Presidential Address, SSA 40th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA

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Marcel Danesi

Love Is Not a Sign, Romance Is: The Transformation of the Body into Culture

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Marcel Danesi is President of the Semiotic Society of America. He is Full Professor of linguistic anthropology and Director of the Program in Semiotics and Communication Theory at the University of Toronto. He has published extensively in the fields of linguistics and semiotics. Among his most recent publications are: Signs of Crime: Introducing Forensic Semiotics (2013), The History of the Kiss: The Birth of Popular Culture (2013), and Encyclopedia of Media and Communications (2012). He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica and of the book series “Semiotics and Popular Culture,” published by Palgrave Macmillan. For his work in semiotics he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998.


Keynote Speakers, SSA 40th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA

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Michael L. Raposa

On the Very Idea of a Virtual Community: Peirce and Royce Revisited

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Michael L. Raposa is Professor of Religion Studies and the E.W. Fairchild Professor of American Studies at Lehigh University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. He served as Associate Dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh from 2006 to 2008. Prof. Raposa received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Yale University, and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He is the author of three books, Peirce’s Philosophy of Religion (Indiana, 1989), Boredom and the Religious Imagination (Virginia, 1999), and Meditation & the Martial Arts (Virginia, 2003); he is presently completing a book entitled Theosemiotic: Religion as Rereading in a World Perfused with Signs (under contract with Fordham University Press). In addition, Raposa has published numerous articles and reviews, many of the articles focused on the thought of Charles S. Peirce and the relevance of pragmatism for contemporary philosophy of religion.

Sheril Kirshenbaum

Sheril Kirshenbaum

The Kiss and Human Connection through Time and Space

Friday, October 2, 2015

Sheril Kirshenbaum is Director of The Energy Poll at The University of Texas at Austin. She works to enhance public understanding of science and energy issues and improve communication between scientists, policymakers, and the public. She is also Executive Director of Science Debate, a non-profit initiative encouraging candidates to address science research and innovation issues on the campaign trail. Sheril Kirshenbaum holds graduate degrees in marine biology and policy. Sheril is the author of The Science of Kissing, which explores one of humanity’s fondest pastimes; and co-authored, with Chris Mooney, Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Bloomberg and CNN frequently covering topics that bridge science and society from hydraulic fracturing to climate change. Her work has also been published in scientific journals including Science and Nature and she is featured in the anthology The Best American Science Writing 2010. Sheril speaks regularly around the country at universities, federal agencies, and museums. She has appeared in documentaries and been a guest on such programs as CBS This Morning and The Today Show.

SSA 40th Annual Meeting Call For Abstracts: Two Symposia Under Organization


  • The Semiosis of Pretense: Deception, Compliance, Novel Projection

Organizers: Donna E. West and Myrdene Anderson

This symposium will explore the emergence and ontogenesis of pretense in living systems (especially human), exploring: simple reiteration of false beliefs; acceptance of claims with meager evidence; novel extensions of conventional uses; misfeasance with intent to deceive. The two initial kinds of pretense often materialize as compliance with another’s belief wherein factors available to the agent are under-considered or simply ignored. Conversely, pretense consequent to deception ordinarily derives from more deliberate modes of convincing others of the truth of a false premise. The methods chosen to deceive depend largely upon the shared representational system of the producer and the receiver; and they can emerge as omissions or commissions, within a scenario in which receivers are assumed to interpret events in a prescribed way. More creative forums, namely, play, become indispensable toward manufacturing metaphoric, metonymic, and realities for children and adults. Nonetheless, without scenarios that encourage internally driven reconstitutions of slices of original reality, final interpretants could never hope to be uncovered. Such a static state of affairs, in which pretense is precluded/truncated, obscures/blocks the road to inquiry—against which Peirce adamantly cautions.

