Call for papers: Eighth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, 16-18 June 2011

2011  Linnaeus University, Sweden

Eighth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, 16-18 June 2011

The eighth in a series of biennial international and interdisciplinary symposia organized by the Iconicity Research Project since 1997, this meeting will once again focus on iconicity – understood as form miming meaning and form, and meaning miming form and meaning – in language and in literature. It will especially welcome proposals for papers dedicated to the issues of intermediality and multimodality, discussing iconicity mediated by, for instance, different material, sensorial and spatiotemporal modes. Previous symposia have, on the one hand, concentrated on iconicity as a driving force in language on all grammatical levels, on language acquisition, and on language change. On the other hand, they have addressed the various mimetic uses of more concrete and creative iconic images and/or more abstract iconic diagrams and metaphors at all levels of the literary text, in both narrative and poetic forms, and on all varieties of discourse (literary texts, historical texts, political texts, advertising, language and music, word and image, etc.). These possibilities remain open for the 2011 symposium.

The meeting will be hosted by the Forum for Intermedial Studies (, Linnaeus University, campus Växjö (Sweden), easily available by train from Copenhagen Airport. The symposium language will be English. Presentation time for papers will be 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Session proposals and abstracts together with a brief c.v. should be sent (preferably by email) to the organizers before

1 February 2011

A second announcement with practical details will be sent in the fall. For further information about the Iconicity project, please consult our website:

Prof. Dr. Olga FischerUniversiteit van Amsterdam

Spuistraat 210

1012VT Amsterdam

The Netherlands

Phone: +31-20-5253825

Fax: +31-20-5253052


PD Dr. Christina LjungbergUniversity of Zurich

Plattenstrasse 47

8032 Zurich


Phone: +41-44-6343551

Fax: +41-44-6344908


Local organizer: Prof. Lars Elleström

Linnaeus University

School of Language and Literature

351 95 Växjö



+46 772-28 80 00

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