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

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  • Deadline for submission of theme sessions has been extended to

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  • Deadline for abstract submission (oral presentations, posters) has been extended to

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  • Last date for early registration is

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  • Notification for acceptance (oral presentations, posters) has been postponed to

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  • The conference (IACS3) is

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


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)


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

Organizing committee

  • Peter Coppin, OCAD University
  • Jamin Pelkey, Ryerson University
  • Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, Ryerson University
  • Dana Osborne, Ryerson University
  • Ambrose Li, OCAD University
  • Richard Rosenbaum, York University