  • Engaging with the Senses (V): Once More, Toward Love, With Feeling

Organizers: Myrdene Anderson and Phyllis Passariello

Four previous symposia set sites as it were on the visual (our privileged sense), on hearing, on Secondness, and on to be “touched” (from sentiment to affect, wits to wisdom); we continue to explore phenomena peripheral to the senses, inclusive of Peirce’s notion of “evolutionary love”. While senses and emotions are classified for us by the various linguïcultures, the former are finite, perhaps even 7 plus-or-minus 2, while emotions (without organs, other than bright spots on brain images), are more nebulous. After sight and hearing, the lesser-specified and more-focused senses in English, for smell, taste, and touch, carry even more weight in their associations with emotion and with memory. Other senses beyond the basic five (or six) include balance, temperature, time, movement, and proprioception. Venturing beyond the outside-body monitoring tied to sense organs and the more ephemeral ambient and body-internal sensing that can show signs of contagion across bodies, one swerves toward full-blown but nonetheless culturally-shaped emotions themselves implicating cognition. Here, waves for light, sound, and aromatics combine with other media connecting outsides with insides, seeking to establish some of the quantum entanglements of sensation, perception, cognition, consciousness, kinds and degrees of awareness, mindfulness, feeling, emotion, memory, empathy, synesthesia…!

PLEASE SUBMIT to the co-organizers by Monday, MAY 25, 2015—your titled abstract (150-200 words in 12-point font), affiliation, up to six keywords, AND arrange membership and registration through SSA website, or, or 800-444-2419.

Announcing CFP Extension for the 40th Annual Meeting

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Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to extend the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 40th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America to Monday, June 22, 2015. We anticipate a significant number of submissions. We encourage you to submit your proposal as soon as possible.

All the best,
Farouk Seif
Executive Director, Semiotic Society of America

CFP: Semiotic Society of America 40th Annual Meeting

 October 1-4, 2015  |  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Submission Deadline: June 22, 2015

Evolutionary Love:
Relations and Identities in a Virtual World

Charles Sanders Peirce’s concept of evolutionary love is behind the theme of this year’s conference, which prompts an exploration into the digital age of virtual relationships and identities. How have these relationships grown, or changed, in our new worlds of digital communication, multimedial art, and virtual realities? Who are we now, in this new environment, and how are we to know ourselves? How have we changed in our new modes of connectedness, of friendship, of love? Where is our center, and where is that Other with whom we have dialogue? Have we discovered, or slipped into, a newly digitalized, more extensively virtual, postmodern, and intertextual web of subjectivity? What are the consequences for authentic encounter in this world? What is preserved, what is lost, what is transformed into something radically new? And where are we heading, as individuals, families, societies, communities?

As always, we welcome abstracts on any subject with a connection to semiotics (both theoretical and applied), not solely those inspired by this year’s theme. We encourage you to reach out to your semiotically-inclined colleagues by organizing thematic sessions or panels, as well as submitting individual papers and posters. Our Society is interdisciplinary and international, and we welcome voices from all communities.

Please visit EasyChair to submit your abstract or proposal for poster presentation. (If you have any problems accessing the website, please contact us). The extended deadline for submission is June 22, 2015. Please include the following information in your submission:

1. Author’s name(s)
2. Institutional affiliation
3. Email address
4. Title of abstract
5. 150 to 200-word abstract
6. Keywords (maximum 6 words)

Abstracts for individual papers or panels and organized sessions (3-4 papers) as well as poster presentations must include all of the above information. Papers are for a 20-minute presentation. Early submission of abstracts and proposals is highly recommended. An acknowledgement of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of receipt. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants by June 30, 2015.

Papers presented at the meeting will also be considered for publication in Semiotics 2015, the Yearbook of the Semiotic Society of America. The SSA Yearbook is an annual peer-reviewed publication series sponsored by the Semiotic Society of America, providing both a timely overview of current developments in semiotic research and a regular outlet for members of the Society to publish papers on their current work. Further details and deadlines will be specified in the Annual Meeting Program.

Student submissions are eligible for the Roberta Kevelson Award, which will honor the best student paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Students who wish to be considered for the Kevelson Award should indicate their interest in their abstract submissions, and submit their full papers to Prof. Deborah Eicher-Catt at by September 1, 2015.

Special Events
In addition to a distinguished keynote, plenary speakers, and the Presidential Address by Marcel Danesi, SSA 2015 will include:

Pre-Conference Marketplace of Semiotics (Thursday morning, Oct. 1) – Stimulating seminars and workshops led by well-known semiotic scholars in various disciplines. Students and more experienced scholars will have the opportunity to select one or two from among eight distinctive seminars. More information and further details will be provided in the Program.
Poster Presentations (displayed during the entire conference) – Poster presentations of current research should highlight best practices and methodology. All posters will be peer reviewed. Poster sizes should not exceed 3×3 feet in dimension and should be done on matte finish or coated paper. Submission of poster proposals should include 150–200 words of brief description and a PDF of the actual poster. Presenters should make sure their final printed posters are received by the SSA Registration Desk at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh no later than 12:00 noon on September 30, 2015. All posters will be on display in a gallery throughout the duration of the annual meeting.

