CfP: FEAST 2018 (Venice, June 18-19-20)



The seventh meeting of the “Formal and Experimental Advances in Sign language Theory” (FEAST) colloquium will take place at the University of Venice on June 18-19-20, 2018.

FEAST is the official conference of the research project “The Sign Hub: Preserving, Researching and Fostering the Linguistic, Historical and Cultural Heritage of European Deaf Signing Communities with an Integral Resource” (2016-2020) funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 programme.

FEAST is a regular forum to discuss formal approaches to sign language grammar (in particular in the generative tradition), experimental approaches to sign languages, and their interaction.

We plan to have oral presentations (30 minutes + 10 minutes discussion) as well as a poster session (posters are particularly welcome for contributions reporting experimental work). The poster session will be preceded by a special session in which each poster presenter will be allotted 5 minutes to introduce the topic of the poster.

Abstracts should be submitted in pdf format through the FEAST 2018 Venice Easychair page:
Files should be anonymized.
Video submission in IS or ASL are allowed (maximum length 5 minutes). Those who would like to submit a video in sign language should contact the organizers (

The anonymous abstract should include the title and indicate whether it is intended for poster or oral presentation. Abstracts should not be longer than two pages in length (including tables, examples and references), in 12-point type, single line spacing and 2,5 cm. margins.

Abstracts will be reviewed by an external panel and the reviewing process will be double-blind. At maximum two abstracts (one of which must be co-authored) can be submitted.

Conference dates: June, 18-19-20 2018
Deadline for submission: February 18th, 2018
Notification of acceptance/rejection: March 26th, 2018


Conference web page:

Invited speakers will be:
Meltem Kelepir (Bo?aziçi University)
Carlo Geraci (Institute Jean-Nicod)
Luca Des Dorides (Istituto Statale Sordi di Roma)
Krister Schönström (Stockholm University)

The official languages of the conference will be English and ASL. Interpreting between ASL and English will be provided.

Scientific committee:

Natasha Abner (Montclair State University)
Gemma Barberà (Pompeu Fabra University)
Elena Benedicto (Purdue University)
Chiara Branchini (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
Diane Brentari (University of Chicago)
Anna Cardinaletti (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Carlo Cecchetto (University Paris 8/CNRS, University of Milan-Bicocca)
Debbie Chen-Pichler (Gaulladet University)
Brendan Costello (Basque center on Cognition, Brain and Language)
Onno Crasborn (Radboud University)
Kathryn Davidson (Harvard University)
Caterina Donati (Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7)
Karen Emmorey (San Diego State University)
Naama Friedman (Tel Aviv University)
Carlo Geraci (Institute Jean-Nicod)
Kadir Gökgöz (Bo?aziçi University)
Asli Göksel (Bo?aziçi University)
Annika Herrmann (University of Hamburg)
Jóhannes Jónsson (University of Iceland)
Meltem Kelepir (Bo?aziçi University)
Vadim Kimmelman (University of Amsterdam)
Helen Koulidobrova (Central Connecticut State University)
Diane Lillo-Martin (University of Connecticut)
Lara Mantovan (Università Milano-Bicocca, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia)
Rachel Mayberry (University of California, San Diego)
Gaurav Mathur (Gallaudet University)
Richard Meier (University of California, San Diego)
Carol Padden (University of California, San Diego)
Roland Pfau (University of Amsterdam)
Christian Rathman (University of Hamburg)
Josep Quer (ICREA- Pompeu Fabra University)
Philippe Schenkler (CNRS, NYU)
Markus Steinbach (Georg-August University Goettingen)
Gladys Tang (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Ronnie Wilbur (Purdue University)
Bencie Woll (University College London)

Organizing committee:
Branchini Chiara
Anna Cardinaletti
Carlo Cecchetto
Josep Quer

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