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Mon Feb 19 2018

Calls: Bringing into Being: Multimodality, Cognition and Interaction at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

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Date: 16-Feb-2018
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Subject: Applied Ling, Cog Sci, Discourse Analysis/China
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Full Title: Bringing into Being: Multimodality, Cognition and Interaction at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China

Date: 24-Jun-2018 - 25-Jun-2018
Location: Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
Contact Person: Simon Harrison
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science; Discourse Analysis

Call Deadline: 28-Feb-2018

Meeting Description:

Specialized Seminar & pre-seminar workshop
“Bringing into Being: Multimodality and cognition in interaction”
University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
June 24 - 25, 2018

We are pleased to announce a Specialized Seminar scheduled to take place on Monday June 25 2018 at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, hosted by the School of English. The theme of the seminar is “Bringing into Being: Multimodality and cognition in interaction”. A pre-seminar workshop in gesture studies and multimodal analysis will be offered on Sunday June 24th.

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Cornelia Müller, Chair for Language Use and Multimodal Communication, Europa-Universität Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Associate Prof. Thomas Wiben Jensen, Centre for Human Interactivity, Department of Language and Communication, University of Southern Denmark
Bringing into Being

What role do multimodal resources – head and hand gestures, facial expressions, eye-gaze patterns and posture shifts – play in the gradual processes of linguistic expression and discourse that characterise our everyday interactions? Which cognitive processes are activated or enabled during such interactive episodes, and how do these processes help people collaborate to achieve communicative and interpersonal goals in social and professional communication? The theme “Bringing into being” provides the opportunity to address this encounter between multimodality and cognition in interaction. This specialized seminar will therefore be a forum for sharing analyses, discussing findings, and building theories relevant to several fields, including but not limited to gesture studies, multimodal interaction, face-to-face spoken/signed discourse, cognitive linguistics and cognitive science.

Pre-seminar workshop:

A pre-seminar workshop on Gesture Studies and Multimodal Analysis, run by the local organizing committee, is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday 24th June. Topics to be addressed include recurrency in language and gesture; multimodal aspects of grammar; form, organization and function of gesture in (embodied) interaction; gesture and cognition; methodological issues and tools in gesture studies/multimodal analysis; building multimodal corpora.

Conference Venue:

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) was the first Sino-foreign university. It is located in Ningbo, one of China’s major ports and economic centers in Zhejiang province. Ningbo is a rapidly growing city, ranked in the top ten of cities for business in China by Forbes, it is a thriving blend of enterprise, culture, education, tradition and entertainment. It is well connected for national and international travel, for example, with Shanghai, Hangzhou and Hong Kong all less than three hours away (by train/plane).

2nd Call for Papers:

This is a reminder of CfP for the “Bringing into Being” seminar. The deadline for abstract submission is February 28 2018.

We invite contributions from researchers working within any theoretical or methodological perspective that attends to the mutlimodal, interactive or conceptual processes involved in language use and embodied interaction. Twenty-minute oral presentations that report original research related to the theme of the seminar may include, but are not limited to:

- Cognitive approaches to language and gesture
- Multimodal approaches to grammar
- Gesture and conceptualisation
- Metaphor/metaphoricity in interaction
- Thinking for speaking/gesturing/interacting
- Multimodality in pragmatics and discourse
- Experimental studies of gesture and cognition
- Types, forms and functions of gestures/interactive configurations
- Gesture/sign language interface

Submission of Abstracts:

Please prepare your abstracts following these guidelines:

- 300 words maximum
- At the bottom of the abstract, please include four to six keywords and a list of the references cited in the abstract (keywords and references are not included in the word count; references in APA format).
- Names and affiliations of the author should not appear in the abstract, but should be clearly indicated in the accompanying email.
- For formatting, please use Times New Roman 12 point, single space, and save in .doc.
- Submit abstracts by the deadline by email to
- Include ‘abstract submission’ in the subject of the email

Deadline for abstract submission: February 28 2018
Notification sent to applicants: March 2018
Registration for seminar opens: April 2018

If you are outside of China and plan to submit an abstract and/or attend the seminar, please use the above email address to express your interest as soon as possible to the organisers, who will brief you on the necessary VISA application process.

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