The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics

The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS) approved deadline extensions today for the submission of theme sessions, individual papers and poster presentations for IACS3 Toronto (July 13-15, 2018).

New deadlines:

  • Dec 15, 2017, for theme session submissions
  • Jan 5, 2018, for paper and poster abstracts

Relevant links:

This non-restrictive theme is intended to encourage the exploration of pre-linguistic and extra-linguistic modes
of semiotic systems and meaning construal, as well as their intersection with linguistic processes.

Cognitive Semiotics investigates the nature of meaning, 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 better answer such questions, cognitive semiotics integrates methods
and theories developed in the human, social, and cognitive sciences.

The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS, founded 2013) aims at establishing cognitive
semiotics as a trans-disciplinary study of meaning. More information on the International Association for
Cognitive Semiotics can be found at

The IACS conference series seeks 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.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact the organizers: •

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 situations •
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 select your chosen format along with your submission.

Submission Guidelines and Formats

1. Theme sessions (extended deadline: 15 Dec 2017)
– Submit session title, name and affiliation of convener; input brief session abstract (150 words); upload session
introduction of up to 400 words explaining the theme, plus all full-length abstracts in suitable order.
– Sessions may consist of 3–5 papers (90–150 min.) and should alow time for general discussion. Papers in
each theme session should be thematically linked.
– Submission should also indicate whether a session not accepted as a whole should have each abstract
reconsidered as individual presentations (oral or poster).

2. Oral presentations (extended deadline: 5 Jan 2018)
– Submit title, name, affiliation, keyterms; input brief abstract (150 words); upload full abstract (300–400) words.
– Prepare a 20-minute presentation followed by 7 minutes of discussion

3. Posters (extended deadline: 5 Jan 2018)
– Submit title, name, affiliation, keyterms; input brief abstract (150 words); upload full abstract (250–300) words.
– Prepare a 1-minute oral presentation in the main lecture hall, preceding the poster session.

All full abstracts should be uploaded as .pdf attachments using EasyChair:

In order to submit an abstract you must use your existing EasyChair account or register using the link
above. Further instructions can be found on the EasyChair site and on the IACS 2018 conference website:

Post-Conference Publishing Opportunities

Three publication outlets are reserved for submission of revised IACS3 papers following the conference:
• The American Journal of Semiotics 35.1–2: Special themed double issue for individual papers, to be
published in Spring 2019. Contact Jamin Pelkey
• Cognitive Semiotics: individual papers, special issue proposals. Contact Peer Bundgaard
• Anthropology of Language book series, Oxford: Berghahn: edited collections. Contact Jamin Pelkey

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