The 1st International Workshop on
Methodologies for Research on Rhetoric (MET-RhET)
on “Conflict and Controversy”
WAW 2018
Warsaw Argumentation Week
September 15th, 2018, Warsaw
Pałac Staszica, Nowy Świat 72, room 268 (second floor)


1st MET-RhET is held in conjunction with the 16th ArgDiaP Conference

The MET-RhET workshop is meant as a meeting of specialists in rhetoric and of all those interested in the culture of communication in persuasive contexts. The topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Boundaries between rhetoric and eristic: theoretical and methodological issues
  • Methods of distinguishing rhetoric and eristic in public discourses (politics, science, education, medicine, media)
  • Axiology of communication: methods of rhetoric and methods of eristic
  • Rhetorical literacy as a weapon in the era of eristic: the practical methods of debunking fake news
  • Genres as formats of argumentation (with special regard to conflicts and controversies)
  • Debate as a rhetorical genre: problems of argumentation
  • Dispute in the public sphere (political, ideological, scientific, philosophical dispute)
  • Rhetoric vs. Eristic
  • Communication as design

We invite to submit proposals of presentations whose aim is to unveil practical consequences of theoretical distinctions. The extended abstracts should be submitted by 06 July 2018 (for more information, see below). The full versions of papers from the workshop will be peer-reviewed and published as a thematic issue of a peer reviewed, internationally renown journal of argumentation (details to follow soon).

MET-RhET is organised by the Polish Rhetorical Society in cooperation with the ArgDiaP organisation. It takes place in Warsaw at the Institute for Philosophy & Sociology at the Polish Academy of Sciences (IFiS PAN).

Title: The force of rhetoric 

Abstract: Eristic performances are competitive; they succeed by generating and channelling civic strife. This suggests that in contrast, rhetoric ought to be cooperative–a dialogue among civic friends pursuing the common good. If so, we’d have reason for pessimism, since cooperation among factions is rare and in some cases would be undesirable. I will argue for an alternative view. Rhetoric is neither cooperative nor competitive; instead, it is a technology for civic coordination. Drawing from classical and contemporary examples, I show how rhetorical performances intervene to change the world within which citizens strive for their diverse ends. These changes constrain choice, forcing acknowledgement of the civic norms which allow us to live together in the space between friendship and enmity.

9:00 – 11:00 Session IRhetorical approaches towards conflict and conflict solution
Chair: Agnieszka Kampka

9:00 – 9:20 Maria Załęska: Methods of rhetoric for the quarrelling society
9:20 – 09:40 Piotr Lewiński: Axiological Argumentation and Interpretation
09:40 – 10:00 Agnieszka Budzyńska-Daca: Debate and negotiations towards the social processes of division and unity
10:30 – 11:00  Anna Bendrat, Tropes of conflicting identities

10:20 – 10:40 Marta Rzepecka: US Undeclared Wars:  Presidential Requests for Congressional Authorization/Support for Use of Force
10:40 – 11:00 Discussion11:00 – 11:30 coffee break Coffeetura (Krakowskie Przedmieście 4\6, map)

11:30 – 13:00 Session II: Rhetorical literacy as a weapon in the era of eristic
Chair: Maria Załęska

11:30 – 12:30 Invited speaker. Jean Goodwin: The force of rhetoric
12:30 – 12:50 Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska: The rhetoric of political populism: A cross-cultural discursive perspective
12:50 – 13:00 Discussion
13:00 – 15:00 lunch

15:00 – 16:00 Session III: Rhetoric and eristic in local debates
Chair: Agnieszka Budzyńska-Daca

