COST Action CA17132 - APPLY
European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis

Empirical studies of discourse and argumentation in public policy: multidisciplinary and multilingual perspectives WG1 meeting – international conference of the European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis

(c) Ottavio Tomasini: Brescia, centro storico

8-9 September 2022

Venue: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Brescia Campus, Via Trieste, 17, 25121 Brescia, Italy, “Sala della Gloria”
Scientific committee: Barbara De Cock, UCLouvain, Sara Greco, USI, and Sara Cigada, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Local organizer: Sara Cigada, (Centro di Linguistica dell’Università Cattolica – CLUC)


This workshop brings together different perspectives for the empirical studies on discourse and argumentation in public policy, offering an opportunity to present research developed by WG1 members over the course of the COST Action. We encourage submissions regarding discourse and argumentation studies, which take into account the different actors that take part in public deliberation: policymakers, citizens, activists, different forms of (social) media, private companies, educational institutions and others. In particular, we welcome approaches from different disciplines, including argumentation studies, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, linguistics, discursive psychology and communication. Because WG1 studies empirical discourse in the European context, we do not limit our analyses to the English language: we particularly welcome contributions on other languages and/or on multilingual corpora.


This workshop will bring forward existing collaborations among WG1 members, focusing on the cross-fertilization of different perspectives that has been a crucial characteristic of the scientific exchanges among members of this Working Group throughout the action. There will be time for an open discussion regarding future avenues of collaboration: this workshop will represent an opportunity for members coming from different disciplinary traditions to develop joint projects building on the existing network developed within APPLY.


Please send your 400-word abstract (reference list not included) to,, and
Please consider that, unless regulations will change, the workshop will take place in person.
Remote attendance is possible.
Submissions due: June 19, 2022
Answer by: July 20, 2022


Note: Brescia is easily reachable by plane (Airport of Bergamo-Orio al Serio, BGY). There is shuttle from the airport to Brescia (Autostradale bus service). Alternatively, you can travel by train: Brescia is on the Turin-Venice railway.

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COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. Our Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

COST Action CA17132

Providing and criticising reasons is indispensable to achieve sound public policy that commands the support of both citizens and stakeholders. This need is now widely acknowledged in the recent literature and key EU documents, which highlight the perils of populist discourse and policies.

Action Contacts

Andreia Domingues - Grant Manager [CA 17132]
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