Workshops and Conferences

Workshops & Conferences at UConn


  • ECOM will host its 6th annual workshop at UConn on May 3-4 (MCHU/Laurel 305), 2019 titled “Communication, Context, Conversation”. The workshop will bring together researchers working on the pragmatics, linguistic analysis, and comparative and developmental psychology of communication and conversation.
    Invited speakers include:
    Robyn Carston (UCL)

    Danielle Mathews (Sheffield)
    Anne Bezuidenhout (U of SC)
    Mandy Simons (CMU)

    Federico Rossano (UCSD)

    Also on the program: Ruth Millikan, Mitch Green, and Dorit Bar-On (of UConn). A CFP has now been posted on PhilEvents.

    (Abstracts — 500-1,000 words, excluding references — should be ready for blind review and include the title of the paper; they should make clear both the topic and the main arguments of the paper. The paper should be suited for a 30-minute presentation, which will be followed by a 15-minute discussion. Please send a separate document the title of the paper, author’s name, affiliation (if any), and contact information. Abstracts should be sent to Aliyar Ozercan by February 1st, 2019. Notifications of acceptance will be sent no later than February 20, 2019. Accepted papers will be asked to send a draft of their paper by April 1st, 2019.)


With contributed papers by:

Visit the workshop webpage by clicking here to find more information.

“Human and Nonhuman Animals: Minds and Morals”, Thursday May 11 – Saturday May 13, 2017

ECOM is pleased to announce that it will be holding a Spring 2017 conference titled “Human and Nonhuman Animals: Minds and Morals”, to be held May 11-13, 2017 on the UConn-Storrs campus. The conference will bring together researchers working on continuities and discontinuities in human/nonhuman cognition, emotions, social organization and morally relevant behavior, and implications for the human treatment of nonhuman animals.  

This conference is made possible with generous support from the UConn Philosophy Department, UConn Humanities Institute and the Connecticut Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Invited Speakers:

Contributed Papers:

See here for a webpage for the conference with a full schedule, titles and abstracts, as well as information about travel to UConn.

“What’s in a Word?”, December 2-3, 2016

“Expressive Language: Semantics, Pragmatics, and Origins”
– November 19-20, 2015

“What’s the Point?  Pointing and Gestural Communication” – March 6-8, 2015

Earlier ECOM-related Workshops

“Making Meaning: Origins of Communication” conference – Duke University, April 18-20, 2013

“Mindreading, Understanding, and Emotion” conference – UNC-Chapel Hill, January 11-12, 2013

  • This conference was co-sponsored by ECOM and UNC’s Cognitive Science Program.
  • To view the conference website, click here.

Protolanguage Workshop – University of Virginia, March 30-31, 2012