FW: The 1st International Conference on Interactivity, Language and Cognition (CILC)

Wodak, Ruth r.wodak at lancaster.ac.uk
Thu Jun 14 13:32:15 UTC 2012

Please distribute widely!

The Distributed Language Group and the University of Southern Denmark, cordially invite you to take part in

The 1st International Conference on Interactivity, Language and Cognition (CILC)

Date: 12 September 2012 - 14 September (with pre-conference workshops on 11 September)

Location: University of Southern Denmark, Odense Campus

In recent years, cognitive science has been increasingly influenced by a distributed approach to cognition. On the distributed view, cognition is traced to how human beings integrate neural, bodily and extra-corporeal events and activities. Cognition goes beyond the brain and the individual body, and its basis lies in interactivity or how agents connect with each other both directly and through material and symbolic artifacts. Taking this approach into the realm of human language, language is viewed as a shared activity of languaging, with emphasis falling on how the materiality of symbolic resources constrains the bodily and cognitive dynamics of human beings. Accordingly, a distributed approach to language and cognition is pursued by treating languaging as pivotal to social, cultural and biological development and maintenance. Thus description and explanation of linguistic activities are carried out with regard to verbal patterns, sociocultural practices, and, just as crucially, the real-time embodied interactivity that links people within their environments.

The aim of the conference is to place the study of human interactivity, including language and cognition, within the context of human culture and the life sciences. With its trans-disciplinary agenda, CILC invites researchers from linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, anthropology, biology, etc., to address the following research questions:

(1) How do the interbodily dynamics of human interactivity shape languaging and in turn how does languaging shape the dynamics of human interactivity?

(2) How do linguistic, symbolic and gestural structures constrain these interbodily dynamics?

(3) How are human agency, the cultural order, technology, landscapes and ecosystems influenced by the talk, texts, and material products of human languaging?

Invited Speakers:

David Kirsh (University of California at San Diego), Nigel Love (University of Cape Town), Bert Hodges (Gordon College and University of Connecticut), Susan Duncan (University of Chicago), Alexander Kravchenko (Baikal National University of Economics and Law), Steve Thorne (Portland State University and University of Groningen), and Stephen Cowley (University of Hertfordshire).

Conference Fees:

EXTENDED early bird registration (before 1 July 2012): 200 EURO

Full conference fee (no later than 15 August 2012): 225 EURO

For Ph.D. students: 120 EURO

Fees include the conference kit, lunches and coffee breaks (conference dinner is not included).

Further information:


cilc2012 at language.sdu.dk<mailto:cilc2012 at language.sdu.dk>

Best regards

Astrid Jensen
Associate Professor, Institute of Language and Communication

+45 6550 9140


+45 6550 9101


astrid at language.sdu.dk<mailto:astrid at language.sdu.dk>


Sdr. Stationsvej 28, DK-4200 Slagelse, Denmark

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