Sara Greco

Sara Greco
University of Lugano | USI · Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics (IALS)

PhD
Argumentation as a means of social change in interpersonal conflict mediation and in public controversies.

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Introduction
Associate professor of argumentation. Currently working on two main aspects: ARGUMENTATION IN DISPUTE MEDIATION (argumentation in conflict resolution); and CHILDREN's reasoning (argumentation and education). Other: argument schemes (loci), argumentation in inner dialogue (in the context of international migration)
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March 2011 - February 2012
University of Surrey
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  • Visiting researcher
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  • I have been based at the University of Surrey while working on the research project: "Migrants in transition: an argumentative perspective"
September 2010 - February 2011
University College London
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  • Visiting lecturer
Description
  • I have been working on the project "Migrants in transition: an argumentative perspective" benefiting from the collaboration of researchers at the MRU. I have also been invited to lecture within the Migration Research Unit Seminar series, January 2011

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Publications (104)
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“Why are millions of dollars worth of orders being left unpaid?”. With tweets like this questioning brands’ policies, activists advocating for sustainable fashion re-discuss material starting points that are assumed by fashion brands, who argue that they are sustainable because they care about their workers’ conditions. This paper argues that activ...
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Drawing on a rich tradition of dialogue-centered studies of children’s talk in conversation with peers and adults, the authors focus on young children’s contributions to argumentative discussions. The most promising research areas in this field are grouped around three keywords: the dialogue, the implicit content within argumentative inference, and...
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This paper sets out to analyse why dispute mediators identify disputants’ euphoric and dysphoric emotions in the context of mediation discussions, turning them into “said” emotions. Our analysis is based on a corpus of seven role-played mediation sessions, which took place in French. Adopting the notion of strategic manoeuvring from argumentation s...
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This open access book addresses communicative aspects of the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as the epidemic of misinformation from the perspective of argumentation theory. Argumentation theory is uniquely placed to understand and account for the challenges of public reason as expressed through argumentative discourse. The book thus focuses on th...
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This chapter introduces the volume and contextualises its scope, which covers communicative aspects of the current COVID-19 pandemic as well as the epidemic of misinformation from the perspective of argumentation theory. Argumentation theory is uniquely placed to understand and account for the challenges of public reason as expressed through argume...
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Cet article analyse le débat sur les médias sociaux concernant la mode durable en se basant sur un jeu de données multilingue de messages Instagram et de tweets. Nous nous concentrons sur la façon dont les femmes sont représentées dans le discours en termes d’agentivité et sur la question de savoir comment ceci est associé à différentes stratégies...
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While these lines were written, Taliban were conquering Afghanistan, establishing a regime of terror in the country, while concurrently provoking a wide conflict in the Western public sphere about responsibilities and consequences of this situation. More specifically, Europe witnesses a racist and xenophobic wave of discourses against a new possibl...
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The present paper analyses discursive representations and standpoint-arguments pairs, realized in articles of four mainstream Italian newspapers that report on migrants’ and refugees’ mobilization at the perceived peak of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ (2015–2017). We draw on the scholarly agenda of Critical Discourse Studies, employing tools from...
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In light of the ongoing public controversy surrounding fashion sustainability, this paper sets out to identify misalignments that relate to the definitions of sustainable fashion. It does so by examining the discourse of different agents in this polylogical argumentation - fashion companies and the European Parliament as well as citizens, small bra...
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This paper shows that reframing of conflict can be considered as a constitutive element of a “reconciliatory argumentative style” ( van Eemeren, 2019 ), which is typical of dispute mediators, whose aim is to steer parties towards the resolution of their conflict. On the basis of a systematic empirical analysis of mediation cases, we first show that...
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This paper sketches a methodological integration of tools from multimodal discourse analysis and argumentation in order to unveil opaque argumentative inferences emerging in multimodal configurations (i.e., headlines and press photos) of seemingly non-argumentative genres such as news articles. We offer illustrative examples from the Italian mainst...
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This special issue aims to explore the semantic and pragmatic dimensions of meaning in terms of their significance and relevance in the study of argumentation. Accordingly, the contributors to the project, who have all presented their work during the 2nd Argumentation and Language conference, which took place in Lugano in February 2018,1 have been...
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This special issue aims to explore the semantic and pragmatic dimensions of meaning in terms of their significance and relevance in the study of argumentation. Accordingly, the contributors to the project, who have all presented their work during the 2nd Argumentation and Language conference, which took place in Lugano in February 2018, 1 have been...
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This position paper of Working Group 2 of the European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis (COST Action CA17132; https://publicpolicyargument.eu) reviews goals and functions of public argumentation. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, the paper introduces basic distinctions and charts out options. It is meant to guide reflection o...
