The IACS conference series gathers together scholars and scientists in semiotics, cognitive science, linguistics, anthropology, philosophy, psychology and related fields, who wish to share their research on meaning and contribute to the interdisciplinary dialogue.
From July 13th to 15th, 2018 OCAD University and Ryerson University (in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ontario) co-hosted the Third Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics, co-organized by Dr. Peter Coppin (Graduate Program Director, Inclusive Design).
Presentations by Inclusive Design students and faculty were featured in the conference including:
Veronica Geraldo (with Jordan Zlatev)
Referential iconicity in music and speech within and across sensory modalities
Brandon Biggs, Lena Yusim, and Peter Coppin
The Audio Game Laboratory
Peter Coppin (with Richard C. Windeyer)
Sonifying Napoleon's March: A cognitive semiotics approach to translating infographic maps into cross-modal information displays
Annie Levy and Peter Coppin
A Participatory Approach to Cross-Modal Translations/Interpretation of Visual Artworks
The conference also included a tour of an exhibition titled "Multi-Sensory Expo" that featured projects by INCD students at OCAD U's Ada Slaight Student Gallery, as well as a poster presentation by INCD student Felipe Sarmiento (with Peter Coppin) investigating an evolving multimodal sign system for the non-visual and non-aural soccer spectator.
The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS, founded 2013) aims at establishing cognitive semiotics as a trans-disciplinary study of meaning. More information on the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics can be found at http://iacs.dk
The full program from the conference can be found here.
Cognitive Semiotics investigates the nature of meaning, the role of consciousness, the unique cognitive features of human beings, the interaction of nature and nurture in development, and the interplay of biological and cultural evolution in phylogeny. To better answer such questions, cognitive semiotics integrates methods and theories developed in the human, social, and cognitive sciences.
Local Organizing Committee
Core Committee Members
Jamin Pelkey, Ryerson Chair: Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Peter Coppin, OCAD Chair: Associate Professor, OCAD University
Stéphanie Walsh Matthews, Coordinator: Associate Professor, Ryerson University
Dana Osborne, Coordinator: Assistant Professor, Ryerson University
Dave Kemp, IMA Liason: Assistant Professor, Ryerson University School of Image Arts
Melissa Smith, AGO Liason: Coordinator, Art Gallery of Ontario
David Lidov, General Advisor: Professor Emeritus, York University
Ali Aird, Volunteer Coordinator, Ryerson University, Masters Student
Gabriele Aroni, Volunteer, Ryerson University, PhD Student
Calla Evans, Photographer, Ryerson University, Masters Student
Talia Eylon, Media Support, Ryerson University, Masters Student
Annie Levy, Volunteer, OCAD University, Masters Student
Ambrose Li, Web Designer, OCAD University, Masters Graduate
George Martin, Volunteer, York University, PhD Student
Sophia Melanson, Volunteer, York University, PhD Student
Paul Messina, Volunteer, Ryerson University, BSc Student
Natasha Naveau, Media Support, Ryerson University, Masters Student
Sari Park, Volunteer Coordinator, Ryerson University, BA Student
Sahar Raza, Volunteer, Ryerson University, Masters Student
Richard Rosenbaum, Volunteer, York University, PhD Student
Jana Vigor, Volunteer Coordinator, Ryerson University, Masters Student