Call for papers: LCM-7, 1st-4th June 2016, Hunan University, Changsha, China

The Seventh International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind
Hunan University, Changsha, China
1st-4th June 2016

Call for Papers (

The Language, Culture and Mind conference series provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for communication and reflection on 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,
– Naran Bilik: Institute of Anthropological and Ethnological Studies, Fudan University, China,
– Colette Grinevald: Laboratoire Dynamique du Langage, Université Lyon 2, France,
– Erik Mueggler: Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, USA,
– Natasha Tassell-Matamua: Department of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand,

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.

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 of your intention to participate in the conference by filling in the pre-registration form on the conference website.

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 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 Science
• John Lucy, University of Chicago, Comparative Human Development and Psychology
• 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 Languages*
*Chair of the Local Committee for LCM 7.

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