Some Recent and Forthcoming Presentations

2019 Conference of the AFLICO, Association Française de Linguistique Cognitive. Mulhouse. 5-7 June 2019.

“Big Data Coding Schemes and Machine Learning for Multimodal Communication. ” Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam.  31 May 2017.

“Flexibility of Beliefs in Decision-Making.” 2017 Duke-Oxford Conference on Cognitive Approaches to Law, Economics, Politics, and Policy. Duke University. 20 May 2017.

“Red Hen Lab: Big Data & Computer Methods for Researching Political Communication.” Department of Political Science, Duke University. 19 May 2017.

“Cognitive Neuroscientific Models of Decision-Making.” 2017 Conference on Behavioral Models of Politics. Duke University. 18 May 2017.

“Viewpoint Blending in Russian and International Media.” Areas Studies, Oxford University. 27 April 2017.

“Research Programs in the Red Hen Lab.” Communication Studies, Oxford University. 26 April 2017.

The Origin of Ideas: Conceptual Blending and Neuroscience.” Hanse-Lecture in Neuroscience am Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg. 20 April 2017.

Computational and Mathematical Models of Conceptual Blending. 27 March 2017. Spring Institute for Cognitive Science. Ain Shams University, Cairo.

Computational and Mathematical Models of Decision-Making. 26 March 2017. Spring Institute for Cognitive Science. Ain Shams University, Cairo.

Mentor (lectures, master classes, consultations), Cognitive Humanities Stream Research Cultivation Workshop, Macquarie University. 12-14 December 2016. Sydney, Australia.

Lectures in Poland, hosted by the Polish Cognitive Linguistics Association.  1. Advances in Construction Grammar. 2. Multimodal Construction Grammar. 3. The Origin of Ideas: Blending, Creativity, and the Human Spark. 4. Blending in Grammar and Communication. 5. Workshop with PCLA faculty on research projects. 22-29 October 2016.

“Narrative Compressions in Mathematics and Science.” Symposium on Narrative, Cognition, & Science. Friedrich-Alexander University. 21 October 2016.

“New neuroscience as a guide for new computational creativity.” Conference: From Computational Creativity to Creativity Science. Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Universität Bielefeld, 19 September 2016.

“Big Data and High-Performance Computing in Cognitive Science.” Panelist, [U]-Tech Information Technology Conference. Case Western Reserve University. 8 June 2016.

“Brains and Selves: What the new neuroscience propounds about blending, simulating, and imagining.” The Third Neurohumanities Conference. Neurohumanities Research Center, University of Catania. 26 May 2016.

“The Cognitive Valence of Marriage in Blending.” Conference on Marriage Symbolism, Norwegian Institute in Rome, 19-21 May 2016.

“Cyberinfrastructure for the study of multimodal communication—language, gesture, art.” Cyberinfrastructure Conference. Case Western Reserve University. 11 May 2016.

“Hands-on tutorial on new tools from the Distributed Little Red Hen Lab.” International Workshop on Multimodal Construction Grammar. University of Osnabrück, 11 March 2016.

“Cyber & statistical tools for the study of speech gesture, iconography, and other systems of visual communication.” International Workshop on Multimodal Construction Grammar. University of Osnabrück, 10 March 2016.

“Cognitive Linguistics and Multimodal Discourse Analysis.” University of Sheffield. 10 December 2015.

“Quantitative Techniques for Construction Grammar.” Sixth Conference on Quantitative Investigations in Theoretical Linguistics. Tübingen. 6 November 2015.

“Multimodal Cognitive Poetics.” Second International Conference on Cognitive Poetics. Guangzhou. 24 October 2015.

“The Cognitive Science of Writing.” Guangdong University of Foreign Studies. 23 October 2015.

“Big Data Science for Multimodal Construction Grammar: A Research Program for the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences.” Awards Ceremony of the Anneliese Maier Research Prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Leipzig. 15 September 2015.

