles

Empirical research of argumentation


Visual argumentation

Argumentation and culture

Argumentation in a legal context

Argumentation in a medical context

Argumentation in an academic context

Argumentation in a political context

Argumentation in AI

Argumentation in debate

Argumentation in the media Intercultural argumentation

Interpersonal argumentation  

Multimodal argumentation

Religious argumentation

Summer Institute: From July 4 to July 6, 2023, a series of lectures will be provided for PhD students and other advanced students of argumentation. This lecture series will be coordinated by Frans van Eemeren, who will also be one of the lecturers. The program will be published later on our website.

International arrivals: Zhenjiang is a city near Nanjing and not far from Shanghai, both of which can be reached easily by international airlines. These two cities are certainly worth a longer visit before or after the conference. Among their touristic attractions are: the Confucius Temple and the Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen, who is viewed as the father of modern China (Nanjing), and the Bund, the famous boulevard along the river Yang Tse, and Xintiandi (Shanghai). If desired, on July 2, some Chinese students who speak English can show you around in small groups.

Transportation: There is easy transport by train both from Nanjing to Zhenjiang and from Shanghai to Zhenjiang. In addition, we will make sure that on June 28 there are some shuttle buses available that can take you from Nanjing Lukou International Airport or Shanghai Pudong International Airport to the campus of Jiangsu University, and on July 2, 2023, they can take you back.

Hotel accommodation: From June 27 to July 2, 2023, housing will be provided on campus at the University Hotel of Jiangsu University. This arrangement will be included in the conference fee. If you want to stay in Nanjing or Shanghai before or after the conference, you can easily book your own hotel accommodation in accordance with your own wishes via the Internet.

Meals: As you will know, China has a famous and multi-varied cuisine, and meals are not expensive. During the conference, all meals will be provided to the participants of the conference on campus. This is included in the conference fee.

The Conference fee for the 10th ISSA Conference, which includes all meals (lunch, dinner) during the three days of the conference and a city tour, is € 375 (or $ 440 or RMB 2800 Yuan), and € 200 (or $ 235 or RMB 1500 Yuan) for PhD researchers and MA-students. The conference fee can be paid in cash or by debit or credit card (Visa, Master) at registration in Zhenjiang. Registration takes place on June 28, 2023 at the University Hotel of Jiangsu University. Because of the need to make fixed arrangements with Jiangsu University in advance, these prices are only for those who make an Early Bird pre-registration between April 1 and May 1, 2023. All others will have to pay 10 percent more.

Call for papers

Those who have not yet submitted a provisional abstract, but want to take part in the conference, are requested to send their provisional abstract before November 1, 2022 , so that the planning committee can decide about acceptance as presenters at the conference.

Guidelines final abstract for inclusion in the conference book

Please, submit your final abstract, for inclusion in the conference book, before March 1, 2023.

The final abstract should be between 100 and 130 words.

Do not add references to the final abstract.

The abstract should contain the final title of the presentation, the name(s) of the presenter(s) and affiliation (name of university only).

Please, send your final abstract to:

N.B. 1 Each person may co-author more papers but is only allowed to present one of them (so that the other papers should be presented by the co-authors).

N.B. 2 Receipt of your abstract submission will be confirmed. If you have not received a confirmation after a few days, please check your Spam folder or Junk email folder

N.B. 3 In view of the Covid situation, at the end of January or the beginning of February the Planning Committee will announce whether the conference can indeed take place on the dates announced.

Important dates


November 1, 2022

Deadline submission provisional abstract (title and theme)
March 1, 2023Deadline submission final abstract (complete abstract)
April 1-May 1, 2023
Early bird pre-registration ISSA Conference and Summer Institute

June 28, 2023  

Registration at conference site and opening 10th ISSA Conference

June 29-July 1, 2023

Presentations 10th ISSA Conference in Zhenjiang, China

More information on all these matters will be provided via the ISSA Conference pages of the ILIAS website:


The Planning Committee is looking forward to welcoming you at the conference!