Gesture – Evolution, Brain, and Linguistic Structures (4th ISGS conference, 25-30 July 2010)



Gesture – Evolution, Brain, and Linguistic Structures
Short Title: 4th ISGS conference

Date: 25-Jul-2010 – 30-Jul-2010
Location: Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder, Germany
Contact Person: Silva Ladewig
Meeting Email:
Web Site:

Call Deadline: 11-Oct-2009

Meeting Description:

The 4th conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) will have the following thematic foci: linguistic, semiotic, and pragmatic approaches to human gestural communication with a special focus on cognitive linguistic perspectives, possible evolutionary precursors, and neural correlates of gestures. A major goal is to provide a platform to discuss both specific research questions within these areas and interdisciplinary approaches connecting these distinct areas of gesture research.

Call for Papers

Gesture and
– language (grammar, metaphor, metonymy, iconicity, constructions, blending)
– speech (processing, comprehension, communication, conversation, interaction)
– multimodality
– nonhuman primate communication
– neurocognition/neural substrates
– sign languages (grammar, metaphor, metonymy, iconicity, constructions, blending)
– evolution (spoken and signed languages)
– emotion
– development (first and second language acquisition, bilingualism)
– culture (emblems, cultural diversities, cultural specificities)
– arts (art history, dance, theatre, film, painting, literature, music)
– traditional and new media (TV, internet, etc.)
– embodied conversational agents, gesture recognition, gesture in virtual reality, computer science, engineering
– other topics

Keynote Speakers
– Josep Call (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig)
– Alan Cienki (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
– Susan Goldin-Meadow (University of Chicago)
– Georg Goldenberg (Klinikum Bogenhausen, Technische Universität München)
– Adam Kendon (Naples, Philadelphia)
– David McNeill (University of Chicago)
– Roland Posner (Technische Universität Berlin)
– Sherman Wilcox (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)

On each conference day, there will be two plenary talks in the morning and three parallel sessions in the afternoon. Session 1 and 2 will be of interdisciplinary nature; session 3 will be assigned to specific topics. The conference welcomes proposals for a variety of formats:
– Individual papers
– Talk (20 minutes and 10 minutes for discussion)
– Poster talks (5 minutes oral presentation and subsequent poster presentation in the poster session.

PhD students can apply for the Best Paper Award (for poster talks and posters). The three best contributions (poster talk and poster) win a plenary lecture at the end of the conference. The best of the three lectures receives the Best Paper Award and wins reimbursement of the travel costs.
Panels (integrated thematic sessions of at least up to 90 minutes)

Local Hosts
Program Chairs
– Cornelia Müller (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt Oder)
– Ellen Fricke (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt Oder)
– Hedda Lausberg (German Sport University Cologne)
– Katja Liebal (Free University Berlin)
– Irene Mittelberg (HumTec, RWTH Aachen University)

Organizing Committee
– Jana Bressem
– Silva Ladewig
– Susanne Tag
– Ulrike Wrobel
– Iris Franke
– Julius Hassemer
– Benjamin Marienfeld
– Nicole Stein

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Submission of Abstracts

Panel submission: October 11th, 2009
Individual paper submission:    November 15th, 2009
Poster talk: November 15th, 2009
Best Paper Award: November 15th, 2009

Abstracts should
– not exceed 500 words – references are excluded from this count
– clearly indicate a talk/poster talk/panel title
– be formatted as Word or RTF documents
– be submitted electronically to:

Please include the following information in the main body of your email:
– author’s name
– affiliation
– email address for correspondence
– title of talk/poster talk/panel/
– 3-5 keywords
– submission for Best Paper Award

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