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.

SSA 2017: INFORMATION ABOUT TOURS

Tour 1: Puebla City: Ancient and Modern

Wednesday 25th afternoon for early-birds: 12:00 to 17:30 hrs. Puebla: City ancient and modern. Price per person: 23 USD (350 pesos). The tour includes the ticket for visiting the Baroque Museum and the ticket to get on the Star of Puebla, the highest wheel of fortune in Latin America. During the tour, we will visit the downtown, the ancient neighborhoods, the zone of the forts (it has beautiful views) and the modern zone of Puebla. The transportation picks us up at UPAEP-Centro de Vinculación and it return us at the same point. Estimated time: 5hrs30 min.

 

Tour 2: Cholula: Pyramid, Temples, and Culture

Sunday 29th (after the Meeting 12:00 to 18:00 hrs.): Cholula Pyramids, visiting the archeological zone, the museum, the Church of Tonanzintla and the Church of Acatepec with a stop to craft market in Cholula. Price per person: 18 USD (260 pesos). The transportation pick us up at UPAEP-Centro de Vinculación and we could ask them to conclude the tour in the downtown, then visitors could eat, shopping or buy souvenirs before their returning flights.  Estimated time: 6 hrs.

 

The tours are done in touristic buses (looks like a trolley car)

For reservations send an e-mail to valeria.hernandez01@upaep.edu.mx

The deadline to reserve is: October, 19th.

A desk to pay the tickets will be at the Centro de Vinculación on October 25th, from 10:00 a.m. to the moment to start the tour.  The payment will be in cash: USD or Mexican pesos.  Participants could pay both tours at the same time.

42nd SSA – Plenary Roundtable: “The Life and Work of John Deely”

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Plenary Roundtable

The Life and Work of John Deely (1942–2017): 

A Compassionate Human Being and an Exceptional Scholar

The intention of this Plenary Roundtable is to commemorate the exceptional life and the remarkable oeuvre of John Deely (April 26, 1942–January 7, 2017). It is impossible to separate John Deely’s personal traits from his professional contributions as a great philosopher and semiotician. The following plenary speakers focus on the integration of Deely’s life as a dear friend, a compassionate human being, and an exceptional scholar.

 

Farouk Y. Seif

“Imaginary Dialogue with John Deely: Playing with Boundaries Across Space and Time”

Abstract: We live in a world of fact and a world of fancy, in the Peircean sense, telling real and imagined stories. In this Imaginary Dialogue with John Deely I compose narratives that integrate actual quotations from his seminal work and imaginative interpretation of our numerous conversations that took place over the years. Visiting John in May 2016 at the Latrobe Hospital and grieving his passing on January 7 this year were two cathartic and emancipating experiences that developed into this dialogical narrative as a commemorative manifestation of the exceptional life and the remarkable oeuvre of John Deely. It is inconceivable to separate Deely’s personal traits from his scholarly contributions as a great philosopher, semiotician, and a compassionate human being who not only graciously persevered through the semiotic paradox of life and death, but also gregariously played with many boundaries across space and time.

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Farouk Y. Seif

Farouk Y. Seif, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus, Antioch University Seattle, Washington. He has taught design for initiating and leading social/cultural change by focusing on the integration of design and semiotics. He has presented and published internationally over 30 transdisciplinary articles and monographs, urging semiotic reinterpretation of ancient wisdom for thoughtful reflections on contemporary life. He is a registered architect and a member of the America Institute of Architects, an artist, a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute, and the former Executive Director of the Semiotic Society of America.

 

Brooke Williams Deely

John Deely from New Mexico to Mexico to the Universe”

Abstract: I offer random reflections on some traits of John Deely as a person that cannot be separated from his vocation as a philosopher at the cutting edge of history, beyond the boundaries of any one discipline or tradition. Hence, I wish to distinguish personal traits, including his dogged determination and his docility, in order to unite them in the integral wholeness of the man and his work, from his youth to his last days. In such reflections I will showcase our lived experience together when John was a Fulbright scholar in Mexico, where we wrote his opus, Four Ages of Understanding, with a canine Mexican street fighter seated lovingly by his side. Given the play of signs and signs at play in the universe, I reflect on Jacques Maritain’s own reflection on John: “He is a child“.

