The Third Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS3 – 2018)

The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics

in cooperation with OCAD University and Ryerson University

is pleased to announce

The Third Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS3 – 2018)

July 13–15, 2018

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Peter Coppin <>

Jamin Pelkey <>

Plenary speakers confirmed (as of August 15, 2017)

John M. Kennedy • University of Toronto

Kalevi Kull • University of Tartu

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone • University of Oregon


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.

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 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

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 (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, key terms; 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, key terms; 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.

Please contact Jamin Pelkey <for more information about either of these two opportunities.

Important Dates

  • 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.

Questions? Please do not hesitate to contact the organizers: •


deSignis — Publicación de la Federación Latinoamericana de Semiótica


deSignis reconoce el protagonismo de la tecnología en contextos de la comunicación, lo social y lo cultural en los ambientes virtuales contemporáneos del ciberespacio. Por ello, dedica un número monográfico al tema de la CIBERCULTURAS en 2018. En estos momentos lanza un Call for Papers para el envío de trabajos que aborden el tema de las ciberculturas a través de una mirada semiótica. Los trabajos sometidos para el número deben atender las maneras complejas en las que la tecnología y los nuevos medios sociales de comunicación en el ciberespacio, constituyen sistemas de significación y reestructuran la vida social, económica, política y cultural. El número pretende ofrecer una visión general de la investigación semiótica actual y las contribuciones teóricas desde la semiótica al tema de la cibercultura. Algunas de los temas particulares para estudiar a partir de los diversos abordajes de la semiótica serían: la(s) cultura(s) del Internet; el/los lenguaje(s) del ciberespacio; las identidades y comunidades en el ciberespacio; la cultura en el ciberespacio; los procesos de educación en el ciberespacio, los procesos de semiosis en entornos virtuales, entre otros.

Los manuscritos seguirán cabalmente las normas de publicación que se encuentran en el portal de Internet de deSignis: . La fecha límite para recibir los manuscritos es 20 de diciembre de 2017. Los trabajos se enviarán al coordinador del número Dr. Eliseo R. Colón Zayas, .

Call for Abstracts: Image Evolution. Technological Transformations of Visual Media Culture

Deadline for Abstracts: November 5, 2017
Deadline for Articles: May 27, 2018

The double-blind peer-reviewed Yearbook of Moving Image Studies (YoMIS) is now accepting abstracts from scientists, scholars, artists, film makers, game designers or developers for the fourth issue entitled »Image Evolution. Technological Transformations of Visual Media Culture«. YoMIS will be enriched by disciplines like media and film studies, image science, (film)philosophy, phenomenology, semiotics, design and fine arts, art and media history, game studies and other research areas related to static, moving and digital images in general.

The history of images can be described as a history of technology and mediality, because material transformations have always had a great impact on form, structure or content of mediatized and often multimodal representations. It took many years from the origin of images in the caves of our prehistoric ancestors to the interactive, arithmetic and highly immersive images of the digital age. This development always seemed to be deeply rooted in the potentials of media technologies and the numerous human inventions in the range of traditional craftsmanship, engineering science, computer science, and art and design. This perspective is the beginning of an autonomous media theory, whether if it starts with leading thinkers like Walter Benjamin or Marshal McLuhan. Nowadays, these academic discourses would surely work with more profound and more detailed analytical tools and concepts.

But also a modern media theory that analyzes describes and characterizes technological transformations surely receives new insights. The factual embedding of images in the historical-technological processes constitutes a complex structure of an autonomous »Image Evolution« that must be highlighted, characterized and analyzed by the interdisciplinary academic discourses that are related to the functions and structures of visuality, pictoriality and forms of multi-sensoric representations.

The chosen term »Evolution« is deliberately indicating structural laws that underlie historical events. These laws are not teleological or ontological driven, but more intentional and logical processes of an historical and technological interdependency. In this interdependency, the technology is evolving out of its inherent structures and additionally embedded in anthropological conditions and sociocultural dynamics. In this context, we should work with the concept of an »Image Evolution«.

The editors of YoMIS would like to understand images as visual, and further multi-sensoric, artifacts that are historically and technologically embedded within the ‘developments’ and ‘relations’ of materiality, mediality and reception. Beside the integration of this different aspects the issue is also expanding the time frame of the research topic: The development of mediality is not only a project for media historiographies in the context of a media archaeology, but also connected with the logic of recent developments in the context of prototypes, future ideas and innovations.

Topics of submissions should focus on (but are not necessarily limited to) the materiality and technology of images and media, the academic approaches on the history and logic of image evolution and media developments, the processes of creating or programming digital images, and the material and technological effects on the reception of dynamic representations, the multi-sensoriality of static, moving and digital images, which goes beyond pure visuality, and a specific focus on the historical, cultural and transformational impact of prototypes, prototype research and future innovations.

The official deadline for abstracts is November 5, 2017. Abstracts should be 800 to 1.000 words in length (not less). Please send a short biography, contact details and your abstract to Prof. Dr. Lars C. Grabbe, Prof. Dr. Patrick Rupert-Kruse and Prof. Dr. Norbert M. Schmitz via:

The official deadline for articles is May 27, 2018. Articles should be 5.000 to 8.000 words in length. If you are interested in contributing an abstract and article, please contact the managing editors via e-mail.