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Adversative connectives have been analyzed as articulating explicit and implicit facets of argumentative moves and have been thus recognized as potential argumentative indicators. Here we examine adversative connectives Ger. aber, Fr. mais, It. ma (‘but’) in young children’s speech in the context of the ArgImp project, a research endeavor seeking t...
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Il disaccordo fa parte della vita quotidiana, delle organizzazioni, delle imprese, delle famiglie, della politica. L’alternativa all’escalation del conflitto è il dialogo, volto a percorrere la via della comprensione poiché la pace non è l’assenza di disaccordo, ma la sua gestione fondata sull’ascolto delle ragioni. Il volume offre conoscenze e s...
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The ECREA 2018 special panel “Rediscussing centers and peripheries: communication lenses on migration” was held at the ECREA conference on 2 November 2018, in the beautiful venue of a frescoed room at Villa Ciani. The panel was co-organized by the two authors of this report, Jolanta Drzewiecka and Sara Greco, both from USI Università della Svizzera...
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Full special issue available on the website of the journal: https://informallogic.ca/index.php/informal_logic/issue/view/565
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The goal of this chapter is to provide some directions for a broader understanding of grant proposal writing as part of a socially and institutionally embedded communicative process between scientists and funding agencies. It involves a variety of (formal and informal, textual and oral) communicative exchanges and the production of a network of int...
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This paper proposes a methodological synthesis in order to study multimodal media discourse and argumentation in the context of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in Greece. It follows the framework of Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis, integrating this with argumentation studies, with a particular emphasis on the analysis of inference. Our data c...
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As the title Advanced perspectives and open questions suggests, Chap. 7 critically positions the Argumentum Model of Topics (AMT) in a broader context by taking open questions and relevant theoretical and methodological issues into consideration. Central to this chapter is the presentation of the AMT typology of loci: each locus is described in det...
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As the final chapter of Part I of this monograph, Chap. 5 has the important task of bridging the tradition of topics with current studies on argument schemes. We tentatively include the major contributions to the study of argument schemes, starting from Richard Whately and concluding with contemporary authors. Central to our approach is a careful a...
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In this chapter, our proposal for the analysis of argument schemes as based on the tradition of topoi-loci called the Argumentum Model of Topics (AMT) is presented (first introduced in Rigotti and Greco 2006). We explain how the AMT represents the inferential configuration of arguments and discuss innovative aspects of the model in relation to othe...
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Chapter 1 is devoted to Aristotle, the author we consider as the founder of the tradition of topics. The importance of Aristotle in relation to the study of inference in argumentation is immense: such is the finesse and richness of the Aristotelian analyses of argumentative procedures that they represent a source of copious theoretical and methodol...
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This chapter presents the multifaceted situation of the evolution (and involution) of the study of inference and topics after the Middle Ages, starting with the era of Renaissance Humanism. In these centuries, several figures in the cultural debate (Lorenzo Valla, Rodolphus Agricola, Philipp Melanchthon, Johannes Caesarius, Petrus Ramus—Pierre de l...
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If Aristotle is the founder of the topical tradition, Cicero and Boethius—the two authors considered in this chapter—are the pillars on which this tradition is established to last. Cicero’s Topica provides a previously unavailable univocal definition of locus, and introduces the concept of argument as well as a criterion for classifying loci, which...
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As the closing chapter of this monograph, Chap. 8 systematically discusses four case-studies of real-life argumentation in different contexts, namely financial communication, dispute mediation, children’s argumentation, and public communication, to which the Argumentum Model of Topics (AMT) is applied. The aim of this chapter is to show how the AMT...
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This chapter is devoted to the too often neglected study of inference in the Middle Ages, an era that saw an enormous flourishing of studies on loci on the theoretical level as well as its function as an educational tool in society. We consider a small selection of medieval authors (Garlandus Compotista, William of Sherwood, Peter of Spain and Pete...
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In dispute mediation, mediators, perhaps counterintuitively, make the disagreement between parties explicit and formulate their interventions on the disagreement in such a way that the disagreement is made manageable. In this paper, three functions of identifying and elucidating the parties’ disagreement that demonstrate the importance of making di...
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This paper presents preliminary findings of the project "Analyzing children's implicit argumentation: Reconstruction of procedural and material premises." This interdiscipli-nary project builds on argumentation theory and developmental sociocultur-al psychology for the study of children's argumentation. We reconstruct children's inferences in adult...
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The escalation of disagreement into overt conflict in social interaction can be avoided, if disagreement is managed through argumentative dialogue. This paper explores the characteristics of argumentative dialogue and presents the role of third parties who design spaces for others' dialogue. After discussing the prototypical example of dispute medi...
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This article seeks to extend existing models of argumentation by considering an important dimension of real-life argumentative discourse: how complex argumentative discussions evolve over time. We define a complex argumentative discussion as a multi-issue discussion, in which the different issues are interrelated in the form of a hierarchy. We clai...
