“Current developments in primate gesture research”
in connection with the 4th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies

Gesture – Evolution, Brain, and Linguistic Structures

Freie Universitaet Berlin, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
July 24, 2010

Preliminary programme

Keynote speakers

  • Jan van Hooff, "Gestures, postures and the dynamics of movement: What others make of it". University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands.
  • William D. Hopkins, "Cognitive and neuroanatomical correlates of gestures in captive chimpanzees". Yerkes Primate Research Center, Atlanta, USA.
  • David Leavens, "Idols of the theatre: False demonstrations of human uniqueness in gestural signalling". University of Sussex, Sussex, UK.
  • Tim Racine, "Do primates share intentions with others when they gesture?". Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Sherman Wilcox, "Hands and faces: What a signed language linguist would like to learn from primate gesture research". University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.

Short talks: 

  • Cat Hobaiter, "How do wild chimpanzees acquire gestures?". University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland. 
  • Mark Laidre, "Monkey gestural communication: what do mandrills have to say?".  Princeton University, Princeton, USA.
  • Christel Schneider, "A comparative analysis of early gestural communication in the four non-human great ape species". Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Germany. 
  • Nicole Scott, "A call for conformity: Gesture studies in human and non-human primates". University of Roehampton, Roehampton, UK. 
  • Sebastian Tempelmann, "Apes’ assessment of a human’s adequacy as food giver and the role of the attentional state". Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Workshop fees

€ 60 (€ 30 students)


To register, please use the online registration form.


  • Simone Pika, University of Manchester, UK email: simone.pika (at); 
    phone: +44 161 275 2571 
  • Katja Liebal, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany email: katja.liebal (at) 

        Primate Gesture Center