Pittsburgh is the host city for the 40th SSA Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting will take place at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh, 530 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, in the heart of downtown. The Omni Hotel has exceptional amenities. Enjoy the stunning views overlooking the entire city of Pittsburgh from Mount Washington and the Duquesne incline. Visit the Andy Warhol Museum, the Phipps Conservatory, and the shops in the Strip District (open 24 hours).

To make your room reservations, please go to the customized Group Web Link or call the Reservations Department 1-800-THE-OMNI 1-412-281-7100. We encourage you to make your reservation by August 21, 2015. After this date, it will be at the Omni Hotel’s discretion whether to accept reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability. Please follow the link to Semiotic Society of America when making your registration to receive the special rate of $165.00 per night (single or double room), including complimentary guest-room wireless Internet access.

Membership and Registration Fees
Please note that in accordance with Article 4, Section 4 of the SSA Constitution: “Only Individual, Student, and Honorary members in good standing may offer papers to the Program Committee for presentation at the meeting of the Society.” Membership must be in good standing at or before the time of abstract submission.

Membership Fees:
• SSA Membership Dues (Regular) – $50.00
• SSA Membership Dues (Student) – $30.00

Conference Registration Fees:
• Conference Registration (Regular) – $170.00 (late registration $200.00 after August 21, 2015)
• Conference Registration (Student) – $75.00 (late registration $90.00 after August 21, 2015)
• Pre-Conference Seminars Fee – $50.00 (access to all seminars)

Meals Fee – $125.00 (includes the following):
• Breakfast (3 days)
• Lunch (3 days)
• Beverage Service (3 days)
• Dinner Banquet (1 night)
• Welcome Reception with hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

To join the Society and register for the conference, please visit or call: +01-434-220-3300, Toll Free: 1-800-444-2419 (US & Canada).

We look forward to welcoming you in Pittsburgh!

2015 Program Committee

Robert S. Hatten, Chair
The University of Texas at Austin

Mariana Bockarova
University of Toronto

Isaac E. Catt
Duquesne University

Javier Clavere
Berea College

Deborah Eicher-Catt
Pennsylvania State University, York

Gilad Elbom
Oregon State University


SSA Executive Director

Farouk Y. Seif
Antioch University Seattle


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Happy 2015 and 40th Celebration!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy New Year…! 2015 marks the 40th anniversary celebration, a significant event in the history of the Semiotic Society of America. As most of you know, the Annual Meeting will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on October 1–4, 2015. Appropriately, the theme of our 40th Annual Meeting is:

“Evolutionary Love: Relations and Identities in a Virtual World”

The “Call for Papers”, venues, deadlines, and other pertinent information will be available in February.

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh,

Farouk Y. Seif, Ph.D., AIA
Executive Director, Semiotic Society of America

Professor Emeritus, Antioch University Seattle

2014 Kevelson Award Winner is No “Ordinary” Student

Each year, the Semiotic Society of America (SSA) features the Roberta Kevelson Award for best student paper presented at its annual meeting (if, in the award committee’s judgment, a paper has been submitted that is worthy of this award).

John Tredinnick RoweThis year’s Kevelson Award recipient is John Tredinnick Rowe, a third-year Ph.D. student in medical studies at the University of Exeter Medical School’s European Centre for Environment and Human Health. Tredinnick Rowe delivered an outstanding presentation entitled “The Paradox of Giving: Insights into the Gift Economy”. A published version of his paper will become available in the forthcoming 2014 SSA Yearbook.

We asked Tredinnick Rowe a few questions and learned that, in addition to his being a bright, interdisciplinary thinker with great promise, his is no “ordinary” student story…

Please tell us a little about your background and what you currently do.
In addition to studying for my Ph.D., I live and work on my family farm in the west of Cornwall, UK, a region as far west and south as you can go in the British Isles. My family are mainly either involved in farming or in a medical profession – e.g. nurses, occupational therapists, a neuroscientist, etc. – so this has led me to having an interest in both medicine/biomedical issues and the natural environment and agriculture.