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Brooke Williams Deely

Brooke Williams Deely, Ph.D., is author of Jacques Maritain: Antimodern or Ultramodern? Her essays in semiotics include History and Semiotics, Toronto Semiotic Circle Publication, and the prefatory essay for the reprinting of Thomas Sebeok’s seminal book, Contributions to the Doctrine of Signs. She is co-editor of Frontiers in Semiotics and an editor for the Special Issue on History in 1991 of Semiotica. She taught semiotics for the 1983 ISISSS at Indiana University and in 1989 at Universidade de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Recently she has edited a major work, John Paul II Speaks on Women. Her children’s novel, Soulmates: Worlds Apart, speaks of her experience with John in relation to the Mexican people and to a fearsome dog who crossed all boundaries not for land but for love.

 

Richard L. Lanigan

History and Discourse: The Memory and Memorial of John Deely”

Abstract: Émile Benveniste is famous for his description of the double articulation apposition (quadratic reflectivity, reflexivity, and reversibility) that is found in the French verb function, and, is named by him as the tropic aphorism: l’histoire et discours [history and discourse; history and story; public and private narrative; author and reader; memory and memorial]. These translations suggest the semantic richness of the Semiotic Square (Greimas) and Chiasm (Merleau-Ponty) that suggest the approach of my remarks about John Deely’s life and times that are both a memory and a memorial. I make use of the apposition among: Deely / Memory / Memorial. Memory is the evocation of experience that invokes consciousness, whereas memorial is the invocation of consciousness that evokes experience.

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Richard L. Lanigan

Richard L. Lanigan, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Communicology (Emeritus) at Southern Illinois University, USA, and Executive Director and Fellow of the International Communicology Institute in Washington, DC, USA. His work is a focus on the Philosophy of Communicology (phenomenology, semiotics) and Intercultural Communicology, especially China—USA relations.

 

 

Myrdene Anderson

Another Page for ‘Between The Sheets’: Homage to John Deely’s ‘Historical Layering’ ”

Abstract: John Deely reigned as SSA’s fairy godfather, nearly since its inception under the wing of Tom Sebeok in 1975. It’s not even possible to count the ways he rescued, basically single-handedly, the operations and productions of the Society over the decades. But I daresay what he considered his greatest gift would be the SSA Style Sheet (1984, 1986). And within the Style Sheet, John emphasized its mandate of “historical layering”. In 1991 I reflected on some aspects of the art, craft, and science of bibliography under the title of “Between the sheets: Bibliographic voice incorporating scale, grain, noise”. This paper builds on that, resuscitating the torturous birth of John’s document, as witnessed in phone calls in 1983 and 1984, summarizes John’s compulsive defense of “historical layering”, and relates his final amendment to the Style Sheet, boiling down to how we all must now annotate citations of his work: (1942­–2017).

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Myrdene Anderson

Myrdene Anderson, anthropologist, linguist, and semiotician (PhD in anthropology, Yale University, 1978) is Associate Professor of anthropology, Purdue University. She is the former President of the Central States Anthropological Society (1993-1994) and the Semiotic Society of America (1996-1997). Anderson’s research on Saami (Lappish) ethnoecology commenced in 1971 and continues today, joined by other projects such as artificial life, community gardening, real and metaphoric trash, island ethnohistory, and Peircean semiotics. (Co-)edited publications include “Refiguring Debris—Becoming Unbecoming, Unbecoming Becoming” (1994); “On Semiotic Modeling” (1991); “Cultural Shaping of Violence: Victimization, Escalation and Response” (2004); and “Consensus on the Peircean Concept of Habit” (2016). Other publications include “How qualification and quantification meet, or don’t, in ethnography” (2012); “Ethnography as translation” (1999); “Sharing G. Evelyn Hutchinson’s fabricational noise” (2000).

 

Paul Cobley

Human Understanding – The Key Triad”

Abstract: This paper will argue that,among the many landmark formulations in Deely’s work—the idea of logic as semiotic, the postmodern moment (properly so-called), relation, physiosemiosis, the thorough recasting of objectivity and subjectivity, and the formulation of the notion of the semiotic animal, to name a few—the triad of sign/object/thing is truly original, is the most far-reaching contribution to semiotics and remains pivotal in understanding Deely’s oeuvre. Not only does it facilitate these other concepts but it also projects contemporary semiotics forward through its re-calibration of the human Umwelt in terms of mind-dependent and mind-independent being.

