Conference: The Sixth Conference of the Society for Gesture Studies: Gesture in Interaction

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The International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) is pleased to announce the Sixth Conference of the Society for Gesture Studies: Gesture in Interaction. It will  be held on the campus of the University of California, San Diego, July 8-11, 2014.

Devoted to the study of multimodality in communication, the ISGS is an interdisciplinary group of researchers including anthropologists, cognitive scientists, computer scientists, linguists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and semioticians. The Society convenes for a major international conference every two years, and the 2014 meeting will be the 6th.

We invite abstracts that address any aspect of the study of gesture and multimodality, including but not limited to: the relationship between sign and gesture; the cognitive and neural underpinnings of gesture; the contribution of gesture to language production and comprehension; the role of gesture in situated language use; and how gesture mediates interaction in the social, cultural, and technological world. We welcome papers on any aspect of bodily communication and are open to all theoretical and disciplinary perspectives.

Plenary Speakers

Herbert Clark, Stanford University
Susan Wagner Cook, University of Iowa
Marjorie H. Goodwin, UCLA
Marianne Gullberg, Lund University
Asli Özyürek, MPI Nijmegen and Radboud University
Andy Wilson, Microsoft Research

Abstract Submission

We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words. Abstracts must report previously unpublished work. Three kinds of presentation are available: Paper presentations: Paper presentations will be 25 minutes, with 20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for discussion.

Thematic Panels: Papers that address a common theme may be submitted as a Thematic Panel. Panels should consist of four talks, which must be submitted individually as Paper Presentations. Each individual abstract should indicate the name of the proposed Thematic Panel.

Poster presentation: Poster presentations are an opportunity for more extended interaction. Posters will be displayed during poster sessions, with ample opportunity for discussion.

Abstract Submission opens on September 1, 2013, after which you will be able to submit your abstracts at the following site:


Important Dates

September 1, 2013: Submission Opens

November 15, 2013: Submission Deadline

December 15, 2013: Notification of Acceptance

January 15, 2014: Registration Opens

July 8 – 11, 2014: Conference


Conference Language

The conference language will be English. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters will be available.


Organization and Coordination Committee

Carol Padden, Department of Communication, UC San Diego
Seana Coulson, Department of Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
John Haviland, Department of Anthropology, UC San Diego
Tyler Marghetis, Department of Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
Sharon Seegers, Center for Research in Language, UC San Diego

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