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The berlin gesture center is a cross-disciplinary academic network. The bgc brings together neuropsychological, semiotic and linguistic research on gestures.  We analyze gestures and body movements as people speak and interact.


Speaking involves thinking as much as feeling. It is deeply interactive and it is multimodal. When we speak with each other, our hands, arms, head and mouth move in concert. In a nutshell: our entire body is involved in interaction. This is what our academic and applied research addresses.


Founded in 2004 in Berlin, our network is currently spread over three locations: German Sport University in Köln,  Chemnitz University of Technology and European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder).

The bgc is a hub for academic exchange, training and consulting, organized by
Hedda Lausberg, Ellen Fricke  and Cornelia Müller and their local teams.

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Dr. Simon Harrison (Universität Hongkong) hält am 14.05.2019 im Rahmen der VGC Lecture Series einen Vortrag zu From ‘body language’ to ‘linguistic bodies’: Towards a new popular science of the body/language relation.


The challenge to analyse gestures that accompany speech has yielded numerous gesture coding systems that are each tailored and suitable for different research approaches. However, the question of the objectivity and reliability of the coding system often remains unaddressed.

The seminar responds to the demand for a methodological training tailored for gesture and nonverbal interaction research. Given two recent surveys on methodological knowledge in gesture and nonverbal interaction researchers, it addresses recurrent methodological questions in the field.