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Paul Cobley

Paul Cobley, Ph.D., is Professor in Language and Media at Middlesex University. He is the author of a number of books, most recently Cultural Implications of Semiotics (2016) and Narrative 2nd edn (2014). He is co-series editor (with Kalevi Kull) of Semiotics, Communicationand Cognition (de Gruyter Mouton), co-editor (with Peter J. Schulz) of the multi-volume Handbooks of Communication Sciences (de Gruyter), co-edits the journal Social Semiotics, and is associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing. He is the 9th Thomas A. Sebeok Fellow of the Semiotic Society of America and is secretary of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies.

 

42nd SSA Conference Registration and Membership Fees

To Join the SSA and register for the conference, please visit: http://www.pdcnet.org/wp/2017-ssa/ or call: +01-434-220-3300, Toll Free: 1-800-444-2419 (US & Canada).

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

Conference Registration Fees:
Conference Registration (Regular) – $175.00 (late registration of $200.00 after August 27, 2017) Onsite regular registration is $225.00
Conference Registration (Student) – $80.00 (late registration of $90.00 after August 27, 2017) Onsite student registration is $100.00
Special day-passes for local faculty, staff, and students will be available in order to hear paper presentations ($15.00USD/day). If passes are purchased in advance: $13.00/day. Day passes do not include any of the meals.

Meals Fee: 

For the conference meals packet – $120, which includes 3 lunches, 1 dinner banquet, and a welcome reception.

42nd SSA: Transportation Mexico City–Puebla

The recommended way to travel between Mexico City, International Airport Benito Juárez and Puebla is by bus.


The International Airport Benito Juárez, Mexico City has two terminals. Each terminal has a ticket sales office and gates to take the bus services. You can purchase your ticket for one-way or round trip. You will need to present identification (passport or identity card), payment can be made with a credit card or cash (Mexican pesos).  

When purchasing your ticket, ask for the 4 PONIENTE Terminal, this is the closest arrival point to the recommended hotels.

More information is available at:

Mexico City to Puebla transportation

42nd SSA Hotel Reservations

alberca.jpgHOTEL BEST WESTERN PLUS PUEBLA

Very close to the University (UPAEP)

Single Room: 55 USD

Double Room: 70 USD

http://www.bestwesternpluspuebla.com.mx/

Calle 5 Poniente, 2522

Colonia La Paz

Zona Centro, Puebla

72160 México

Reservation: Please call the hotel at
+52 01 222 230 0122, and mention the code for identification: Encuentro Anual de la Asociación Americana de SemióFca en UPAEP.

For preferential rate, please use one of the following emails:

reservaciones@bwrealdepuebla.com.mx

ventas3@bwrealdepuebla.com.mx

Atention to: Doris Iturbide or Kathya Parra

 

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HOTEL PALACIO SAN LEONARDO

In the core of the Downtown Puebla

Single Room: 57.50 USD

Double Room: 102 USD

http://www.hotelsanleonardo.com.mx/

Avenida 2 Oriente, 2522

Colonia Centro

Zona Centro, Puebla

72000 México

Reservation: Please call the hotel number+52 01 222 223 6600 ext. 6605 and ask for calling the sales manager: Lic. Karina Zacarías or send a message to: ventas@hotelsanleonardo.com.mx

Or to 

Brenda Alejandra Sánchez de Gante  reservaciones@hotelsanleonardo.com.mx

Please indicate the name of the Event at UPAEP

Both hotels offer quality services and special rates for the event. The last day to have a preferential booking is: September 25th, 2017.

More information about other hotels is available at: HOTELS

In addition, Puebla hotels accommodations can be made through Expedia. 

Keynote and Plenary Speakers, SSA 42nd Annual Meeting

We are honored to announce that Prof. Thomas Alexander and Prof. William B. Gomes are our keynote speakers at the SSA 42nd Annual Meeting in Puebla, Mexico.

