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In this edition of our Newsletter, we are glad to present the list of papers admitted to the 2014 IASC Conference. The very idea of the Conference had a wonderful acceptance by both IASC members and scholars who, although external with respect to the association, began a fruitful dialogue with us. We are grateful for that.
  • J. Francisco Álvarez, UNED, Madrid. Conflicts, Bounded Rationality  and Collective Wisdom in a Networked Society.
  • Rodica Amel, Bucharest University. Petitio principii. (With reference to doxastic/belief dialectics).
  • Pierluigi Barrotta, University of Pisa. Scientific controversies in democratic societies: a pragmatist approach.
  • Adelino Cattani, Padoa University. The paradox of the discussion:"In order to argue you have to agree"
  • Antonino Drago, formerly at Naples University "Federico II". Qualifying Galtung’s A-B-C as a scientific and strategic theory of all kinds of conflicts.
  • Adriano Fabris, Università di Pisa. Religious and Cultural tensions and their overcoming in Contemporary World. 
  • Varda Furman Koren, INALCO University, Paris. Case study: The eclipse of a Prime minister (Belgium 1830-1831).
  • Alberta Giani, University of Salento. Conflict: the possible dialogue.
  • Leah Gruenpeter Gold, Israel. The Paradox of double-bind theory in controversies: the case of “silence” in the philosophical questions that abounded during the 18th century in Europe.
  • Moshe Klein, Tel Aviv University. The universal Language – Distinction 
  • Amnon Knoll, Tel Aviv University. Pragma-Just Peace and the place of intergroup controversies in intractable conflicts.
  • Francesco Lucrezi, University di Salerno. Citizenship and religion: inclusions and exclusions in the ancient world. 
  • Terri Mannarini, University of Salento - Michele Roccato, University of Turin. Socio-cognitive biases in LULU conflicts: How false consensus and ingroup over-exclusion effects can enhance pro-ingroup actions.
  • Oswaldo Melo Souza Filho, Air Force Academy of Brazil. Conflict and disagreement: challenges to a dialogical-oriented morality at the edge of a peaceful coexistence breakdown.
  • Emma Palese. University of Salento. Symbolic scenario of the conflict.
  • Markku Roinila, University of Helsinki. Leibniz, Bayle and the controversy on the workings of the soul.
  • Aviram Sariel, Tel Aviv University. Analytic Controversies.
  • Giovanni Scarafile, Università del Salento. Image of conflicts. Conflict of images.
  • Pia Vuolanto, Research Centre for Knowledge, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies TaSTI University of Tampere, Finland. Boundary-Work in the Controversy over Therapeutic Touch in Finnish Nursing Science
  • Gábor Á Zemplén, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME). From deep disagreement to intractable conflict: Newton’s first optical controversy and the (re)positioning of a discovery.

In principle, considering the list of papers, the actuality of the topic clearly emerges.
When, one year ago, during the World Congress of Philosophy in Athens, we decided to dedicate our annual conference to conflicts, we could never imagine how timely it would be.
As a result, now the results of our Conference are expected not only by the scientific community.
Reading the different titles of the papers, you can note that, according to the IASC tradition, the topic of conflict is studied from different angles: from philosophy to psychology, from nonviolence to studies of law, and so on.
At a more general level, this initiative demonstrates how IASC is not only a group of scholars united by a common interest, but a real community of women and men believing that the scientific debate is one of the most effective tools to improve the world.
This belief can be pursued more effectively by encouraging opportunities through which we communicate with the other members of the association.
To do this, we have two options.
1) The monthly newsletter that is sent to members and sympathizers of the IASC. It is also a tool to download common interest materials (posters, ebooks, texts, etc.);
2) The website (, which, one year after its launch, is daily visited by more than twenty people from the five continents. On the website, recently we added photographs and video and we are ready to publish any other news you want to share with other members.
Publishing news in the newsletter or on the website is very simple: just send me an email containing the text to be published.

