Eighteenth Annual Biosemiotics Gathering at the University of California, Berkeley, June 17-20, 2018

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We are very pleased to share that the Eighteenth Annual Biosemiotics Gathering will be held in the grand auditorium at the International House on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley from Sunday June 17 through Wednesday June 20, 2018.ihouse_logo

More information can be found at www.biosemiotics.life. The call for papers is available here. DUE DATE EXTENDED:  January 31st, 2018
Flights may be made to either Oakland International Airport or San Francisco International Airport. Oakland is the closer airport, but both are well connected with public transportation (less than an hour). We are planning an exciting pre-conference program, and will organize an excursion into wine country for those who wish to stay in the beautiful Bay Area for another day.

Your 2018 Gathering Organizers,
Terry Deacon and Yogi Hendlin

Gatherings in Biosemiotics 2017 – Université de Lausanne

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The Gatherings in Biosemiotics 2017 will be hosted by the Université de Lausanne – click on this link for further information


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What is Biosemiotics?

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 language and abstract symbolic thought.

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 – as well as between the life sciences and the humanities – regarding what, precisely, such ineliminable terms as “meaning” and “significance” might refer to in the context of living, complex adaptive systems.

The purpose of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS) is to constitute an organizational framework for the collaboration among scholars dedicated to biosemiotic studies, and to propagate knowledge of this field of study to researchers in related areas, as well as to the public in general. Towards this end, the Society will assure the organization of regular meetings on research into the semiotics of nature, as well as to promote the publication of scholarly work on the semiotics of life processes.

Most fundamentally, the Society considers that one of its most important purposes is the promotion of a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between researchers who are actively studying any of the myriad forms of organismic sign use found throughout the natural and cultural world. ISBS thus welcomes the membership and collaboration of scholars from all relevant disciplines, including biology, philosophy, ethology, cognitive science, anthropology, and semiotics.

And, of course, we welcome you to our website also!