2019 Lund University

12th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, 3-5 May 2019

Lund University, Sweden

The twelfth in a series of biennial international and interdisciplinary symposia organized by the Iconicity Research Project since 1997, this meeting will once again focus on iconicity – resemblance mappings between form and meaning – in language and in literature, and in other media such as music, film, drawing and other visual arts.

The theme of the 12th Symposium is iconicity in cognition and across semiotic systems. We especially welcome proposals for papers dedicated to this theme, but encourage submissions investigating iconicity from a broad range of perspectives. There will be a round table representing different perspectives.

Previous symposia have concentrated, on the one hand, on iconicity as a driving force in language (both spoken and signed) on all grammatical levels, as well as in language change, language acquisition, and language processing. On the other hand, they have addressed iconicity in language use across a range of media (from print to performance), incorporating the uses of iconic images, diagrams and metaphors at different levels of abstraction and in all varieties of text and discourse (literary texts, historical texts, political texts, advertising, language and music, word and image, etc.). These possibilities remain open for the 2019 symposium, but we ask participants to make their presentations accessible for an interdisciplinary audience.

Keynotes speakers:

·       Fernando Andacht, Republican University of Uruguay

·       Mutsumi Imai, Keio University at Shonan-Fujisawa

·       Cornelia Mueller, Europa-Universität Viadrina

·       Göran Sonesson, Lund University


The symposium will be hosted by the Division for Cognitive Semiotics, Centre for Language and Literature at Lund University. For international participants, Lund can be most easily reached from Copenhagen airport (about 40 minutes by train). The symposium language will be English. A selected number of essays will be published in the Iconicity in Language and Literature (ILL) series published by John Benjamins.

Abstract submission: We invite abstracts (450 words maximum, excluding references) of unpublished work for oral presentations, posters, and theme sessions.

·     Oral papers: 30 minutes + 10 minutes discussion, in two or three parallel sessions. (Deadline: 1 November 2018) 

·  Theme sessions:  three individual papers, focusing on a well-defined topic (corresponding to a two-hour slot). An abstract proposing the theme itself as well as abstracts for the three individual papers composing the theme should be submitted. (Deadline: 15 October 2018) 

·       Posters: there will be a 2-hour poster session for up to 30 presentations, to be held in the lobby of Centre for Languages and Literature. (Deadline: 1 November 2018) 

Abstracts are to be submitted to Easychair, which will be available from 1 April 2018. Each abstract will be reviewed by at least two reviewers from an international Scientific Committee.

For further information about the Iconicity Research Project, please consult the website: http://www.iconicity.ch

Further information (about hotel bookings, registration, venue, etc.) will be available on the conference website hosted by Lund University in due time.


Permanent Organizing Committee

Prof Dr Olga Fischer                                Prof Dr Christina Ljungberg

Email: O.C.M.Fischer@uva.nl                 Email: cljung@es.uzh.ch


Local Organizing Committee

Prof. Jordan Zlatev:  jordan.zlatev@semiotik.lu.se

Dr. Simon Devylder: simon.devylder@semiotik.lu.se

Dr. Sara Lenninger: sara.lenninger@semiotik.lu.se

Niklas Johansson: niklas.johansson@ling.lu.se