Centrum för kognitiv semiotik (CCS)

Humanistiska och teologiska fakulteterna | Lunds universitet

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Past Seminars 2: From Autumn Term 2017

The Autumn term will start in September, and the seminar will be moved to Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. Because of this change, the locale of the seminar will vary a lot, so please pay attention to the information which will be given below.

Autumn Term Seminars 2017

September 2017

  • 1/9. 428b. Jordan Zlatev (Cognitive Semiotics): The Sedimentation and Motivation Model in an Ecological Theory of Metaphor.
  • 8/9.  L303a. Minisymposium: "The Role of Pantomime in Cognitive-Semiotic Evolution"
  • 13:00-14:00 Przemysław Żywiczyński and Slawomir Wacewicz (Torun University): Pantomime, turn-taking and the emergence of proto-symbols
  • 14:00-15:00 Ines Adornetti, Alessandra Chiera & Francesco Ferretti (University Roma 3): The narrative dimension of pantomime: an evolutionary perspective
  • There will be coffee and informal discussion in the corridor in front of H405 afterwards.
  • 15/9. H405. Lorenzo Cigana (Copenhagen University). On norms and experience in structural linguistics.
  • 22/9. B131 Fakultetsklubben (Note change of local from earlier announced). Michael Ranta (Cognitive Semiotics). General reflections and report on my 6 months scholarship in Chengdu, China — - On Linguistic and Cognitive Relativism: Reflections Based on the Film "Arrival" (2016)
  • 29/9. L604. No seminar


October 2017 

  • 6/10. L303a. No seminar.
  • 13/10. H428b. No seminar
  • 20/10. H405. Erik Rynell (Malmö Theatre Academy): Edith Stein’s empathic approach to intersubjectivity
  • 27/10. L303a. Bilyana Martinovsky (Gothenburg): Virtual Human Simulation of Awareness.

November 2017 

  • 3/11.  No seminar. But you are welcome to follow the lecture of the course Mind, Meaning and Communication: Basic concepts and methods of cognitive semiotics
  • 10/11. No seminar. But you are welcome to follow the lecture of the course Mind, Meaning and Communication: The phenomenological method
  • 17/11.  No seminar. But you are welcome to follow the lecture of the course Mind, Meaning and Communication: The cognitive semiotics of cultural evolution
  • 20/11. H135b. (Note changed week day): Marianna Bolognesi (Oxford University): VisMet 1.0:  A corpus of visual metaphors.
  • 24/11. H428b. Junichi Toyota (Graduate School of Literature and Human Sciences, Osaka City University): Ethnolinguistics and the formation of future tense: with particular focus on greetings.

December 2017

  • 1/12. No seminar. But you are welcome to follow the lecture of the course Mind, Meaning and Communication: Pictorial development and evolution – Picture signs and verbal signs
  • 8/12. H405. Travis J. Wiltshire (University of Southern Denmark). Examining collaborative cognition by modeling communication sequence dynamics and movement coordination
  • 15/12. No seminar. But you are welcome to follow the lecture of the course Mind, Meaning and Communication: The cognitive semiotics of metaphor
  • 22/12. No seminar.

January 2018

  • 5/1. No seminar
  • 12/1. No seminar


Spring Term Seminars 2018

January 2018

  • 19/1. Joel Parthemore (Technical University Eindhoven & Skövde Högskola): Assessing Agency, Moral and Otherwise: Beyond the Machine Question
  • 26/1. No seminar.
  • 29/1, 15.00-17.00. H428b (Note changed weekday and time). Luis de Miranda (University of Edinburgh). Cosmic Anthrobots: Conjecturing Our Mode of Collaboration With Robonauts