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The European Union is making increased efforts to find simpler and more effective ways to function adequately in the eyes of its citizens by using ‘soft law’ instruments such as recommendations. Although they have no legally binding force, recommendations have practical and legal effects occurring partly due to their normative content in which a co...
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This paper proposes a novel approach to interpret the results of a classical second-order false belief task (the ice cream man task) administered to children in order to investigate their Theory of Mind. We adopted a dialogical perspective to study the adult-child discussion in this research setting. In particular, we see the adult-child conversati...
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By presenting the case study of the Charlie Hebdo attack in news discourse, this chapter combines a semantic analysis of the most frequent frame-activating words through text linguistics tools with frame analysis, developed according to the model proposed by Entman in the news making context. The linguistic perspective adopted in this chapter combi...
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This article integrates the discourse analytical approach of Argumentation theory in the study of international migration, with the aim to study the role of family relationships in migration decisions for international migrants. Argumentation theory studies dialogical exchanges in which participants give reasons to justify their standpoints. In thi...
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This article studies how discussion issues emerge and argumentative discussions are initiated. Studying how discussions are initiated enables us to understand who is a legitimate instigator of a discussion issue and to what extent the freedom rule of argumentation is granted in a given context. This is of particular importance in asymmetrical conte...
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Sophie Lambolez. «Dites donc il fonctionne pas ce machin.» Regard sur le support informatique. Paris: L’Harmattan, 2016, pp. 198. With a preface by Alain Trognon and Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont. ISBN 978-2-343-09716-9 This volume, appeared for the book series « Figures de l’interaction » (figures of interaction) published by L’Harmattan, deals with...
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This is the Editorial of Studies in Communication Sciences - from now on published in OPEN ACCESS. Free download here: http://www.hope.uzh.ch/scoms/article/view/j.scoms.2017.01.001/577
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This paper sets out to analyse a case study of adult-children interaction in an educational context from a perspective of argumentation. We select a case in which 3 argumentative discussions are opened and we analyse them with the aim of understanding whether they are fully developed from a point of view of argumentation; or whether they are cut sh...
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The starting point of this paper is the acknowledgement that individual reasoning, understood as inner dialogue, and social argumentation, albeit they are two different phenomena, share some similarities. On this basis, this paper sets out to apply instruments from argumentation theory (in particular, in a pragma-dialectical perspective) to inner d...
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By focusing on a case study of institutional argumentation in the sector of data protection and transparency, this paper offers a view on the role of institutional argumentative discourse aimed at conflict prevention in public organizations. In particular, the context we are analyzing is that of a Swiss institutional role named Federal Data Protect...
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Discourse permeates human life, manifesting itself in all kinds of speech acts, from conversations to clinical dialogues between a patient and practitioner. While discourse has been studied within specific disciplines, including linguistics, anthropology, and psychology, over the last few decades an autonomous approach, known as Discourse Analysis,...
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This paper sets out to analyze cultural semiotics of migrants’ food and culinary practices. Moving from the perspective of the Tartu school of semiotics, which views culture both as a grammar (a set of codes) and as a set of texts, food can be characterized as a specific cultural element where grammar and text (code and experience) are woven togeth...
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In the literature on dialogism, a need has emerged for analytical tools enabling researchers to retrace dialogism in human interaction. These instruments necessarily encompass some kind of approach to text analysis, as the data that researchers are confronted with when studying interaction are either transcriptions of oral interactions or written t...
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Basing on the Argumentum Model of Topics (AMT) within the general framework of a pragma-dialectical viewpoint on argumentation, this paper analyses the role of argumentation from analogy in international migrants’ decision-making processes on the basis of a corpus of interviews to migrant mothers resident in the greater London area. Reasoning from...
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Please see this Prezi link to see the Table of contents of our presentation: https://prezi.com/r4jgetp3vuqu/argumentation-and-children/ Participants: S. Breux, T. Mehmeti, A. Iannaccone, N. Muller Mirza, A.-N. Perret-Clermont, S. Greco
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Les programmes scolaires accordent aujourd’hui une place importante à l’argumentation, comme objet d’apprentissage mais aussi comme démarche critique, propice au développement d’une posture citoyenne. Cet intérêt est légitime au vu des recherches récentes en éducation. L'observation des pratiques en classe montre toutefois que l’argumentation est u...
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Moving from the findings of the “Migrants in transition” project (https://sites.google.com/site/migrantsandmothers), which set out to study migrant mothers’ inner dialogue and its argumentative structure, this paper considers the dialogical relations between object of study and research method. In other words, it explores dialogicality connecting i...
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This paper explores the trajectories of food and how culinary practices evolve over time in relation to a migrant’s experience. Our focus is on international mothers adjusting to life in London. We identify a connection between eating practices and evolving identities. In line with a stream of research in cultural psychology, we consider food as...