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Prof. Thomas Alexander

“Mythos and the Semeiotic Reconstitution of Self, Culture, and World”

[Dinner Banquet, Thursday, October 26, 2017]

ABSTRACT 
will discuss the human need or drive for meaning (which I call “the Human Eros” in my work) and how this centers on various central or core meanings that become embodied so as to constitute definitive identities–identities of self, of group or culture, and of world. I call these “mythoi” and not “myths” insofar as their key feature is their importance and value–“myth” carrying with it the association of “falsehood” especially “unscientific falsehood.” (From my point of view, science is loaded with its mythoi like everything else.) These mythoi must be embodied experientially and in cultural praxeis in order to renew and reconstitute a sense of meaning and value in existence. These mythoi employ tropes or cultural types as structural principles. Tropes themselves tend to group in various relational patterns and tensions that I call “constellations.” Much of the “play of signs” in cultural creation lies in exploring, clarifying, and even antagonizing these relations as ways of deepening the world of meaning.

 

BIO
I am a native of New Mexico and grew up with a vivid appreciation of the Native American and Hispanic cultures. This was augmented by my father’s and my grandfather’s interest in Native American culture. I obtained a doctorate in philosophy at Emory University, focusing on the thought of John Dewey. Most of my teaching career has been at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I am the author of John Dewey’s Theory of Art, Experience, and Nature: The Horizons of Feeling (SUNY Press, 1987) and The Human Eros: Eco-ontology and the Aesthetics of Existence (Fordham University Press, 2013).

 

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Prof. William B. Gomes

“How can ‘the play of signs and the signs of play’ become an attractive model for dealing with eidetic and empirical research?”

[Luncheon, Thursday, October 26, 2017]

ABSTRACT 
Advances in technology and faster access to multimedia have radically transformed the ways the communication scientist may operate, both conceptually and practically. These vast and challenging possibilities require creative and embodied means to deal with emerging symbolic processes and innovative human actions. Using semiotic phenomenology as a reflexive guide, I will argue that the play of signs as conscious experience offers a rich and effective way to treat different modes of appearances and their multiple reversals. The play of signs as conscious experience has the potential to provide a systemic and systematic model for empirical research. In turn, the signs of play as an experience of consciousness can lead us to an eidetic model that integrates ontological taxonomies in segmented theoretical fields. The resulting semiosis (framed as a critical consciousness) demonstrates how the triadic semiotic framework supports ontological hierarchy and epistemological interfaces, using artificial agents and virtual reality as examples. I will illustrate my arguments with data and capta from experimental phenomenology.

 

BIO
William B. Gomes (PhD., Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, 1983) is Professor of Psychology at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. His field of interest includes communicology, cognition, epistemology and history of psychology. He has conducted empirical studies on communicational aspects of family relationships, parenting styles, psychotherapy, and inner speech. In English, his work appears in books such as: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Psychology, Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy in an International Context, The Handbook of International Psychology, and International Counseling: Case Studies Handbook. He also has written for journals such as: Frontiers in Psychology, Psychology & Neuroscience, Qualitative Research in Psychology, Quality and Quantity, and Journal of Phenomenological Psychology. He has published 130 articles, 36 book chapters, and edited four books.

 

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Dr. Roman Esqueda

“Design Thinking as Play of Musement”

[Luncheon, luncheon, Saturday, October 28, 2017]

ABSTRACT
I will discuss the concept of design thinking and its claim that it is an expression of adductive thinking. Most of design thinking literature makes reference to Peirce´s abduction. Some of this literature is deeply influenced by the need for developing computational models of design processing. On the other hand, we see a very general and intuitive understanding of abduction. But in most of these cases abduction is isolated from three fundamental elements: semiosis, scientific discovery, and pragmatism. I argue that in order to develop an abductive understanding of design thinking, we need to consider other aspects of Peirce´s semiotic. I will present a case of adductive thinking in design thinking to illustrate my argument.

 

BIO
My research interests are cognitive semiotics, rhetoric of marketing, design, innovation and advertising. I have a doctoral degree in philosophy and I spent an academic year as a doctoral researcher at Indiana University, Bloomington (1991-92). I try to develop and prove my research in empirical contexts in marketing research and also in an interdisciplinary group of research in AI. My academic position is at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Cuajimalpa where I teach courses on cognitive semiotics applied to design, communication, and AI. I have written El Juego del diseño (editorial Designio, México), and many articles on my research areas.

