The NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation is held biennially in the mountains above Salt Lake City. Co-sponsored by the National Communication Association, the American Forensic Association, and the University of Utah, the Conference brings together a group of international scholars interested in all aspects of argument. The conference strives to provide three days of programs and exchanges to further research in argumentation. The Director and associates select and edit the most significant research presented for a volume published by the Taylor and Francis Group. The conference, often known as "the Alta Conference" is the oldest continuous academic conference in argumentation study, first held in 1979.
Our 20th biennial conference was held July 20-23, 2017, at the Snowbird Conference Complex. Carol Winkler of Georgia State University was Director of the Conference. The theme was "Networking Argument" and Robert Asen of the University of Wisonsin Madison was keynote speaker.
An edited volume based in our research is published biennially by the Taylor and Francis Group. Many past volumes are still available through our sponsors. Search capabilities and essays from past volumes are available in "Communication and Mass Media Complete," a product of EBSCO. A comprehensive Table of Contents for all past conferences is available on this website.
At the Conference we recognize achievement in argumentation research with a Senior Scholar Award and the Michael C. McGee Award for the outstanding graduate student research. We also recognize our past Directors and Keynote Speakers.
The Alta Conference is conducted for the sponsors through an ongoing organizational structure.