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Language as reason represents the unifying theme of this multifaceted reflection on Eddo Rigotti's scientific contribution offered by his students and colleagues on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. Spanning argumenta-tion theory, linguistics, psychology, semiotics and communication sciences , the volume reflects Rigotti's generous personali...
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This paper sets out to explore the relation between social argumentation and inner debate by taking into account suggestions from argumentation studies and from social and discursive psychology. It develops Dascal’s (2005) claim that there are metonymical and structural relations between the two realms of debate by substantiating it with data taken...
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This article integrates discursive psychology and argumentation studies to discuss the regularities identified in two sets of data – focus group discussions amongst indigenous Greeks residing in Central Northern Greece and interviews with non-indigenous women with children, resident in the greater London area. The initial regularity identified cons...
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This paper sets out to analyse the role that argumentation may play in dispute resolution, in particular within the practice of dispute mediation. The focus is on the complex interplay of different argumentative discussions which are necessary for the parties to personally handle and possibly solve their conflict. This contribution focuses in parti...
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This article is set within the general frame of the discussion on the reconstruction of implicit premises in argumentation. On the backdrop of the theoretical framework provided by the Argumentum Model of Topics (AMT), we set out to propose a hypothesis on how the endoxa of a given argument scheme are derived from certain cognitive frames activated...
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This paper considers the complex relation between migrants’ interest in their host country and their consequent civic or social engagement in the framework of processes of transition following the rupture of international migration (cf. Zittoun 2006). In phases of transition, migrants live processes of identity definition, sense-making of the situa...
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By presenting a case study based on the argumentative analysis of news in the press, this article introduces and discusses strategic manoeuvring with contextual frames. Drawing on the linguistic notion of frame, I introduce the concept of contextual frame to refer to the news context, that is, the background against which a certain event is present...
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This paper proposes an innovative approach to the study of UGC based on the theory of argumentation, an ancient discipline which, since the half of last century, is receiving an increasing attention from a wide number of subject areas. A pilot study is presented where an argumentative analysis of UGC related to a specific destination – Lugano – has...
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This paper focuses on the inferential configuration of arguments, generally referred to as argument scheme. After outlining our approach, denominated Argumentum Model of Topics (AMT, see Rigotti and Greco Morasso 2006, 2009; Rigotti 2006, 2008, 2009), we compare it to other modern and contemporary approaches, to eventually illustrate some advantage...
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This is a review article of the following volume: Pondering on Problems of Argumentation. Twenty Essays on Theoretical Issues. New York: Springer, 2009, XXI + 306pp., ISBN 978-1-4020-9164-3
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How can argumentation skills be improved by engaging students in argumentative practices where they are helped to assume a healthy critical attitude, and provide reasons for their positions? What are the synergies of learning to argue and arguing to learn (see chapter “Argumentation and Learning,” B. Schwarz)? This paper originates from these quest...
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The development of argumentation theories in the contemporary epistemological space is shortly outlined and the pragma-dialectical approach is, in particular, considered for its focus on the theoretical kernel of the discipline and for systematically eliciting, from this, the connected methodological implications. The key notion of argument is spec...
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Argumentation is a form of communicative interaction by means of which social realities – institutions, groups and relationships – are construed and managed. People develop argumentation in numerous purposeful activities: to make sound and well-thought decisions, to critically found their opinions, to persuade other people of the validity of their...

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Audio-video recorded and transcribed corpora of spoken language in interaction are collected by a diversity of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. They are particularly complex and offer several challenges when it comes to making them accessible to the scientific community, i.e. transforming them into open research data (ORD). The project aims at identifying the conditions that must be fulfilled in order to prepare and treat audio-video corpora of spoken language in interaction as ORD in a meaningful way. The applicants describe, analyse and assess existing ORD practices related to audio-video interactional data, on the basis of experiences and expertise in the fields of interactional linguistics, conversation analysis and dialogue-oriented argumentation studies. They explore possibilities of improvement, with a particular focus on researchers’ data-sharing skills related to corpora of spoken language in interaction and on the Swiss situation. The applicants engage in a theoretical reflection on the challenges that these data raise in terms of ORD and on what this example reveals more generally about ORD practices as socio-technological practices in the scientific domain. They engage with the concerned disciplines and communities and evaluate procedures to disseminate relevant knowledge in these communities.
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Building on previous experience on the analysis of conflict, this project intends to develop research on large scale public controversies (on social media and on other 'venues' of polylogical argumentation). In particular, we work on the sustainability of the fashion industry, looking at how different actors (brands, NGOs, public institutions, citizens/consumers, activists...) argue about this topic and what misaligments are present at the level of opening stage.
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Since 2005, we have been working on the elaboration of a tool for the analysis of argument schemes called the Argumentum Model of Topics.