People

Members

Monique FleckenFederico GobboJosé PlugMenno ReijvenBertus van RooyErik VellingaElla van Vloten (science communication) — Jean Wagemans (coordinator)

Research Affiliates

Marco BeniniMartin HintonJos HornikxColin Guthrie KingElena MusiFederica RussoJacky Visser

Valorisation Partners

Ruben Brave

Marco Benini is an assistant professor in Mathematical Logic at the University of Insubria (Italy). After a doctorate in Computer Science at the University of Milano, he became an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Insubria and, then, he won a Marie Curie Fellowship in Mathematical Logic at the University of Leeds. His main research interests lie in constructive mathematics, specifically the structural proof theory of type theories and related systems. His interests in argumentation theory arise from the application of the structural constructive approach to linguistics, which has been successfully pursued in Constructive Adpositional Grammars (CxAdGrams) and is now extended to Constructive Adpositional Argumentation (CxAdArg).

Ruben Brave is a Dutch internet pioneer, board member of Internet Society Netherlands (ISOC), Open State Foundation, Dutch Review of Books, and the Dutch Startup Association (dSa), media professional, and technology and media telecommunications (TMT) entrepreneur. In 2004, Brave founded academic business incubator Entelligence b.v. for pre-seed financing, (valorisation) mentoring and coaching at start-ups in the field of Online Media, ICT & Automation, Health & Life-Long Learning. He is the initiator of Make Media Great Again (MMGA.io), a blockchain-based annotation platform (with hundreds of registrants) in which screened and trained expert and/or critical thinking readers can provide constructive feedback to high-impact news sites concerning the use of sources and other quality aspects of news articles to correct misinformation and combat disinformation with NU.nl and AD.nl, two of the ‘Big Four’ largest Dutch online news platforms, as a co-development partner. Brave has shared MMGA’s journey with the European Commission but also with many others, including platforms such as Spotify and Issuu, and at events as the Post-Truth Conference on Malta, which included speakers from Google, Worldbank, Wikipedia, MIT and The Economist. In 2020 MMGA was acquired by Internet Society.

Monique Flecken is an assistant professor in Neurolinguistics and Multilingualism at the University of Amsterdam. She holds a PhD in Linguistics (2010) from Heidelberg University (Germany) / Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands), after which she worked as a postdoc in the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour (Nijmegen) and as a senior investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Her main research interest is the interface between language and cognition: to what extent, and in which ways, do(es) the language(s) we speak influence the way we perceive the world? For more info please visit her pages on Twitter | personal website | ACLC website.

Federico Gobbo is full professor in Interlinguistics and Esperanto at the University of Amsterdam by special appointment. He got his PhD in Computer Science, defended in 2009 at the University of Insubria (Italy), with a dissertation on Constructive Adpositional Grammars (CxAdGrams). Gobbo participates in the European network for Argumentation and Public PoLicY analysis (APPLY) and Language in the Human-Machine Era (LITHME). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Turin (Italy) and at Nanjing University (China). His main research interests are Language Policy and Planning, and Constructive Linguistics, in particular, Constructive Adpositional Argumentation (CxAdArg). For more info please visit his pages on LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | personal website | UvA.

Martin Hinton is an assistant professor in the Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź (Poland). His research interests straddle linguistics and argumentation, and he is particularly focussed on areas where the two overlap. Hinton has published several papers on argumentation schemes and fallacies, edited a number of journal special issues and is an active organiser of events such as the PhilArg workshop series. In his recent monograph Evaluating the Language of Argument (2021) he examines the nature of the relationship between language and argument, and lays out the theoretical foundations for a system of argument evaluation – the Comprehensive Assessment Procedure for Natural Argumentation (CAPNA). Hinton has a strong interest in facilitating co-operation amongst the research community and is deputy chair of the Polish argumentation society ArgDiaP, and a member of the Centre for Applied Rhetoric at the University of Warsaw.

Jos Hornikx is a full professor of International Business Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen. His work on argumentation is focused on the question of how people reason with everyday arguments. He has conducted empirical research on the issue of whether and when normatively strong arguments are also more persuasive than normatively weak arguments. He has been a pioneering researcher on the role of culture in argument evaluation. Recently, he has started exploring how a Bayesian approach might improve our understanding of reasoning with arguments, and how agent-based modelling may assist in unraveling the impact of argument quality in more complex, dynamic contexts.

Colin Guthrie King is an associate professor at the Department of Philosophy of Providence College (US) and currently visiting professor of Philosophy at the Universität Heidelberg (Germany). King studied philosophy, German, and astronomy at Colgate University, classics and philosophy in Freiburg, Bonn, Lille, and Berlin, and holds a PhD in philosophy from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research is on ancient philosophy, in particular Aristotle, on the history and philosophy of logic and argumentation, and the history and philosophy of science.