15:00 – 15:20 Agnieszka Kampka: Independence Day and disputes around celebrations – rhetorical analysis
15:20 – 15:40 Agnieszka Szurek: Methods of Rhetorical Criticism in Analyzing Local Disputes
15:40 – 16:00 Discussion
16:00 – 16:30 coffee break Coffeetura (Krakowskie Przedmieście 4\6, map)
16:30 – 18:15 Session IV: Models and analyses of conflicts and controversies
Chair: Piotr Lewiński
16:30 – 16:50 Brian Plüss: (Un)Fairplay in political debate 
16:50 – 17:10 Marcin Deutschmann and Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska: Arguments and counter-arguments in the debate to decriminalize some forms of incestuous relations in Poland
17:10 – 17:30 Serhiy Potapenko: News stories on conflict: Information or argumentation?
17:30 – 17:50 Katarzyna Budzynska, Rory Duthie, Annette Hautli-Janisz, Marcin Koszowy, Martín Pereira-Fariña and Brian Plüss: Empirically-driven Formal Model of Ethos
17:50 – 18:15 Discussion
19.00 Gala dinner: Barka Atalanta Club & Restarant (Bulwar Bohdana Siedleckiego-Grzymały, close to Warsaw mermaid statue)
Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline (EXTENDED): 06 July 15 July
  • Notification of acceptance: 27 July
  • Early registration deadline: 24 August 30 August [deadline extended due to technical problems with the webpage]
  • MET-RhET workshop: 15 September
  • Full paper submission to a special issue of the Argumentation journal: 15 January 15 March 2019
  • Production of the Argumentation journal: December 2019


Contributors should submit an extended abstract of the paper (maximum 2 pages excluding references) using the format required for the conference program. Submitted abstracts should give full names and contact details for all authors. Formatting instructions, as well as the style and sample files, are available here:

Abstracts should be submitted in PDF format through our dedicated EasyChair site no later than 15th July 2018:

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the programme committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 27 July 2018. At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the conference.

We consider a post-conference publication of full papers in a peer reviewed, internationally renown journal of argumentation, yet the details will be given later.

Participation and registration
In order to register to 1st MET-RhET workshop, you need to complete a form and pay a fee. The registration link and payment details can be accessed below (in case of problems, please make sure you are using the latest version of your browser). In case, you are planning to participate in more than one WAW event, we offer discounts in early registration fee – see here for the available packages. The package can be selected through drop down list in a registration form.
 Early registration fee
until 24 August
 Late registration fee
after 24 August
 Onsite registration fee
Workshop Registration  100 PLN*
(approx. 24 EUR)
 140 PLN
(approx. 33 EUR)
 170 PLN
(approx. 40 EUR)
Gala Dinner Ticket
 120 PLN*
(approx. 28 EUR)
 170 PLN
(approx. 40 EUR)
 200 PLN
(approx. 47 EUR)

* The members of the Polish Rhetorical Society have 30% discount.

The MET-RhET fees include conference materials, lunch and coffee breaks. If you only register to a workshop and would like to attend the Gala Dinner, you have an option to check a box in the registration form to add the Gala Dinner ticket to your registration fee. The gala dinner will take place on Sat 15th Sept.

At least one of the authors of each accepted paper is required to attend the workshop and to present the paper.

Registration for ArgDiap Events is now open. Click below to register for the ArgDiap Conference and either ArgDiap Workshop.

There are discounts in the registration fees in case of participating in two or more WAW2018 events. See here for more details on the available packages. Note that P2 (5% discount) applies if you register for both the ArgDiap conference and any of the ArgDiap workshops by the early bird date (24th August).

The total registration fee, which appears at the bottom of the form and in the confirmation email, must be paid via bank transfer. Unfortunately, due to some Polish regulations we cannot accept credit card payments. Note that if you register to the COMMA conference and you are not interested in display space or sponsorship, attendance to the Industry Afternoon is free. For bank transfer details related to SSA, go to this webpage. For bank transfer details for the COMMA events, go to this webpage.

If you have any problems which delay your bank transfer, please send an email to Katarzyna Budzynska ( with a confirmation that the payment procedure has started (e.g. a forwarded email from your University’s Administration team that the payment is being processed). As long as such confirmation is received by 9th September, your registration will be treated as early registration.
IBAN: PL91 2490 0005 0000 4530 3800 6827

Stowarzyszenie ArgDiaP (ArgDiaP Association)
ul. Krolewska 2
30-045 Krakow

Workshop Fee: MET-RhET 2018 – [Fist Name] [Last Name]

Special Issue

A special issue of Argumentation journal will be published after the MET-RhET workshop and the ArgDiaP conference. The full papers submitted after the workshop will be peer-reviewed to be included in a special issue.

Programme Committee

Organizing Committee