Scientific Conference – Call for Abstracts

Marie Curie Initial Training Network – Language, Cognition, & Gender (ITN LCG; )

14th and 15th June 2013, University of Bern, Switzerland

The ITN LCG network investigates European languages from an interdisciplinary perspective and includes experts from Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Social Psychology, and Educational Science. Its aim is to expand our knowledge on the following questions: How does language shape cognitive representations of gender? How do the features of European languages correlate with gender equality in the respective societies? How does language contribute to social behavior towards women and men? And how can strategies for gender-fair language promote gender equality?

Partners of this network are Sabine Sczesny (University of Bern, Switzerland), Lisa von Stockhausen (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany), Bettina Hannover (Free University Berlin, Germany), Jana Valdrová (University of Budweis, Czech Republic), Pascal Gygax (University of Fribourg, Switzerland), Manuel Carreiras (Basque Center on Cognition, Brain & Language, Spain), Cristina Cacciari, Francesca Pesciarelli, & Francesco Vespignani (University of Modena, University of Trento, Italy), Anne Maass (University of Padova, Italy), Jane Oakhill & Alan Garnham (University of Sussex, UK), Ute Gabriel & Dawn Behne (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway).

The conference offers the opportunity to discuss recent research and projects that integrate different perspectives on language, cognition and gender research.

The scientific program will be grouped around the following topics:

* Exploring the Link between Language and Social Cognition – A Psycholinguistic Approach

* ERP«s and Eye-tracking evidence in the investigation of gender representations

* The Development of Gender Stereotypes in Childhood

* Language and Gender in the Work Place

* Explaining the Use of Gender-Fair Language

Keynotes talks will be held by:

Patrick Sturt; University of Edinburgh, UK

Jennifer Prewitt-Freilino, Rhode Island School of Design, USA

Dagmar Stahlberg, University of Manheim, Germany

Lynn Liben, Pennsylvania State University, USA

ITN LCG invites you to submit abstracts for presentations or symposia.

Abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee and may be selected either for oral or for poster presentation. Contributions should address topics at the intersection of at least two of the fields: language, cognition, and gender.

Deadline for submission: 1st of February 2013

Deadline for acceptance: 28th of February 2013

Deadline for registration: 31st of March 2013

Guidelines for the Preparation of Abstracts

Abstracts have to be submitted at

Please choose a title that clearly indicates the content of your contribution. Please avoid abbreviations in the title (abbreviations may be used in the text after giving a definition). To provide maximum information in the abstract, please state the specific objective of your study and the methods used. Summarize the results as well as your conclusions and interpretations.In the process of submitting your abstract you will be asked to indicate at least one of the research topics (see above) for your submission. Abstracts must not exceed a maximum of 2000 characters. Please make sure to remove all spelling, grammatical and scientific errors from the abstract before submission, as abstracts will be reproduced as submitted. In case you encounter problems or if electronic submission is not possible, please contact the ITN LCG management:


Notification of acceptance or rejection by the scientific committee will be communicated to the presenting author by email. Detailed information about the program, guidelines, and recommendations for oral or poster presentation, as well as dates, hours, and venue will be posted on the website in due time.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Bern!

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