IASS/AIS Bureau (2014-2009)

IASS/AIS Bureau (2014-2019) elected in Sofia 2014.

Paul Cobley (United Kingdom)

Secretary general
Kristian Bankov (Bulgaria)

EUROPE: Anne Hénault (France)
AMERICAS: José Enrique Finol (Venezuela)
ASIAN: Kim Sung-do (Korea)
AFRICA: Mohamed Bernoussi (Morocco)
AUSTRALASIA: Susan Petrilli (Australia/Italia)

Vice-secretary general: Priscila Borges (Brazil)

Daina Teters (Latvia) Jie Zhang (China)

Vice- Treasurier
Stephanie Walsh-Matthews (Canada)

Vice-Secretary General Report

Vice-Secretary General Report

From September 25 th 2009 to September 12th 2014
Priscila Borges

  1. The new website

I created the new website using WordPress, a web software that allows the creation of websites and blogs. The interface is user-friendly and the software is free, so it was not necessary to pay a webmaster to update the website. Since then, I have been posting all kinds of announcements on it.

The number of visitors in the IASS website has increased every year, as we can see in the following table:



June 18th, 2014 was the day with most visits. In this day, we had 241 visitors with 333 views.

During all this period, we had 136,671 views and only 158 comments. The low number of comments in face of the high number of views reveals that people have been using the IASS website to get information, but it is a one way communication.


The IASS webpage has 310 followers that receive updates every time I publish new content on the IASS blog.

Most of the posts are about Congresses and Call for Papers announcements. To this day, I have published a total of 344 posts. This means about 1,5 post per week.



Views by Country

The top five countries are United States, Brazil, Italy, United Kingdom and France.



  1. Re-creation of the IASS visual identity

I designed a new logo based on the old one and the visual identity for the IASS.



  1. The Facebook account

The Facebook page was created in June 2014 and it has reached 418 likes until now. All the posts published in the IASS webpage are automatically published in the IASS Facebook page. I also share posts from other Associations or Journals on Semiotics.


  1. The PayPal account

I created a PayPal account to facilitate the payment of the IASS Membership fee, especially for members from countries outside Europe and US. In most cases, the international transfer bank fee would be even more expensive than the membership fee.

The PayPal account is related to the IASS bank account in Bari, in the name of Susan Petrilli. If a new treasurer is elected, not only the bank account must be closed or transferred to the new treasurer, but the PayPal account as well.

Today there are 1,049,03 EUR in the PayPal account that must be transferred to the IASS bank account in Bari, prior to closure.

We have spent 194,92 USD in May 2013 to the renewal of the domain (iass-ais.org) registration and the web forwarding (the actual site is hosted in wordpress.com) for 3 years, from 2013 to 2016.


  1. Minutes of Meetings in Nanjing, 2012

I have registered the Minutes of the IASS Board Meeting on 6 October, 2012, the Minutes of the IASS Executive Committee and of the General Assembly on 7 October, 2012.


  1. IASS Members List

There are two lists below. The first is a list of IASS members that paid the membership fee via PayPal. The second is a list of the ones that paid the membership fee in Nanjing in 2012. I only have the control of the members that paid using PayPal and the ones that paid in Nanjing. The money collected in Nanjing was given directly to the treasurer, Susan Petrilli.


36 members paid using PayPal.

8 members paid in Nanjing.



Minutes of the IASS Board Meeting

6 October, 2012.

7-50 pm – 9-25 pm, Conference Room, Building 700, Nanjing, China.

Attending: Eero Tarasti (President), José Enrique Finol (Vice-President), Jean Claude Mbarga (Vice-President), Youzheng Li (Vice-President), Jose Maria Paz Gago (Secretary General), Augusto Ponzio (guest), Susan Petrilli (Treasurer), Paul Cobley (Vice-President), John Deely (Vice-Treasurer), Gloria Withalm (Honorary Vice-President), Priscila Borges (Vice-Secretary-General), Marcia Schwartz (guest), Bankov Kristian (guest).

Meeting Record: Priscila Borges

At 7h50 pm, Eero Tarasti, the IASS president, began the meeting announcing the topics to be discussed:

1) To address some misunderstandings about the executive committee meetings;

2) The next IASS Congress and the Bulgarian proposal;

3) The executive committee new members;

4) The process of auditing;

5) To  commemorate  those members of the IASS  who  have passed away  since the last meeting.

