jueves, 14 de junio de 2012

co-Ignition Now! re-Distributing Cognition


Conference on Interactivity, Language and Cognition

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Dear all ecolinguists,

As Catherine Baumgartner wrote a few weeks ago, the Distributed Language Group (a
recent academic community working on Distributed Language and Cognition) shares many
interests with the ecolinguistic community. As a long-time member of both
communities, I'm therefore happy to invite you all to take part in a DLG-sponsored
conference at the University of Southern Denmark, Odense Campus.

As you can see from the research questions, we explicitly relate our research agenda
to ecological issues, and I trust that the event will be of relevance and interest
to many ecolinguists - and it will be great fun too!

More information on the conference below!

All the best,
Sune Vork Steffensen
Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark


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

(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 June 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

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