The Eleventh Annual International Gathering in Biosemiotics will be held from June 21 to June 26, 2011 at the Rockefeller University for Biomedical Research in New York City, USA. The Gathering is organized by the Dactyl Foundation in collaboration with the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies. Biosemiotics is an interdiscipline that seeks naturalistic understandings of mentalistic phenomena, grounded in biology, and, in turn, seeks understandings of biological processes in terms of a general semiotics.
What can be learned about human semiosis, interpretation, communication, creativity and meaning-making by studying less complex but analogous phenomena in cellular signaling, chemotaxis, zoosemiotics, embryonic development, or the immune system? Can the pervasive metaphoric usages of chemical “message,” genetic “information,” and ”signaling” in contemporary biology be defined more precisely by taking them literally? While human symbolic representation may be species-specific–or at least unique to unusually big-brained animals–it must have emerged out of less complex semiotic processes and proto-semiotic processes. What are the antecedents of human semiosis? And how can the exploration of these antecedents help bridge the unnatural gap between body and mind that was imposed centuries ago more for religious than scientific reasons? Participants from various fields in the sciences and humanities will explore these and other questions at the June gathering. All are welcome to attend.
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Schedule (subject to change)
Tues. 21 June
Arrival day: Registration Location. For those of you who might want to register in person or pick up your conference materials and/or purchase your Thursday evening dinner ticket on arrival Tuesday, June 21, we will have two locations set up, one for those staying in Long Island City and one in Manhattan. Use one of these locations too if you wish to meet up with colleagues in order to have dinner together on Tuesday. Conference materials and dinner tickets will also be available at the meeting site at Rockefeller University throughout the conference.
Tuesday, June 21
Country Inn & Suites Lobby
4034 Crescent Street
Long Island City, NY
Contact: Victoria Alexander
310 East 46th Street Lobby
New York NY 10017
Contact: Ben Jorgensen
Rockefeller University for Biomedical Research
Weiss Research Building, Room 305
1230 York Avenue (at East 66th Street) NY, NY 10065
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