Semiotics Resources

Semiotics Resources

Below you’ll find a wealth of resources dedicated to semiotics worldwide. Learn who’s who in the world of semiotics, stay up to date with the latest news, find a publisher for your work, join an organization … or simply enjoy browsing the semiotic landscape.

Our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date, comprehensive collection of semiotics resources on the web. If you have corrections, updates, or recommendations to share, please let us know by using the form at the bottom of this page.

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This map shows some of the places where semiotics lives worldwide. You can scroll down the list, move the map around with your mouse, and click on each location icon to learn more.

Academic Programs

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Associations, Research Centers, and Workgroups

Book Series and Journals

  • Acta Semiotica Fennica (1992-2007) – Launched in collaboration with the Semiotic Society of Finland, this series includes congress reports, monographs, and anthologies that reflect recent achievements of semiotic research in Finland and throughout the world.
  • AdVersuS: Revista de Semiótica (1990- ) – An online, open-access journal made available by the Centro di Ricerca Semiotica (CRS) of the Istituto Italo-argentino di Ricerca Sociale (IIRS)  to disseminate research in theoretical and applied semiotics, especially related to European and American socio-cultural reality.
  • Almen Semiotik (1990- ) – A periodical issued through Aarhus University Press featuring Danish and international semiotics research.
  • Applied Semiotics /Semiotique Appliquée (1996-2010) – An academic journal devoted to literary semiotic research published at the Department of French Studies of the University of Toronto.
  • Approaches to Semiotics (1969-1997) – A book series by De Gruyter Mouton that, according to one of its editors, Thomas Sebeok, was intended to publish works too large for inclusion in the journal Semiotica.
  • American Journal of Semiotics, The – A peer-reviewed research publication of the Semiotic Society of America with an interdisciplinary focus on the general subject of signs and sign systems; publishes topical articles, response articles or comments and critical reviews, and also provides a venue for unusually long manuscripts.
  • Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics – A Peter Lang book series that aims to publish groundbreaking scholarly research dealing with language and the multiple paradigms through which it is studied, and to bridge the study of the sciences with that of the humanities.
  • Biosemiotics (2008- ) – A peer-reviewed journal covering a range of disciplines bridging biology, philosophy, linguistics, and the communication sciences.
  • Bloomsbury Advances in Semiotics (2012- ) – Formerly Continuum Advances in Semiotics, this series includes works that apply semiotic approaches to linguistics and non-verbal productions, social institutions and discourses, embodied cognition and communication, and the new virtual realities that have been ushered in by the internet; approaches include socio-semiotics, evolutionary semiotics, game theory, cultural and literary studies, and human-computer interaction.
  • Carte Semiotiche: Rivista internazionale di semiotica e teoria dell’immagine (1984- ) – An Italian journal focused on textual semiotics within a structuralist perspective.
  • Chinese Semiotic Studies (2009- ) – An English-language academic journal sponsored by the International Semiotic Research Institute of Nanjing Normal University and the Chinese Semiotic Research Center of the Chinese Association of Linguistic Semiotics; publishes articles on all branches of semiotics.
  • Cognitive Semiotics – A peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal devoted to research integrating perspectives, methods, and insight from cognitive science, cognitive linguistics, and semiotics, thus placing meaning-making into the broader context of cognitive, social, and neurobiological processes.
  • Cybernetics and Human Knowing (1992- ) – A quarterly international transdisciplinary journal focusing on second-order cybernetics and cybersemiotic approaches.
  • Cygne Noir: Revue d’exploration sémiotique (2013- ) – A French-language open-access online semiotics journal born from the initiative of students in the doctoral program in semiotics at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The journal publishes submissions from scholars worldwide.
  • deSignis (1999- ) – The journal of the Federación Latinoamericana de Semiótica, which publishes and promotes semiotics research and colloquia in Latin America.
  • De Signos y Sentidos (2004- ) – A journal focused on semiotics and discourse analysis in the domains of art, humanities and social sciences published annually through the Centro de Estudios de los Discursos Sociales (CEDIS) of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral in Argentina.
  • Discurso: Revista Internacional de Semiótica y Teoria Literaria (1987-2007) – A journal published by the Asociación Andaluza de Semiótica that features semiotics studies in the social sciences and humanities, with a special focus on literary theory.
  • E | C – A peer-reviewed online journal of the Associazione Italiana Studi Semiotici.
