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6th Tokyo Conference on Argumentation (2020)


Argumentation and Education

Conference Program (PDF, downloadable)

August 10-12, 2020

(The presentations in the eConference platform

are to be viewable until 8/31 closed)

————————————-Keynote Speakers————————————

Prof. Christopher Tindale
University of Windsor

Prof. Emeritus Hiroshi Matsusaka
Waseda University


Because of the COVID-19 virus it is certain that we have cancelled the 6th Tokyo Conference on Argumentation as a concrete social event taking place at International Budo University on August 10 – 12, 2020. But we want the conference to go on in another modified way. Tokyo eConference is an on-demand platform where presentation files are available for viewing and participants can leave comments to the presentations. No real-time video-conference is scheduled.

The 6th Tokyo Conference on Argumentation will be held online between (1) August 10 (Mon) -12 (Wed) , 2020, for presenters, JDA members, and invited audiences who view presentations (video/paper) and write comments or questions, (2) August 13 (Thu)-15 (Sat) for presenters who post responses, and (3) August 16 (Sun)-August 31 (Mon) for general audiences who view the presentations and the posted comments, questions and responses. Invitation email will be sent to the registered audiences soon after August 16.

The conference is sponsored by the Japan Debate Association (JDA) and in cooperation with International Budo University, Chiba near Tokyo, Japan. The conference is designed to encourage exchanges of views on the theory, practice and instruction of argumentation across the disciplines.

Potential topics of interest include: argumentation and rhetoric, forensic pedagogy, the philosophy and psychology of reasoning, practical studies, and studies of historical argumentative texts. Presentations related to the convention theme “Argumentation and Education” are encouraged, but proposals are not restricted to it. Qualified papers will appear in our Proceedings to be distributed online soon after the Conference.

Tokyo eConference Access Link (closed)

[Access to each of the presentations needs registration down below]

Conference Fees

We are pleased to inform you that due to a generous donation by an anonymous contributor, you do NOT need to pay any registration fee to this year’s Tokyo Conference on Argumentation. All the presenters and observers may participate in this year’s Tokyo Conference for free.

A. General Participants (other than students): 12,000 yen
B. Graduate Students (without a full-time or tenure-track position): 6,000 yen
[1,000 yen discount is offered to JDA dues-paying members]
Please pay the fee in cash at the registration desk during the Conference.


********Important dates in 2020********

February 15: Notification of Acceptance (Please check your mail box including “SPAM” box)
July 10: Deadline of online submission of full manuscripts

August 10-12: In the e-Conference, presenters, JDA-members, and invited audiences view presentations and write comments and questions

August 13-15: Presenters respond to the posted writings

August 16-31: General audiences view the presentations and posted writings

Post-Conf: Proceedings to be released (around December 2020)

Visit Registration Form (closed)

(General audiences will be offered an invitation mail later if you register from this form)

[PR] Book Display (Newly released Springer book)

Inference in Argumentation: A Topics-Based Approach to Argument Schemes

(↑ Hit the link to view the book description)


Proceedings Submission

Submissions (Manuscript with Copyright form) to be considered for the publication of the Proceedings must be sent by July 10, 2020 through the e-submission system available [closed] at
the Submission Procedure
offering more information including:
-Style Sample (Word/PDF)
-Copyright Form

If you have questions, please contact Planning Committee Chair Takeshi Suzuki, School of Information and Communication, Meiji University, 1-1 Kanda-surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-8301 JAPAN, or send your question at : tokyo-argumentation2020@japan-debate-association.org

CALL for Papers_Online submission form (Closed)


On-line submission of abstracts will be accepted starting May 15, 2019. Submit your name, title, affiliation and 200-300 word abstract by January 15, 2020.

Acceptance will be notified by February 15, 2020. We also accept panel proposals, and the panel should have a 200-300 word abstract. The panel description must contain its basic content and titles of each paper, but abstracts of each paper are unnecessary. Accepted authors who wish to have their papers considered for publication in the Proceedings must submit full manuscript by July 10, 2020.

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