ISSILC organizes a biennial conference in the CILC-series. CILC is short for “Conference for Interactivity, Language and Cognition”. The CILC conferences gather internationally leading researchers across many disciplinary borders. Contributors come from as diverse fields as linguistics, applied linguistics, education, interaction studies, biology, cognitive science, psychology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, communication studies, semiotics, and biosemiotics.


The 1st International Conference on Interactivity, Language and Cognition (CILC1) was held at the University of Southern Denmark’s Odense campus on September 11th to 14th 2012.

The Conference was preceeded by a one-day workshop for the research clusters organized under the Distributed Language Group.

CILC1 aimed at placing the study of human interactivity, including language and cognition, within the context of human culture and the life sciences. True to its broad topic, CILC1 invited researchers from linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, anthropology, biology, etc., to address the following research questions:

Invited speakers

The aim of describing and explaining human interactivity involving the symbolic and material cues of language in terms of bodily dynamics was sought to be reflected in the choice of invited speakers; half were linguists and the other half non-linguists:


The 2nd CILC was held at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland on September 10th to 12th 2014. On Tuesday September 9th, before the conference proper, DLG Research Clusters arranged workshops.


The Tactility of Thinking and Talking

Invited Speakers: Chris Baber, Hannele Dufva, Sabrina Golonka, David Kirsh, Lambros Malafouris, Joanna Raczasek-Leonardi, Li Wei

Workshops on temporality, gibsonian information, translanguaging, genesis of graphic skills, distributed intelligence analysis, organizational cognition, interactivity from computers to cultures.

ISSILC and the CILC3 organizing committee cordially invites you to submit abstracts for the 3rd. International Conference on Interactivity, Language and Cognition (CILC3). The theme of CILC3 is The Tactility of Thinking and Talking: The transactional weaving of people, things, and words, that reflects a coordination at different time scales and from which language and cognition emerge. We invite researchers from fields such as psychology, philosophy, cognitive archaeology, semiotics, applied and theoretical linguistics, communication, business and education to present papers on the windows that ecosystems offer on languaging and thinking.


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa hosted the 4th International Conference on Interactivity, Language & Cognition on August 1-5, 2018 on its campus in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. The theme of CILC4 2018 was Educational Enskillment, Event, and Ecology. These intersecting ideas converged on how processual events sustain human and community becoming. In addition to addressing these issues, we welcome papers that discuss how Eastern and Western assumptions about knowledge and becoming can be linked, and how such links may be fruitfully exploited in theory and practice. Thus, in Chinese philosophy there is a reciprocal metaphor that connects the cosmos and the body through Qi, an energetic flow that operates on different scales. In the West, proponents of 4E cognition (Embodied, Embedded, Extended, Enactive) are increasingly preoccupied with ideas that share similar assumptions. We propose to explore Qi in both its holistic macro and micro potentials and ask how concepts like ecosystems, events, and Qi, contribute to our understanding of languaging, thinking, and feeling.


15-19 September 2021, Warsaw/online

Human behavior and experience is richer than any measurement can show and is fragile under the measurements. The conference “Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in the Cognitive and Language Sciences” aims to unite researchers in a quest for methodological approaches and a common language, which can – at least to some degree – deal with these underappreciated facts in the cognitive, social and human sciences. The conference will be co-organized by the International Society for the Study of Interactivity, Language and Cognition, and the University of Warsaw Human Interactivity and Language Lab, which are committed to uncovering the fundamental role of human interactivity and language in constituting cognition.