The Fifth Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS-5)

The Fifth Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS-5)

August 15-17, 2024, Lund, Sweden

We are happy to host the Fifth Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS-5) at Lund University in August 15-17, 2024! This is nearly 10 years after the first conference in the short but productive history of cognitive semiotics, the new discipline which integrates theories and methods from semiotics, linguistics and cognitive science, with the help of phenomenology.

The following theme sessions have been accepted (in alphabetical order):

*Engaging with the Senses: Genres of Synesthesia and the Scrambled Senses of (Some) Other Creatures, Conveners: Myrdene Anderson (Purdue University) and Donna E. West (State University of New York [Cortland])

*Linguistic Bodies in Interaction, Conveners: Šárka Kadavá (Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics, Berlin) and Wim Pouw, (Donders Centre for Cognition, Nijmegen)

*Reigning in Neuromania through Cognitive Semiotics, Conveners: Filomena Diodato and Alice Orrù (Sapienza, University of Rome)

*Sonesson and Phenomenological Cognitive Semiotics, Conveners: Jordan Zlatev and Alexandra Mouratidou (Cognitive Semiotics, Lund University)

Abstracts related to theme sessions (please indicate on EasyChair) and for general session topics that include but are not limited to:

* Consciousness and semiosis (meaning making)

* Perception and representation

* Language and other semiotic systems

* Developmental and evolutionary aspects of semiosis

* Universal and culture-specific of semiosis

* Intercultural and interspecies communication

* Potentials and dangers of technology

* Narratives across media and semiotic systems

* Metaphor and metonymy across media and semiotic systems

* Polysemiosis and multimodality

* Intersemiotic translation and transmediation

* Epistemology and truth

* Agency and subjectivity 

– will be accepted until February 15, 2024 (final deadline)

Conference theme: “Crises of Meaning”

We face not only social, political, environmental, and scientific crises but also crises in how we make sense of ourselves and our world. Husserl diagnosed a general “Crisis of the European Sciences” nearly a century ago, leading us to oscillate between the extremes of positivism and relativism. We witness how this has only deepened to this day, where fundamental values like justice and truth are being emptied of meaning. The plenary speakers (and others, as far as possible) are asked to address how their research may be relevant for the theme. In this way, cognitive semiotics can hopefully make a contribution to the situation in our troubled world!

Note: Participating in the conference implies expressing support for the freedom and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Plenary speakers:

* Elena Cuffari, Franklin & Marshall College

* Hans-Georg Moeller, University of Macau

* Cornelia Mueller, Europa-Universität Viadrina 

* Jamin Pelkey, Toronto Metropolitan University 

* Komarine Romdenh-Romluc, University of Sheffield 

* Morten Tønnessen, University of Stavanger

Fees (including 3 lunches, 6 coffee/snacks, and a reception):

IACS members: PhD or MA students: 1500 SEK, Others: 2000 SEK

Not IACS members: PhD or MA students: 1750 SEK, Others: 2500 SEK

Later registration (from 3 June 2024): +1000 SEK on the above 

Conference dinner: 600 SEK (optional)

IACS membership:

Local organizing committee:

Jordan Zlatev (chair), Niklas Erben Johansson and Alexandra Mouratidou

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