Call for papers: 5th Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (August 15-17, 2024 / Lund, Sweden)

We invite proposals for theme sessions and abstracts (see below for instructions) for IACS-5, on topics that include but are not limited to:

  • Consciousness and semiosis (meaning making)
  • Perception and representation
  • Language and other semiotic systems
  • Developmental and evolutionary aspects of semiosis
  • Universal and culture-specific of semiosis
  • Intercultural and interspecies communication
  • Potentials and dangers of technology
  • Narratives across media and semiotic systems
  • Metaphor and metonymy across media and semiotic systems
  • Polysemiosis and multimodality
  • Intersemiotic translation and transmediation
  • Epistemology and truth
  • Agency and subjectivity 

The conference theme is “Crises of Meaning”

Currently we face not only social, political, environmental, and scientific crises but also – and arguably underlying these – crises in how we make sense of ourselves and our world. Husserl diagnosed a general “Crisis of the European Sciences” nearly a century ago, leading us to oscillate between the extremes of positivism and relativism. We witness how this has only deepened, given increasing gulfs between science and the humanities, between technology and spirituality, between “civilizations”, and between conflicting “narratives”, and even “truths”. Our plenary speakers (and other speakers, as far as possible) are asked to address some aspect of this meaning crisis from the perspective of their own research. In this way, cognitive semiotics can hopefully make a contribution to the situation in our troubled world!

Plenary speakers

 Submissions and key dates

  • Theme session proposals: Deadline: 15 December, 2023:  Please send a 500 word proposal that is related to the conference topics, and preferably also the theme of the conference, to  Specify if you are planning for a short session (4 talks) or long session (8 talks). If accepted, prospective participants will need to submit abstracts as indicated below.
  • Oral presentations: These will last 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions and movements between rooms (Deadline: January 15, 2024) 
  • Posters: There will be a poster session for up to 30 presentations (Deadline: January 15, 2024)

Abstracts for oral presentations and posters are to be submitted through Easychair ( One page abstracts (at most 400 words, excluding title and references), written in English, should be uploaded to the EasyChair website by January 15, 2024. Abstracts will then be reviewed by two members of the Scientific Committee, and notification of acceptance will be sent by March 15, 2024.

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