Changing the Game

Chris Arning – on behalf of the Semiofest Organizing Committee “So why do a conference anyway? And what makes an event engaging? A well executed industry gathering is not just about educating your audience. It’s […]

Semiotic Society of America (SSA) Update

The 37th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America will be held in Toronto from November 1-4, at the Westin Harbour Castle. Special events at the meeting will include plenary addresses by Eero Tarasti […]

A Semiotic Profile: Donald Preziosi

Donald Preziosi is Emeritus Professor of Art History at the University of California – Los Angeles and pioneer in visual semiotics in the United States and influential theoretician of art history and museology. His Rethinking Art […]

Omar Calabrese 1949-2012

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, Omar Calabrese succumbed to a heart attack in his home in Monteriggioni, Siena. Born in Florence on June 2, 1949, Calabrese has been a key-figure in semiotics and a protagonist […]

Semiotics and Society

As the discipline which studies signs and communication, semiotics is mainly concerned with social behavior. However, the models and theories which have been proposed so far generally remain at a high level of abstraction and […]

The question of origins

Evolutionary semiotics is a hot frontier in contemporary research. How modern humans reached the cognitive and communicative capacities which characterize us can be traced back through an examination of the archaeological record. Stages of mental […]

Coerced iconicity in writing and speech

Humans are iconophiles: we love to connect form and meaning, and do so even when it doesn’t seem warranted. This holds for writing as well as for speech. The writing system of Chinese is a […]