ISGS: International Society for Gesture Studies


Updates

Theme issue in Philosophical Transactions B on "Language as a multimodal phenomenon"

2014-10-07

Royal Society Publishing has just published "Language as a multimodal phenomenon: implications for language learning, processing and evolution", compiled and edited by Gabriella Vigliocco, Pamela Perniss, Robin L. Thompson and David Vinson.

Conferences and events page updated

2014-09-17

The list of upcoming conferences and events has been updated.

New Publication: From Gesture in Conversation to Visible Action as Utterance

2014-08-13

The book From Gesture in Conversation to Visible Action as Utterance: Essays in honor of Adam Kendon, edited by Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Marianne Gullberg, is now available. As a special bonus, you will also find a video recording of Kendon reading a poem at the book release.

ISGS conference in 2016

2014-08-13

The next ISGS conference will be held in Paris in 2016.



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Who we are

Founded in 2002, the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) is the only international scholarly association devoted to the study of human gesture. Gesture studies is a rich interdisciplinary field, broadly concerned with examining the use of the hands and other parts of the body for communicative purposes. Gesture has been found to be indispensable from many arenas of human life, including thought, collaborative work, science, art, music and dance. Engineers seek to build computers that recognize hand-gestures. Cognitive scientists see in them windows into the human mind. Gesture researchers work in diverse academic and creative disciplines including anthropology, linguistics, psychology, history, neuroscience, communication, art history, performance studies, computer science, music, theater, and dance.

Typical research areas include:

What we do

The purpose of ISGS is to promote gesture studies worldwide, to facilitate dialogue among researchers, professionals, and the interested public, across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, and to integrate the study of gesture with investigations into a diverse range of forms of cognitive, communicative, and cultural life of human groups. Our major projects include the organization of the ISGS conference series and support of the international journal Gesture and the Gesture Studies book series. We are also preparing to organize training opportunities (summer schools, seminars) in methods of studying gesture and multimodal communication and the publication of papers from our conferences. ISGS aims to foster the growth of gesture studies as an academic field at all levels of research and teaching institutions. A complete statement of our goals can be found in the bylaws.

Join us

A growing organization, ISGS welcomes all interested individuals and institutions to support gesture studies by becoming a member. To join ISGS, go to the membership page. Also join our mailing list to stay informed about the latest news on publications, conferences, and workshops.