NCA/AFA Summer Conference
on Argumentation

Mountain View

Our Conference

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.

Participants in the 2013 conference should have received through the mail a copy of the volume Disturbing Argument based on research presented at the conference. If not, please contact local host Danielle Enders. The Table of Contents from the volume may be accessed from our research page. You may provide a purchase recommendation to your campus libary through our publisher. Individuals seeking a second copy or those who did not attend the conference may purchase a copy from the publisher at a 70 percent individual discount using the conference code SRK63. You may also review a copy for classroom adoption.


2015 Conference

Our 19th biennial conference will gather July 30-August 2, 2015, at the Snowbird Conference Complex.

Past Research

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.

Awarding Excellence

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.

2015 Conference: Alta, Utah | July 30-August 2, 2015

Webmaster: James F. Klumpp, University of Maryland Last Updated January 29, 2014