  • International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (1987- ) – A journal focused on legal semiotics or analyses of the law that apply or engage with semiotics, rhetoric, history of political and legal discourses, philosophy of language, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, deconstruction, and visual semiotics.
  • International Journal of Applied Semiotics (1995-2007) – A forum for research and discussion on the applications of semiotic theory to education, clinical practices, learning, and other areas of social concern, as well as original work in semiotic theory and practice.
  • International Journal of Marketing Semiotics – An open source journal that aims to present state-of-the-art academic research in the field of marketing semiotics by enhancing the relevance of semiotic theories and methodologies across the entire marketing mix, with a dual orientation towards furthering existing theory and safeguarding managerial saliency.
  • International Journal of Signs and Semiotic Systems (2011- ) – A journal that publishes original research on the design, analysis and synthesis of semiotic processes in biological and artificial systems, exploring recent developments in neurocognitive science, cognitive ethology, second-order cybernetics, cognitive semantics, pragmatic linguistics, theoretical semiotics, biosemiotics and evolutionary biology.
  • Kodicas/Code: Ars Semeiotica – An English-, French-, and German-language interdisciplinary journal with primary focus on semiotic subjects within the framework of sociohistorical processes.
  • Lexia – An international semiotics journal published through CIRCe (Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerche sulla Comunicazione) at the Università di Torino.
  • Macmillan Semiotics and Popular Culture Series – Publishes books in the field of semiotics.
  • Public Journal of Semiotics, The (2007 – ) – A free online journal established by Paul Bouissac at the University of Toronto.
  • Recherches sémiotiques / Semiotic Inquiry (1981-2009) – A peer-reviewed French- and English-language journal published through the Canadian Semiotic Association.
  • Significação: Revista Brasileira de Semiótica (1973- ) – A semiotics journal focused on research in communication, language sciences, arts, culture and media.
  • Semen: Revue de sémio-linguistique des textes et discours (1983- ) – A semiotics journal focused on the human, social, and information/communication sciences.
  • Semiotica (1969 – ) – The journal of the International Association for Semiotic Studies; features articles reporting research in all branches of semiotic studies and in-depth reviews of current literature in the field.
  • Semiotic Review (2013 – ) – Formerly The Semiotic Review of Books (1990-2012), the Semiotic Review is a multidisciplinary open-access online peer-reviewed journal publishing review articles as well as original essays. It endeavours to monitor those domains in the Humanities, the Social and the Natural Sciences which bear upon symbolic and communicative behaviour, cognitive systems and processes, cultural transmission and innovations, and the study of information, meaning and signification in all forms.
  • Semiotic Scene (1977-1981) – The first journal of the Semiotic Society of America; was succeeded by The American Journal of Semiotics.
  • Signa: Revista de la Asociación Española de Semiótica (1982 – ) – A semiotics journal published through the Instituto de Semiótica Literaria of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (Madrid).
  • Signata: Annales des semiotiques | Annals of Semiotics – A semiotics journal published through the Université de Liège (Liège, Belgium).
  • Signs and Society (2013 – ) – A humanities and social sciences journal focusing on the study of sign process in the realms of social action, cognition, and cultural form; founded by the Semiosis Research Center at Hankuk University and the Department of Anthropology and Graduate Program in Global Studies at Brandeis University.
  • Sign Systems Studies (1964- ) – The oldest international journal of semiotics, issued by University of Tartu Press; focuses on sign processes in culture and living nature.
  • Southern Semiotic Review (2013- ) – Australian peer-reviewed journal of semiotics that publishes formal papers, commentaries and reviews of books, and information about relevant events, calls for papers, and courses.
  • Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society (1965- ) – Peer-reviewed journal that specializes in the work of Charles S. Peirce as well as the broader history of American philosophy and covers all types of American thought from the colonial period until the recent past.
  • Versus: Quaderni di Studi Semiotici (1971- ) – An international journal of theoretical and applied semiotics, philosophy and theory of language.
  • Visible (2005- ) – A journal on visual semiotics issued by Centre de Recherches Sémiotiques (CeReS) of the Université de Limoges.
  • VISIO: Revue internationale de sémiotique visuelle (1996- ) – The journal of the International Association for Visual Semiotics (IAVS).
  • Zeitschrift für Semiotik (1979- ) – Journal of the German Society for Semiotics (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Semiotik) in cooperation with the Austrian Society for Semiotics (Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Semiotik) and the Swiss Society for Semiotics (Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Semiotik) (website in German).

