Founded in 2002, the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS) is the only international scholarly association devoted to the study of gesture.Find out more about our Society, Who we are, What we Do and Where our society spreads across the world!

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Board of the ISGS

The Executive Board of the society consists of the ISGS President, a Vice-President, the immediate Past President, the Secretary General, the Treasurer, the Public Relations Manager, and the Editor-in-Chief of the journal “Gesture”. The officers of the Executive Board are elected by the members during the General Assembly for a period of up to three years. Persons … Continue reading Board of the ISGS

Who we are

Our society Brings together gesture researchers working in diverse academic and creative disciplines including anthropology, linguistics, psychology, history, neuroscience, communication, art history, performance studies, computer science, music, theater, and dance. Gesture studies is a rich interdisciplinary field, broadly concerned with examining the use of the hands and other parts of the body for communicative purposes. Gesture … Continue reading Who we are

What we do

The purpose of ISGS is to promote gesture studies worldwide and to facilitate dialogue among researchers, professionals, and the interested public across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.  Our major projects include the organization of the ISGS conference series and support of the international journal Gesture and the Gesture Studies book series. We are also preparing to organize training opportunities (summer schools, … Continue reading What we do


To empower gesture researchers to build local communities and to strengthen ISGS by spreading gesture research AROUND THE GLOBE, we have begun to support “ISGS hubs” in different regions. Look out for events, workshops and conferences and get into contact with the Hub members close to you. ISGS Hub Hong-Kong The ISGS – Hong Kong was … Continue reading ISGS Hubs

Meeting minutes

Minutes from the ISGS General Assembly Meetings   2018: Minutes Cape Town               2016: Minutes Paris 2014: Minutes San Diego 2012: Minutes Lund 2010: Minutes Frankfurt 2007: Minutes Chicago 2005: Minutes Lyon   2002: Minutes Austin


Cornelia Müller Europa Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder, Germany On June 6th, 2002, which was considered to be a cool early summer day in Austin (Texas), the International Society for Gesture Studies was officially founded. It held its first general assembly, voted upon its statutes, elected an executive board, and had its first official international conference. How … Continue reading HISTORY OF THE ISGS


In 2007, at the ISGS Conference in Chicago the by-laws were amended at the third assembly of the ISGS (see 7.2, 8.12) Article 1: Name The adherents of these statutes hereby found a society whose name is: International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS). Article 2: Purpose This corporation is organized exclusively for scientific and educational … Continue reading Bylaws