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We invite academic institutions to submit their offers to organize and host future editions of Language, Culture and Mind conferences.
Below you find the guidelines for LCM conference organization

  1. Conferences will be referred to as LCM N (N= 1 … n), with consistent either Arabic or Roman N.
  2. The full title of each conference will be:

    LANGUAGE CULTURE AND MIND N:
    INTEGRATING PERSPECTIVES AND METHODOLOGIES IN THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE

  3. The website for each conference should include the following text OR an abbreviation / modification of it agreed by the conference organizing committee:

    The goals of LCM conferences are to contribute to situating the study of language in a contemporary interdisciplinary dialogue, and to promote a better integration of cognitive and cultural perspectives in empirical and theoretical studies of language. 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 should also involve such essential modalities of human action as: empathy, mimesis, intersubjectivity, normativity, agentivity and narrativity. Significant theoretical, methodological and empirical advancements in the relevant disciplines now provide a realistic basis for such a broadened perspective. This conference will articulate and discuss approaches to human natural language and to diverse genres of language activity which aim to integrate its cultural, social, cognitive and bodily foundations. We call for contributions from scholars and scientists in anthropology, biology, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, semiotics, semantics, discourse analysis, cognitive and neuroscience, who wish both to impart their insights and findings, and learn from other disciplines. Preference will be given to submissions which emphasize interdisciplinarity, the interaction between culture, mind and language, and/or multi-methodological approaches in language sciences.

  4. The international organizing committee will consist of three representatives of the local committees of past LCM conferences, plus one representative of the local organizing committee of the current LCM, plus one or more individuals elected by the participants of the previous LCM conference at a General Assembly.
  5. The local organizing committee may propose a special theme for the conference, subject to agreement by the full conference organizing committee.
  6. The plenary speakers (with one exception) will be selected by the vote of all members of the international organizing committee. The committee is charged with ensuring a reasonable balance of discipline, geographical/national origin and gender in agreeing the final list of plenary speakers.
  7. The local organizing committee can select one plenary speaker without this being subject to the vote of the organizing committee.