The President announced that the Executive Committee meeting would take place on October, 7 at 7-30pm. Just after that the General Assembly would take place. The General Assembly would be open to all IASS members and only members could vote in the General Assembly. The President proposed that, instead of restricting the access to the General Assembly, we should open it  to future members. Then, the suggestion was to pass a list during the Plenary Session on the next day (the morning of 7 October, 2012) and ask those who are interested in becoming a member of IASS to put their names on it. They could pay the membership fee during the congress or later by bank transfer or on Paypal. There was no support for this proposal.

During the General Assembly we should announce the place of the next IASS congress.

Paul Cobley asked what the motivations to attend the General Assembly are. John Deely complemented asking what the motivations to be a member are. Your association gives nothing to our members. No journal, no cheaper price to assign a journal, no special fee to our own congress. Deely suggested that the members should receive a journal when they become a member.

The boarding discussed some ways to catch more members and agreed that the congress is a good place to get new members since people are motivated to get into semiotics. The boarding decided to put a registration table at Jinshilou Hotel where the Congress registration is. So, people could go there and become an IASS member. Moreover, one assistant gathered names and addresses in the meeting itself.

The word was given to Kristian Bankov, the repesentative of New Bulgarian University, to present the proposal of this University to host the next IASS Congress in 2014. Kristian presented the strategies of the University to promote the image of Semiotics and emphasized that semiotics is placed among the three most important disciplines, the development of which will provide an image for the academy identity of the New Bulgarian University. The New Bulgarian University wants to make the fee as low as possible Although Bulgaria is passing through a crisis (like all the countries in Europe), he guaranteed that the University can promote the congress. The congress organisers will also seek support from some foundations and private companies. He added that the prices in the country are lower than in other European countries and this would assist in attracting participants to go to the congress in Sofia.

The congress fee proposed was 120 Euros. Those that wish to present a paper at the congress will be compelled to join the IASS, whilst non-participating attendants may simply pay the congress registration alone. The preferred date to stage the congress at NBU would be 20-25 September, 2014. One theme suggested for the congress was ‘Innovation’. This theme, Kristian argued, might be interesting to private companies such as telecommunication companies from Bulgaria that could support the congress.

Susan Petrilli suggested the relation of innovation to science and politics. Augusto Ponzio agreed that politics is much related to the Bulgarian context.

Kristian warned that politics is often a problematic topic and it might pose difficulties when attempting to gain the support of some foundations and private companies. He suggested the theme might be ‘Innovation of Tradition’.

There were some discussion about the theme of the congress and the President suggested that might more profitably be continued by email, since there were other points to discuss in the meeting.

Kristian continued, suggesting important guests such as Umberto Eco, Julia Kristeva and Tzvetan Todorov. The congress organisers planned two plenary speakers per day, one in the morning and one in the evening. Each plenary speaker would have 45 minutes to present their paper. They also planned to use social media to organize and publicize the meeting. The first public announcement of the congress would be in the beginning of 2013. The congress organisers proposed to present the logo and visual identity of the congress and commence circulation of it in social media such as Facebook.

The President suggested that the first announcement should be made before Christmas 2012. The Vice-Secretary General suggested creating a page for IASS on Facebook to help spread the congress announcement and publicize the association.

After 2014, there is a proposal for the congress to be held at Aarhus University, Denmark in 2017. The prospective organizers had made their proposal at the 10th congress in La Coruña in 2009. Other formal proposals might still be invited during the General Assembly of IASS. Paul Cobley noted that Aarhus has recently been listed in the top ten universities in the world and advertises its programmes as ‘elite’. He added that there was not necessarily a case to prevent the IASS staging a congress in Europe twice in succession. The President then presented his proposal  for the process of auditing the IASS. One month before the congress the Treasurer would write a report with incomes and outcomes of the association. The elected auditors should analyze and approve/decline to approve the report. The auditors should be elected in the General Assembly and they must be external to the IASS. The Treasurer presented the bank account and the Paypal balance.

Marcia Schwatz gave a report about the journal, Semiotica. She indicated the strength of the journal and, in response to Gloria Withalm’s question about special concessions for journal members, said that she would investigate the possibility of securing content from de Gruyter for IASS members in the future – possibly in the form of free access to papers in Semiotica or even a discount on subscription.

The Board discussed Fatima Festic’s request for a refund of her fees and a payment to cover the travel and expenses she had incurred in attending this congress. After consideration, the Board was forced to reject her request because her case was no more special than that of many others that the IASS would not be able to afford to fund.

