Confirmed speakers:

John Kennedy, University of Toronto

John Kennedy is a professor of psychology at the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research is in the psychology of perception and cognition with special reference to representation by pictures.

Kalevi Kull, University of Tartu

Kalevi Kull is a professor of biosemiotics and head of the Semiotics department at the University of Tartu, Estonia. His research interests include biosemiotics, ecosemiotics, general semiotics, theoretical biology, theory of evolution, history and philosophy of semiotics and life science. He has edited and co-authored Towards a Semiotic Biology: Life is the Action of Signs.

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, University of Oregon

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone is an independent scholar and a Courtesy Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon, United States. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone is a dancer/choreographer and philosopher. Her books – including Giving the Body Its Due (1992), The Primacy of Movement (1999, now in an expanded 600 page edition) and the anthology The Corporeal Turn (2009) - are landmarks in the theorisation of embodied cognition. They derive their authority, in part, from her ongoing grounding in embodied practices.

Göran Sonesson, Lund University

Göran Sonesson is a professor of semiotics at Lund University, Sweden, where he has directed the Semiotics Seminar since 1986, and has been the head of the Centre for cognitive semiotics since 2009. He also initiated Lund University’s doctorate in semiotics programme which formally started in 1998. His research interests include general and visual semiotics, the semiotics of gesture, linguistics, the semiotics of culture and, more recently, evolutionary and developmental semiotics. He has authored and co-edited a number of books, including Human Lifeworlds: The cognitive semiotics of cultural evolution.