VisLang2024 CFP

Visual Language (VisLang) Conference 2024 – Call for papers

27-28 June 2024 (Thursday and Friday)

Submission deadline extended: Deadline for submissions is 22 January 2024.

The last two decades have seen an increasing focus on visual and multimodal media, particularly comics, emoji, and memes both in society and in scholarship. Growing work has applied theories and empirical methods from the linguistic and cognitive sciences to the study of visual and multimodal communication. The Visual Language Conference (VisLang) at Tilburg University aims to bring together scholars focused on these issues to further work towards establishing a community around this research.

Registration open soon

We invite submissions to the Visual Language (VisLang) Conference 2024, a two-day conference at Tilburg University in the Netherlands on 27-28 June 2024 (Thursday and Friday). We invite presentations on all dimensions of visual languages and associated fields. This includes research on (but not limited to):

– pictorial expressions (drawings, art, emoji, cartoons)
– visual narratives (comics, graphic novels, manga, picture books, film, etc.)
– non-narrative sequential images (instructions, signage)
– multimodality (memes, text-emoji relations, cartoons etc.)
– historical and/or cultural graphic systems
– visual event cognition and scene perception
– …and other pictorial and/or multimodal media

We welcome both theoretical and empirical research (corpus, experimental, computational), particularly those situated within (but not limited to) linguistics, psychology, cognitive science, computer science, and cultural evolution, in addition to research with developmental, applied, and/or educational focus.

Submissions are welcomed from researchers at all levels of scholarship. Submissions include an abstract of up to 400 words, which will be chosen for either a talk or a poster. Deadline for submissions is 21 January 2024.

Presenters will be requested to appear in person at Tilburg University, but we plan for the conference to be livestreamed for remote participation.

VisLang2024 is hosted by the Visual Language Lab within the Department of Communication and Cognition and is funded through an ERC Starting Grant for the TINTIN Project. Tilburg University is located in the city of Tilburg, in the south of the Netherlands, roughly 1.5 hours by train from Amsterdam. The university is accessible via trains from several surrounding cities, and by busses (and bikes!) within Tilburg.

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