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LCM7: 2nd Call for Papers



Second Call for Papers

Language, Culture and Mind 7

Signs of Life: Cultural contact
change and continuity in language, thought and identity
Hunan University, Changsha, China, 1st-4th June 2016
web: http://www.lcm7.org
e-mail: LCM_VII[-at-]126.com

The Language, Culture and Mind conference series provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the integration of biological, cognitive, social and cultural perspectives in theoretical and empirical studies of language and communication.

The keynote theme for LCM 7 will be:
Signs of Life: Cultural contact—change and continuity in language, thought
and identity
There will be two round table subthemes:
1. Diversity, endangerment, revitalization of cultures and languages.
2. Intercultural and transcultural dynamics.

Keynote Speakers:
Linda Martín Alcoff: Department of Philosophy, Hunter College and CUNY
Graduate Center. USA http://www.alcoff.com

Naran Bilik: Institute of Anthropological and Ethnological Studies, Fudan
University, China http://ice.ssdpp.fudan.edu.cn/naran-bilik/

Colette Grinevald: Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Université Lyon 2,

Erik Mueggler: Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, USA

Natasha Tassell-Matamua: Department of Psychology, Massey University, New

Submissions (individual papers and symposia) are welcome on any theme
relevant to the interdisciplinary study of language, culture and mind,
including (but not limited to):

  • biological and cultural co-evolution
  • comparative study of communication systems
  • cognitive and cultural schematization and semantics
  • emergence of language in ontogeny and phylogeny
  • language and intersubjectivity
  • language in multi-modal communication
  • language and thought, emotion and consciousness
  • language, culture and identity

LCM conferences are accompanied by a one-day Young Researchers’ Workshop,
at which students and early career postdoc researchers are able to present
their research and receive feedback from their peers and from more
experienced researchers. The LCM 7 Young Researchers’ Workshop will be held
on the 30th and 31st May 2016.

Important dates:
Abstract Submission Deadline: 5th January 2016
Acceptance notifications by 15th February 2016

Registration Fees (provisional) LCM 7
Faculty members: RMB 1,000.00 (approximately US$160, EUR 140, GBP 100)
Students: RMB 500.00 (approximately US$80, EUR 70, GBP 50)

Registration Fees will cover conference materials, lunches each day, the
conference banquet and excursion. Registration fees will be payable by cash
or credit card (POS machine) at the registration desk at the conference.

Please notify us at LCM_VII@126.com of your intention to participate in
the conference by filling in the pre-registration form on the conference

Young Researchers’ Workshop
Participation in the Young Researchers’ Workshop will be free of charge for
participants in the LCM conference. Fees for non-LCM participants will be
held at an affordable level.

Please notify us at yrw2016@126.com  of your intention to participate
in the Young Researchers’ Workshop by filling in the pre-registration form
on the conference website.

About Hunan University: Established as a university in 1926, Hunan
University, located in the city of Changsha in Central South China, has a
continuous history of more than 1,000 years as an institute of higher
learning. The Yuelu Academy, founded during the Song Dynasty in the year
976 CE, was one of the four ancient Confucian Academies. The restored Yuelu
Academy is now open for public visits and is an integral part of the Hunan
University South campus, situated at the foot of Mount Yuelu, which,
together with the Academy, is a major tourist attraction. Hunan Province is
rich in historic sites and breathtaking landscapes, such as the Zhangjiajie
scenic park (where the movie ‘Avatar’ was filmed). The province is home to
several minority culture and language groups with stunning rural scenery
and picturesque villages and towns.

The LCM Mission Statement

Human natural languages are biologically based, cognitively motivated,
affectively rich, socially shared, grammatically organized symbolic
systems. They provide the principal semiotic means for the complexity and
diversity of human cultural life. As has long been recognized, no single
discipline or methodology is sufficient to capture all the dimensions of
this complex and multifaceted phenomenon, which lies at the heart of what
it is to be human. In the recent past, perception and cognition have been
the basis of general unifying models of language and language activity.
However, a genuine integrative perspective must also incorporate the
intersubjective dimension of cultural symbols, cultural norms and cultural
practices. LCM conferences articulate and discuss approaches to diverse
genres of language activity which aim to understand their cultural, social,
cognitive and bodily foundations. LCM conferences welcome contributions
from scholars and scientists in anthropology, biology, linguistics,
philosophy, psychology, semiotics, semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive
and neuroscience, and from other disciplines, who wish both to impart their
insights and findings, and learn from other disciplines.

The LCM International Organizing Committee

Roberto Bottini, Center for Mind/Brain Sciences, Trento, Italy
Barbara Fultner, Denison University, Philosophy and Women’s Studies
Piotr Konderak,  Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Logic and Philosophy of
John Lucy, University of Chicago, Comparative Human Development and
Aliyah Morgenstern, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, Linguistics
Esther Pascual, Zhejiang University, School of International Studies
Victor Rosenthal, Institut Marcel Mauss – EHESS, Paris
Chris Sinha, Hunan University, Cognitive Science, School of Foreign
*Chair of the Local Committee for LCM 7.

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