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Viadrina Gesture Center

The Viadrina Gesture Centre (VGC), coordinated by Prof. Dr. Cornelia Müller, brings together gesture researchers from the European University Viadrina with researchers from the Berlin-Brandenburg region, other parts of Germany as well as Central Europe.

The purpose of the Viadrina Gesture Centre is to promote and enhance a linguistic approach to gestures. Through lectures, colloquia, and workshops the center aims at facilitating scientific exchange between researchers. By offering a platform for joint research and discussions on gestures, the center invites researchers to work towards an understanding of gestures as a medium of expression.


The current research topics among members of the VGC include:

Forms, Meanings, and Function of Gestures (Grammar of Gesture and Multimodal grammar)

Interrelation of Gesture and Speech

Semiotic Structures of Gestures

Cognitive Processes of Gesture Creation and Understanding

Gestures and their Relation to Signs

Dynamic and Multimodal Nature of Metaphors

Embodiment / Embodied Meaning

Languageing of Movement

Affective Grounding of Multimodal Metaphors

Gestures and Emotions


Members of the Viadrina Gesture Center:

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Müller

Prof. Dr. Nicole Richter

Dr. Silva Ladewig

Dr. Jana Bressem

Dorothea Böhme, M.A.

Benjamin Marienfeld, M.A.

Franziska Boll, M.A.

Lena Hotze, M.A.

Janett Haid, M.A.



The Viadrina Gesture Center cooperates with various gesture researchers and centers in Germany and abroad and is part of an international network on gesture. Collaborators are:

Aachen Cologne-Aachen Gesture Colloquium (HumTec - RWTH Aachen)

Amsterdam Amsterdam Gesture Center (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)

Berkeley Berkeley Gesture Group (Universty of California Berkeley, CA)

Chicago Center for speech and gesture research (University of Chicago, IL)

Leuven MIDI - Multimodality, Interaction & Discourse Group (Universität Leuven)

Moskau PoliMod - Multimodal Communication and Cognition Lab (Moscow State Linguistic University)

Nijmegen Nijmegen Gesture Center (Max-Planck-Institut für Psycholinguistik)

Poznan Diagest Research Group (Center for Speech and Language Processing, Adam-Mickiewicz Universität Poznan)

Torun Center for Language Evolution Studies (Nikolaus-Kopernikus-Universität Torun)

Upcoming workshops:



Past workshops:

2. workshop with the Diagest Research Group at the Center for Speech and Language Processing from the AMU (Poznan), Poland (11-12 September, 2012 in Poznan, Polen)

1. workshop with the Diagest Research Group at the Center for Speech and Language Processing from the AMU (Poznan), Poland (04-05 May, 2012 in Frankfurt Oder)

Methods of Gesture Analysis at the Conference „Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM) 9“ in Lancaster, UK (04-07 July, 2012) (together with Irene Mittelberg from RWTH Aachen)

Methods of Gesture Analysis together with Irene Mittelberg (RWTH Aachen) (Frankfurt/Oder 2007; Amsterdam 2008; Aachen 2009)

Forms and meanings of gestures: a linguistic approach to the description and analysis of gestures at the Gesture Focus Group, Speakers’ Series (Stony Brook University, USA)

Gesture and Cognition Course, together with Alan Cienki (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands) at the Syddansk Universitet, Odense, Denmark

Procida Gesture Annotation Workshop (2006)


Past colloquia:

Interdisciplinary Colloquium of the Berlin Gesture Center (together with Ellen Fricke, Hedda Lausberg, and Katja Liebal) for further information see website of the Berlin Gesture Center.