19th Annual Biosemiotics Gathering in Moscow, July 1-5, 2019



19th Annual Biosemiotics Gathering Call for Papers

Moscow, Russian Federation                       Faculty of Philosophy

July 1-5, 2019                                                Lomonosov Moscow State University

The Gatherings in Biosemiotics are annual meetings of world scholars studying the myriad of communication and sign processes in living systems, from cellular signaling and communication in physiological systems to organisms and interspecies communication, to the sign-processes that are embedded within and necessary for human cognition and culture.

The Organizing Committee of the 19th Gathering in Biosemiotics is pleased to invite scholars to submit abstracts on the meaning-making processes (semiosis) in living systems.

Biosemiotics is an interdisciplinary field that integrates theoretical biology with semiotics, a science on signification and meaning. This Gathering, now in its nineteenth year, occurs under the auspices of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies (ISBS) http://www.biosemiotics.org.

We envision participation of biologists, ecologists, philosophers, psychologists, cognitive scientists, linguists, anthropologists, chemists, physical scientists, social scientists, and other scholars, and take a big tent approach to the field. We particularly welcome research in the following fields and areas:


  • Semiotic approaches in theoretical biology
  • Biology utilizing biosemiotics
  • The implications of biosemiotics to philosophy and humanities
  • Semiotic agents across scales and networks
  • Simplexity and agent power
  • Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
  • Habits, codes and learning
  • Cognitive semiotics of nonhumans and humans
  • Methodology of biosemiotics
  • Evolution of semiosis
  • Biosemiotics of health and disease
  • Endosemiotics
  • Teaching biosemiotics
  • Semiosis in ecological systems
  • Semiotic aspects of Anthropocene and bioethics


Abstract should be 300 to 600 words in a MS Word format. Please, start the abstract with a title (capital letters), list of authors, author affiliations, and email address of the communicating author (all on separate lines). One to three references are permitted. Abstracts should be submitted no later than January 31, 2019 to the following address: biosemiotics2019@philos.msu.ru

Please name the abstract file with the author’s (your) surname in capital letters, for instance SEBEOK.docx. Additional information about the Gathering can be found at http://biosemioticsmsu.org. Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2019.

The Organizing Committee will help obtaining visas to Russian Federation. Those interested should indicate so in the body of the email containing their submission.

For any question, please contact organizers: Alexei Sharov  sharov@comcast.net or Stanislav Bushev stbushev@gmail.com.

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