The Past and The Present..

The Tradition and the Modern..

And the Now..

The ICDD serves as an open platform for the discussion of specialized academic issues that enrich knowledge in the fields of debating, dialogue, argumentation, and related disciplines such as philosophy, education, linguistics, and Islamic sciences. By uniting academics, practitioners, and enthusiasts, the conference delves into various dimensions of debate and dialogue, emphasizing both theoretical and practical aspects. Through the fostering of rigorous research, QatarDebate aims to elevate intellectual discourse within the global debate community, promoting a deeper understanding and appreciation of these critical areas.

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Conference Details


19 - 20 May 2025


Qatar National Conventions Center - QNCC


Arabic & English

Main Contribution Areas

Theoretical Exploration of Argumentation

in politics, media, international dialogue & Islamic traditions

Practical Applications

in societal, technological, & educational contexts

Practitioners Workshops

best practices of debate training & discussions around adjudication.

Call For Paper

Conference Background Paper

Debate and critical thinking have a rich and long tradition within Arab-Islamic societies throughout the centuries. Particularly, the landscape of Arabic debating has significantly expanded to new forms and fields over the past decade and a half, thanks to the rise of digital media, evolving political climates, and the emergence of new NGOs and civil initiatives that embrace the culture of debate and dialogue in the Arab world. The launch of the International Universities Debating Championship (IUDC) in 2011 and the International Schools Debating Championship (ISDC) in 2012 in Doha catalyzed the growth of communities of Arabic debaters aged 15 to 25 across many Arab and non-Arab countries. This brought increased attention to debating as a competitive educational practice through local and international tournaments, and to a new understanding of dialogue integrating the past and the present, the tradition and the modern.

Arabic debating, as a rapidly growing culture, has spurred significant interdisciplinary research at the intersection of argumentation, rhetoric, linguistics, dialogue, critical thinking, education, and Islamic philosophy. In response, the Second International Conference on Debate & Dialogue (ICDD2) is organized by QatarDebate Center, founded by Qatar Foundation, to continue the efforts initiated in the first edition in 2023. ICDD2 aims to strengthen the newly formed network of researchers across disciplines to delve deeply into these interconnected fields and explore beyond the conventional boundaries.

By bringing together academics, practitioners, and enthusiasts, the conference explores various dimensions of debate and dialogue, emphasizing both theoretical and practical aspects. Through fostering rigorous research, QatarDebate aims to enhance intellectual discourse within the global debate and argumentation community.

In this CFP, the conference themes are arranged into three main areas as shown below.

The Second International Conference on Debate & Dialogue (ICDD) provides a comprehensive platform to explore the multifaceted nature of argumentation and dialogue. By organizing themes into theoretical exploration, practical applications, and practitioner workshops, the conference ensures a well-rounded approach to understanding and advancing the practice of debate and dialogue. Participants will engage with diverse perspectives, fostering a deeper appreciation of argumentation’s role in shaping discourse, decision-making, and societal development.

Conference Committees

  • Dr. Hayat Maarafi, Executive Director, QatarDebate Center.
  • Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Subiae, Programs Director, QatarDebate Center.
  • Mr. Mohammad Khader, Academic & Research Lead, QatarDebate Center.
  • Abdellatif Sellami (Ph.D), Director of Education Research Center, Qatar University, Qatar.
  • AbdulGabbar Al-Sharafi (Ph.D., Senior QD Fellow), Associate Professor of Linguistics, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.
  • Ali Al-Sanad (Ph.D.), Assistant Professor of Islamic Philosophy, PAAET, Kuwait.
  • Ali Al-Omari (Ph.D.), Assistant Professor of Theology & Islamic Philosophy, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University, Türkiye.
  • Ali Al-Zawqari (Ph.D., Senior QD Fellow), Postdoctoral Researcher in Artificial Intelligence, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
  • Bader Al-Shatti (M.A., QD Ambassador), Public Schools Educational District Supervisor, Ministry of Education, Kuwait.
  • Daifallah Al-Subhi (Ph.D. Candidate, QD Fellowship Lead), Doctoral Candidate in Law, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
  • Daniel Mejia Saldarriaga (Ph.D. Candidate), Doctoral Researcher of Philosophy, University of Windsor, Canada.
  • Hayat Maarafi (Ph.D), Executive Director – Ph.D. in Psycholinguistics, QatarDebate Center.
  • Maja Nenadović (Ph.D), Debate Coach & Political Consultant, Croatia.
  • Mutaz Al-Khatib (Ph.D), Associate Professor of Methodology & Ethics, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar.
  • Muhammad A. Rehman (M.A.), English Debate Instructor – M.A. in Education Public Policy, QatarDebate Center.
  • Mohammed Al-Merri (Ph.D. Candidate, QD Ambassador), Lecturer of International Relations, Qatar University, Qatar.
  • Mohammad Khader (M.A.), Academic & Research Lead – M.A. in Digital Humanities & Societies, QatarDebate Center.
  • Muhammed Komath (M.A., QD Fellow), Researcher in Islamic History & Philosophy, QatarDebate Center.
  • Pierre Boulos (Ph.D., Senior QD Fellow), Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Windsor, Canada.
  • Rahmi Oruç (Ph.D., ArguMunazara), Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Ibn Haldun University, Türkiye.
  • Zouhair Mednini (Ph.D.), Associate Professor of Islamic Philosophy, Ez-zitouna University, Tunisia.

More to be announced soon.

For Authors

    • The ICDD adopts high standards of a double-blind review process to evaluate all submitted contributions in two phases: abstract evaluation and full-paper evaluation.
    • Abstracts should outline a clear research question and methodology, demonstrate clear relevance to the conference themes, provide a brief background on the topic, and should not exceed 250 words. Submissions that lack any of these criteria will be directly eliminated.
    • The ICDD accepts papers of two lengths (Short: 6-8 pages & Long: 15-20 pages) excluding references and appendices.
    • Contributions are accepted in both Arabic and English.
    • Some high quality papers will be selected for publication in a special issue of the Informal Logic, a prestigious Canadian Q1 open-access journal. However, this option is only available for long papers written in English.
    • The rest of accepted contributions will be published as conference proceedings on QatarDebate website.
    • All submissions should be made through the official ICDD portal on softconf, and anywhere on earth (AoE) is applied to all deadlines.
    • Abstract submission opens: 7 July 2024
    • Abstract submission deadline: 15 September 2024
    • Notification of abstract qualification: 1 November 2024
    • Full-paper submission deadline: 1 January 2025
    • Notification of acceptance with reviewers’ comments: 1 March 2025
    • Camera-ready version submission deadline: 15 April 2025
    • Conference Days: 19-20 May 2025

All submissions should be made through the official ICDD portal on softconf, and anywhere on earth (AoE) is applied to all deadlines.

    • QatarDebate will be responsible for issuing the VISA for authors of accepted contributions. 
    • Once accepted, only one author per contribution can apply for a round-trip ticket to Doha to be covered by QatarDebate.
    • Once accepted, QatarDebate will provide hotel accommodation for one only author per contribution 
    • QatarDebate will provide breakfast at the hotel, lunch and coffee breaks at the venue for all invited participants.
    • QatarDebate will provide transportation between the the hotel and the venue.

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