Publication of our articles

As previously announced, some selected papers among those admitted to the conference will be published by an international publishing house.  We would like to inform you of the possibility of a further publication. H-Ermes, an electronic journal published by University of Salento and directed by Prof. Stefano Cristante, is planning to publish an issue devoted to conflict. We strongly recommend to take advantage of this possibility to publish our contribution to the IASC Conference.  
Please note that every article published on H-Ermes has its own DOI.​  Submit your abstract (3500 characters max.) by 30 September 2014 to the following address: and
If the abstract of your paper is accepted by the H-Ermes staff, the deadline for the full paper's delivery is set for 30 October 2014. The papers will be evaluated by two anonymous referees.
About H-Ermes
Human communication has always been considered an almost obvious activity, as a natural phenomenon, to pass over without any particular attention. A systematic study on communication has started only in the last century, coinciding with the advent of media and technologies able to speak to the multitudes. Even more recently, communication became a field of academic study. In Italy this occurred later than elsewhere. We believe that communication is a field to explore with all the tools available and from all points of view. We want to provide our scientific communities with careful and critical considerations, because now more than ever the idea that "it is impossible not to communicate" has established itself. Limitless are the ways to influence the facts of the world through communication, and these biases are quickly growing everywhere. We seek an increasingly more international scientific debate: not as an initiative coming from a bureaucratic power, but because the great facts of the world are deeply influenced by a global bind. We want to make a contribution by presenting our issues as a lexicon of objects to investigate, starting from the roots of our name, which recalls the Olympic gods' messenger. Our H-ermes has one dash after the H: this means an emphasis on a letter whose function is to connect Communication to Humanities, a strategic meeting point among those disciplines commenting on the social individual. It is a dash that carries also the "hermai," the god of communication's first icons, the piles of little stones left on the edge of new paths. Today these are available to all new media-wanderers.
​Site of the Journal:

A special gift

In the spirit of sharing, Prof. Piotr P. Chruszczewski (Wroclaw University, Poland) ​kindly wanted to make available to the members of IASC two important ebooks:
1) Ways to Protolangages
2) Languages in Contact
By clicking on the title of the book, you can download it. We would like to encourage all members to do the same, sharing resources so that more and more the association can become a research community.


The membership of the association is not only a way to communicate the results of one's research more easily to other members. Basically, membership is an act through which we give continuity to our commitment to scholarly controversy so that many people can benefit from the results achieved in our research. Controversies are the underlying matrix of various forms of misunderstanding between human beings. They are the basis of conflict, indicating lack of listening and the absence of communication.
In line with the teachings of Marcelo Dascal, the study of controversies, therefore, cannot be regarded as a mere individual exercise, but as a contribution that each of us provides for the betterment of the world in which we live. This is the underlying reason for membership and for this reason it is important to renew the membership of the association; as together we can have more strength to defend our ideas.
As you know, for a month already we have started the campaign for membership growth and renewal for the years 2014-2015. Already many people have renewed their membership. We want to extend the invitation to join the association to those who are not yet members, although they are interested in our activities. The IASC has members in all continents (so far 120 members from 26 countries), from several disciplines. They share a keen interest in the phenomenon of controversy, as relevant directly to their own disciplines, as an object of research, or as to its importance in human life.
What are you waiting for? Become an IASC member right now!
Go to the page "Become a member" of our website and fill out the form.

