CFP: Culture, Communication & Cognition – Explaining Cognitive-Cultural Components of Media & Communication


International Conference, Poland, Lublin 7 – 9 May 2012

DAVID R. OLSON, University of Toronto, Keynote Speaker

Conference Aims and Topics

The conference is to provide a platform for an interdisciplinary discussion of the interrelations between culture, cognition and communication, with special attention to the cultural and cognitive roles of writing and other media. Anthropologists, communication studies researchers, sociologists, psychologists, philosophers and cognitive scientists are encouraged to challenge ideas concerning the cognitive and cultural functions of communication, language and media – thereby building upon the work of such scholars as Innis, McLuhan, Goody, Havelock, Ong, Olson and Vygotsky. Of particular interest are submissions that explore the interrelations between cognitive science and theories of media and communications, which might be pursued from any of a number of theoretical positions, including: media ecology, medium theory and literacy-orality theory, speech-act theory, critical discourse analysis, semiotics of culture, theory of communicative action and communicology.

Topics on which we would like to focus during conference include:

  • Conceptual, methodological and theoretical problems faced by theories of media and communication – technological determinism, cognitive relativism, ethnocentrism, etc.
  • Media versus cultural practices
  • Semiotic analyses of language, speech, discourse, metaphor, etc.
  • The cognitive perspective on communication phenomena
  • Thinking through language, tools, instruments, information technologies and media
  • Media and extended mind  (situated cognition)
  • Human-computer communication
  • Modes and models of rationality in media, communication undertakings and environments
  • Cognitive Science in a historical perspective: logical empiricism and its contribution to understanding of language and communication
  • Intercultural perspectives on communication – contrastive studies on media and discourse, global communication studies, intercultural clashes and misunderstandings


Faculty of Philosophy and Sociology, Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland

 Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw, Poland

Polish Society for Cognitive Science

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