First International Association for Cognitive Semiotics Conference

The First International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS) Conference (IACS-2014) will be held in September 25-27, at Lund University, Sweden. Founded in Aarhus, Denmark, on May 29, 2013, The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics aims at the further establishment of Cognitive Semiotics as the trans-disciplinary study of meaning, combining concepts, theories and methods from the humanities and the social and natural sciences. Central topics are the evolution, development of, and interaction between different semiotic resources such as language, gestures and pictorial representations.

Plenary speakers
Soren Brier, Copenhagen Business School
Merlin Donald, Queens University
Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
Cornelia Müller, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
Raymond Tallis, University of Manchester

Theme of the conference: Establishing Cognitive Semiotics
Over the past two decades or so, a number of researchers from semiotics, linguistics, cognitive science and related fields, from several European and North American research centres, have experienced the needs to combine theoretical knowledge and methodological expertise in order to be able to tackle challenging questions concerning the nature of meaning, the role of consciousness, the unique cognitive features of mankind, the interaction of nature and nurture in development, and the interplay of biological and cultural evolution in phylogeny. The product of these collaborations has been the emergence of the field of Cognitive Semiotics, with its own journal ( and academic association. The conference aims both to celebrate this, and to look forward into possibilities for further development.

We invite the submission of 400 word abstracts (excluding title and references) for one of the three categories:
1. Oral presentations (20 min presentation + 5 minute discussion)
2. Posters (at a dedicated poster session)
3. Theme sessions (3 to 6 thematically linked oral presentations.) 
Such proposals are to include: (a) Title of proposed session, (b) name(s) of convener(s), (c) max 400 word motivation of the session, (d) abstracts for 3 to 6 individual papers, (e) name of discussant - if such is involved. All this information should be sent TOGETHER to the conference organizers at   

The individual abstracts should be preceded by an abstract for the theme session as a whole. In case the theme session is not accepted, individual abstracts will be reviewed as submissions for oral presentations.)

The abstracts can be related, though need not be restricted, to the following topics:
• 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

Individual abstracts should be submitted at the site of the conference. Note: you need to register first, by clicking on Registration Page to the left, and then follow the instructions.

Important dates
• Deadline for submission of theme sessions: 31 Dec 2013 (by email)

• Deadline for abstract submission (oral presentations, posters): 1 Feb 2014  (by website)

• Notification of acceptance (theme sessions): 15 Feb 2014

• Notification of acceptance (oral presentations, posters): 1 April 2014

• Last date for early registration: 1 July 2014

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