The Third Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS3—2018)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The IACS conference series seeks to gather together scholars and scientists in semiotics, cognitive science, linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, psychology and related fields, who wish to share their research on meaning and contribute to the interdisciplinary dialogue.


Book of Abstracts

Upcoming deadlines

No upcoming deadlines.

Other upcoming dates

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Past deadlines

33 months ago

  • Deadline for submission of theme sessions was

32 months ago

  • Deadline for abstract submission (oral presentations, posters) was

29 months ago

  • Deadline for uploading revised abstracts was
  • Last date for earlybird registration was

28 months ago

  • Last date for conference registration was

Other past events

31 months ago

  • Notification for acceptance (oral presentations, posters) was
  • Start of early-bird registration was

26 months ago

  • The conference (IACS3) was


April-May Update

() A current list of accepted papers is posted here. Conference registration will remain open throughout the month of May (closing June 1), but earlybird registration for IACS3 ends on May 1. Click here to register for the conference. Click through for more updates. (Read this)

February Update

() Abstract notifications for oral presentations and poster presentations are out via the EasyChair interface (as of February 16). If you submitted an abstract for consideration, please check to ensure that you received your notification. (Read this)

Summary of Proposals Received

() Many thanks to everyone who submitted abstracts. We received 121 proposals from 145 researchers in 30 countries. Stay tuned in February for notifications and instructions on vetting results and conference planning logistics. Choropleth map of submitted proposals (Read this)

Bursaries and Scholarships for New Researchers

() Concerned about financing your trip? We are soliciting multiple funding sources to support new and early career researchers whose papers are accepted for presentation. (Read this)

Confirmed plenary speakers


OCAD University (OCAD U)

OCAD University is a historic art, design and media university that is the most comprehensive of its kind in Canada. Situated next-door to the colossal Art Gallery of Ontario and a few blocks east of Chinatown, the university has a student body of 6,000.

Ryerson University

Ryerson is a vibrant, city-centric university situated along Dundas Square and environs with a student body of 39,000 and "rooted in innovative, career-driven education with the goal of addressing contemporary societal needs."

The city of Toronto:

Known internationally as the world’s most diverse city, Toronto is the capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. Situated along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, it is a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park, to the 400-acre High Park and its trails, to its sports facilities and zoo.

Cognitive Semiotics investigates the nature of meaning, the role of consciousness, the unique cognitive features of human beings, the interaction of nature and nurture in development, and the interplay of biological and cultural evolution in phylogeny. To better answer such questions, cognitive semiotics integrates methods and theories developed in the human, social, and cognitive sciences.

The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS, founded 2013) aims at establishing cognitive semiotics as a trans-disciplinary study of meaning. More information on the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics can be found at

Local Organizing Committee

Core Committee Members

  • Jamin Pelkey, Ryerson Chair: Associate Professor, Ryerson University
  • Peter Coppin, OCAD Chair: Associate Professor, OCAD University
  • Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, Coordinator: Associate Professor,

      Ryerson University

  • Dana Osborne, Coordinator: Assistant Professor, Ryerson University

    Conference Liasons
  • Dave Kemp, IMA Liason: Assistant Professor, Ryerson University School of Image Arts
  • Melissa Smith, AGO Liason: Coordinator, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • David Lidov, General Advisor: Professor Emeritus, York University

    Conference Assistants
  • Ali Aird, Volunteer Coordinator, Ryerson University, Masters Student
  • Gabriele Aroni, Volunteer, Ryerson University, PhD Student
  • Calla Evans, Photographer, Ryerson University, Masters Student
  • Talia Eylon, Media Support, Ryerson University, Masters Student
  • Annie Levy, Volunteer, OCAD University, Masters Student
  • Ambrose Li, Web Designer, OCAD University, Masters Graduate
  • George Martin, Volunteer, York University, PhD Student
  • Sophia Melanson, Volunteer, York University, PhD Student
  • Paul Messina, Volunteer, Ryerson University, BSc Student
  • Natasha Naveau, Media Support, Ryerson University, Masters Student
  • Sari Park, Volunteer Coordinator, Ryerson University, BA Student
  • Sahar Raza, Volunteer, Ryerson University, Masters Student
  • Richard Rosenbaum, Volunteer, York University, PhD Student
  • Jana Vigor, Volunteer Coordinator, Ryerson University, Masters Student