The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics

The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS) approved deadline extensions today for the submission of theme sessions, individual papers and poster presentations for IACS3 Toronto (July 13-15, 2018). New deadlines: Dec 15, 2017, for theme session submissions […]


Semiotic Society of America

Signs of Revival: The new website of the semiotic Society of America offers important information and resources.


The SemiotiX Review of Books

HUMAN BODIES AS X’S Book Review by David Lidov   The semiotics of X: chiasmus, cognition and extreme body memory. Jamin Pelkey. London ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury (Advances in Semiotics), 2017. Jamin Pelkey, […]


Mind and creativity of hominins

ROBERT G. BEDNARIK In comparison to other disciplines, Pleistocene archaeology has an unusual capacity of getting it wrong most of the time: ever since the mid-19th century, when all archaeologists rejected the coexistence of humans […]



By Alexandra Verschueren Abstract This article belongs to a series of texts exploring the potential of an autoethnographic method for academic reflection on processes of creative design. This contribution first counters a possible objection based on […]


In Memoriam: John Deely (1942–2017)

By Jamin Pelkey John Deely devoted his life to exploring the philosophy of signs and engaging with a network of semioticians around the world. Following his recent retirement in 2015 as Rudman Chair and Professor […]


A Report on Chinese Semiotic Studies

Chinese Semiotic Studies is a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by the first advanced research institute of semiotics in China, namely, the International Institute of Semiotics Studies at Nanjing Normal University. The journal was launched in 2009 […]


Tribute to Martin Krampen

By Pierre Pellegrino, Honorary President of the International Association for the Semiotics of Space. Martin Krampen died a few months ago, we honor here his memory. He was a leading figure in the German semiotics […]


Lessons from the marmosets

By Paul Bouissac New study of infant marmosets, Callithrix jacchus, yields insights into the development of vocal learning that are relevant across species, including Homo. Rather than being the “hopeful monster” of Chomskyan lore, this […]


Probing New Frontiers

A review of Josh Berson’s Computable Bodies (Bloomsbury, 2016, 186 pages) By Michael W. Mair Josh Berson is very ambitious. His book endeavours to bridge neuroscience, anthropology, computer science, and the concept of data itself, […]

Semiotix in pictures


New Issue of Signs & Media (Spring Issue, 2016)

We are glad to announce the publication of the new issue of Signs & Media, a bilingual (English-Chinese), peer-reviewed semiotic journal. Please feel free to download the PDF Version of Signs & Media.  Editor’s Notes […]



By Gabriela Pedranti As we do (almost) every year, we went to Tallinn for the last Semiofest edition (June 1st to June 4th, 2016). Having attended four out of five events (and even organising it […]

World Report

Call for papers

Semiotics and Fieldwork: On critical enthographies Special issue of Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics Guest Editors: Eleftheria Deltsou (Univ. of Thessaly) and Fotini Tsibiridou (Univ. of Macedonia) The cross-fertilization between anthropology and semiotics, stretching back […]

World Report

Report on 2015 Pragmatics Conference

The 14th International Pragmatics Conference was held in Antwerp (Belgium), July 26-31. A truly international event which takes place every second year, the 2015 conference attracted 1,277 linguists and semioticians from 62 countries. All the […]

Guest column

Multimodal argumentation in context.

From the International Pragmatics Conference (July 26-31) A specialist of multimodal discourse analysis, the author addresses the issue of context change potential (CCP) from a cognitive semiotic perspective. As Dr. Wildfeuer could not be present […]

Review of Books

Reviews’ review: botanical semiotics

Plants are organisms that process vital information from their environment and from other plants. Folk biology sees vegetal life as basically passive, “vegetative”. The circadian motion of sun flowers is perceived as an oddity. But […]

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