Other Websites of Interest

  • Commens Dictionary of Peirce’s Terms – An online dictionary of Charles Sanders Peirce’s terminology in his own words.
  • Cybersemiotics – A website launched by Danish semiotician Søren Brier around the concept of cybersemiotics, a transdisciplinary approach linking cybernetic information theory with the biological sciences.
  • Neurosemiotics – A website that aims to bring together neuroscience and semiotics; invites paper submissions on the brain and mental signs.
  • SemioFest – A website dedicated to pop-cultural trend watch and applied semiotics and associated with the annual SemioFest conference.
  • Semioticon: Open Semiotics Resource Center – A website that aims to provide innovative and reliable knowledge in a variety of domains relevant to semiotics.
  • Semiotics Encyclopedia Online – A free, peer-reviewed online semiotics encyclopedia for research and educational use; accepting encylopedia entry submissions.
  • Semiotics for Beginners – The online version of the book Semiotics: The Basics by British visual semiotician Daniel Chandler (Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University). 
  • Semiotics Institute Online (SIO) – Part of Semioticon: Open Semiotics Resource Center, this resource offers free online advanced courses in semiotics.
  • Semiotics of Law – An independent website dedicated to the diffusion of information on “Seme” and “Law” that hosts entities promoting similar activities (The International Roundtable for the Semiotics of LawThe International Journal for the Semiotics of LawThe Legal Semiotics Monographs, and The Roberta Kevelson Seminar on Law and Semiotics).
  • SemiotiX –  A global information bulletin that aim is to provide periodic snapshots of the situation of semiotic research in the world, with photos, editorials by, and profiles of, active semioticians, mini-reviews of books, state-of-the-arts at a glance, and selective publicizing of scholarly events.
  • Sociolinguistic Events Calendar – The idea of the calendar is to show all sociolinguistic events around the world, and to help people plan their commitments around what’s going on.

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Conversation with Deborah Eicher-Catt


Deborah Eicher-Catt, Chair of the 2017 Program Committee

Farouk:  Hello Deborah. For the new members of SSA and those who have yet to meet you, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?     

Deborah:  Absolutely! When I’m not currently doing SSA program committee work, I am busy serving as Coordinator for Penn State York’s Communication Arts & Sciences baccalaureate program. In this program, I teach courses in interpersonal relationships, communication research, speech and human behavior, and family and organizational communication. I developed a course in semiotics that I have taught to undergraduates several times. I also serve as the Coordinator for our new Women’s and Gender Studies minor on our campus. My teaching contributions to this program include: introduction to gender studies, feminist theory, and a course in gender, diversity, and the media. I am completing my twenty-sixth year of college teaching. Last year I was the recipient of Penn State University’s prestigious Teaching Fellow Award. The year before that I received my campus’ teaching award.

Farouk:  How long have you been active in SSA?

Deborah:  I have attended SSA meetings over the last fifteen years or so. I always look forward to the annual conferences. It is wonderful to meet so many interesting people from a host of academic disciplines and to make what I consider to be lasting relationships with many. I think the inter-disciplinary nature of our Society is one of its true strengths. As symbolic of my dedication to the field, I guest edited a special issue on anthropologist and communication theorist Gregory Bateson for the American Journal of Semiotics in 2003 (19:1-4), published under the accomplished editorship of our late colleague, John Deely. I also guest edited a special issue on semiotics and the sacred for Listening: Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture in 2013. Most recently, I served on the Executive Board and Chaired the Roberta Kevelson Award Committee a couple of years ago.

Farouk:  I’m always fascinated by when and how others began their semiotics exploration. For me, I became interested in semiotics when I was writing my Ph.D. dissertation “Semiotics and Urban Morphogenesis” in mid 80’s. When and how did you become interested in semiotics?

Deborah:  I first became interested in semiotics when I was completing my M.A. thesis at California State University, Chico in 1991. I conducted a qualitative intercultural study using semiotic phenomenology. I focused on famous Japanese author and social critic, Yukio Mishima’s short-story, “Patriotism” for my thesis. It is a particularly uncanny story about ritual seppuku (death by honor), given that Mishima ultimately ended his life in the same way. I wanted to focus on the mythology of patriotism that fueled his life and death. In addition, I was intrigued by the idea that texts (such as a novel or short story) only “come alive” in our reading of them. So, I turned to Roland Barthes’ work to help me unpack my ideas. Later, in my Ph.D. coursework at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale from 1991-95 (under the tutelage of Richard L. Lanigan), I was exposed to Communicology which encompasses the semiotic and phenomenological insights from the likes of Roman Jakobson, Charles S. Peirce, Jurgen Ruesch and Gregory Bateson, Merleau-Ponty, and Michel Foucault, to name just a few. I used Jakobson extensively in my dissertation, given that I was interested in explicating the difficult communicative dynamics involved in “visiting” one’s children rather than having full custody of them every day. Bateson’s work on the “epistemology of the sacred” also figured prominently in my dissertation and I grew to appreciate more and more his ecological view of human relationships—which I now incorporate into my teaching of interpersonal communication. I began to interrogate the inter-relationships I saw specifically between Bateson’s work and the semiotics of C.S. Peirce and this interest still motivates much of my thinking today.  

Farouk:  Speaking of what motivates you, what was the trigger for the theme of the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting: “The Play of Signs and the Signs of Play”?

