International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind: 2nd Call for Papers

The Seventh International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind

Hunan University, Changsha, China

1st-4th June 2016

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline:
20th February 2016.

Registration fees for LCM 7: Faculty only RMB 1,000; Students only RMB 500

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. Submissions (individual papers and symposia) are welcome on any theme relevant to the interdisciplinary study of language, culture and mind.

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

Erik Mueggler: Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, USA
Natasha Tassell-Matamua: Department of Psychology, Massey University, New Zealand

Plenary Address:

Wari Kamaiura Sabino: Department of Linguistics, University of Brasília, Brazil.

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: 20th February 2016. Acceptance notifications (abstracts submitted before 6th January)15th February 2016; other abstracts 20th March.

Registration Fees LCM 7

Faculty members: RMB 1,000.00 (approximately US $150, EUR 140, GBP 100)

Students: RMB 500.00 (approximately US $75, EUR 70, GBP 50)

Registration Fees 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.

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 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.

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 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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