Keynote Speakers, SSA 43rd Annual Conference

We are honored to announce that Prof. Ivo Assad Ibri and Prof. Wendy Wheelerare our keynote speakers at the SSA 43rd Annual Conference in Berea, Kentucky.


Ivo Ibri - pictureProf. Ivo Assad Ibri

The Semiotic Resilient Mind – Conflictual and Agapic Relationship between Logic and Emotional Interpretants”

Biographical Note

Ivo Assad Ibri ( is full professor of philosophy at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUCSP), Brazil, PhD in philosophy – University of São Paulo (1994) and post-doctored at the Indiana University (USA, 2004-2005). He is the founder and director of the Center for Pragmatism Studies of PUCSP, editor of the journals Cognitio and Cognitio-Estudos and general chair for the biannual International Meetings on Pragmatism, (PUCSP). His work is mainly focused on American pragmatism and German idealism. He published several essays on pragmatism and semiotics and a book on Peirce’s metaphysics called Kósmos Noétos (Springer – 2017). He is member of the board of consultants of the Peirce Edition Project at Indiana University. He is fellow past president (2014 – 2016) of The Charles Sanders Peirce Society (USA).



Wendy Wheeler, IMG_3006Prof. Wendy Wheeler

“Resilience in a Time of Semiocide: Against the Murder of Natural and Cultural Meanings”

Biographical Note

Wendy Wheeler, PhD. (1994) University of Sussex, is Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Cultural Inquiry at London Metropolitan University. She has been a Visiting Research Fellow and Professor at several universities in the UK, USA and Australia, and is the author of five books and more than 50 articles and chapters, especially on biosemiotics, nature and culture. Her latest book Expecting the Earth: Life|Culture|Biosemioticswas published by Lawrence & Wishart in 2016. She is currently working on a Royal Society of Edinburgh funded interdisciplinary research project at the Eidyn Research Centre, Department of Philosophy, at the University of Edinburgh on Living Organisms and their Choices.

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About Farouk Seif

Professor Emeritus, Antioch University Seattle, Washington, a registered architect, an artist, a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute, and the former Executive Director of the Semiotic Society of America.