With the help of the Board members the President made a list of the semioticians that passed away in the last three years and resolved to offer an opportunity to remember them at the General Assembly.  These semioticians  were:

Claude Lévi-Strauss

Omar Calabrese,

Joseph Morton Ransdell,

Richard Shale Robin,

Jacques Geninasca,

Raymond Monelle


Ivo Osolsobe

Jeff Bernard.

The meeting ended at 9-25 pm.


Submitted by Priscila Borges

November 24th, 2012.



Minutes of the IASS Executive Committee and General Assembly

7 October, 2012.

From 7-30pm to 9-30pm, Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Nanshan Expert Building, Nanjing, China.

Attending: (from the Board) Eero Tarasti (President), José Enrique Finol (Vice-President), Jean Claude Mbarga (Vice-President), Youzheng Li (Vice-President), José María Paz Gago (Secretary General), Susan Petrilli (Treasurer), Paul Cobley (Vice-President), John Deely (Vice-Treasurer), Gloria Withalm (Honorary Vice-President), Priscila Borges (Vice Secretary-General). National representatives from the Executive Committee and IASS members.

Meeting Record: Priscila Borges

At 7-30 pm, the President announced that the Executive Committee meeting was and the General Assembly of the IASS would be merged. The agenda of both meetings were very similar and the all the Board members agreed to join the two meetings.

The IASS President, Eero Tarasti, began the meeting announcing the agenda:

1) President’s Report;

2) Secretary General’s Report;

3) Treasurer’s Report;

4) Reports on the semiotic situation in different countries and associations by the national delegates;

5) Semiotica report;

6) Next IASS Congresses report;

7) Any other issues.

The minutes are therefore as follows:

1) The President posed the question of whether it is actually possible to organize semiotics. He remembered that semiotics has been organized in many other associations and centers. He stated that, in this case, the IASS is just the top of the iceberg. One of the Association’s tasks is to organize two congresses in five years. Another one is to ensure that the Semiotica journal is published.  What, he asked, are the other tasks? The President stated that the IASS Boarding would like to hear from its members what they believe the other tasks of the IASS are. He noted the expansion of semiotics in recent years, as well as its difficulties in some countries; he noted, too, the shared educational problems in different countries. He argued that, in a meeting such as the present one, we had the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences from all over the world and to grow.

Then the president asked for one minute of silence in respect of Claude Lévi-Strauss,Omar Calabrese, Joseph Morton Ransdell, Richard Shale Robin, Jacques Geninasca, Raymond Monelle, Ivo Osolsobe and Jeff Bernard, semioticians that had passed way since the last meeting in La Coruña.

2) José María Paz Gago, the Secretary General, then gave his report showing that the number of countries represented in the IASS is growing. At the end of the La Coruña meeting there were 59 countries represented and 20 more countries have requested to be represented in the IASS. He suggested that it is also important to notice that the growth is not only in numbers, but also in quality of contributions.

Some countries have requested new representatives. The Secretary General read the list of new representatives and the assembly voted to accept all changes. (The list is available from the Secretary General ).

The President noted that Iceland has no representative, although the Secretary General informed the meeting that no request for Executive Committee had been made from that country.

3) Susan Petrilli, started her report as Treasurer noting that the IASS is not a rich association. According to the last report, dated 30 September 2012, from the bank, UniCredit (Bari, Italy), the amount on the IASS account currently amounts to 5.482, 52 Euros. She thus invited more members and suggested  that the Association could do more to attract members and to satisfy its current members. The Vice-Secretary General gave a supplementary report concerning payments via Paypal. She explained that the use of Paypal was a suggestion she made in La Coruña – when she became the Vice-Secretary General – to facilitate dues payment for non-Europeans. Depending on the country, the bank transfer to Italy (where the IASS account currently resides) can cost more than the IASS membership fee. During the last three years, 17 new members had paid their membership fee via Paypal, showing that Paypal has been used and is a good alternative to bank transfer.

After the reports of the Treasurer and the Vice-Secretary General, the President explained the auditor system that is going to be adopted by the association. One month before the congress the Treasurer will present a report with incomes and outcomes of the association. The elected auditors will analyze and approve/decline to approve the report. The auditors should be elected in the General Assembly and they must be external to the IASS. Mihaita Niculae applied to be an auditor and was elected by the General Assembly.

