The 8th Gathering in Biosemiotics is organized by
University of the Aegean, Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering
International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS)
Call for Papers for the 8th Annual International Gatherings in Biosemiotics
This is the initial Call for Papers for the Eighth Annual International Gatherings in Biosemiotics, to be held on June 23-28, 2008 at the University of the Aegean (Department of Product and Systems Design Engineering) on the island of Syros in Greece.
Biosemiotics is an interdisciplinary research agenda investigating the myriad forms of communication and signification found in and between living systems. It is thus the study of representation, meaning, sense, and the biological significance of codes and sign processes, from genetic code sequences to intercellular signaling processes to animal display behavior to human semiotic artifacts such as this are exemplified by webpage.
Such sign processes appear ubiquitously in the literature on biological systems. Up until very recently, however, it had been implicitly assumed that the use of such terms as “message” “signal” “code” and “sign” was ultimately metaphoric, and that such terms could someday effectively be reduced to the mere chemical and physical interactions underlying such processes. As the prospects for such a reduction become increasingly untenable, even in theory, the interdisciplinary research project of biosemiotics is attempting to re-open the dialogue across the life sciences (including the humanities) regarding what, exactly, such a things as “meaning” or “significance” might refer to in the context of living, complex adaptive systems.
The Scientific Advisory Committee of the Eighth Annual Gatherings in Biosemiotics welcomes paper proposals from researchers in any academic discipline who are investigating the real-world use of sign processes among or within living organisms.
To submit a proposal, interested parties should e-mail to the address below: (1) an abstract of between 250-500 words (absolutely no more); as well as (2) an extremely abbreviated one-page CV, including your current professional / institutional affiliation, and listing your most recent or relevant publications.
Proposals and CVs should be sent as separate single one-page files using standard word-processing formats (.doc or .rtf – no PDF files please) and file-named: YOUR LAST NAME_ABSG8 and YOUR LAST NAME_CV, respectively.
These proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2008.
PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS OF PAPER PROPOSALS TO THIS CONFERENCE HAS NOW PASSED. PRESENTERS WHOSE PAPERS HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED APPEAR ON THE CONFERENCE PROGRAMME
Early submissions are highly encouraged.
More details regarding this conference will be made available in the weeks ahead. Please feel free to e-mail any questions regarding the conference to: Gatherings2008@biosemiotics.org
The Eighth Annual Gatherings in Biosemiotics is being made possible at the University of Aegean under the kind auspices of Prof. John Darzentas and Dr. Argyris Arnellos, in collaboration with the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies
International Advisory Committee:
Arnellos Argyris, University of the Aegean, Greece
Marcello Barbieri, University of Ferrara, Italy
John Darzentas, University of the Aegean, Greece
Claus Emmeche, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark
Donald Favareau, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Jesper Hoffmeyer, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Kalevi Kull, University of Tartu, Estonia