5th International Conference on Interactivity, Language & Cognition


We invite you to participate in the 5th international conference CILC 2020: Conference on Interactivity, Language & Cognition, organized by the Laboratory of Interactivity and Language Research (Faculty of Psychology of the University of Warsaw) and the International Society for the Study of Interactivity, Language and Cognition (ISSILC). The conference will be held on 16-20 September 2020 at the Auditorium Maximum of the University of Warsaw.

Our aim is to bring together researchers working within several approaches, which are allied by their focus on preserving the value-realizing and qualitative aspects of human behavior and experience and by seeking quantitative methods that enable this. Within ecological, enactive, cognitive ethnographic and dynamical systems frameworks there is a long-standing worry about reducing persons, their deeds and feelings to measurements and relating the measurements to each other by (most often) linear models. Yet the dialogue among them and the exchange of research experience on the methodological level seem still rather limited, each approach developing predominantly their own valuable ways of investigations, responding to the specific needs of its domain.

With this conference we aim to strengthen the ongoing conversations and strike new encounters among researchers from these, and others, approaches, to unite them in a common concern for the complexity, richness and fragility of individual and collective cognition as it arises from language-infused interactions. We will try to give due weight to the qualitative methods, under the assumption that the best “measuring device” for human purposes is another human being: we have evolved not only to read each other but to feel with each other and act together. In seeking “tender” quantitative methods we will turn to those approaches which:

  • do not take operationalization to be a straightforward process,
  • can respect complexity, reciprocal causality and emergence,
  • refrain from hasty reifications of theoretical constructs, and
  • promote process-oriented analyses.

Important deadlines

  • Jan 17th – April 15th sessions proposals in;
  • Jan 17th – May 1st abstracts in;
  • May 1st sessions acceptance notification;
  • May 15th sessions abstracts final version submission;
  • June 1st abstracts acceptance notification.

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