4) The reports of the national delegates on the semiotic situation in their countries began. However, after just two reports it became clear that it would take far too much time to hear all of them within the space allotted to the meeting. They were therefore asked to send their reports in written form to the Vice-Secretary General, and it was suggested that these could then be shared online on the Association’s website. This was agreed.

5) Marcia Schwartz gave a report on Semiotica, explaining current publishing issues, different ways of accessing Semiotica and different ways in which the publisher, de Gruyter Mouton, sought to disseminate research in semiotics through the journal. She suggested that researchers in semiotics should pay more attention to citing each others’ work, a practice now made easier by the facilities on the de Gruyter web platform.

6) Kristian Bankov gave a report about the next congress at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia. He presented the strategies of the University to promote the image of semiotics and emphasized that semiotics is placed among the three most important disciplines, the development of which will provide an image for the academy identity of the New Bulgarian University. He also added that the New Bulgarian University is keen to set the fee as low as possible in order to attract as many participants as possible. The congress organizers will also seek support from some foundations and private companies. He added that the prices in their country are lower than in other European countries and this would assist in attracting participants to go to the congress in Sofia.

Peer Bundgaard presented the proposal for the 2017 conference in Aarhus, Denmark planned to be in May or June of 2017.

Zeynep Onur presented the Turkish proposal for the 2017 conference.

Daina Teters from Latvia expressed an interest in hosting the IASS meeting. A full proposal will be presented by her in 2014 at the Sofia Congress.

7) There was no other business.

The meeting ended at 9-30pm.


Submitted by Priscila Borges

November 24th, 2012.

IASS Bureau Elections – 2014

Candidates for Presidence
– Paul Cobley
– Jacques Fontanille
– Anne Henault

Candidates for Vice-Presidence

– Mohamed Bernoussi
– KIM Sung Do
 Susan Petrilli

Candidates for Secretary General

– Kristian Bankov
– Massimo Leone

IASS Election: Massimo Leone Secretary General Candidature

Candidate for Secretary General

Massimo Leone

Foto Massimo

Short bionote (15/09/2014)

Massimo Leone is Professor of Semiotics and Cultural Semiotics at the Department of Philosophy, University of Turin, Italy. He graduated in Communication Studies from the University of Siena, and holds a DEA in History and Semiotics of Texts and Documents from Paris VII, an MPhil in Word and Image Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in Religious Studies from the Sorbonne, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Fribourg (CH). He was visiting scholar at the CNRS in Paris, at the CSIC in Madrid, Fulbright Research Visiting Professor at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Endeavour Research Award Visiting Professor at the School of English, Performance, and Communication Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, Faculty Research Grant Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto, “Mairie de Paris” Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne, DAAD Visiting Professor at the University of Potsdam, Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure of Lyon (Collegium de Lyon), and Visiting Professor at the University of Kyoto. His work focuses on the role of religion in modern and contemporary cultures. Massimo Leone has single-authored six books, _Religious Conversion and Identity – The Semiotic Analysis of Texts_ (London and New York: Routledge, 2004; 242 pp.); _Saints and Signs – A Semiotic Reading of Conversion in Early Modern Catholicism_ (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2010; 656 pp.),  _Sémiotique de l’âme_, 3 vols (Berlin et al.: Presses Académiques Francophones, 2012), _Annunciazioni: percorsi di semiotica della religione_ (Rome: Aracne, 2014, 1000 pp.), and _Spiritualità digitale: il senso religioso nell’era della smaterializzazione_ (Udine: Mimesis, 2014), _Sémiotique du fundamentalisme : messages, rhétorique, force persuasive_ (Paris: l’Harmattan, 2014), edited twenty collective volumes, and published more than three hundred articles in semiotics and religious studies. He has lectured in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. He is the chief editor of _Lexia_, the Semiotic Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication, University of Torino, Italy and member of the jury that determines the Mouton d’Or Prize given to the best article published in the internationa journal _Semiotica_ (de Gruyter) in a year (2012, 2013, 2014, chair of the jury in 2014).

He speaks Italian, English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Farsi and other ancient and modern languages.

