[For past NASS conferences, see further down]

RELEVANT CONFERENCES (posted on request):

Call for Papers: Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2019 (17-20 August): Semiotic dimensions of spaces & literacies,



“Theory and Methods in Text mining and Semantic Networks: Modelling, mapping and representation”, a workshop organised by Florian Rabitz and Alin Olteanu at Kaunas University of Technology. All are welcome to participate October 19 at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, situated at A. Mickevičiaus g. 37 (Kaunas, Lithuania). Please address any inquiries to or

Workshop title Workshop programme







Call for papers: 12th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature (ILL-12)

Call for papers: Call for papers: 3rd conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics



Gatherings in Biosemiotics 2015 (15th International Gathering in Biosemiotics)

Aalborg University, Denmark, 30 June – 4 July 2015

Extended abstract deadline: March 15th

For more info, see the conference website and 2nd Call For Papers

Abstracts should be 300-600 words, typed using a standard word processing format (using Times New Roman 12 point font, and setting the page size for A4).

Abstracts should be submitted as single page files to the following address: to be received by no later than March 15th 2015 (extended deadline). Please name the abstract file with the author’s (your) surname in capital letters, for instance SEBEOK.doc.

A full-day pre-conference workshop entitled “The Semiotics of Psychophysiology” is planned for June 29Th2015 (more detailed information will be provided in due time).

For early registration and any additional information, please contact


CFP: First International Association for Cognitive Semiotics Conference, IACS-2014

Third and Final Call for Papers

First Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS)

September 25-27, 2014

Lund, Sweden

Plenary speakers

  • Søren Brier, Copenhagen Business School
  • Merlin Donald, Queens University
  • Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Cornelia Müller, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
  • Raymond Tallis, University of Manchester

Theme: Establishing Cognitive Semiotics

Over the past two decades or so, a number of researchers from semiotics, linguistics, cognitive science and related fields, from several European and North American research centres, have experienced the need to combine theoretical knowledge and methodological expertise in order to tackle challenging questions concerning the nature of meaning, the role of consciousness, the unique cognitive features of mankind, the interaction of nature and nurture in development, and the interplay of biological and cultural evolution in phylogeny. The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS) aims at the further establishment of Cognitive Semiotics as the trans-disciplinary study of meaning, combining concepts, theories and methods from the humanities and the social and natural sciences.


We invite the submission of 400 word abstracts (excluding title and references) for either an oral presentation (20 min presentation + 5 minute discussion) or poster (at a dedicated poster session), by uploading to the EasyChair website. The abstracts can be related, though need not be restricted, to the following topics:

  •  Biological and cultural evolution of human cognitive specificity
  • Cognitive linguistics and phenomenology
  • Communication across cultural barriers
  • Cross-species comparative semiotics
  • Evolutionary perspectives on altruism
  • Experimental semiotics
  • Iconicity in language and other semiotic resources
  • Intersubjectivity and mimesis in evolution and development
  • Multimodality
  • Narrativity across different media
  • Semantic typology and linguistic relativity
  • Semiosis (sense-making) in social interaction
  • Semiotic and cognitive development in children
  • Sign use and cognition
  • Signs, affordances, and other meanings
  • Speech and gesture
  • The comparative semiotics of iconicity and indexicality
  • The evolution of language

Important dates

  1. Deadline for submission of theme sessions: 31 Dec 2013(past)
  2. Deadline for abstract submission (oral presentations, posters): 1 Feb 2014
  3. Notification of acceptance (oral presentations, posters): 1 April 2014
  4. Last date for early registration: 1 July 2014

Local organizing committee

  • Mats Andrén
  • Johan Blomberg
  • Anna Redei Cabak
  • Sara Lenninger
  • Joel Parthemore
  • Göran Sonesson
  • Jordan Zlatev


The Eight Conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS) was arranged in Aarhus, Denmark, May 29-31 2013, and was titled Sign evolution on multiple time scales.

The Seventh Conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies, convened by longtime NASS president Göran Sonesson, was arranged in Lund, Sweden, May 6-8 2011.

For a brief list of NASS conferences further back, see “About NASS“.

The poster of the Lund 2011 conference.

Here’s a list of some past semiotic conferences etc. in the Nordic countries (see also report from NASS’ 25 year anniversary symposium in Imatra in June 2012), announced on the NASS webpage (for upcoming conferences, see the latest NASS newsletter):