New Issue of Signs & Media (Spring Issue, 2018)

We are glad to announce the publication of the Spring Issue(2018)of Signs & Media, a bilingual (English-Chinese), peer-reviewed semiotic journal. Please feel free to download the PDF Version of Signs & Media: Editor’s […]

In the kingdom of shadows: the semiotics of cinema

By Piotr Sadowski When we are watching a film everything we see consists technically of shadows—insubstantial, fleeting photographic representations of life projected as light effects on a flat rectangular surface of the screen.  Cast shadows […]

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 […]

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