John Treddinick RoweThis may explain the rather circuitous route my education has taken. I started off in a bachelor’s in chemical engineering program as an undergraduate and then switched to a bachelor’s of science in environmental management, after which I started my Ph.D. in medical service innovation. Beyond academia and the farm, I enjoy trying to learn new languages and I am active in minority rights politics in Europe as well.

How did you come up with the idea for your SSA Annual Meeting paper and why does this topic interest you?
I came up with the idea in part by attending an International Semiotics Institute conference in Lithuania, which had the theme of Numanities (i.e., new humanities), which represents a drive to find new ways to use and integrate humanities into other contexts. This made me think about the integration of linguistics and socio-economics that I was working on in regard to some of my Ph.D. data. I then realised that I could extend my application of linguistics into semiotics within an socio-economic context.

Put simply, I wanted to illustrate how reviewing my observational data (ethnographic, in my case) with linguistic and semiotic analysis could deeply enrich my work on economics and innovation. This topic interests me as I was struck, when I started to study innovation science, by how much of a void there was in terms of historical authorship. Many of the problems and methods I encountered in the papers and textbooks on innovation I had read could have easily been explained through key sociological or classical scholars’ work, and yet these were absent. I found it stimulating to try to change this, albeit in a very small way.

How did you learn about semiotics?
My very first contact with semiotics was reading a book of my dad’s about Roland Barthes. My main exposure, however, came towards the end of my Ph.D. (I am very much a novice in this matter). I was searching for a framework to explain how to communicate the meaning and signification of natural environment use when I encountered eco-semiotics and, more broadly, the work of the Tartu-Moscow school. To discover the the works of Kalevi Kull, the von Uexkülls and Jesper Hoffmeyer was a moment of expansive clarity for me as it solved most of phenomena I had observed in my data that traditional social science had no meaningful way of explaining (to my limited knowledge).

…and the SSA conference? What was your experience there?
The SSA conference was wonderful. As a newcomer, it was an excellent to put faces to the papers that I had read. I feel that I made some great contacts there that can hopefully help me to continue in this line of work. It was also a joy to meet some of the people I made acquaintance with at the ISI conference in Lithuania earlier this year.

I also have a deepened respect for Farouk Seif, with regard to how much effort the conference must have taken to organise. I am eager to keep coming to the SSA conferences and hope to continue the contact with the people I met in the U.S. and also those from Europe.

John Treddinick RoweDo you see yourself continuing to pursue work in semiotics?
I sure hope so! I have an interview soon for a post-doc that will try to explain visual imagination from both an artistic and a neuroscience perspective. I submitted an application to integrate the two themes using neuro-semiotics.

Of all the academic disciplines I have undertaken, semiotics fires my brain like nothing else; it makes working a pleasure. After the SSA conference, I felt a missionary zeal to try and find a way to reintegrate semiotics back in medical studies.

Can you tell us about your other interests and hobbies?
My spare time is usually spent doing farm work (depending on the season), reading, or target shooting.

What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years?
I have the highly pretentious and grandiose aspiration to have a career that improves people’s lives. It would be wonderful to get to that point as, prior to the Ph.D., I was working in supermarkets and frying fish for a living – which does have its merits but is not always overly stimulating. Regarding my plans for the next 5-10 years, my wife tells me that we are going to have children. So my plan is largely to try and hold onto my remaining sanity and hair.


Congratulations, John!


The 2014 Kevelson Award Committee members are Gary Shank (Chair), Deborah Eicher-Catt, and Gilad Elbom.

It’s Our Anniversary. Will You Join Us?

Announcing 40th Annual Meeting

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It’s my pleasure to announce the location of our next SSA Annual Meeting. The 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting will take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, October 1-4, 2015. Duquesne University will host this significant event. More information and details will be provided in the weeks ahead.

Onward and upward SSA,

Farouk Seif
SSA Executive Director

39th Annual Meeting Wrap-Up

Plenary Session

After four days of memorable talks, networking, and musical and visual arts performances, topped by a breathtaking cruise to Blake Island, we adjourned our 39th Annual Meeting last Sunday.

