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 11 days

  • Last date for conference registration is

Other upcoming dates

Coming up in 7 weeks

  • The conference (IACS3) is

Past deadlines

5 months ago

  • Deadline for submission of theme sessions was

4 months ago

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

3 weeks ago

  • Deadline for uploading revised abstracts was

20 days ago

  • Last date for earlybird registration was

Other past events

3 months ago

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

  • 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

  • Jamin Pelkey, Chair, Ryerson University
  • Peter Coppin, Co-Chair, OCAD University
  • Dana Osborne, Associate Coordinator, Ryerson University
  • Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, Associate Coordinator, Ryerson University
  • Dave Kemp, Advisor, Ryerson University
  • Melissa Smith, Liason, Art Gallery of Ontario
  • Ambrose Li, Web Designer, OCAD University
  • Richard Rosenbaum, Assistant, York University