CFP: 5th International Conference on Interactivity, Language & Cognition: "Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in the Cognitive and Language Sciences"

Submission deadline: May 1, 2020

Conference date(s):
September 16, 2020 - September 20, 2020

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Conference Venue:

Department of Psychology, University of Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

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ATTENTION: Due to the situation surrounding COVID-19, we've decided to postpone the conference to August/September 2021. Final date will be announced at a later time and the conference is still scheduled to take place in Warsaw, Poland.

However, we're planning to hold an online symposium on quali-quanti methodology integration this year, around the conference dates. A separate announcement will be published and all up-to-date information can be found on the conference website:

The theme of CILC 5 is “Integrating Quantitative and Qualitative Methods in the Cognitive and Language Sciences”. The aim is to bring qualitative and quantitative researchers together (or the quantitative and qualitative sides within each researcher) for forging closer integration and finding a common language for better coordination of research efforts. We believe that our conference will strike a dialogue among speakers representing divergent backgrounds leading to mutual incorporation of the values important for both types of methods. The event will be accompanied by two days of workshops aimed to broaden participants experience by hands-on work on real research problems.



Human behavior and experience is richer than any measurement can show and is fragile under the measurements. Within ecological, enactive, cognitive, ethnographic and dynamical systems frameworks there is a long-standing worry about reducing persons, their deeds and feelings to measurements and relating the measurements to each other by (most often) linear models. Yet the dialogue among them and the exchange of research experience on the methodological level still seem rather limited.

With this conference we aim to strengthen the ongoing conversations among researchers from these approaches, to unite them in a common concern for the complexity, richness and fragility of individual and collective cognition as it arises from language-infused interactions. We will try to give due weight to the qualitative methods, under the assumption that the best “measuring device” for human purposes is another human being: we have evolved not only to read each other but to feel with each other and act together. In seeking “tender” quantitative methods we will turn to those approaches which:

  • do not take operationalization to be a straightforward process, 

  • can respect complexity, reciprocal causality and emergence,

  • refrain from hasty reifications of theoretical constructs, and

  • promote process-oriented analyses.


We invite researchers from the fields of psychology, language sciences, cognitive sciences, anthropology, philosophy, biology and computer sciences to present reflection on their research, which would shed light on the abovementioned problems. We accept both individual submissions and thematic sessions (4 talks each). Topics may include but should not be limited to:

  • research on interaction and early interaction

  • research on language development in interaction

  • research on language emergence and use in interactions, task oriented and others

  • philosophical analyses of the impediment to the integration of the qualitative and quantitative methods

  • how to acknowledge value-realizing in interactions with the environment and others

  • research employing dynamical systems approach to behaviour and interaction analysis

  • research on early semantic development and participatory sense making

  • theoretical analyses on limits of measurement and the types of knowing

  • methods of modeling heterogeneous, multiscale phenomena (for example, dynamical models, agent-based models, statistical models)

  • mixed methods integrating qualitative and quantitative data


We invite the following types of submissions:

  1. thematic sessions of up to 4 talks,

  2. regular talks,

  3. posters.

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We especially encourage submissions from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academia!

Travel Awards

Depending on available funding, we might have a limited number of travel awards for students and PhD candidates without funding, who proposed talks or posters of outstanding quality. More information on that should be posted on the conference website in April/May.

Important deadlines

  • Jan 15th – April 15th sessions proposals submission;

  • Jan 15th – May 1st abstracts submission;

  • May 1st sessions acceptance notification;

  • May 15th sessions abstracts final version submission

  • June 1st abstracts acceptance notification

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In case of questions, please contact us: [email protected]

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