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CARLA 2023

The first workshop “Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Applications” took place at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Osnabrück University in 2018, followed by two virtual events as part of the Bolzano Summer of Knowledge (BOSK) in 2020, 2021, and a hybrid event at the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2022.

The Psycholinguistics and Cognition Lab of the Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, will be hosting the 5th edition of the CARLA workshop. The workshop will be held in-person, only.

Time and Venue:

      Date: August 23-25 (Wed-Fri), 2023
      Venue: Concordia University Conference Centre, Sir George Williams campus, downtown Montreal (9th floor of the MB building).


Please click here for the registration form.


Please click here for the workshop schedule and here for the book of abstracts.

Practical information:

      How to get here
      Where to stay
      Where to eat

Invited Speakers:

      John Perry, Department of Philosophy, Stanford University

      Brendan Gillon, Department of Linguistics, McGill University

      Alex Clarke, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge

      Brendan Johns, Department of Psychology, McGill University

      Stevan Harnad, Department of Psychology, UQAM

      Alan Bale, Department of Classics, Modern Languages, and Linguistics, Concordia University

Call for Abstracts:

“Concepts in Action: Representation, Learning, and Applications” (CARLA) is an international workshop that fosters interdisciplinary exchanges about research on concepts. We invite contributions from all fields within cognitive science, including linguistics, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, and computer science.

The workshop is open for research on any aspect of concepts and semantics, with three overarching topics, addressing the following (non-exhaustive) list of questions:

This workshop aims to provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss ongoing research on concepts, both from theoretical/formal and applied/experimental viewpoints. We invite concept researchers from all related fields to submit abstracts to the workshop.

Abstract Submission:
We invite the submission of abstracts via EasyChair:

Papers should be submitted in PDF format. Please send two attachments: (1) one with title, author(s), affiliation, text, and references; and (2) another with the title and text only (there should be no authorship information). Review of abstracts will be based on the anonymized submissions. Abstracts are limited to 1000 words (up to two pages). Graphs or diagrams can be included in the two-page limit. Authors of accepted papers will have the opportunity to revise the abstract before publication in the abstract booklet.

Talks are expected to be up to 30 minutes, including question period. There will also be one poster session.

The deadline for submissions is July 10th, 2023 (at 11:59 pm, any time zone).

Local Organizers:

For inquiries:

This workshop is sponsored by the following Concordia University Departments and Institutes: Department of Psychology, Applied AI Institute, Department of Philosophy, the Department of Classics, Modern Languages, and Linguistics, the School of Graduate Studies, and the Psycholinguistics and Cognition Lab.