By Paul Bouissac
As a global phenomenon, semiotics appears to have developed, over the last fifty years, as an academic culture rather than a scientific paradigm. If the last congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (Lyon, July 7-12) is indicative of the general situation, the semiotic institution provides a fairly informal, rather club-like forum where friends (and foes) meet, deliver papers to each other and perpetuate, with greater or lesser felicity, the immemorial conversation about signs. Read more...
World Report
By Charles Forceville
The latest international semiotic conference to be held in China took place on March 25-29, 2004 in Beijing. It was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and jointly organized by Prof. Chen Qineng and Dr. Ye Jun, on behalf of the Academy, and Prof. Roland Posner, on behalf of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. Read more...
World Report
By Lubomir Plesnik
In literary studies the expression “Nitra school” denotes an output of the former Cabinet of Literary Communication which has become the present Institute of Literary and Artistic Communication at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra (Slovakia). Read more...
World Report
Compiled by Paul Bouissac from information received from Hu Zuanglin, Ding Ersu and Takashi Fujimoto
There are currently four semiotic associations in the People's Republic of China, which originated, over the last twenty-five years, from different disciplinary and institutional contexts. Read more...
World Report
By John Pier
On May 22, 2004 at the Maison Heinrich Heine in Paris, a conference took place entitled “La philosophie de C.S. Peirce dans le prisme de la recherche contemporaine française et allemande.” Read more...
Semiotic Profile
By Winfried Noeth
Walter A. Koch has been a key figure in semiotics since the resurgence of this trans-discipline in the context of European structuralism. His own career is characteristic of the development of structuralist semiotics from linguistic roots during the second half of the 20 th century. Read more...
The Treasure Chest
By Paul Bouissac
Explaining Mantras: Ritual, Rhetoric, and the Dream of a Natural Language in Hindu Tantra. By Robert A. Yelle.
The Robot's Rebellion: Finding Meaning in the Age of Darwin. By Keith E. Stanovich.
Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief. By Jordan B. Peterson.