Celebrating this year’s outcomes, Executive Director and 2014 Program Chair Farouk Seif recalled his words pronounced at last year’s Dayton annual meeting: “Success is not an option; it is a destination”. In reflecting on the Seattle experience, he concludes, “Indeed, success was not an option. It was a destination for us all.” With those words in mind, we would like to thank each and every participant for helping to make this event an extraordinary success!

This year’s conference welcomed an unprecedented number of first-time attendees and numerous international participants who traveled far to join us from over 20 countries across the globe. Among them, we would like to extend a particularly warm thank you to our distinguished plenary speakers who traveled from Europe – Søren Brier (Denmark), Paul Cobley (UK), Dario Martinelli (Lithuania), and Susan Petrilli (Italy) – as well as those who joined us from North America – Marcel Danesi, Elliot Gaines, Alexander Laszlo, Michael Shapiro, and Brooke Williams Deely.

Shana Hormann (Antioch University Seattle) gave us a gracious local welcome and Mark Hower (Antioch University Seattle) led a pre-conference Marketplace of Semiotics open space session that opened up new avenues for exchange among participants.

No less memorable were stunning visual arts performances by invited artist Silvia Barbotto, who demonstrated her “visual synchronic translation” technique during conference events; piano performances by Marcel Danesi and Robert Hatten; and tango with local dance artists Maureen Muñoz, Greg Thomsen, Michelle Badion and Richard Baxter.

Silvia Barbotto

Special Awards
This year’s SSA meeting featured two special awards:

  • Paul Cobley was officially presented with the Sebeok Fellow Award, the highest honor given by the SSA. The award was created in 1991 to honor substantial career or lifetime contributions to semiotics and service to the semiotic community. “Professor Cobley has continued Professor Sebeok’s heritage of promoting the international publication of seminal works,” says John Deely, SSA founding member who presented the award, adding that Cobley has advanced “the realization in intellectual culture of how and why ‘the doctrine of signs’ or semiotics alone provides the only inherently interdisciplinary perspective on human knowledge.”

Paul CobleyCobley, who was recently elected to the position of president of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS-AIS), is professor of language and media at Middlesex University. He has edited and authored numerous publications in communication theory, semiotics and other disciplines, and holds roles as co-editor of Social Semiotics and Handbooks of Communication Sciences; co-series editor of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition; and associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing, in addition to secretary of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies. Cobley joins the ranks of other distinguished Sebeok Fellows David Savan, John Deely, Paul Bouissac, Jesper Hoffmeyer, Kalevi Kull, and Floyd Merrell, Susan Petrilli, and Irmengard Rauch. Congratulations, Paul!

  • In keeping with the SSA’s tradition of supporting young scholars, the conference also featured the annual Roberta Kevelson Award for best student paper presented. This year’s deserving recipient is John Treddinick-Rowe, a student at the University of Exeter Medical School, who delivered an outstanding presentation entitled “The Paradox of Giving: Insights into the Gift Economy”. The paper is eligible for publication in the 2014 SSA Yearbook.

According to Kevelson Award Committee member Deborah Eicher-Catt, “Treddinick-Rowe is attempting to bring semiotics into socio-economic theory” through “a well documented, sophisticated, historically-situated reading that articulates the paradox of giving within health service organizations”. Committee Chair Gary Shank explains that “Treddinick-Rowe neatly explores the paradox of how gift giving is the foundation of much economic activity, relying on semiotics as the means for bridging this paradoxical condition”, adding that his contribution is “Well done on its own terms, and well done within the theme of the conference as well.” Congratulations, John!

SSA Leadership News
Our Annual Meeting made official a number of transitions and new roles. We would like to extend our gratitude to our outgoing officers for their service, as well as warmly welcome and congratulate our new leaders!


  • Marcel Danesi inherits the helm as President from Elliot Gaines, who now holds the role of Immediate Past President
  • Terry Prewitt takes office as Vice President and 2015 Program Chair for the SSA’s 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting. A new, 2015 Program Committee responsible for next year’s conference will be nominated in the coming months.
  • Farouk Y. Seif and Stéphanie Walsh-Matthews complete their terms as members of the executive board and are succeeded by Deborah Eicher-Catt and Richard L. Lanigan. Farouk Y. Seif continues to hold his position as Executive Director.
  • You can learn more about the SSA leadership team here.

