Call for papers

Sixth International Colloquium
“Discourse, representations, argumentation”

“Different perspectives, the same questions: discourse and interdisciplinarity”

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 16-18, 2017


Call for Papers

"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.

Communalis invites, thus, professors, researchers and graduate students interested in debates concerning the epistemological, theoretical and methodological standing of discursive issues at the crossroads of disciplinary unrest, to submit proposals for papers or posters.

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 (Brazil)
- Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro – Institute of Psychology (Brazil)

– 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 or Portuguese spoken presentations be done with Power Point slides in English, given its lingua franca character. Voluntary translators will be made available to the presenters in order to provide assistance in their interactions with the attendees.

Scientific Committee
Milton N. Campos (Brazil / Canada)
Monica Rabello de Castro (Brazil)
Amaury Fernandes Jr. (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)
Dan Stoica (Romania)

Colloquium Structure
Panels with communications will be organized according to the themes of accepted papers.

Wednesday – August 16, 2017
Communalis’ Assembly – 14:00 – 17:00 (French speaking meeting)
Opening – 18:00 – 18:30
Keynote Opening Conference - Violaine Lemay, Ph.D. – Université de Montréal – 18:30 – 19:15
Reception – 20:00 – 22:00

Thursday – August 17, 2017
Francophone PhD Forum – 8:00 – 9:00
Paper Session 1 – 9:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break – 10:30 – 10:45
Paper Session 2 –10:45 – 12:15
Lunch – 12:45 – 14:15
Paper Session 3 –14:00 – 15:45
Coffee Break – 15:45 – 16:00
Paper Session 4 – 16:00 – 17:30
Student Poster Presentation Session: posters will be available at all times, and authors will be present during the coffee breaks and immediately after Session 4– 17:30 – 18:00

Friday – August 18, 2017
Anglo-lusophone PhD Forum – 8:00 – 9:00
Paper Session 5 – 9:00 – 10:30
Coffee Break – 10:30 – 10:45
Paper Session 6 –10:45 – 12:15
Lunch – 12:45 – 14:15
Paper Session 7 –14:00 – 15:45
Coffee Break – 15:45 – 16:00
Keynote Closing Conference – Marc Glady, Ph.D. – Université de Paris – Dauphine – 16:30 – 17:15
Closing Remarks – 17:15 – 17:30
Student Poster Presentation Session: posters will be available at all times, and authors will be present during the coffee breaks

To register for the conference, all participants with accepted work must pay the appropriate fee (see below), as well as Communalis’ membership fee, valid for 2 years. Fees depend on the country of the participating university, not that of the national of a given country. Attendees must check which fee is applicable to them, and use one of four curriencies (Canadian dollar, American dollar, euro, or Brazilian real). Information about payment procedures will be available in May 2017, and early bird payments will get discounts.


High HDI countries
Ranked  1 to 50

Medium HDI countries
Ranked 51 to 100

Weak HDI countries
Ranked after 101

Colloquium registration

$150 CAD
$110 US
$110 €
R$ 380

$100 CAD
$75 US
$75 €
R$ 250

$50 CAD
$35 US
$35 €





Communalis’ regular membership (with voting rights)

$90 CAD
$65 US
$65 €
R$ 230

$60 CAD
$45 US
$45 €
R$ 160

$30 CAD
$20 US
$20 €
R$ 80


 $240 CAD
$175 US
$175 €
R$ 610

 $160 CAD
$120 US
$120 €
R$ 410

 $80 CAD
$55 US
$55 €





Colloquium registration

$60 CAD
$45 US
$45 €
R$ 160

$40 CAD
$30 US
$30 €
R$ 100

$20 CAD
$15 US
$15 €
R$ 50





Communalis’ associate membership (without voting rights)

$30 CAD
$20 US
$20 €
R$ 80

$20 CAD
$15 US
$15 €
R$ 50

$10 CAD
$7,5 US
$7,5 €
R$ 25


 $90 CAD
$65 US
$65 €
R$ 240

 $60 CAD
$45 US
$45 €
R$ 150

 $30 CAD
$22.5 US
$22.5 €
R$ 75

Check the HDI of your country in the United Nations website:

Entrance to the colloquium building will be free for students and public school elementary teachers who are not authoring posters and / or papers.

Organizers will provide presentation certificates to professors and students presenting papers and / or posters. Attendance certificates will also be awarded to attendees who have paid the registration fees and subscriptions to Communalis.

Publishing norms for the Colloquium Proceedings
Extended abstracts will be published in the Colloquium Proceedings. The requirements for preparing them are the following:
(A) Police: Times New Roman; 12 points (10 points for references); 1.5 interline space;
(B) References shall be drawn up in accordance with the rules of the APA style; abstracts that do not conform to this requirement will be refused: information about the APA style can be found at ;
(C) The extended abstracts must be sent by e-mail.

Information requests in English and French must be sent to, copied to
Information requests in Portuguese must be sent to, copied to

Important Dates
April 30, 2017
Deadline to submit proposals (pdf files only): titles and abstracts (2000 words + references for papers; 500 words + references for posters). Documents must be prepared for double blind review. An easy way to do so is that of erasing all indexes pointing to the author in the File/Properties menu, and also that of blacking the text in a word document prior to rendering it in pdf.

May 31, 2017
Acceptance or refusal of proposals.

June 30, 2017
Deadline for submitting the accepted proposals duly revised, taking into account the assessors’ requests (word files only).

July 16, 2017
Online publication of the conference proceedings (papers and posters) to ensure early access for all participants.