Call for Papers of the journal Cognitive Semiotics

Call for Papers: Cognitive Semiotics

Cognitive Semiotics, published by Mouton de Gruyter, is a platform for the study of meaning-making writ large, as it is manifested in our interactions with the surroundings in all domains, in the natural as well as in the social world, in language and other semiotic resources, as well as in perception, and in action.

We invite all submissions which in one way or other combine the inspiration from semiotics, cognitive science and/or cognitive linguistics, broaching theoretical issues, realizing experimental studies, or anything in-between.

Starting in 2018, the journal will publish one thematic issue each year, whereas the other issue will be open to all contributions of relevance to the study of cognitive semiotics. The second issue may however contain thematic dossiers.

Call for Proposals of Thematic Issues or Dossiers:

The editors of Cognitive Semiotics welcome proposals for special issues or dossiers that integrate perspectives, methods, and insight from cognitive science, cognitive linguistics and semiotics for its forthcoming publication schedule. If you have a particular theme of relevance to the mission of the journal, the editors are eager to discuss possibilities for running a special issue as early as the spring issue of 2018, or beyond.

Please address a brief (approx. 1 page) proposal to Peer Bundgaard, Editor-in-Chief, copying Göran Sonesson and Todd Oakley, Associate Editors (addresses below). Special issue proposals should contain a description of the theme and a statement of relevance to the journals research mission, along with either 1) a list of prospective contributors with attached abstracts, 2) a plan for soliciting contributions, or 3) some combination of confirmed contributors and abstracts and plan for solicitation.

The editor-in-chief and associate editors will work closely with the special issue editors on matters pertaining to solicitation, peer review, copy editing, and publicity. Inquiries and proposals are to be sent to the following addresses:

Peer Bundgaard <>

Göran Sonesson <>

Todd Oakley <>

Signata 1-6 désormais en ligne

Le comité de direction de la revue Signata Annales des sémiotiques/ Annals of Semiotics a le plaisir de vous annoncer que la revue débute une nouvelle vie sur la plateforme, grâce à une fructueuse collaboration entre les Presses universitaires de Liège et OpenEdition.
Les numéros 1-6 sont publiés en libre accès à cette adresse : Les numéros suivants seront disponibles avec une barrière mobile d’un an.
Bonne lecture.

Avec nos meilleures salutations,

1 (2010) / Cartographie de la sémiotique actuelle / Mapping Current Semiotic
2 (2011) / La sémiotique, entre autres / Semiotics, among others
3 (2012) / L’institution de la sémiotique : recherche, enseignement, professions / The institution of Semiotics: Research, Teaching, Professions
4 (2013) / Que peut le métalangage ? / What can metalanguage do?
5 (2014) / Littérature et sémiotique : histoire et épistémologie / Literature and Semiotics: History and Epistemology
6 (2015) / Sémiotique de la musique / Music and meaning

Parution: “L’image peut-elle nier ?”, Badir & Dondero (dirs.), Presses universitaires de Liège, coll. « Clinamen », 2016. Postface de J.M. Klinkenberg

L’image peut-elle nier ? La question est en apparence toute simple et attendrait une réponse catégorique, oui ou non. Si pourtant, dans le présent ouvrage, des linguistes, des sémioticiens, des philosophes, des spécialistes des arts visuels et audiovisuels se sont penchés sur cette question, c’est qu’en réalité tout fait problème en elle. Car répondre à une telle question, cela consisterait d’abord à déterminer les conditions dans lesquelles elle se pose. Qu’appelle-t-on « nier » et qu’appelle-t- on « image » ? Et selon quel corpus d’images ? Peut-on donner une réponse unique à la diversité de ses domaines d’usage : les arts, les religions et les sciences, ainsi que de ses genres (portrait, nature morte, etc.) ? Les contributeurs du présent volume explorent différentes sortes de supports médiatiques et d’objets visuels : expériences picturales contemporaines, photographie, films, peinture chinoise, mais aussi peinture religieuse médiévale, pictographies esquimaudes de la fin du XIXe siècle ou hiéroglyphes égyptiens.

Une première partie, intitulée « L’énonciation en image », explore les relations entre la négation dans l’image et la théorie de l’énonciation comme celle-ci est revisitée par la sémiotique contemporaine. Une seconde, ayant pour titre « Du langage verbal aux images », s’attache à des comparaisons entre les sens de la négation dans différentes langues et grammaires et leurs cultures visuelles respectives. Les comparaisons inévita- bles avec d’autres lieux d’exercice de la négation — à savoir les langages formels et les langues verbales — et l’examen des transferts conceptuels non moins indispensables que ces com- paraisons suscitent mettent ainsi à l’épreuve d’une question le statut ontologique de l’image.


Avec les contributions de: Valérie Angenot, Sémir Badir, Jean-François Bordron, Marion Colas-Blaise, Ivan Darrault-Harris, Maria Giulia Dondero, Elisabetta Gigante, Jean-Marie Klinkenberg, Odile Le Guern, Gian Maria Tore, Bernard Vouilloux, Jean Winand.