A Friendly Reminder: Hotel Reservations

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

A friendly reminder, please make your hotel reservations as soon as possible by calling the hotel at +52 01 222 230 0122and mention the code for identification: Encuentro Anual de la Asociación Americana de Semiótica en UPAEP.

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



Attention to: Doris Iturbide or Kathya Parra


Very close to the University (UPAEP)

Single Room: 55 USD

Double Room: 70 USD


Calle 5 Poniente, 2522

Colonia La Paz

Zona Centro, Puebla

72160 México


Welcome to the 42nd SSA


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Dear Conference Participants,

After months of planning and preparation, our 42nd annual SSA meeting—the Signs of Play and the Play of Signs—is just around the corner in our beautiful host city of Puebla, Mexico.  The Program Committee and our local host, Dora Ivonne Alvarez Tamayo, are set to offer a heartfelt “welcome to you all” as you arrive at UPAEP.   

If you haven’t registered yet, you may do so online (at the Philosophy Documentation Center) until Thursday, October 19. ($200)  After that, you can also register onsite at UPAEP beginning October 25 (at the rate of $225).  As a reminder, hotel and transportation information is also available on our SSA website for your easy reference.

We look forward to seeing you all soon for what appears to be a stimulating conference!

Deborah Eicher-Catt, Chair

SSA 2017 Conference Program Committee

Earthquake​ in Mexico

Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends, we are in solidarity with our friends and colleagues in Mexico. Prayers and good thoughts are with them. We received word from our local host Dr. Dora Ivonne Alvarez Tamayo, which I am enclosing on this message. I wish everyone a safe time during this outrageous weather season. Javier Clavere

Message from the Local Host 

My dear colleagues, as you probably know by the news, yesterday there was an earthquake in México, even though the epicenter was near Puebla, UPAEP is ready to receive you. I have communicated with the host hotels; both report that their facilities are in perfect condition. I thank those who have communicated with me. We are fine. I’ll keep you informed. Best regards. Dora Ivonne Alvarez Tamayo


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


Very close to the University (UPAEP)

Single Room: 55 USD

Double Room: 70 USD


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:



Atention to: Doris Iturbide or Kathya Parra




In the core of the Downtown Puebla

Single Room: 57.50 USD

Double Room: 102 USD


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.