6th International Colloquium
“Discourse, representations, argumentation”

“Different perspectives on the same issues: discourse and interdisciplinarity”

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 16-18 2017

“Different perspectives on the same issues: discourse and interdisciplinarity” is the theme of the upcoming Sixth International Colloquium “Discourse, Representations, Argumentation”, sponsored by Communalis – International Communication and Natural Logic Society. The conference will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 16th to 18th August 2017.

Since their advent, the humanities have contributed significantly to the advancement of knowledge about human and social behavior by placing language at the heart of academic debates. Contemporary theses about the scientific status of discourse, taken in its various dimensions –logical, argumentative, rhetorical– are still being discussed within academy and beyond. Although virtually all studies lie on presuppositions about referentiality, most approaches adopt different standings with regards to the empirical status of language and discursive objects in what they relate to the knowing subject. Some approaches, rather cognitive, highlight the logical and argumentative structures of discourse as fundamental parameters of analyses. Others, marked by an orientation that could be described as constructivist, associate the previous with the subjectivity question of sense making and that of intersubjective communication exchanges, pointing towards an integration of the subject-object poles in knowing processes. However, there are still others that refute the very idea that the constructivist compromise may be possible, recommending analyses that make emerge meanings directly from experience, sharply nuancing its cognitive anchoring. While many describe these epistemological debates as thorny, no one can deny the influence they have had –and still have– on the emergence of several discourse analysis models they were developed, adopted and are still applied today in academe.

Reaching consensus on the status of discursive objects with regards to language and its relationships with thought processes through communication seems quite unlikely. The surprising crossing of multiple methods of analysis in many non-mathematical disciplines that came to light since the nineteenth century (sociology, psychology, education, communication, language sciences, etc.) only further complicates the resolution of this issue. However, one must admit that most approaches –rooted in the problem of inter, multi or transdisciplinarity– converge towards the core question of making sense of ‘discourse’ which, on the one hand, gradually moves away from its attachment to the notion of ‘text’ as being engendered by the verbal-oral couple and, on the other, go on the direction of discursive multimedialization. This is the complex debate that Communalis wants to encourage during the 2017 colloquium.

General Information
Conference site – Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Organized by
– Universidade Estácio de Sá – Education Sciences Graduate Program (Brazil)
– Université de Montréal – Department of Communication (Canada)
– Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – School of communication and Institute of Psychology (Brazil)

Communalis – Communication and Natural Logic International Society.

Monica Rabello de Castro (Brazil) – Chair
Milton N. Campos (Brazil, Canada) – Co-Chair

Communication Languages
English, French and Portuguese – Communalis strongly recommends that all French conferences be done with Power Point presentations in English, those in English, in French, and those in Portuguese either in French or English. Professional translation will be available only for French. Volunteers will provide assistance for English speaking attendees.

Scientific Committee
Milton N. Campos (Brazil / Canada)
Monica Rabello de Castro (Brazil)
Emilio Gattico (Italy)
Catherine Garnier (Canada / France)
Marc Glady (France)
Cristina Grabovschi (Canada)
Alexandru Gradinaru (Romania)
Violaine Lemay (Canada)
Ligia C. Leite (Brésil)
Tania Maciel (Brazil)
Tarso Mazzotti (Brazil)
Denis Miéville (Switzerland)
Zelia Ramozzi-Chiarottino (Brazil)
Élias Rizkallah (Canada)
Constantin Salavastru (Romania)
Amaury Fernandes da Silva Jr. (Brazil)
Dan Stoica (Romania)