February 2018

  • 2/2. LUX C126, 14-16 (Note changed place and time). Christopher Tilley (University College, London): From structuralism to phenomenology and back again: perspectives on Scandinavian rock art.
    • Abstract: In this talk I consider ways of understanding rock art from my personal involvement in the field and new perspectives for the future. In particular I stress the significance of an embodied relation to the images and their platial context in relation to an approach stressing the importance of narratives of place in relation to the body and the social rhythms of producing and relating to the carvings as part and parcel of daily life in particular landscapes.
  • 9/2. No seminar
  • 16/2. Text seminar. We read together some papers representing the approach which Galentucci and others call "experimental semiotics" (much narrower defined than we should do). Anu Vasternius (doctorate student at Cognitive Semiotics) will introduce the seminar.
    • "Note that 'experimental semiotics' (as defined by Galanticci et al) uses various experimental and interactive conditions in order to investigate the evolution of language – but in the process, studies the 'semiotic affordances' of all kinds of semiotic systems, including gestures, sounds, pictures and music. So it a field of much significance of cognitive semiotics." (Very pertinent description quoted from Jordan Zlatev)
    • To obtain the relevant papers which should be read before the seminar, contact
  • 23/2 No seminar
  • 28/2. H339, 13-15 (Please note changed place and week day).   Iraide Ibarretxe-Antuñano (Universidad de Zaragoza): The role of ideophones in the lexicalisation of (caused) motion.
    • Abstract: Ideophones are expressive marked linguistic units with a dramaturgic depictive function (Dingemanse 2012). They are described by a number of crosslinguistic structural as well as semantic-pragmatic characteristics (Ibarretxe-Antuñano 2017). Languages, regardless of the size of their ideophonic inventories, possess numerous ideophones to describe (caused) motion events. That is, how an entity moves (Aragonese china-chana ‘walk in small steps’), where the entity moves (English splish-splash), and even who/what moves (Basque kli-kli ‘fly (of insects)’). The main goal of this talk is to provide an overview of the role of ideophones in the lexicalization of (caused) motion events. After a brief introduction to the typological characteristics of ideophones, the talk focuses on the semantics and usage of motion ideophones.
      Dingemanse, Mark. 2012. Advances in the Cross-Linguistic Study of Ideophones. Language and Linguistics Compass 6(10): 654–672.
      Ibarretxe-Antuñano, I. 2017. Basque ideophones from a typological perspective. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue canadienne de linguistique 62(2): 196–220. doi: 10.1017/cnj.2017.8

March 2018

  • 2/3. No seminar
  • 9/3. Diederick Niehorster & Marcus Nyström (Lund University Humanities Lab). Making sense of eye movements.
    • We'll talk about how eye movements are used to study information extraction from visual displays, and how people use eye-movements as a communication channel. We'll present original research into 1. what information is used by students when solving math and physics problems, and 2 using eye movements to communicate in a social visual search task. We will also present a look into the future, focusing on how eye movements are relevant for the educational sciences.

  • 16/3. No seminar
  • 23/3. No seminar.
  • 30/3. Holiday

April 2018

  • 6/4. Peter Skoglund (Archeology, Kalmar), Anna Cabak Redei (Cognitive Semiotics, Lund), Michael Ranta (Cognitive Semiotics, Lund), & Tomas Persson (Cognitive Science, Lund):  Do Rock Carvings Tell Stories? Aspects of Narrativity in Scandinavian Petroglyphs
  • 13/4. José Manuel Ureña Gómez-Moreno (Departamento de Filología Moderna, Castilla-La Mancha) Tentative suggestions on the psycho-cognitive basis of the mimic octopus’ semiosis.
  • 20/4. No seminar
  • 27/4. Piotr Konderak (Cognitive science, Lublin).  The amalgamated mind: Between function and experience.

May 2018

  • 4/5, 13-16; H140 (Please note changed place and time) Mini-symposium: "Mapping the body across cultures : shared patterns and variations of body representation".
    • Shared patterns and variations of body representation in French, Indonesian, and Japanese (Simon Devylder, Misuzu Shimotori, Poppy Siahaan, Soichi Kozai & Christopher Bracks)
    • Body parts metaphors in Indonesian, English, and German (Poppy Siahaan)
    • The Embodied Motivations for Deep and High Emotion Metaphors in Japanese and Swedish (Misuzu Shimotori, Göteborg University)
    • Abstracts
  • 11/5, 13-17; H339 (Please note changed place and time) Mini-symposium: "Memory Research and Street Art"
    • Reconstructing Bartlett: The serial reproduction of his idea (Brady Wagoner, Aalborg University)
    • Cairo post 2011: Collective Memory, urban space, and street art. (Sarah H. Awed, Aalborg University)
    • General discussion about Bartlett's work, its relevance to so-called experimental semiotics, and street art.
  • 18/5, 10-17; L201 (Please note changed place and time) Mini-symposium: "Enaction, Embodiment and Language"
    • Linguistic Bodies and Cognitive Linguistics (Elena Cuffari, Worchester State University, MA, USA)
    • Participatory Sense-Making and How We Read Literary Fiction (Yanna B. Popova, Oxford)
    • Temporality of Sense-Making in Narrative Interactions (Yanna B. Popova & Elena Cuffari)
    • The Phenomenological Semiotic Hierarchy: From Operative to Linguistic Intentionality (Jordan Zlatev, Cognitive Semiotics, Lund)
    • Gestures as image schemas and force gestalts (Irene Mittelberg, Aaachen)
  • 25/5. Elena Faur (Cluj-Napoca, Roumania): Metaphor and Myth. Are “worldview metaphors” really metaphors?

June 2018

  • 1/6. No seminar.
  • 8/6.