The First Interdisciplinary Graduate School on
Argumentation and Rhetoric: IGSAR
“Social Dynamics of Argument”
16-18 May 2013
Warsaw, Staszic Palace, Nowy Świat 72, Polish Academy of Sciences


The aim of the first edition of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School on Argumentation and Rhetoric IGSAR is to explore the complex social nature of communicative and cognitive processes of argument. IGSAR will take place on 16th-18th May 2013 in Warsaw at one of the leading research centres in Poland – the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN). Students will participate in two days of introductory tutorials (16th-17th May) and one day of the ArgDiaP conference (18th May). The school is supported by the European Network for Social Intelligence SINTELNET. For more detailed description of the topics discussed during IGSAR, see the ArgDiaP webpage.

Special guest


The first two days of IGSAR will be devoted to introductory tutorials on social dynamics of argument, and on the last day students will join and participate in the ArgDiaP conference.

  • Thu, 16th May: opening tutorial – Prof. John Searle; morning and afternoon sessions; 9.30am-5.15pm
  • Fri, 17th May: morning and afternoon sessions; 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Sat, 18th May: the ArgDiaP conference; 9.15am-5.15pm



To register, send an email to Dr. Magdalena Kacprzak: kacprzak (at), mentioning “[IGSAR 2013] Registration” in the subject line. Please provide the following information:

  • first name and surname
  • affiliation
  • information whether you are a student or post-doc

Registration fee for the PhD school has to be paid via a bank transfer. Please make sure to indicate that the payment is for the PhD school on argumentation and rhetoric by putting “IGSAR 2013” in the transaction description:

  • Bank name: Bank Pekao SA
  • IBAN Account number: PL 98 1240 1037 1111 0010 3218 8238
  • Swift code: PKOPPLPW
  • Transaction description: IGSAR 2013
Early registration
until 6 May 8 May
Late registration 
after 6 May 8 May
 On-site registration
Registration fee 120 EUR (480 PLN)  150 EUR (600 PLN)  200 EUR (800 PLN)
Registration fee without gala dinner 100 EUR (400 PLN) 130 EUR (520 PLN) 180 EUR (720 PLN)

Full registration fee covers the participation in 3 days of the IGSAR school, including:

  • coffee breaks
  • lunches
  • gala dinner, which will take place on Sat after the conference in the city center (details of the dinner venue will be given during the conference)


The European Network for Social Intelligence (SINTELNET) sponsors several grants to students to support the attendance at the IGSAR school. An application should be sent to Dr. Katarzyna Budzynska: budzynska.argdiap (at), mentioning “[IGSAR 2013] Grant Request” in the subject line. When applying for the grant, it is necessary to submit the following documents in pdf format:

  • Grant request: give your name; institution’s name and address; your email; and requested funding (fee, travel, accommodation) with specific amounts
  • Proof of student status
  • Brief description of your research topic and the importance of attending IGSAR
  • Letter of support from your supervisor stating why the grant is needed to enable the student to attend IGSAR

The grants will be available only for Sintelnet members, therefore interested students need to register first. Sintelnet accepts new members at any time – you just need to fill in the online form.

  • The deadline for applications (EXTENDED): 24th Apr 3rd May
  • The notification will be sent: 1st May 5th May

Additionally, PhD students of the Graduate School for Social Research GSSR (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences) can apply for financial support directly to Dr. John Fells. For details of application procedure, please send an email to: jfells (at)


Warsaw offers a lot of hotels and Bed&Breakfast. We recommend the following hotels:

  • HERA Hotel, Belwederska 26/30; students’ hotel, a close bus ride to the conference venue, located close to the Warsaw royal park Łazienki: map
  • Mazowiecki Hotel, Mazowiecka 10; basic hotel but located very close to the conference venue (approx. 7 min): map
  • Mercure Warszawa Grand, Krucza 28; located close to the conference venue with good rates: map

Booking and payments for accommodation should be arranged directly with the chosen hotel or B&B. Note that accommodation is subject to availability.

If you have any further questions regarding accommodation and planning your trip and stay in Warsaw, please contact Ms. Olena Yaskorska: oyaskorska (at)

Organizing and Programme Committee

** How to get to the conference venue

From Warsaw Chopin airport:

From Central train station:

  • bus number 175 in the direction of Piłsudski plaza (pl. Piłsudskiego); get off at “Uniwersytet 02” at al. Krakowskie Przedmieście (travel time: approx. 15-20 min)
  • map of the bus route

Walking from the bus stop “Uniwersytet 02” at al. Krakowskie Przedmieście (i.e. the stop of 175 bus in the direction of Piłsudski plaza) to Staszic Palace:

  • after getting from the bus, you have to turn right and walk around 100 meters along the street in the opposite direction to the direction of the bus ride, passing the monument of Kopernik
  • map