Conference theme: MULTIMODALITIES
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.
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.
Confirmed Plenary Speakers
- Eve Danziger, University of Virginia, US
- John M. Kennedy, University of Toronto, Canada
- Kalevi Kull, Tartu University, Estonia
- Irene Mittelberg, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
- Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, University of Oregon, US
- Göran Sonesson, Lund University, Sweden
Submission Guidelines and Formats:
1. Theme sessions (deadline: 15 Nov 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 (deadline: 5 Dec 2017)
– 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 (deadline: 5 Dec 2017)
– 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 .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf, or .odt, 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
Two publication outlets are reserved in advance for revised IACS3 papers following the conference.
• Edited Book Collections: Anthropology of Language series, Oxford: Berghahn, http://bit.ly/2uHaKvw
• Special Themed Double Issue: The American Journal of Semiotics 35.1–2, http://bit.ly/2x2V6aC
Please contact Jamin Pelkey firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about either of these two opportunities.
• Deadline for submission of theme sessions: 15 Nov 2017
• Deadline for abstract submission (oral presentations, posters): 05 Dec 2017
• Notification of acceptance (oral presentations, posters): 15 Feb 2018
• Last date for early registration: 05 May 2018
About OCAD University (OCAD U) and Ryerson University: OCAD University is a historic art and design
university with a student body of 6,000, next-door to the colossal Art Gallery of Ontario and a few blocks east of
Chinatown; Ryerson is an vibrant, city-centric university with a student body of 39,000 skirting Dundas Square
(Toronto's response to Times Square) and environs.
The city of Toronto: Known internationally as the world's most diverse city, Toronto is the capital of Ontario and
the largest city in Canada. Situated along Lake Ontario's northwestern shore, it is a dynamic metropolis with a core
of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces,
from the orderly oval of Queen's Park, to the 400-acre High Park and its trails, to its sports facilities and zoo.
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 http://iacs.dk