The 2nd Interdisciplinary Graduate School on
Argumentation and Rhetoric: IGSAR
Corpus Analysis in Argument Studies
21-24 May 2014
Warsaw, Staszic Palace, Nowy Świat 72, Polish Academy of Sciences


The aim of the 2nd edition of the Interdisciplinary Graduate School on Argumentation and Rhetoric IGSAR is to present recent research in linguistic corpus analyses of argumentative texts present in everyday communication. IGSAR will take place on 21th – 24th May 2014 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 (21th-22nd May) and in the ArgDiaP conference (23-24th May).

All tutorials will be delivered in English and a registration fee is required for participation. Thanks to the financial support offered by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, there is a possibility to apply for grants to cover a registration fee to participate in four days of IGSAR (accommodation and travel have to be covered by a participant).

We also welcome abstracts of papers for the presentation during the student session planned as the Friday’s afternoon session of the ArgDiaP conference. Abstracts of the length between 300 and 500 words should be submitted in PDF format through EasyChair no later than  7 April 2014 14 April 2014 (extended). Notification of acceptance will be sent by 28 April 2014. For more detailed description, see the information below.

Invited tutors

Important dates

  • Submission deadline: 7 April 2014 14 April 2014 (extended)
  • Notification of acceptance: 28 April
  • Grant applications: 30 April 11 May (extended)
  • Notification about grants: 2 May 12 May (extended)
  • Final versions of abstracts: 5 May
  • Early registration: 5 May 12 May (extended)
  • Late registration: 19 May
  • IGSAR school: 21-24 May 2014
  • ArgDiaP conference: 23-24 May 2014


The first two days of IGSAR will be devoted to introductory tutorials on corpus analyses of argumentative text, and on the third and fourth day students will join and participate in the ArgDiaP conference. 

  • Wed, 21st May: morning and afternoon sessions; 9.30am-5.30pm
  • Thu, 22nd May: morning and afternoon sessions; 9.30am-5.15pm
  • Fri, 23rd May: the ArgDiaP conference; 9.30am-5.00pm
  • Sat, 24th May: the ArgDiaP conference; 9.30am-5.30pm


Abstract submission

Students may submit an abstract of the paper for a student session to be presented at the ArgDiaP conference. The abstract should be 300-500 words long, in a format required for the conference program and 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  7 April 2014 14 April 2014 (extended):

Submissions will be reviewed by members of the programme committee (see the conference website). Notification of acceptance will be sent by 28 April 2014. At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the conference. We plan to arrange a post-conference publication for full papers from the student session, yet the details will be given later.


To register, you need to complete a form and pay a fee. Registration form can be accessed here (in case of problems – please make sure you a new version of a browser):

Registration fee 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 2014” 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 2014
Early registration
until 5 May 11 May
Late registration 
until 19 May
 On-site registration
Registration fee 110 EUR (460 PLN)  140 EUR (590 PLN)  200 EUR (840 PLN)
Registration fee without gala dinner 90 EUR (380 PLN)  120 EUR (510 PLN) 180 EUR (760 PLN)

Full registration fee covers the participation in 4 days of the IGSAR school, including:

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


Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education 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 2014] 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
  • 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 deadline for applications: 30th April
The notification will be sent: 2nd May
Grants will cover a registration fee to participate in four days of IGSAR – accommodation and travel have to be covered by a participant.

Additionally, PhD students of the Graduate School for Social Research GSSR (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences) can apply for the 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:


Hostels and students’ hotels:
  • Witt Hostel, Emilii Plater 9/11; hostel located in the center of Warsaw and close to the conference venue: map
  • HERA Hotel, Belwederska 26/30; students’ hotel, a close bus ride to the conference venue, located close to the Warsaw royal park Łazienki: 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)

Local Organizing 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