Rising Scholars Mentorship Program
Our new initiative, the Rising Scholars Mentorship Program, aims to support young scholars by pairing interested graduate student and junior faculty attendees with a volunteer expert semiotician for one year. We’ve received requests from eight junior scholars and we would like to thank John Coletta, Elliot Gaines, Robert Hatten, Dario Martinelli, and Gary Shank for their generous support of this initiative. Mentors and mentees can expect to receive follow-up information within the coming weeks.

2015 Annual MeetingNext Year’s 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting
Please mark your calendars for next year’s 40th anniversary annual meeting, which will take place October 1-4, 2015. Stay tuned for details by following our website’s blog and our Facebook and Twitter pages.


SSA Yearbook Publication for 39th Annual Meeting Presenters
39th Annual Meeting participants are eligible to submit their conference papers for consideration for the peer-reviewed 2014 SSA Yearbook. The deadline for submission of final papers is November 30, 2014. Please review our detailed instructions before submitting your work.

…And More Thank Yous!
Our 39th Annual Meeting was made possible through the hard work and generous support of a number of people and organizations. We would like to extend a special thank you to the following:

  • The 2014 Program Committee – Farouk Y. Seif (Chair), Mariana Bockarova, Gilad Elbom, Robert Hatten, Karen Haworth, and Linda Nurra – who worked for the greater part of ten months to bring new energy, participation, and vision to this event.
  • The Marketplace of Semiotics invited facilitators – John Coletta, Marcel Danesi, Elliot Gaines, Richard Lanigan, Frank Macke, Gila Safran Naveh, Steven Skaggs, and Stephanie Walsh-Matthews – as well as all those who stepped into last-minute “emerging” facilitator roles.
  • The Kevelson Award Committee – Gary Shank (Chair), Deborah Eicher-Catt, and Gilad Elbom – for their excellent and thorough work in vetting award candidates.
  • Pam Swope of Philosophy Documentation Center, for ensuring a smooth and seamless conference and special event registration process.
  • The local Hosting Team – Michele Streich (Lead), Fariba Fuller, Melissa Kelii, Pauline McCharles, Leanna Mix, and Linda Nurra – for their crucial support with set up and logistical issues and welcoming participants.
  • Bill Ratcliffe of Antioch University Seattle, for generously sharing his time and audio-visual technology expertise.
  • Rubén Israel Gatica Gómez, for creating and sharing a video slideshow of our conference highlights.
  • And last but not least, we would like to thank our sponsors and supporters, who made many things possible by donating financial and other resources: ISIS Institute, Antioch University Seattle, DigiCopy N Print, TGB Architects, and OSR | Organization Systems Renewal.

Some Feedback from Participants

“Thanks so much for your work in designing and putting on such a fabulous Semiotics conference!”

“The conference was magnificent.”

“This was so different from all the other academic conferences I’ve attended. It’s not always easy to connect with new people at these events – but this felt like one big family reunion.”

“It was an amazing conference, and a turning point for the Society.”

“As I am digesting new concepts and stories from the SSA meeting, I am very grateful for the opportunity to get exposure and learn semiotics. I think it is your desire and intention to broaden the reach of SSA/semiotics that manifested the opportunity for me to attend. … I thank you for your vision and for your perseverance to see it through. I look forward to continue learning and connecting.”

“At all levels, it was a success.”

“I am very grateful for this opportunity to discover semiotics. Thank you!”

“What a wonderful meeting you and your team have designed! It’s a gracious thing you did by weaving art and design into the conference. The high attendance rate is testament to your collective skill.”

“This is an amazing meeting. I got so much important experience and [would like to] establish an academic relationship between both Chinese and American semiotic societies. Hopefully, my effort will greatly promote our deep collaboration in the future. Thanks a lot again for your hard work.”

“It was a great experience. … Thank you!”

2014 SSA Yearbook

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Many thanks to those who participated in and made the 39th SSA Annual Meeting in Seattle a very successful event.

In order to be considered for publication in the SSA Yearbook, please submit your final paper by November 30, 2014. The submission guidelines and SSA Style Sheet will assist you in finalizing your submissions.

All inquiries and submissions should be directed to the Editor, Jamin Pelkey, at

I wish you all the best.

Farouk Seif
SSA Executive Director