Lund, Sweden

Lund University


Call for papers

The International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) announces the
Fifth Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies: The
communicative body in development, to take place in Lund, Sweden, July
24–27, 2012.

The conference celebrates the tenth anniversary of the ISGS.
Established in 2002, the ISGS is an international organization that
gathers scholars interested in gesture and bodily communicative
behaviour, different approaches to sign language, and communication in
non-human species. Through its biennial conference series the ISGS
constitutes a meeting place for researchers approaching the study of
bodily communication from a range of different perspectives.

The theme of the fifth conference of ISGS is The Communicative Body in
Development. Development is to be understood broadly as any change,
typical or atypical, in bodily communicative behaviour across the
lifespan, synchronically or diachronically, onto- and
phylogenetically, and across species. The conference also welcomes all
topics on bodily communication, studied in all settings, and from all
theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.

Plenary speakers (confirmed)

Michael Corballis, University of Auckland

Jana Iverson, University of Pittsburgh

Spencer Kelly, Colgate University

Stefan Kopp, Bielefeld University

Lorenza Mondada, University of Basel

Wendy Sandler, University of Haifa


We invite abstracts (max 300 words) of unpublished work for individual
papers, posters, and thematic panels.
Papers will be 30 minutes; 20
minutes for presentation and 10 for discussion.
Thematic panels are
welcome and encouraged. The thematic panels should focus on a
well-defined research topic. Each panel will be allocated 2 hours,
which should include opening and closing remarks, individual papers,
discussants (if included) and general discussion.
Posters are intended
as a format for reports on work in progress.

Each author may submit no more than three abstracts: one as main
author and two as co-author).

Important dates

February 13, 2012: deadline for all submissions

April 13, 2012: notification of acceptance

July 24-27, 2012: conference, starting in the morning July 24, closing
in the afternoon on July 27.

Conference language

The conference language is English. Sign language interpreters will be

Local committee

Prof. Marianne Gullberg, Lund University

Dr. Mats Andrén, Lund University

Prof. Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen, University of Copenhagen

Dr. Maria Graziano, Lund University

Dr. Agneta Gulz, Lund University

Dr. Elaine Madsen, Lund University

Sandra Debreslioska, MA, Lund University

Maja Petersson, Lund University

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