The Passing of a Philosopher-Biosemiotician: Eliseo A. Fernandez (1935–2017)

Photo Eliseo_Fernandez.jpgIt is with much sadness that we announce the death of Eliseo A. Fernandez, a prominent biosemiotician, on May 13, 2017. Eliseo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 29, 1935. After completing his schooling in Mar del Plata, he pursued studies in philosophy at the National University of Buenos Aires, developing a special interest in the philosophy of science. Following an earlier 5-year stint in the United States (1957–62) during which he worked at the New York Public Library as a librarian and statistician, he returned permanently in 1967, settling in Kansas City, MO, where he began a 49-year-long career as reference librarian and bibliographer in the celebrated Linda Hall Library, a foremost independent research library devoted to science, engineering, and technology. He also enjoyed a 13-year-long career teaching Foundations of Physical Science courses as adjunct professor of physics at UMKC.

An exceptional broad and deep intellect, Eliseo attended numerous conferences and contributed papers at meetings of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science, the International Gatherings in Biosemiotics, the Jornadas “Peirce in Argentina,” the Semiotic Society of America, and the Charles S. Peirce Society, where his pioneering ideas met with high praise from his colleagues. He was also a member of the History of Science Society and the Philosophy of Science Association. His publications, especially abundant in the last two decades, treated various philosophical and scientific topics, including the connections between semiosis and emergence, energy, phase transitions, evolution, survival, reproduction, causation, and control. His focus, particularly in later years, turned to the work of philosopher Charles S. Peirce. Eliseo brought new light to the importance of Peirce’s ideas especially in biosemiotics and the philosophy of science, showing the relevance of such teleonomic concepts as habit, generalization, tendency, and purpose. He held that a Peircean relational-realist semiotics could do for biology what quantum physics ended up doing for classical physics.

Eliseo’s interests were vast, and his desire and ability to share his search for understanding of the world earned him a great number of friends, colleagues and admirers throughout his entire life. The SSA will greatly miss his gentle spirit and convivial soul.

Survivors include his wife Marcia; three daughters: Isabel F. Johnson, Ana Fernandez, and Silvia Fernandez; two step-sons: Colin Cox and Bradley Cox; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17, at 11:00 a.m. at the Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64110. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Amnesty International or to the Linda Hall Library.

[Summary of an obituary supplied by Marcia Fernandez.]

Announcing CFP Extension and Update for the 42nd SSA Annual Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to extend the deadline for submitting abstracts to the 42nd Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America to Saturday, July 15, 2017. We encourage you to submit your proposal as soon as possible.

Look forward to seeing you in Puebla,

Farouk Seif

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Call for Papers – Submission Deadline Extended!!

THE SSA 42nd ANNUAL MEETING

The Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) Puebla, Mexico

October 25 – October 29, 2017

This year’s conference theme intends to celebrate our vibrant host country, Mexico, and the long-standing importance of the concept of play to semiotics. From Charles Sanders Peirce’s “play of musement” to Jacques Derrida’s “play of signifiers” to Vygotsky’s foray into the semiotics of play in learning and development, the phenomenon of play proves to be an essential concept in theory and practice. Because of the interdisciplinary nature and scope of play (we find research on play in psychology, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, communication, music, theatre, visual design, game studies, literary studies, education, mass communication, advertising, and culture studies, for example), the play of signs and the signs of play seeks to stimulate a host of possible research questions for attendees to consider. How is play semiotically constituted in each of these areas of research? How is semiosis a function of play and imagination? What are the inter-relationships between play, ritual, festival, and the symbolic? In what ways do signs/play have a transgressive or subversive function? How do signs play, so to speak, with other signs? Our semiotic investigations into the significant interrelationships of play and signs should lend productive insights, meaningful discussions, and plenty of opportunity for serious play.

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, especially this year from our Central and South American colleagues. We intend to reserve panel slots specifically for papers from non-English speakers, although the official language of the conference is English.

Please visit EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=2017ssa to submit your abstract or proposal for panels and poster sessions. If you have any problems accessing the website, please contact us. (Note to our non-English speakers: while papers may be submitted in your native language, all abstracts must be submitted in English.) Because of the anticipated larger than normal participation this year, we encourage early submissions. The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 15, 2017. Please include the following information in your submission:

  1. Author’s name
  2. Institutional affiliation and academic status
  3. Email address
  4. Title of abstract (in English)
  5. A maximum of 150 word abstract (in English)
  6. Keywords (maximum of six words in English)

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. An acknowledgment of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of submission. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants starting March 1, 2017, and will continue until September 1, 2017.

