Conference on Cognitive Semiotics (IACS2016) - cfp

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Call for Papers
June 20, 2016 to June 22, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, Social Sciences

The Second Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS)

June 20-22, 2016

Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland

Important dates:

  1. Deadline for submission of theme sessions: 30 Nov 2015
  2. Deadline for abstract submission (oral presentations, posters): 10 Jan 2016
  3. Notification of acceptance (oral presentations, posters): 29 Feb 2016
  4. Last date for early registration: 15 Apr 2016

Invited plenary speakers:

Cognitive Semiotics as a field of study deals with questions concerning the nature of meaning as well as the role of consciousness, the unique cognitive features of human beings, the interaction of nature and nurture in development, and the interplay of biological and cultural evolution in phylogeny. To answer these questions CS integrates methods and theories developed in the human and social sciences as well as cognitive sciences. The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS, founded 2013) aims at the establishment of Cognitive Semiotics as the trans-disciplinary study of meaning. More information on the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics can be found at:

One of the goals of the IACS conference series  is to gather together scholars and scientists in semiotics, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, psychology and related fields, who wish to share their research on meaning and contribute the interdisciplinary dialogue

Topics of the conference include (but are not limited to):

  • Biological and cultural evolution of human cognitive specificity
  • Cognitive linguistics and phenomenology
  • Communication across cultural barriers
  • Cross-species comparative semiotics
  • Evolutionary perspectives on altruism
  • Experimental semiotics
  • Iconicity in language and other semiotic resources
  • Intersubjectivity and mimesis in evolution and development
  • Multimodality
  • Narrativity across different media
  • Semantic typology and linguistic relativity
  • Semiosis (sense-making) in social interaction
  • Semiotic and cognitive development in children
  • Sign use and cognition
  • Signs, affordances, and other meanings
  • Speech and gesture
  • The comparative semiotics of iconicity and indexicality
  • The evolution of language

We invite abstract submissions for theme sessions, oral presentations and posters (please clearly indicate your chosen format with your submission)


Contact Info: 

Local Organizing Committee,

Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology