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:

  1. How do the interbodily dynamics of human interactivity shape languaging and in turn how does languaging shape the dynamics of human interactivity?
  2. How do linguistic, symbolic and gestural structures constrain these interbodily dynamics?
  3. How are human agency, the cultural order, technology, landscapes and ecosystems influenced by the talk, texts, and material products of human languaging?

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:

  • David Kirsh (University of California at San Diego)
  • Nigel Love (University of Cape Town)
  • Bert Hodges (Wenham College and University of Connecticut)
  • Susan Duncan (University of Chicago)
  • Alexander Kravchenko (Baikal National University of Economics and Law)
  • Steve Thorne (Portland State University and University of Groningen)
  • Stephen Cowley (University of Hertfordshire)



Tuesday, September 11, 2012 (All day) to Friday, September 14, 2012 (All day)