“Multimodal Conceptual Integration Networks.” 2015 Metaphor Festival. Stockholm University. 28 August 2015.

“Multimodal Construction Grammar.” 7th Conference on Linguistics and Cognition. Federal University of Paraíba, João Pessoa, Brazil. 9 August 2015.

“Recent Results from Red Hen Lab.” Conference on Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics, 7. João Pessoa, Brazil. 8 August 2015.

“Evolutionary tinkering, cognitive diversity, and decision-making.” Duke-Oxford Conference on Cognitive Approaches to Law, Economics, Politics and Policy. Duke University. 5 June 2015.

“Studying Political Communication in a Massive Dataset: Recent Results from the Red Hen Lab.” Duke-Oxford Conference on Cognitive Approaches to Law, Economics, Politics and Policy. Duke University. 5 June 2015.

“Blended Classic Joint Attention and Multimodality.” Mind, Meaning, and Modality International Workshop. May 14-15, 2015. Pamplona (Spain), University of Navarra.

“Big Data Science for the Arts and Humanities: How to study 3 billion words and 250,000 hours of human communication.” Conference on Culture and Professions of the Future: Humanities as the Arts and Technology. University of Łódź, Poland. 4 May 2015.

“Generic Integration Templates Underlying Fictive Conversation.” Symposium on The Conversation Frame: Forms and Functions of Fictive Interaction. 3 April 2015. CWRU.

Viewpoint Blends.” Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.  Case Western Reserve University.  Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5-6 pm.

“The Origin of Mathematical Ideas.” The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences. UCLA.  Young Research Library Room 11360 | January 22, 2015 at 3-4:30 pm | To sign up for e-mail announcements, write to

“Deictic displacement in television news storytelling.” (With Francis Steen & David DiLiema.) Twelfth conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language. Santa Barbara, California. 6 November 2014.

“Language, gesture, bodily stance: grammar as a multimodal system.” The Second International Scientific Conference “Discourse as Social Practice: Priorities and Prospects.” Moscow State Linguistic University. 16-17 October 2014.

“Translating a Prose Style.” Department of Translation, University of Granada, Spain. 18 September 2014.

“Emergent Meaning in Analogy.” Conference on Langage et analogie. Figement. Polysémie. University of Granada, Spain. 17 September 2014.

“Multimodal Construction Grammar.” Eighth International Conference on Construction Grammar.  4-6 September 2014. 

“Wedding Blends.” Conference on Marriage Symbolism.  Norwegian Institute in Rome. 12-14 June 2014. 

“Mightier than the sword: the power of creative conceptual compressions.” Conference on The Countercultural Agency of Literary Fiction.  University of Innsbruck.  6-7 June 2014. 

“Blending in grammar.” Fifth International Cognitive Linguistics Conference. Chelyabinsk State University, Russian Federation. 23-24 May 2014.

“Language, gesture, bodily stance: Grammar as a multimodal system.” Conference on Word, Utterance, and Text. Chelyabinsk State University, Russian Federation. 21 May 2014.

“The Origin of Ideas” and “Prose Style for Communicating about Science, Technology, and Innovation.” Conference on Public Communication About ST&I And Creativity. Natal, Brazil. 15-17 May 2014.

Series of talks at the Center for Cognitive Science, University of Niš, Serbia. 1-7 May 2014.

“Next Steps in Transdiciplinarity.” Conference on Cognitive Futures in the Humanities. Durham University, U.K. 24 April 2014.

"Speech, Gesture, Bodily Stance, Graphics, Music, and Media: Studying Multimodal Communication in a Massive Dataset." Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, Case Western Reserve University. 18 March 2014.

Workshop on “After the Terror: Negotiating Values and Identities.” UCLA. 3-4 March 2014. Sponsored by the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO).

“Computational Creativity through Conceptual Integration.” PROSECCO European Contact Forum on Computational Creativity. El Escorial, Real Colegio Universitario Maria Cristina. 21-23 February 2014.

