ISGS 9 postponed to 2022

Dear ISGS community, because of the uncertainty of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the best interest and safety of our members, unfortunately, ISGS9 has been postponed for another year and will plan to happen in Chicago from July 13th-15th in 2022. More information on deadlines and plenary speakers can be found here.

ISGS 9 in Chicago from July 14-16, 2021

Dear Members of the International Society for Gesture Studies,

The organizing committee for ISGS 9 thanks you for your patience and understanding regarding the rescheduling of the next conference of our society. We are excited to announce that we have secured a location for the conference on the University of Chicago campus, in July of 2021! We look forward to hosting three full days of presentations, with the opportunity to start conversations the evening before at an opening reception. Important dates can be found here, and plenary speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.


The ISGS 2021 Organizing Committee

ISGS 9 in Chicago postponed to 2021

Dear ISGS community,

This is an announcement that the ISGS conference that was scheduled for 2020 in Chicago has been postponed one year and will now happen in Hyde Park on the University of Chicago campus from July 13th-16th in 2021.

The Chicago organizers would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Susan Goldin-Meadow for the loss of her beloved and amazing husband, Bill Meadow September 14, 2019 in the early evening. Bill fought a battle with an illness over the course of 5 years. His battle was valiant and he was gracious and humorous until the end. This past year has been extraordinarily difficult for Susan and her family as Bill’s illness progressed.

The decision to delay was based on many discussions among the Chicago organizers, Spencer Kelly and the ISGS board. This was Susan’s wish because among all the other hurdles this past summer, the University of Chicago was not able to accommodate the conference in July 2020. Despite heroic efforts to find an alternative venue in Chicago for July 2020, the organizers unanimously decided (with the ISGS board’s blessings) to postpone the conference until 2021, when ISGS could be hosted at the University of Chicago where Susan Goldin-Meadow and David McNeill conducted seminal work in the field.

Although we know that many will be disappointed by the delay in the conference, we hope that the ISGS family will wrap their arms and hearts around this emotional turn of events and support this change in plans.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Chicago conference at the University of Chicago in 2021!!!!


The Chicago Organizing Committee

Asli Ozyurek elected as member of the Academia Europaea

NIJMEGEN; Asli Ozyurek, Max Planck instituut

Asli Ozyurek, our immediate past president, has been elected as a member of the Academia Europaea, a European, non-governmental association acting as an Academy that aims to promote learning, education and research. The Academia Europaea plays a role in the development of European science policy, for example, through a seat on the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) that advises on European research.

The ISGS congratulates Asli!

For more information on the Academy visit their site:

Relaunch of ISGS Website








The wait is finally over. We are very happy to announce the relaunch of our website. Let us know what you think! Do you have comments, suggestions for content or information you would like to be presented on the website? Please let us know and write an email to Jana Bressem, our public relations officer.