Elena Musi is a lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool (UK). Her expertise lies at the interface between Theoretical and Applied Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence. Before joining the University of Liverpool, Elena worked as the Language Engineer for Alexa in Italian in the Amazon Alexa Applied Modelling and Data Science team (Cambridge, MA). She arrived to Amazon Alexa after having been a postdoctoral fellow at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University (US). Elena’s current research interweaves Artificial Intelligence and Communication Sciences with the broad aim of tracing back in a critical perspective debates about new technologies and their global impact, with particular focus on (mis)information and human-computer interaction. She is currently PI on UKRI ESRC project “Being Alone Together: Developing Fake News Immunity”.

José Plug is a senior researcher at the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory and Rhetoric of the University of Amsterdam and program director of the MA Dutch Language and Culture. Her research is focused on legal argumentation and argumentation in legislative debates. Plug’s other research interests are political and visual argumentation and the theory of debate. She published on these topics in several books, academic volumes and international (legal) journals. Plug was co-organizer of a series of national and international conferences on legal argumentation. Together with Eveline Feteris (UvA), Harm Kloosterhuis (EUR) and Carel Smith (LU) she published Argumentation and the application of legal rules (2009) and Legal Argumentation and the Rule of Law (2016). One of her other research collaborations include the NWO funded research project Resistance to Metaphor.

Menno Reijven is a lecturer in the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory, and Rhetoric at the University of Amsterdam and a doctoral candidate (ABD) in Language and Social Interaction in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (US), working within pragmatics and ethnomethodology. He earned his master’s degree in Communication and Information Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Currently, Reijven studies how presidential candidates create opposing presentations of each other in presidential debates. In addition, in collaboration with Eean Grimshaw and Gonen Dori-Hacohen, he is working on a book analyzing the structure and impact of presidential candidates’ appearances on late-night talk shows.

Bertus van Rooy is professor of English Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. His main interest is in language variation, and the processes by which new variants in language arise and gain acceptance and conventionality in language use. His empirical focus is on World Englishes, the study of varieties of English across the world, especially those varieties that develop among non-native users of the language, alongside related forms of language in high-contact situations, such as second language learning and translation. He also investigates select aspects of political communication, including the use of metaphor to persuade audiences or hide from accountability, and the changes in language use in parliaments over time, focussing on expressions of modality.

Federica Russo is a philosopher of science and technology based at the University of Amsterdam (Philosophy Department & ILLC). Her research focuses on epistemological, methodological, and normative aspects as they arise in the biomedical and social sciences, and in highly technologized scientific contexts. Federica is currently co-editor in chief (with Phyllis Illari) of the European Journal for Philosophy of Science and Executive Editor of Philosophy and Technology. For more info please visit her pages on Twitter | personal website.

Erik Vellinga is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Centre for Language and Communication. After studying Philosophy and Dutch Language and Culture at the University of Groningen, he specialised in argumentation theory with his master’s degree in Communication and Information Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Vellinga’s main research interests lie in the relation between argumentation theory and other domains of language, such as logic, fiction and multimodal communication. Besides his work at the ACLC, Vellinga is also a lecturer at the Centre for Languages and Academic Skills of the Technical University in Delft.

Jacky Visser is a lecturer in Computing at the Centre for Argument Technology of the University of Dundee. His general areas of interest are argumentation and reasoning (both human and artificial) with a particular focus on digital tools for critical literacy. This research draws on various methods from artificial intelligence, linguistics, logic, and philosophy, such as machine learning and corpus annotation. Visser has published over 30 papers and has taught at the Universities of Amsterdam and Dundee. In addition to reviewing for conferences such as ACL and AAAI and journals such as Logic & Computation, he serves on the editorial board of the journal Argumentation. Jacky is leading part of ARG-tech’s Dstl-funded research projects in the Intelligence domain, and was PI in the Horizon2020 project Council of Coaches.

Ella van Vloten is studying Cognition, Language, and Communication at the University of Amsterdam. She follows the Communication Science track and the minor European Politics and Global Change. Previously she has been the chair of SCIO Studievereniging. As the science communication officer of the LANCAR group, she is responsible for social media accounts and other science communication channels and activities. For more info please visit her page on LinkedIn.

Jean Wagemans is a philosopher of argument who specializes in dialectic and rhetoric. He serves as the Chair of the Department of Speech Communication, Argumentation Theory, and Rhetoric of the University of Amsterdam and coordinates the LANCAR group. Wagemans is the initiator of the Periodic Table of Arguments, a comprehensive framework that systematizes the traditional descriptions and taxonomies of persuasive techniques with applications in formal linguistics, argument-checking, and explainable artificial intelligence (XAI). He co-authored the Handbook of Argumentation Theory (2014) and Argumentation and Debate (in Dutch, 2014) and publishes scientific articles, web content, and popularizing columns. Wagemans regularly appears in the media to talk about his research and to provide expert commentary on current affairs. For more info please visit his pages on Academia | LinkedIn | ORCID | Twitter | UvA.