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Communication and Cognition 2011: Manipulation, Persuasaion and Deception in Language

University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland
26 January 2011 - 28 January 2011


Keynote speakers

  • Pascal Engel (University of Geneva, Switzerland)
  • Frans van Eemeren (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
  • Miriam Metzger (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Dan Sperber (ENS, CNRS, Institut Jean-Nicod, Paris, France) 

The overall aim of this conference is to explore the various parameters that affect the way we process communicated information; as a case in point, this 2011 edition will focus on the issue of persuasive, manipulative, biased and fallacious verbal communication, with the goal of shedding light on different parameters that play a role in its ‘success'. In this respect, we seek contributions which specifically focus on those (formal, informal, cognitive, linguistic and contextual) aspects of communication that orient the interpretation of language and fulfil argumentative and persuasive ends, be it in interpersonal or
mass communication.

It is one of the purposes of this conference to stimulate interdisciplinary inquiry on these themes. Accordingly, contributions promoting an integration of different - yet complementary - trends into interdisciplinary models of information processing are encouraged. The organisers will particularly welcome papers located at the interface of the disciplines concerned, whether grounded on empirical evidence or presenting a theoretical model. However, all propositions dealing with persuasive, deceptive and/or manipulative communication are welcome.

The targeted fields of research include, but are not limited to: linguistics in a broad sense, including pragmatics and discourse analysis; philosophy (in particular philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, argumentation theory, rhetoric); psychology (in particular cognitive psychology and neuroscience); communication sciences in a broader sense, including media studies; social sciences, in particular social psychology and anthropology.

Full Call for papers