IASC Community

This section is devoted to presenting the scientific profile of the members of the IASC to the community. Each month, the section is devoted to one of the members of the IASC.
We are very pleased to begin with prof. Han-liang Chang. He is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at National Taiwan University and concurrently University Chair Professor of Comparative Poetics Fudan University in Shanghai, China.  After retiring from NTU in 2008, he served as Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Fujen Catholic University for two years and was appointed by Fudan University in 2010.  His current research interests include (1) the biological foundation of poetics, (2) ancient philosophy, and (3) the prehistory of semiotics.  Under the commission of Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology, he is writing a book on classical poetics and its modern implications, scheduled for completion in 2016 and publication in 2018.  
Sample Recent Publications of Han-liang Chang
A. Books
1.  2013, 06.  Sign and Discourse: Dimensions of Comparative Poetics. Shanghai: Fudan University Press. 710 pages.
2.  2012, 10. Boundaries of Literature: Explorations of the Linguistic Sign (in Chinese). Shanghai: Fudan University Press. 316 pages.
B. Journal Articles
1.         2013, 05.  “Cassirer, Benveniste and Peirce on Deictics and ‘Pronominal’ Communication.” Sign Systems Studies 41. 1: 7-20. (Tartu: Tartu University Press).
2.         2012, 12.  “Plato and Peirce on Likeness and Semblance.”  Biosemiotics 5: 3 (December 2012): 301-312. (Dordrecht: Springer).
3.       2011, 01.  “Ancient Chinese Concept of fa (Law) and Its Orthographical Representations.” The Chinese Journal of Semiotic Studies 2.4: 115-131. (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter).
C. Book Chapters
1.         2013, 09. “Logic and Rhetoric in Philosophical Dialogue and Cultural Hermeneutics.” In: Susan Petrilli, ed. Writing, Voice, Undertaking, New York, Ottawa, Toronto: Legas Press, 2013. pp. 19-24.
2.         2011. 11. “Mental Space Mapping in Classical Chinese Poetry: A Cognitive Approach.” In: Pascal Michelucci, Olga Fischer, Christina Ljungberg, eds. Semblance and Signification. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins. pp. 251-268.
3.        2011. 10 “Calendar and Aphorism: A Generic Study of Carolus Linnaeus.” Fundamenta Botanica and Philosophia Botanica.” In: Britt-Louise Gunnarsson, ed. Languages of Science in the Eighteenth Century. Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 267-282. 

IASC Store

The community, and, more generally, membership of an association have different ways of expressing themselves. For this reason, we decided to give our members the opportunity to use some valuable items. In our new online store, you can finally buy different products with the logo of the IASC (T-shirts, shoulder bags, mugs, etc.).
For a special occasion (anniversary, birthday) or to engage new friends, we advise you to visit our online store. It will be a way to make your friends happy and at the same time to help the IASC: revenues from sales of the store fund the activities of the IASC.

Accommodation in Lecce

Lecce is a historic city of 95,000 inhabitants in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce (the second province in the region by population), as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula, and is over 2,000 years old. Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South.” The city also has a long traditional affinity with Greek culture going back to its foundation; the Messapii who founded the city are said to have been Cretans in Greek records. To this day, in the Grecìa Salentina, a group of towns not far from Lecce, the griko language is still spoken. Lecce is an official city candidate to become the European Capital of Culture in 2019.
In a city like Lecce, the choices of accommodation are varied (from B & B to hotels to luxury hotels) and, as such, must meet the most diverse needs.
The University of Salento has signed an agreement with the Grand Hotel Tiziano for preferential rates on particular scientific events. The agreement provides the following nightly rates:
A) Classic Room: Single € 55,00 or DOUBLE: €75
B) Superior Room: Single €85,00 or DOUBLE: €105,00
City Tax: EUR 1,00 per day.
To take advantage of this opportunity, you are invited to directly contact the Hotel, sending an email to:
In the email you have to specify:
  1. “According to the agreement with the University of Salento, I kindly ask to have access to special rates for the IASC conference organized by Prof. Giovanni Scarafile.”
  2. Personal information (name, surname, etc.)
  3. Classic or Superior room
  4. Single or Double Room (in case of Double room, you have to specify: double bed or two single beds)
  5. Arrival date – Departure Date. Number of nights
Grand Hotel Tiziano will send a confirmation of your booking. 

How to get to Lecce

Lecce is accessible by train, by air and car. Brindisi Airport is the closest airport to Lecce (40 km away). Brindisi Airport is connected daily with several airports, including Rome and Milan, Italian international airports par excellence.
From Brindisi airport to arrive in Lecce, you can use the following options:
1) (Recommended option). Public bus. At Lecce, the City Terminal is 50 meters from Grand Hotel Tiziano.
Timetable and opportunity to purchase tickets online (EUR 8,00).
2) Collective taxi. Takes you directly to the hotel. Booking online (note: the driver does not always speak English).
Reservations and information:
Cost of route, Lecce-Brindisi: EUR 20,00.
3) Taxi. The cost is about EUR 50,00. We strongly recommend that you confirm with the taxi driver the cost of the journey before leaving.
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