18th Annual
Biosemiotics Gathering

Berkeley, California              June 17-20, 2018

Call for Abstracts

The Scientific Advisory Committee of the 18th Gathering in Biosemiotics is pleased to invite scholars to submit abstracts on the fundamental mechanisms of meaning-making (semiosis) in living systems

 

Biosemiotics is, in the words of Jesper Hoffmeyer, “the signs of life and the life of signs.” As an interdisciplinary field, it emerged from the semiotics of Charles S. Peirce, and the theoretical biology of Jakob von Uexküll. It was finally distilled by Thomas Sebeok and many others. This Gathering, now in its eighteenth year, occurs under the auspices of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies.

 

Biosemioticians are biologists, philosophers, anthropologists, linguists, chemists, physical scientists, social scientists, humanities scholars, and more. We take a big tent approach to the field, and welcome thoughtful submissions based in any relevant discipline. 


We particularly welcome research in the following fields and areas: 


· Biosemiotic approaches to biology

· Biology utilizing biosemiotics

· Biosemiotics and ethology/phytology/ 

     mycology/zoösemiotics/microsemiotics

· The implications of biosemiotics to 

philosophy and humanities

· History and epistemology of biosemiotics

· Extended synthesis

· Semiotic approaches in theoretical 

biology

· Ontogeny of semiotic mechanisms

· Habits, codes and learning

· Typologies of semiosis and semiotic 

networks

· Modelling of semiosis

· Evolutionary anthropology & biosemiotics

· Methodology of biosemiotic research

· Umwelt research

· Biophenomenology

· Cognitive semiotics of nonhumans

· Evolution of semiosis

· Semiotic fundamentals of epigenetics 

and systems biology

· Semiotic thresholds

· Biosemiotics of health and disease

· Endosemiotics

· Interspecies semiosis

· Experimental biosemiotics

· Teaching biosemiotics

· Ecosemiotics 


Abstracts should be 300-600 words, in a standard word processing format or PDF and font size. One to three references (in Vancouver superscript) are permitted. 

Presentations are typically 30 minutes each, although this year, we will be introducing panels and alternative formats.

Abstracts should be submitted as single-space, single page files to the following address: 

biosemiotics2018@gmail.com 

and received no later than January 22, 2017

Please name the abstract file with the author’s (your) surname in capital letters, for instance SEBEOK.doc. 

Notification of acceptance date: February 28, 2017

 

N.B. The Host Committee is working to provide a small number of stipends partially covering travel costs for overseas graduate students with accepted abstracts. Those interested should indicate their desire in the body of the email containing their submission, adding one paragraph regarding need.

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Registration

Registration will open in early March, 2018 after the Scientific Committee has reviewed all abstracts and invited scholars to participate in the Gathering.

Registration fees will be waived for local graduate students with accepted papers. 

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Venue

International House, UC Berkeley


The University of California at Berkeley's International House is the perfect setting for biosemioticians to gather. Nestled at the top of UC Berkeley's campus, close to hotels and many restaurants, the location is eminently walkable.

We aim to arrange shuttles from the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART or metro) to the I-House for arrivals.

Oakland Airport is closer, but SFO is also easily accessible by public transport to local lodging and the venue site. 


Hotel, hostel, faculty club, and cooperative housing options will be posted shortly.