Deborah:  While the program committee considered many viable themes for our 2017 conference, this theme received the most votes and I must say I am happy with the choice. After all, play is a vital medium of creativity and learning throughout our lives. As we know, Peirce found the concept appealing and included it his notion of musement as “pure play.” He, of course, drew insights from Friedrich Schiller’s short treatise, “On the Aesthetic Education of Man,” (originally published in 1795) where Schiller talks about our “play impulse” as a much-needed balancing mechanism with the “formal impulse” or that of rational thinking. As our official Call for Papers recognizes, the concept of play thus occupies a key position in many semiotic theories. As I wrote in a recent piece for Semiotica, I think we should learn to take play more seriously, given its close relationship to personal and socio-cultural evolution and learning. So, I think semioticians have much to offer the many disciplines who traverse the ground of play and our conference gives us the opportunity to engage in some “serious play!” As social historian Johan Huizinga claims in his insightful text, Homo Ludens (1949), play establishes a pivotal point of interaction among us from which cultures and civilizations symbolically arise.

Farouk:  Your comment reminds me of how playfulness is significant in the design process where we creatively reframe socio-cultural challenges. There is hardly any playfulness without seriousness, or seriousness without playfulness. You know, it’s a paradoxical phenomenon. I’m sure you’re well aware of the current world situation that seems perplexing, yet, holds a keen opportunity for us as semioticians. How does this year’s theme respond to socio-cultural, economic, and political challenges that our global world encounters?

Deborah:  While at first glance it may appear that our theme is contradictory to our current world situation (especially if we think of play as mere “idle engagement”), I think the program committee got it right in wanting to highlight the nature and function of play as a vital human resource. There is a growing understanding among many disciplines (including the business world) that the concept of “serious play” is really what productive living is all about. With the idea of “play,” we are able to focus upon imaginative and creative thought—vital elements in all effective decision making and problem solving. Dewey understood this well so many years ago when he developed his reflective thinking method. Bring play together with the idea of “seriousness,” and we highlight the simultaneous fact that all actions have effects (whether well intended or otherwise)—which, of course, is an integral aspect of American Pragmatism. So, our theme this year allows us to insightfully respond to the socio-cultural, economic, and political challenges we face with hopefully a renewed awareness of the benefits of a pragmatic way of being in the world, understood within a frame of “serious play.”

Farouk:  Why did the SSA decide to have the 2017 annual meeting in Mexico? And what is the desired outcome of this annual meeting?

Deborah:  I was personally delighted when our SSA colleague, Dora Ivonne Alvarez Tamayo from Puebla University graciously offered to host this year’s event. I was equally excited that the SSA overwhelmingly approved the recommendation from the Executive Board. The program committee is thrilled to be expanding our borders of outreach and encourages our Latin American colleagues to actively participate in this year’s events. Especially given the current political stance of our new administration, I know the SSA wants to show a sign of solidarity (not division) with our fabulous host country, Mexico. The Society has always been committed to inclusion and expansion—not exclusion and insular thinking. While the official language of our conference remains English, we are arranging for translation services and hope to accommodate a variety of speakers. I know we will benefit greatly from the many efforts our host institution is making in creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for all. We extend our sincere gratitude to Dora and her fabulous local host committee for their dedication and commitment to SSA!

Farouk:  Yes, many thanks to Dora and her colleagues. I was impressed by their professionalism and gracious hospitality when I visited Puebla last September. Due to the thought-provoking theme and the exciting location, I anticipate this year’s SSA meeting will draw a large number of colleagues, particularly, from Latin America. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first SSA meeting to take place outside the USA and Canada. What are your expectations of and hope for the 2017 SSA meeting? How are members of the Program Committee preparing to handle and coordinate with local colleagues such a large number of participants?

Deborah:  So, I’d like to encourage everyone to participate in this year’s SSA conference. Yes, Farouk, my hope is that we have the largest ever number of participants. We hope to see our long-time, committed SSA members travel south to Puebla (perhaps signifying our dedication to embracing inclusion and cultural diversity). And we also welcome our Central and South American colleagues to come north to join us in solidarity. Puebla serves as an exciting nexus point and the program committee is committed to making the journeys of all extremely worthwhile. We are in the process of putting together a slate of interesting papers, panels, keynote and plenary speakers on our engaging theme. We are also hoping to arrange some cultural activities, events, and local tours. In addition, given our recent loss of our respected colleague, John Deely, plans are in the works to celebrate his life and scholarly legacy to the field of semiotics, an event not to be missed.

Farouk:  Thank you Deborah, for all that you do for the Semiotic Society of America. I’m really looking forward to the 42nd SSA meeting in Puebla.

Deborah:  Thanks, Farouk, for this opportunity to share my enthusiasm for SSA and the upcoming conference in beautiful Puebla!

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