CFP: 15th International Congress of the German Semiotic Society (DGS). Panel: Charles S. Peirce.

15th International Congress of the German Semiotic Society (DGS)
Borders and Boundaries

Charles S. Peirce.
Bridging the Disciplinary Boundaries of the Natural Sciences and Humanities

Passau, 12.-16. September 2017.

In order to fulfill its purpose the German Semiotic Society (DGS e.V.) organizes symposia, colloquia, meetings, courses and lecture series according to its thematic sections. Moreover the DGS hosts an international congress every three years. In the framework of the 15th International Congress in 2017: „Borders and Boundaries. Contact – Communication – Contrast“ (Passau, 12.-16. September 2017) the section „Kulturwissenschaft“ cordially invites the submission of papers for its panel.

Call for Papers
To honor and celebrate over a century of Charles S. Peirce’s semeiotic legacy the German Semiotic Society cordially invites the submission of papers for its panel: Bridging the Disciplinary Boundaries of the Natural Sciences and Humanities, to be held at the University of Passau.

Charles S. Peirce is generally acknowledged as the founder of the modern science of signs. His scientific inquiry into sign activity was broad and expansive in nature. He was interested in scientifically observing the formal elements of signs as well as understanding signs as the embodied manifestation of reasoning processes.

In addition to being the inventor of Pragmatism (he later called it Pragmaticism) Peirce was a career scientist with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, an engineer, a founder of the study of Scientific Methodology and contemporary formal logic, a major inventor of the logic of relations, made hardware and software contributions to computing, and constructed a logical pedagogy while developing many of the principles needed to deploy the system within an educational setting. The aim of this panel is to advance Peirce scholarship specifically by way of a scientific approach bridging disciplinary borders, or by continuing his line of research into contemporary issues. Interdisciplinary submissions, and contributions from researchers in various disciplines are welcome.

Best paper award

In cooperation with the Institute for Studies in Pragmaticism and Texas Tech University, the panel will serve also as a contest platform for the best young scholar paper.

Young scholars are invited to submit to the head of the section a fully written paper to be presented at the congress. The section will determine the winner in a non-public, non-legal procedure.

The winner will be awarded with a travel grant covering expenses for traveling to Passau (transport, hotel, congress fee) up to 500,- US-$. Moreover there will be guaranteed publication for a revised version of the award winning paper. The award ceremony will be held during the congress within the section’s panel. Payment will be received after the congress. The winner will have to settle his/ her traveling expenses with the head of the section.

Information on organization and the course of the event
The Conference will take place at the University of Passau from the 12th to the 16th of September 2017. Abstracts should  be submitted to the following address:, to be received by no later than November the 20th, 2016. An acknowledgement of receipt of the abstract will be sent within two weeks of its date of submission. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants by May 30, 2017. Especially welcome are papers by young scholars whose research theses involve aspects of Peirce’s scientific work. Abstracts must include: Author’s name, Author’s email & institutional affiliation, Title of abstract, 150-word abstract (as it will be printed in the program), Keywords. Papers are for a 20-minute presentation.

Contact information
For questions please contact one of the following persons: Elize Bisanz, Stephanie Schneider: (,

Panel organizers: Elize Bisanz, Scott Cunningham, Stephanie Schneider

Concept of the Congress: Prof. Dr. Jan-Oliver Decker (
Organization of the Congress: Dr. Stefan Halft (

Further information will be available from fall 2016
Please also take a look at the other sections’ call for papers, available at

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