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.


Upcoming deadlines

Coming up in 2 months

  • Deadline for submission of revised abstracts is
  • Last date for early registration is

Other upcoming dates

Coming up in 8 days

  • Start of early-bird registration is

Coming up in 5 months

  • The conference (IACS3) is

Past deadlines

2 months ago

  • Deadline for submission of theme sessions was

6 weeks ago

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

Other past events

5 days ago

  • Notification for acceptance (oral presentations, posters) was


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. Many thanks again to the International Scientific Committee and to members of the Local Organizing Committee for their attentive reviews. The IACS3 EasyChair portal is now re-opened for abstract updates. Authors with accepted proposals are requested to carefully consider reviewers’ comments and revise their abstract accordingly for resubmission to the IACS3 EasyChair interface by April 15. Earlybird registration will open in early March (target date March 1). Watch the website for updates providing specific information on conference and pre-conference programming, travel options, lodging recommendations, registration instructions and payment amounts by the end of February. Instructions for graduate students and other new researchers to apply for travel bursary funding are coming soon as well. 敬请关注: stay tuned! Meanwhile, Happy Year of the Dog: 狗年大吉!

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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? The IACS board is supplying generous funds to support new and early career researchers whose papers are accepted for presentation. Additional funding is being sought from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Funding allocation and amounts awarded will be needs based and quota based depending on the total funds available. Applications and decisions will be made in April 2018. (Read this)

Post-Conference Publishing in Cognitive Semiotics

() Three publication outlets are reserved for submission of revised IACS3 papers following the conference: (Read this)

Combine IACS3 with LCM8 (Language, Culture & Mind)

() IACS3 participation can be combined with attendance at the next Language, Culture and Mind conference, which will be held nearby at Denison University, Granville, Ohio, July 17-19, 2018. (Read this)

Confirmed plenary speakers (as of )

  • Eve Danziger, University of Virginia
  • John Kennedy, University of Toronto
  • Kalevi Kull, University of Tartu
  • Irene Mittelberg, RWTH Aachen University
  • Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, University of Oregon
  • Göran Sonesson, Lund University


OCAD University (OCAD U)

OCAD University is a historic art and design university with a student body of 6,000, next-door to the colossal Art Gallery of Ontario and a few blocks east of Chinatown.

Ryerson University

Ryerson is a vibrant, city-centric university with a student body of 39,000 skirting Dundas Square (Toronto’s response to Times Square) and environs.

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

  • Peter Coppin, OCAD University
  • Jamin Pelkey, Ryerson University
  • Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, Ryerson University
  • Dana Osborne, Ryerson University
  • Dave Kemp, Ryerson University
  • Melissa Smith, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Ambrose Li, OCAD University
  • Richard Rosenbaum, York University