“Intellectual Property.”  Roundtable on Patentable Subject Matter. Mountain View, CA. 31 January 2014.  Sponsored by George Mason University School of Law and Fenwick & West LLP.

“The Multimodal Constructicon: A future for cognitive linguistics in the study of massive multimodal datasets.” Chinese Cognitive Linguistics Conference. Henan University. 2 November 2013.

“Compressions in Literature and Art.” Chinese Cognitive Poetics Conference. Sichuan International Studies University. 1 November 2013.

“Multimodal Communication Research.” Southwest University, Chongqing, China. 29 October 2013.

“Blending and Grammar.” Southwest University, Chongqing, China. 28 October 2013.

“Computational Approaches to the Study of Communication in a Massive Multimodal Dataset.” Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).  21 October 2013.

“The Cognitive Science of Literary and Artistic Compression.” Oberlin College. 3 October 2013.

“Fitting the Social World to the Human Mind.” Conference on Languages, Media, and Politics.  St. Anthony’s College.  Oxford University.  27-28 September 2013.

“The Style of Network News.” Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association. Heidelberg, Germany. 31 July-3 August 2013.

“Cognitive Linguistics in Multimodal Datasets.” Summer School in Cognitive Linguistics. Bangor, Wales. 25 July 2013.

“Embodied Viewpoint and Blended Joint Attention.” International Congress of Linguists. Geneva. 22-23 July 2013.

Lecture series in cognitive linguistics, including "Mind, Body, and Communication: Studying Multimodal Expression," "Conceptual Compression as a Mechanism of Semiosis," and "Prospects for Cognitive Linguistics." Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Bogotá, Colombia. 12-17 May 2013.

"Roundtable on the past and future of cognition and poetics." Conference on Cognition and Poetics. University of Osnabrück. 27 April 2013.

Mass Murder for the Media: The Breivik Case in Norway.” Public Discussion Group, Case Western Reserve University. Friday, 19 April 2013.

"The Origin of Ideas: Blending, Creativity, and the Human Spark." Institute for the Science of Origins, Case Western Reserve University. 6pm, Wednesday, 17 April 2013.

“Literary and Artistic Compressions as a Laboratory for Cognitive Science.” Conference on Cognitive Futures of the Humanities. Bangor University. 4-6 April 2013.

“Speaking, Gesture, Bodily Stance: Studying Multimodal Communication in a Massive Dataset.” Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University. 7-9pm, 28 March 2013.

“Oral Poetic Compressions.” Conference on Oral Poetics and Cognitive Science. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. Freiburg, 24 January 2013.

"An Empirical Laboratory for Multimodal Construction Grammar." Linguistics Colloquium. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. 2-3pm, 23 January 2013.

"Cognitive Science of the Media." MIT. 29 November 2012.

"Construals in Language, Thought, and Brain." Eighth international conference of the Spanish Cognitive Linguistics Association (AELCO 2012). Universidad de Almería. 17-22 October 2012.

"News Reports Datamining." Workshop on Populations & Crowds: Dynamics, Disruptions and their Computational Models. USC. 6-7 September 2012.

"Workshop on Corpus-based Multimedia Analysis." A one-day module in the course on Experimental Methods in the Study of Cognition and Culture at the Aarhus Summer University. 7 August 2012.

"Multimodal Surfing, or the Embodied Mind and the Origin of Culture." MINDLab, Aarhus University. 6 August 2012.

“Statistical Work on Corpus-Based Multimodal Communication involving Language.”  Conference on Empirical Methods in Cognitive Linguistics.  Cleveland.  2 August 2012.

"Self and Other in Time and Space." Cognitive Summer Seminar, 2012, NORKOG: the Norwegian Cognitive Linguistics Association. Oslo. 10-11 June 2012.

"Creativity and multimodality". The Eleventh Conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language. 17-20 May 2012.

