Welcome to ICoN 2016!


The 3rd International Congress on Numanities (ICoN) will be organized by the International Semiotics Institute ISI and held in Kaunas, Lithuania, from the 23rd to the 26th of May, 2016.

The congress theme is “PROCESSES, MAPS, NARRATIVES”. The theme stems from the awareness that plenty of humanistic practices seem to have switched their main focus from “result” to “process”. This is for instance the case with arts, where the concepts of “preparation”, “making of”, “work in progress” are becoming more and more central in the development and implementation of the artwork. But it is the whole society that seems to have adopted an “open kitchen” principle as the predominant way of understanding and experiencing its many practices.
Processes can of course be displayed in space and/or time, and “maps” and “narratives” are the main forms of articulation of the two dimensions. It is apparent that the “mapping” (that is, the visualization, listing, geographicalization) of knowledge have acquired an importance within humanities that was previously evident only in natural sciences. But at the same time, the end of postmodernism has also invalidated the “death of narratives” claim, and storytelling, time unit-based, discoursive forms of knowledge have regained that attention that was temporarily neglected in the previous couple of decades. What is thus the current status (and relationship) of maps and narratives? Are they conflicting or collaborative strategies? What are the pros and cons brought by these two “processes”, when it comes to the shaping and development of knowledge?

Although the main methodological interface is located within the area of semiotic, communication and cultural studies, ICoN aims to establish a genuinely interdisciplinary platform for scholars and students (in the spirits of Numanities themselves), therefore submissions are welcome from all disciplines.


Having in mind the 3 key-words (PROCESSES, MAPS, NARRATIVES), we particularly appreciate their application on the following areas:

– Mapping studies
– Narratological studies
– Insights on artistic “processes” (e.g., creative strategies, music production, film direction, “open kitchen” principles, collective art, etc.)
– Methodologies of knowledge development, with a particular emphasis on the time/space construction (as applied to various fields of humanities, semiotics, education, philosophy…)
– Maps and narratives in new technologies (e.g., the employment of the two processes in the creation of a mobile app, the progressive spatialization and visualization of virtual communication…)
– The “uncovering”/”opening” of social, ethical, political processes
– The interdisciplinary dialogue between humanities and natural sciences within the context of the three key-words (e.g., how mapping approaches in natural sciences have affected humanities, and how narrative approaches in humanities have affected natural sciences)


Besides the regular sessions arranged within the congress, ICoN is proud and honored to host two international symposia:

1. SemTra2016: 12th International Symposium on Semiotics and Translation
Directors: Professor Pirjo Kukkonen & Dr. Ritva Hartama-Heinonen
The theme for this year shall be:
Semiotics, Multisemiotics, Translation-semiotics, and Translating: Maps, Gaps, and Bridges
Read this year’s description of the symposium here

2. 1st International Symposium on Semiotics of Cultural Heritages
Director: Professor Eero Tarasti
The theme for this year shall be:
Cultural heritages under  processes of semio-crises
Read this year’s description of the symposium here


We have great pleasure in inviting you to submit one or more abstracts (for oral or poster presentation and for entire sessions) in accordance with the instructions and the template that are provided on the Abstract Submission page.
The deadline for submission is 15th of February 2016


The official language of the congress is English. Sessions or presentations in other languages, if necessary for their scientific outcome, can be agreed upon by contacting the organizing committee (isisemiotics@gmail.com)


Please, also read carefully the other sections of this page for details regarding deadlines and registration: the website is designed to provide you with all the necessary details for participating to the congress, but in case you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We thank you in advance for your scientific contribution to the 1st ICoN and we look forward to having the opportunity to showcase and disseminate your research.

Our warmest wishes,
Team ISI