44th SSA Conference


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On behalf of the SSA Executive Board, I am pleased to confirm that our 44th SSA Conference will take place at the Hilton Hotel in the heart of Downtown Portland, Oregon, October 9–13, 2019. Please mark your calendar. More information will follow in the next few weeks.

Farouk Y. Seif

President, Semiotic Society of America


SSA Yearbook: Call for Submissions


The SSA announces its call for submissions to the next volume of the Yearbook, Semiotics 2018: Signs of Resilience. The Yearbook seeks 3,000-to-6,000-word submissions from current SSA members–including 2018 SSA Conference participants–based on scholarly work completed during the past year. Contributions should be accessible to a broad interdisciplinary readership, but focused on some aspect of semiotics in any of its diverse manifestations. All submissions will be subject to blind peer review.

We request that potential contributors format their submissions using SSA stylesheet guidelines <https://semioticsocietyofamerica.org/ssa-yearbook/>, and we recommend that contributors who speak a first language other than English review their manuscript with English-speaking colleagues or confidants prior to submission. Submissions should be in Microsoft Word, and sent via email attachment directly to the editors: Geoffrey Owens <geoffrey.owens@wright.edu> and E. K. Katić <ekatic@ramapo.edu>. The submission deadline is Friday, November 30.


Thank You

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Many thanks to all of you for making the 43rdSSA Conference a very successful event. The quality of papers and presentations were very high and inspirational. Questions, answers, and comments were thoughtful, amicable, and graceful.

A special thank you to our local host and Executive Director Javier Clavere for his gracious hospitality and abundance of support. Those of us who have served in this capacity know well how much work goes into our annual conference. Certainly, Berea College and Boone Tavern Hotel were very charming venues for the various activities and events for our SSA this year.

I left Berea with gratitude to all friends and colleagues, optimism about the future of SSA, and excitement about our 44thSSA gathering next year. Stay tuned for the location announcement.

Warm regards,

Farouk Y. Seif, Ph.D.

Chair, 2018 SSA Program Committee

Professor Emeritus, Antioch University Seattle

President’s Message:

I am delighted to welcome you to the 43rd annual meeting of the Semiotic Society of America. This year we are hosted by Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. We are especially grateful to our Executive Director and local host, Javier Clavere, and his colleagues at Berea College for their hospitality. Our program committee, headed by Farouk Seif, has done a great job of planning this year in order to make this an insightful and beneficial experience for us all.

This year’s conference theme: “Signs of Resilience in a Complex World,” highlights the interdisciplinary nature of semiotics as we bring together researchers from across the academy to explore this timely and important topic.

We look forward to hearing talks from our two keynote speakers: Dr. Ivo Ibri, Professor of Philosophy from PUCSP, Brazil, and Dr. Wendy Wheeler, Professor Emeritus of English Literature and Cultural Inquiry, London Metropolitan University, UK. Dr. Ibri will discuss “The Semiotic Resilient Mind – Conflictual and Agapic Relationship between Logic and Emotional Interpretants” and Dr. Wheeler will address “Resilience in a Time of Semiocide: Against the Murder of Natural and Cultural Meanings.”

We also are fortunate to hear from our newly-inducted Sebeok Fellow, Dr. Vincent Colapietro. Dr. Colapietro is Liberal Arts Research Professor Emeritus at Pennsylvania State University and currently affiliated to the University of Rhode Island through the Center for the Humanities. He has served as President of the Metaphysical Society of America, the Semiotic Society of America (SSA), and the Charles S. Peirce Society. His talk is entitled, “The Music of Meaning: Gestures, Traces, and Media.”

There are two plenary sessions that should be of particular interest this year. Farouk Seif, Professor Emeritus, Antioch University, Seattle is presenting, “The Audacity of Design and the Resilience of Signs” on Thursday afternoon. Michael Shapiro, Professor Emeritus of Slavic and Semiotic Studies from Brown University will discuss, “Language as Semiosis: A Neo-Structuralist Perspective in the Light of Pragmaticism.”

Thank you for your participation in this meeting. We are a diverse community of scholars with common interests in the study of signs and sign systems. The SSA is a welcoming academic community committed to sharing ideas, providing feedback, and disseminating timely research. If you are new to this conference, please introduce yourself and know that we would like to see you make it your academic home.


My best,

Deborah Eicher-Catt, PhD

President, Semiotic Society of America

Professor, Communication Arts & Sciences

The Pennsylvania State University-York


Dear Friends

The transportation from Lexington to Berea is difficult to coordinate. In an effort to help our members, we are offering free shuttles from Lexington Airport to Berea, and from Berea to Lexington Airport. In order to group as many guests as possible, and to provide a service to several members we ask that you send the following information:

Do not leave a message, it doesn’t guarantee we will get the information. We will acknowledge receipt of your email.

Please provide the following (VERY IMPORTANT)

  • Your full name
  • Your email
  • Your cell number
  • Airline and flight number
  • Flight coming from:
  • Estimated time or arrival in Lexington

Please make sure to follow these directions so we can coordinate your transportation. You may be required to wait until a group is formed. We will try our best to minimize the wait, we are planning not to exceed 90-120 minutes wait. If you are unable to wait, you may want to consider Uber, Lyft, or car rentals. We are looking forward to seeing you in Berea. 


Javier Clavere 

SSA Executive Director

Book Exhibit at the 43rd SSA Conference


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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The countdown continues for the 43rd SSA Annual Conference in Berea!

The Program Committee would like to extend an invitation to you to bring sample copies of your published books for display at the Book Exhibit in Berea. If you have any questions about our book exhibit, please direct them to our local host Javier Clavere at: javierclavere@gmail.com

I look forward to seeing you in Berea,

Farouk Y. Seif
Chair, Program Committee