"Language, gesture, and audiovisual communication: A massive online database for researching multimodal constructions." The Eleventh Conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language. 17-20 May 2012.

"Rethinking Metaphor: Conceptual Integration and Empirical Methods." University of Murcia, Spain. 9-11 May 2012.

"Counterfactuals in Blended Joint Attention." Senter for Grunnforskning, Oslo. 8 May 2012.

"Fitting the World to the Human Mind." University of Newcastle, UK. 28 April 2012.

"Grammatical and Multimodal Constructions for Blended Joint Attention." University of Aarhus Center for Semiotics. 20 April 2012.

"Computational Research on a Multimodal Corpus." University of Aarhus Center for Semiotics. 19 April 2012.

"Blending and Grammar" and "Blending and Advertising." University of Southern Denmark. 18 April 2012.

"In a Nutshell: Compressions of Time & Space." Norwegian University Center in St. Petersburg. 29 March 2012.

“Blending and Development.” Department of Psychology. University of Oslo. 19 March 2012.

"All the news that's fit to watch: A new computational linguistics, or how to study a billion words and two hundred thousand hours of TV." USC Gould School of Law. Room 101. 12:30-1:30pm. 2 March 2012.

"Consistently Inconsistent" & "This Court Will Now Come to Order: Fitting Law to the Human Mind" (both with Mathew McCubbins). Symposium on Modeling Decision-Making in the Law. University of Southern California Gould School of Law. 28-29 February 2012.

"How the Mind Makes the TV News." Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo. 27 September 2011.

"Divination, or the Transformation of the Modern Social Sciences." Conference on the Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Copenhagen. 26 August 2011.

"Iconicity as a byproduct of conceptual blending." Eighth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature. Växjö, Sweden. 16-18 June 2011.

"Conceptual Blending and Culture." Wolfson College, University of Oxford, UK. 6-10 June 2011.

"The Role of Art-Making and the Arts in the Research University." ArtsEngine conference. University of Michigan. 5 May 2011.

"Conceptual Networks for Time, Space, and Language."  The University of Tromsø, Norway.  30 April 2011.

Contemporary Cognitive Linguistics.”  The University of Tromsø, Norway.  28 April 2011. 

"Would You Be Mine? A Cognitive Scientist Daydreams About Game Theory." Conference on The Behavioral Foundations of Game Theory. University of Southern California. 22 April 2011.

"How To Be Somebody: Conceptual Integration Networks for the Self and for Other Minds." The Emory Bogardus Distinguished Lecture in the Social Sciences, University of Southern California. 21 April 2011.

“Mental Packing and Unpacking in Mathematics.” The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.  Toronto. 15 March 2011. 

"Mental Packing and Unpacking in Language." Rice University Linguistic Colloquium. 10 March 2011.

"How to Have an Afterlife." Rice University. Mellon Seminar: 9 March 2011.

"Human creativity and conceptual integration." Cognitive Science Forum, University of Niš, Serbia. 17 February 2011.

4 lectures on conceptual integration. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 8-11 February 2011.

"Blending and grammar." Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Querétaro. 7 February 2011.

3 lectures on conceptual integration. University of Manouba, Tunisia. 11-12 November 2010.

"The Poetics of Prose." Conference on Cognition & Poetics: Minding Language and Literature. University of Osnabrück. 21-24 October 2010.

"Cognition in the World: Innovation, the Body, and Technology." Department of Cognitive Science, UC Merced. 18 October 2010.

"Full Speed Reverse: Reconsidering the Foundations of Social Science." The Invited Workshop of the Cognitive Science Society's annual meeting. Portland, Oregon, 11 August 2010.

"Learning Language: The Perspective From All Sides Of Cognition." The Fifth University of California Language Consortium Conference, in partnership with the East Coast Language Consortium. University of California, San Diego. 23 April 2010.

"The Embodied Mind and the Spark of Human Culture." Green College, University of British Columbia. 5-6:30 pm, Monday, 8 March 2010.