IASS Election: Kristian Bankov Secretary General Candidature

Candidate for Secretary General

Kristian Bankov


Kristian Bankov (born 1970) is full professor in Semiotics at New Bulgarian University and director of the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies. He is the leader of the organizing team of the congress. His interests in semiotics started during the early nineties when he was studying in Bologna, following the courses of Prof. Ugo Volli and Prof. Umberto Eco. He graduated in 1995 and since then he is teaching semiotic courses at New Bulgarian University. In 2000 he defended a PhD in Helsinki with Prof. Eero Tarasti. In 2006 he got a position as associated professor in Semiotics and in 2011 as a full professor.

His major interests initially were in the philosophy of language, the philosophy of Bergson and the existential semiotics. Then he oriented his research interests towards sociosemiotics and the identity. After 2005 Kristian Bankov studied the consumer culture and in the last 3-4 years his major interests are towards new media and digital culture.

Kristian Bankov has written 4 books and numerous articles in Bulgarian, English and Italian, he is carrying on a huge international activity; since 2006 he is the person in charge for the organization of the international Early-Fall School of Semiotics (EFSS); since 2007 he is representative for the Balkans in the IASS/AIS Executive Committee.

IASS Election: Anne Henault Presidency Statement




IASS/AIS can be proud of the considerable task accomplished since its foundation. Those who were at Vienna and Budapest will recall the luminous presence of Roman Jakobson and Umberto Eco and well know to what degree Thomas Sebeok was the soul of the 1979 Congress. They are aware of his considerable role in the Semiosphere. We all have in mind Roland Posner’s recommendations in 1995: they have all been implemented. Eero Tarasti has been unceasingly brought to birth and dedicated institutions to international Semiotics from the unforgettable ISI’s sessions in Imatra to the Pan-European doctoral programs. They have traced our route.


Our daily work confronts us all the time with three challenges:


  • Insist that Semiotics are fully recognized as a discipline in universities and scientific research centres.
  • Maintain a fair balance between theory and practise both within our research and in the training we offer. A. J. Greimas, in his time, an admirable mentor, brought Semiotics out of its academic cocoons and successfully thrusted our discipline into social life.
  • Keep our enthusiasm of explorers and discoverers of the unknown lands of meaning  To do so, we might, amongst other things,
    • Endeavour to intensify the exchanges between the ever so diverse currents that irrigate today our discipline.
    • Listen with greater attention to what is unfolding spontaneously in the various regions of the globe, which implies providing better conditions for the circulation of working papers amongst us.
    • And, -why not? – create an international prize for Semiotics, opening up a regular competition to elucidate some of the major difficulties of our current research.


I will spare you my self-portrait, for it is not the sort of statement congenial to our discrete and wise company. We all want IASS/AIS to remain a place, not for power games but for free and fruitful exchanges of experience and projects.





L’IASS/AIS peut se féliciter d‘avoir abattu un travail considérable, depuis sa fondation. Ceux qui étaient à Vienne et à Budapest en 1979, se souviennent de la présence géniale de Roman Jakobson et d’Umberto Eco, savent combien Thomas Sebeok aura été l’âme de ce  Congrès et connaissent  son rôle déterminant dans la Semiosphere. Nous avons tous en tête les recommandations de Roland Posner en 1995 : elles ont toutes été mises en œuvre. Eero Tarasti n’a pas cessé de susciter et de dédier des institutions à la Sémiotique  internationale depuis les inoubliables sessions de ISI à Imatra jusqu’au Pan European doctoral program. Ils nous  ont ouvert la voie.

Notre travail de chaque jour nous confronte sans cesse à trois défis :

  • Veiller à faire reconnaître la Sémiotique comme discipline à part entière dans les Universités et centres de recherche scientifique.
  • Veiller à maintenir un juste équilibre entre théorie et pratique tant dans notre recherche que dans les formations que nous offrons. J. Greimas, en son temps admirable mentor, a su faire sortir la Sémiotique des cocons universitaires et la projeter efficacement dans la vie sociale.
  • Et cependant maintenir notre enthousiasme d’explorateurs et de découvreurs des terres inconnues du sens. Pour cela, nous pourrions, entre autres choses,
    • chercher à intensifier les échanges entre les courants si divers qui animent aujourd’hui notre champ disciplinaire.
    • être mieux à l’écoute de ce qui se développe spontanément dans les diverses régions du globe, ce qui impliquerait de mieux faire circuler entre nous des working-papers.
    • Et -pourquoi-pas ?- fonder un prix international de Sémiotique, mettant au concours régulièrement l’élucidation de quelques difficultés majeures de nos travaux en cours.

