WATS stands for the World Association for Theoretical Semiotics. We had a very successful organizational meeting at IASS-2009 in Coruña and now have about 20 members who are interested in developing, extending, criticizing, etc. semiotic theory and theoretical semiotics.
Our officers are:
President: Charls Pearson, USA
Vice-President: Gu Jia-zu, PRC
Secretary: Søren Brier, Denmark
Director: Abraham Solomonick, Israel
Director: Gören Sonesson, Sweden
They will serve until the election of new officers at WATS-2.
Our next meeting, WATS-2, will be a symposium on theoretical semiotics at IASS-2012 in Nanjing. This blog can serve as a CfPs. Abstracts of 1,000 words or less may be e-mailed to me in either .Doc or .Docx (preferred) format. My e-mail is email@example.com. I will be glad to accept your abstracts for the WATS-2 symposium or pass on to the membership any relevant messages interested scholars may have.
Membership is open to any serious scholar who expresses an interest in the improvement of existing semiotic theory or the development of new semiotic theory. The only requirement on theory is that it be rigorously grounded in the data. You can apply for membership by sending me your name, email address, nationality, and a very brief statement of your interest in semiotic theory.
Our application to the IASS for affiliation as an interest group is progressing very well.