Monday, June 7, 2010

Colloque: Sélection scolaire et inégalités sociales: Bourdieu et l'école du 21ème siècle

Sélection scolaire et inégalités sociales: Bourdieu et l'école du 21ème siècle
Colloque organisé par la Haute Ecole pédagogique de Fribourg (en collaboration avec l'Institut de plurilinguisme de l'Université de Fribourg et de la HEP Fribourg).


Notre système scolaire est-il (in)égalitaire ? Comment la sélection scolaire se déroule-t-elle et à qui profite-t-elle? Comment les inégalités sociales se manifestent-elles en salle de classe ? En quoi une approche sociologique de l’espace scolaire est-elle pertinente ?

Ces questions ont été à maintes reprises soulevées par Pierre Bourdieu, invitant les acteurs pédagogiques à s’interroger sur le système scolaire comme espace de reproduction sociale. A l’occasion du 80ème anniversaire de la naissance du sociologue, nous avons souhaité revenir sur deux thématiques qui nous semblent toujours d’une grande actualité, à savoir la (re)production des inégalités sociales à l’école et la sélection scolaire. Il s’agira avant tout de se questionner sur la pertinence contemporaine de la sociologie bourdieusienne pour la compréhension des institutions scolaires et des actes pédagogiques à l’école du 21ème siècle.

Friday, February 26, 2010


POUR INFO!!! have a look


Les Etudes doctorales romandes en sciences de l'éducation en
collaboration avec l'Ecole doctorale Education, Psychologie,
Information, Communication de Lyon vous rappelle la tenue des
Doctoriales 2010 à l'Université de Genève, les 11-12 juin 2010.

Vous trouverez l'annonce du colloque ainsi que l'Appel à
communications à cette adresse :

De la part du comité d'organisation des Doctoriales,
Nathalie Lambiel

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pictures - Lugano, February 2010

Dear colleagues, you can find some pictures of the last Argupolis course at

I remember you that it is possible to see pictures of the precedent courses at .

See you soon...

Monday, February 15, 2010

SWISS DOCTORAL SCHOOL on methodologies

The Swiss Summer School registration has started. The Summer School will take place at the Università della Svizzera italiana (August 20 - September 3, 2010) and is open to all who want to deepen and widen their methodological knowledge and skills in social sciences.

Interested persons should register promptly, as the workshops fill up very quickly.

All the details at

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Program - next courses

Dear all,
please have a look to our website! There are some news about our next courses.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Argumentation and Education: NEW BOOK

Muller Mirza, Nathalie; Perret-Clermont, Anne-Nelly (Eds.)
New York: Springer, 2009, VI, 237 p. 25 illus., HardcoverISBN: 978-0-387-98124-6

During the last decade, argumentation has attracted growing attention as a means to elicit processes (linguistic, logical, dialogical, psychological, etc.) that can sustain or provoke reasoning and learning. Constituting an important dimension of daily life and of professional activities, argumentation plays a special role in democracies and is at the heart of philosophical reasoning and scientific inquiry. Argumentation, as such, requires specific intellectual and social skills. Hence, argumentation will have an increasing importance in education, both because it is a critical competence that has to be learned, and because argumentation can be used to foster learning in philosophy, history, sciences and in many other domains. Argumentation and Education answers these and other questions by providing both theoretical backgrounds, in psychology, education and theory of argumentation, and concrete examples of experiments and results in school contexts in a range of domains. It reports on existing innovative practices in education settings at various levels.... more on

Table of contents
Introduction, Nathalie Muller Mirza and Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont

Part I. Theoretical Foundations
  • Argumentation as an Object of Interest and as a Social and Cultural Resource, Eddo Rigotti and Sara Greco Morasso
  • Psychosocial Processes in Argumentation, Nathalie Muller Mirza, Anne-Nelly Perret-Clermont, Valerie Tartas, and Antonio Iannaccone
  • Argumentation and Learning, Baruch B. Schwarz
  • Argumentative Interactions and the Social Construction of Knowledge, Michael Baker
  • Argumentative Design, Jerry E. B. Andriessen and Baruch B. Schwarz

Part II. Practices

  • Developing Argumentation: Lessons Learned in the Primary School, Neil Mercer
  • Argumentation in Higher Education: Examples of Actual Practices with Argumentation Tools, Jerry E. B. Andriessen
  • The Argumentum Experience, Sara Greco Morasso

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Argumentation in context

The first volume of the series "Argumentation in context" published by John Benjamins has just appeared:

Examining Argumentation in Context: Fifteen studies on strategic maneuvering
By F. H. van Eemeren and B. Garssen (eds.).
contains a selection of papers on strategic maneuvering in argumentative discourse. Starting point of all of these contributions is that a satisfactory analysis and evaluation of strategic maneuvering is possible only if the argumentative discourse is first situated in the communicative and interactional context in which it occurs. While some of the contributions present general views with regard to strategic maneuvering, other contributions report on the results of empirical studies, examine strategic maneuvering in a particular legal or political context, or highlight the presentational design of strategic maneuvering. Examining Argumentation in Context therefore provides an insightful view of recent developments in the research on strategic maneuvering, which is currently prominent in the study of argumentation.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Photos - Lausanne June 2009

Dear friends, you can find some photos of the last Argupolis course(Lausanne, Crêt-Bérard) at See you...

Monday, May 11, 2009

New publication - GLOBAL LINGUISTICS

A new volume on intercultural communication with some interesting insights on argumentation in the delicate context of intercultural relationships:

Danesi, Marcel / Rocci, Andrea

Global Linguistics: An Introduction (2009)
ISBN 978-3-11-021406-2 Series: Mouton Textbook
About this Title (from Mouton De Gruyter's website):
The book provides an introduction to an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that can be called “global linguistics” (GL). GL emerges to tackle the ever-growing phenomenon of intercultural communication (IC) in today’s world of international contacts. The specific aim of GL is to look at the form and contents of dialogues among speakers of different cultural backgrounds who will use a “default language” or koiné (usually English) to interact, in order to detect communication breakdowns at various levels of “depth,” as well as the opportunities for developing sound intercultural communication practice. The book includes an accessible presentation of fundamental questions concerning languages and language use. Among the questions addressed are the universal design features of languages, the connection between language and conceptual systems, how people use language to coordinate their actions and interact in a variety of social contexts, and the place of language in a semiotic view of culture. The volume also addresses how language, context and culture shape the way in which we argue a point and try to persuade other people, and why intercultural argumentation is both necessary and risky.Global Linguistics: An Introduction describes fundamental notions in linguistics and cognate fields and is thus well-suited for use as a textbook in courses dealing with IC in general. At the same time, the book is of general interest to scholars in linguistics and communication studies, as it places particular emphasis on theoretical models such as argumentation theory and conceptual metaphor theory, which are generally not presented in textbooks on language and IC.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

May 8, 2009: Amsterdam – Lugano Colloquium Argumentation in Context

09.00: speaker 1 Rigotti & Schulz
09.30: speaker 2 Rocci
10.00: speaker 3 Filimon

10.30: coffee

11.00: speaker 4 Feteris
11.30: speaker 5 Ihnen
12.00: speaker 6 Plug

12.30: lunch

13.30: speaker 7 Pilgram
14.00: speaker 8 Van Poppel

14.30: tea

15.00: speaker 9 Christopher-Guerra
15.30: speaker 10 Palmieri

16.00: tea