Je ne vous infligerai pas mon autoportrait, car c’est un genre de prise de position qui n’a guère cours dans notre  discrète et sage association.

Nous tenons tous à ce que IASS/AIS demeure un  lieu, non de pouvoir, mais bien de libres et de féconds échanges d’expériences et de projets.

IASS Election: KIM Sung Do Vice-President Candidature

Candidat au poste de vice-président

KIM Sung Do


Lettre de candidature

Je présente dans cette lettre ma candidature au poste de vice-président de l’association internationale de sémiotique pour un mandat 2014-2019. J’ai effectué la fonction du membre du comité d’exécution depuis 1999. Je suis actuellement le président de l’association coréenne d’études sémiotiques et je dirige également un centre de recherche de la culturologie appliquée au sein de l’université de Koryo où j’enseigne depuis 20 ans au département de linguistique. Je suis actuellement directeur du programme interdisciplinaire de la culture visuelle dans la même université, que j’ai créé en l’année 2000.

La sémiotique est une partie essentielle de ma vie intellectuelle dans la mesure où j’avais été nommé au poste de la sémiotique accordé par mon université natale en 1995. Depuis, j’ai publié mes travaux sémiotiques dans les revues internationales et coréennnes, et j’ai participé très activement aux congrès divers concernant la sémiotique pendant deux décennies.

J’ai fait une contribution au développement de la sémiotique en traduisant quelques grands auteurs de la sémiotique contemporaine comme J. Derrida, U. Eco, Floche, Greimas, H. Parret, Peirce, Saussure en coréen depuis 20 ans. J’ai également contribué à l’échange académique de différents pays en invitant des grands savants de la sémiotique et des sciences humaines comme Michel Arrivé, D.Bolter, J.Fontanille, M.Melot, etc.

Avec ces expériences et une vocation surtout, je voudrais contribuer au développement de l’Association en assumant la charge de travail que le poste de vice-président représente.


Merci pour votre confiance,


KIM Sung Do,

Professeur de sémiotique et de la culture visuelle

Sung Buk, Gu, An Am Dong, 5 ga-1, Séoul,

Université de Koryo

IASS Election: Mohamed Bernoussi Vice-President Candidature

Objet candidature pour Vice-Président AIS Afrique

Mohamed Bernoussi


Cher collègue,

J’ai l’honneur et le plaisir de m’adresser à vous en tant que secrétaire général de l’AIS et à tous les collègues qui collaborent à cette honorable association pour présenter ma candidature à vice-président AIS Afrique. Pour vous donner une idée des motifs et des raisons qui me poussent à présenter ma candidature, voici un résumé de mes modestes contributions dans ce domaine.

Mes activités en sémiotique se concentrent sur trois domaines :


  1. L’enseignement de la sémiotique et son introduction à l’université comme champ d’étude et de recherche. Depuis 2011, j’ai réussi à programmer deux cours de sémiotique dans deux masters à l’université de Fès et à l’université de Meknès. J’ai élaboré en collaboration avec mon collègue Mokhtar Belarbi une formation doctorale en sémiotique en cours d’accréditation au ministère de l’éducation et de la recherche à Rabat.


  1. L’ouverture sur la recherche sémiotique dans le monde et l’organisation de la recherche sémiotique au Maroc. En 2008 l’association marocaine de sémiotique a été créée. A ce jour nous avons organisé trois congrès ; le but de chaque congrès est de rassembler les chercheurs autour d’une thématique, mais aussi d’inviter des sémioticiens étrangers. La traduction est un élément important de notre politique d’ouverture : en ce qui me concerne, traduction de l’américain du livre de Gary Radford,  Sémiotique d’Umberto Eco et traduction du livre de Gianfranco Marrone Introduction à la sémiotique du texte.

J’ai également édité dans le but de faire découvrir la recherche sémiotique au Maroc un numéro spécial de Semiotica intitulé Le Royaume des Signes.


  1. La publication. J’ai édité les actes des deux premiers congrès (2009 et 2011) et prépare ceux du troisième. Je suis membre du comité de rédaction de plusieurs revues notamment Semiotica et Nouveaux actes sémiotiques.  J’ai été professeur invité dans plusieurs institutions et universités dans le monde ; ma très récente publication est un ouvrage sur la sémiotique culinaire : Viator in Tabula. Sémiotique de l’interculturel culinaire, Fès, postmodernité 2014.


