Editorial
By Paul Bouissac and Christina Ljungberg
Is semiotics sustainable both as an epistemological project and as an international community of researchers? To be sustainable beyond the span-life of an intellectual fashion, semiotics must keep producing new knowledge that is relevant to the disciplines with which semioticians usually interact, or with which their interests overlap. Read more...
State of the Art
By Gay McAuley
Over the course of the last thirty years, performance has come to be acknowledged as a major category through which a great deal of social and cultural activity can be explored, described and theorised. In disciplines as disparate as philosophy, linguistics, gender studies, sociology and psychology, theorists have used performance as an illuminating heuristic device enabling them to account more fully for the dynamic interactions between socially and culturally located agents that constitute the experiences they are attempting to analyse. Read more...
World Report
By Harri Veivo
The IASS/AIS had its 9th world congress in Helsinki (University of Helsinki) and Imatra (The Finnish Network University of Semiotics & International Semiotics Institute) on June 11-17. The organization of the event was carried through by a local committee led by the president of the IASS/AIS, professor Eero Tarasti, and gathering over 20 Finnish semioticians and student assistants. Read more...
World Report
By Stephan Kornmesser
The international conference, Signs of Identity – Exploring the Borders was held at the Leibniz University of Hanover on June 7-9, 2007. Read more...
Guest Column
By William H. Edmondson
Information is an over-used word with correspondingly diluted/diverse meanings. This account begins with a non-exhaustive but interesting list of usages – the aim is to demonstrate that the diversity does not reveal a clear underlying concept. Read more...
World Report
By Claudio Gnoli and Enzo Cesanelli
An international, multidisciplinary symposium on "Levels of Reality" was held in Bolzano (Italy), on September 26-28, at the Mitteleuropa Foundation. The venue was the historical palace that once was the seat of the Tyrol Diet. Excerpts from a report published by Claudio Gnoli and Enzo Cesanelli appear below with their kind permission. Read more...
The Treasure Chest
By Paul Bouissac
Biosemioticians and evolutionary semioticians, as well as others, can equally appreciate the three books briefly reviewed here. They are loaded with fascinating, mostly new data pertaining to the ways in which various species make use of complex signaling systems which have evolved with respect to particular ecologies and social networks... Read more...