Panel on "Law and Neuroscience." Fourth Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, 2009. Gould Law School, University of Southern California. 20 November 2009.

Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute. Berkeley. 6-24 July 2009.

"Ten Lectures on Mind and Language." Seventh China International Forum on Cognitive Linguistics. May 2009.

CECC Conference on Cognition and Culture. Lisbon. 21-22 May 2009.

"Categorization of Time and Space Through Language." Foundation For Polish Science. Serock near Warsaw, Poland, 25-28 February 2009.

"Big-Time Morality: The Cognitive Science of Moral Considerations Across Space and Time." National Humanities Center symposium on "Autonomy, Singularity, Creativity." 14 November 2008.

"Thinking With Feeling." Fellow's Public Lecture, Institute of Advanced Study. Durham University, UK. 8 November 2008.

"Creativity." Institute of Advanced Study. Durham University, UK. 27 October 2008.

"Minds, Machines, and Media." Distinguished Lecturer Series. Georgia Institute of Technology. 2 October 2008.

"Forbidden Fruit: Principles and Origins of the Modern Mind." Rice Linguistics Colloquium. 18 September 2008.

"Social Ontology, Conceptual Structure, and the Law." Distinguished Scholar, USC-Caltech Center for the Study of Law & Politics. 2-5 September 2008.

ESSE 2008. Aarhus University, Denmark. 22-26 August 2008.

Star Island symposium on Emergence in Human Evolution and Development. 28 July - 4 August, 2008.

"A Muse of Fire." Haverford College. 18 April 2008.

"The Mind is an Autocatalytic Vortex." Conference on The Literary Mind. Humboldts-Universität zu Berlin. 10-12 April 2008.

"Devices for Meaning Construction." Center for Semiotic Research, Denmark. 8 February 2008.

USC Law School. 27 November 2007.

Conference: Theory of Mind and Literature. Purdue University. 1-3 November 2007.

University of Toronto. 25-28 October 2007.

First Annual Clarence Branton Memorial Lecture. Washington & Jefferson College. 23 October 2007.

Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association. University of Chicago. 12-14 October 2007.

Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. 28 September 2007.

Conference: Communications in the 21st Century. Organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Hungarian Telekom. Budapest, Hungary. 27-29 September 2007.

Conference: Language and Cognition. Minas Gerais, Brazil. 9-11 August 2007.

Department of Linguistics, University of São Paolo, Brazil. 6-7 August, 2007.

Conference: Explanation in the Social Sciences: Philosophical Theory and Scientific Practice. Universität Witten/Herdeke, Germay. 11-14 June 2007.

UCSD Political Science Colloquium. 11 May 2007. Pdf of abstract.

Symposium on Visual Ethics. Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence. Case Western Reserve University. 21-22 April 2007. Pdf of abstract.

Institute of Cognitive Science. University of Louisiana, Lafayette. 19 April 2007.

Santa Fe Institute, 12-16 March 2007.

2007 Robert J. Kane Memorial Lecture, Ohio State University, 1 March.

Political Science Colloquium, 16 February 2007, Case Western Reserve University.

Colloquium on Autonomy, Singularity, Creativity: The Human and the Humanities, at the National Humanities Center, November, 2006, 2007, 2008. A three-year research initiative at the NHC. Pdf of slideshow.

Eighth Conference on Conceptual Structure, Discourse, and Language. UCSD, November, 2006

Second International Conference of the German Cognitive Linguistics Association. Munich, October 2006

Conference on Language, Culture, Mind. Paris, 2006

The Architecture Of Language: From Cognitive Modeling to Brain Mapping, Pisa, 2006

Frames: A Colloquium in Linguistics, Philosophy, and Economics, Bologna, 2006

Founding of the Chinese Cognitive Linguistics Association, Nanjing, 2006

Social Change Workshop, Stanford, 2006.

UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Sussex, 2005