Papers presented at the meeting will also be considered for publication in Semiotics 2017, 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 2017 Annual Meeting. Students who wish to be considered for the Kevelson Award should indicate their interest on EasyChair at the time of abstract submission. Full paper submissions must be uploaded to EasyChair by September 25, 2017. Questions regarding the Roberta Kevelson Award should be directed to the review committee chair, Dr. Frank Macke at fmacke@bellsouth.net.

Keynote Speakers and Special Events
In addition to scheduled paper sessions, there will be two keynote speakers this year representing North and South America.

  • Dr. Thomas Alexander, Professor of Philosophy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale joins us as one of our keynotes. Dr. Alexander specializes in classical American philosophy and has published widely on the pragmatic tradition, in particular Dewey and Peirce.
  • We are also excited to have:William Gomes from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil give a keynote address. Professor Gomes researches in the area of experimental phenomenology, psychology, and cognition and is a research associate of the International Scientific Psychology Network.

Our Presidential Address will be delivered by Deborah Smith-Shank, Professor of Arts Administration, Education & Policy, Ohio State University.

We hope to offer a couple of local tours of the area, both before the conference begins and at its conclusion.

Plans are also underway to pay special tribute to long-time SSA contributor, John Deely, who passed away this year. 

Poster Presentations (displayed during the entire conference)

Poster presentations of current research should highlight best practices and methodology. All posters will be peer reviewed. Submission of poster proposals on EasyChair should include a 1500-word brief description and a pdf of the poster design. Please plan for a 90×60 centimeter (35.43×2.62 inches) poster, designed in vertical format. Posters can be printed on location for a minimal cost (from 100 pesos=5USD to 180 pesos=9USD).

Venue
Puebla, Mexico is the host city for the 42nd SSA Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place at the conference center of The Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP). UPAEP is a private university, founded in 1973 and dedicated to serving the community by offering credited programs of excellence. Two airports serve the university area, one in Puebla (with direct connections from Houston, TX) and the other, Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City (about ninety minutes away). Bus transportation from the Mexico City airport has been arranged through AUTOBUSES ESTRELLA ROJA, inside the airport. The price for a single travel to Puebla is 14.22 USD=290 pesos. See: https://www.estrellaroja.com.mx/

Buses arrive in Puebla at “Terminal 4 Poniente,” which is close to the hotels and the university. Taxi service is available between the two.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided by several local hotels in the immediate vicinity of UPAEP. More details will be forthcoming. Check the SSA website for details. The average prices range from 43USD to 57USD.

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 Yearly Membership Dues (Regular) – $50.00USD
• SSA Yearly Membership Dues (Student) – $30.00USD

Conference Registration Fees:
Conference Registration (Regular) – $175.00 (late registration of $200.00 after August 27, 2017) Onsite regular registration is $225.00
Conference Registration (Student) – $80.00 (late registration of $90.00 after August 27, 2017)      Onsite student registration is $100.00
Special day-passes for local faculty, staff, and students will be available in order to hear paper      presentations ($15.00USD/day). If passes are purchased in advance: $13.00/day. Day passes do not include any of the meals.

Meals Fee. There will be a separate fee (of approximately $120) for the conference meals packet (which will include 3 lunches, 1 dinner banquet, and a welcome reception). Check back on our web-site for updated information about the meal plan.

To join the Society and register for the conference, please visit: https://www.pdcnet.org/wp/services/2017-ssa/or call: +01-434-220-3300, Toll Free: 1-800-444-2419 (US & Canada). We encourage early registration.

We look forward to welcoming you in Puebla, Mexico!

2017 Program Committee

Deborah Eicher-Catt, Chair, The Pennsylvania State University-York

John Reid Perkins-Buzo, Southern Illinois University

Isaac E. Catt, Duquesne University

Javier Clavere, Berea College

Gilad Elbom, Oregon State University

Adam Ferguson, Binghamton University, SUNY

Frank Macke, Mercer University

Richard Currie Smith, Case Western University, Ohio

Dora Ivonne Alvarez Tamayo, UPAEP, Mexico