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International Society for Gesture Studies
(in the process of founding)


Founding Session on April 26 1998, 5 – 6:30 pm

Founding members

a) Present at the founding session:


Ulrike Bohle Berlin
Geneviève Calbris Paris
Adam Kendon Philadelphia
Sotaro Kita Nijmegen / Tokyo
Reinhard Krüger Berlin
Christine Kühn Berlin
Hedda Lausberg Berlin
David McNeill Chicago
Cornelia Müller Berlin
Thomas Noll Berlin
Asli Özyürek Nijmegen
Sabina Pavlova Sofia
Christine Petermann Berlin
Elena Pizzuto Rome
Isabella Poggi Rome
Roland Posner Berlin
Monica Rector Rio de Janeiro /
Chapel Hill, NC
Massimo Serenari Berlin
Mandana Seyfeddinipur Berlin

b) Coopted participants in the Berlin Symposium on ”The Semantics and Pragmatics of Everyday Gestures”:

Penny Boyes-Braem Basel
Thuering Braem Luzern
Peter Collett Oxford
Silvana Contento Bologna
Colette Cortès Paris
Susan D. Duncan Chicago
Frank Hofmann Berlin
Hartwig Kalverkämper Berlin
Sabine Kowal Berlin
Grigori E. Kreidlin Moscow
Emanuela Magno Caldognetto Padova
Karl-Erik McCullough Chicago
Ragnhild Neumann Berlin
LLuís Payrató Barcelona
Pio Enrico Ricci Bitti Bologna
Dagmar Schmauks Saarbrücken / Berlin
Salvato Trigo Porto
Thomas Velten Berlin

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Session protocol

The agenda contained the following topics:


research network in gesture studies
International Society for Gesture Studies
possible future meeting places
Journal of Gesture Studies
Decisions taken

Ad 1:

a.)
We, the persons present at the session plus coopted persons, request that every gesture researcher send his/her adress list of gesture researchers to Cornelia Müller

Cornelia Müller
Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Germanistik
Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin, Germany
E-Mail:

b.) Cornelia Müller is requested to compose a worldwide list of gesture researchers on this basis and make it available to all persons and institutions listed.

Ad 2:

a.)
We, the persons present at the session plus coopted persons, hereby declare our intention to create an International Society for Gesture Studies (name to be determined).

b.) We request that Sotaro Kita (Nijmegen / Tokyo), Grigori E. Kreidlin (Moscow), David McNeill (Chicago), Isabella Poggi (Rome), Roland Posner (Berlin), and Monica Rector (Rio de Janeiro / Chapel Hill, NC) discuss and formulate the statutes of the society, which will then be formally implemented at the society’s next meeting.

Ad 3:

We, the persons present at the session plus co-opted persons, request that Monica Rector

Monica Rector
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Romance Languages
CB# 3170, Chapel Hill; North Carolina 27599-3170
phone/fax 919-9424825
E-Mail:

organize the society’s next meeting in Porto (Portugal) in 2000.

Ad 4:


We, the persons present at the session plus coopted persons, request that Cornelia Müller (Berlin) present a plan for an International Journal of Gestures Studies (name to be determined) and report about its possible realization at the society’s next meeting so that the society can decide whether to make this its official journal.
Prof. Dr. Roland Posner

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All decisions were made unanimously by the persons present.

After the founding session, the Statutes Committee held its first meeting. In it Monica Rector asked the Committee Members also to advise her in all questions concerning the general topic, the individual sessions and the addressees of the Porto meeting. The Porto meeting was conceived to be an International Congress with a restricted number of papers (up to 100) and an open number of participants.

As a congress topic, the Committee discussed the preliminary formulation ”Gestures, Meaning and Use”. The academic fields which are to be encouraged to contribute to the congress were put together in a preliminary list which may be supplemented by the founding members. The list contains all those disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences which have made gestures one of their research subjects.

List of academic fields
(Proposals for supplementation welcome.)


sign language research (e. g., David Armstrong, Ursula Bellugi, Penny Boyes Braem, Elisabeth Engberg-Pedersen),
linguistics (e. g., Geneviève Calbris, Grigori E. Kreidlin, Isabella Poggi),
lexicography (e. g., Desmond Morris, Sabina Pavlova),
sociolinguistics (e. g. Lluís Payrató),
discourse analysis (e. g., Janet B. Bavelas, Michel de Fornel, Lotte Weinrich),
psycholinguistics (e. g., Brian Butterworth, Robert Krauss, David McNeill),
general psychology (e. g., Peter Collett, Pio Enrico Ricci Bitti),
psychology of emotions (e. g., Paul Ekman, Klaus R. Scherer, Harald Wallbott),
cognitive psychology (e. g., Sotaro Kita, Asli Özyürek),
developmental psychology (e. g., Elena Pizzuto),
social psychology (e. g., Jacques Cosnier),
neuropsychology (e. g., Pierre Feyereisen),
medicine (e. g., Rainer Krause),
psychoanalysis (e. g., Klaus-Jürgen Bruder, Norbert Friedman, Stanley Grand),
ethology (e. g., Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt, Karl Grammer, Robert A. Hinde),
sociology (e. g., Klaus Frerichs, Emanuel Schegloff),
ethnography of communications (e. g., Fred Erikson, John Gumperz, Adam Kendon, Michael Moerman, Edgard Siennaert),
intercultural communication (e. g., Juergen Streeck),
anthropology (e. g., Charles Goodwin, John Haviland),
archeology (e. g., Ivan Marazov),
history (e. g., Volker Kapp, Jan Rodeburg, Jean-Claude Schmitt, Bernhard Scholz),
art history (e. g., Moshe Barrasch, Martin Warnke),
literary studies (e. g., Reinhard Krüger, Monica Rector, Caroline Schmauser),
theater studies (e. g., Eli Rozik),
musical performance research (e. g., Thuering Braem, Thomas Noll),
informatics (e. g, Frank Hofmann, Günter Hommel),
engineering (e. g., Annelies Draffort, James Richardson),
semiotics (e. g., Roland Posner, Fernando Poyatos),
analytic ´philosophy (e. g., Marcelo Dascal),
theology (e. g., Ronald Sequeira).

Berlin, May 7, 1998
Roland Posner

Homepage: http://www.gesturestudies.com/

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