J’estime qu’il est d’une grande importance de s’ouvrir davantage sur les autres sémiotiques, celle en Afrique du nord, celle en Afrique subsaharienne et celle du monde arabe. Dans chacune de ces régions plusieurs chercheurs aspirent à plus d’ouverture et de collaboration. Je serai ravi d’en discuter avec les autres collègues et de partager leurs idées et leurs projets.


Je vous prie d’agréer cher collègue mes salutations distinguées

Mohamed Bernoussi

Professeur habilité Université de Meknès

IASS Election: Jacques Fontanille Presidency Statement

Présentation candidature


I am professor of semiotics at the University of Limoges, and senior chair holder in the Institut Universitaire de France. I am also Honorary President of the International Association of Visual Semiotics, and Honorary President of the French Association of Semiotics. I was also appointed as Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

I was President of the University of Limoges from 2005 to 2012.

Before, I was Director of the Department of Linguistics, Director of the Semiotics Research Center, Director of a Master degree, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Vice President for International Relations, Vice President of the Scientific Council, Director of the Research Institute of Humanities and Society.

At the French University Presidents Association, I was chairman of the Research Commission from 2007 to 2008 and Vice-President of the same Association from 2009 to 2010. I was also Vice-President of the French National Alliance for Humanities and Society named « ATHENA » from 2010 to 2012.

And I was recently, from 2012 to 2014, Advisor and Director of personal Staff of the French Minister of Higher Education and Research.

I have published over two hundred and forty issues or books, in the fields of theoretical semiotics, literary semiotics, visual semiotics, rhetoric and general linguistics. Some of them have been translated into several languages ​​(English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Korean, Arabic, etc.).

I have directed twelve collective books : Sémiotique et Enseignement du français, Langue Française, n° 61, (Larousse); Le discours aspectualisé (Pulim) ; La quantité et ses modulations qualitatives (Pulim) ; Le devenir (Pulim) ; Les métiers de la sémiotique, avec Guy Barrier (Pulim); Sémiotique du discours et tensions rhétoriques, Langages, n°137 (Larousse), avec J.-Fr. Bordron. ; Les objets au quotidien, avec Alessandro Zinna (Pulim),

The latest ones :

Régimes sémiotiques de la temporalité, with Denis Bertrand (PUF) ;

Modélisations sémiotiques, avec Anne Beyaert (Modèles linguistiques) ;

Les Ages de la vie. Sémiotique du temps et de la culture, avec I. Darrault (PUF) ;

Configurations dynamiques de l’émotion (Sémiotica).

I have published fourteen books as individual author : Le Savoir Partagé (Hadès-Benjamins) ; Les espaces subjectifs (Hachette) ; Sémiotique des passions. Des états de choses aux états d’âme (Le Seuil), with A.J. Greimas ; Semiotica de las pasiones. El seminario (Morphée) ; Sémiotique du visible. Des mondes de lumière (P.U.F.) ; Tension et signification (Mardaga), with Cl. Zilberberg ; Sémiotique et  littérature : essais de méthode (P.U.F.) ; Sémiotique du discours (Pulim) ; Séma & Soma. Les figures du corps. (Maisonneuve et Larose) ; Dictionnaire des passions littéraires (Paris, Belin), with Elisabeth Rallo-Ditche et Patrizia Lombardo ; Significação e visualidade: exercícios práticos (Unisinos Coleção Estudos sobre o Audiovisual)

The latest ones :

Pratiques Sémiotiques (Paris, PUF) ;

Corps et Sens (Paris, PUF) ;

Des images à problèmes. Le sens du visuel à l’épreuve de l’imagerie scientifique, with Maria Giulia Dondero, (Limoges, Pulim), 260 p. (in english : The semiotic challenge of scientific images, Legas, Toronto, in the collection directed by Danesi.)

I was visiting professor or guest lecturer in twenty and four American, European, Asian and African universities. I directed forty doctoral dissertations; most of my former PhD students now hold faculty positions at universities in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, USA and Canada.

Here are some reflections and proposals about the future of IASS-AIS, in view of the election to the Presidency.

Semiotics has recently reached many new countries, and new semiotic societies have been established in many countries. IASS-AIS has to increase this movement.

The publishing continues actively; SEMIOTICA flourishes under Marcel Danesi and his staff. New journals have appeared like SIGNATA in Belgium , “Signs and Society” in Hankuk University (Korea) and Brandeis University (Massachusetts); in China several new issues in semiotics appear, in Sichuan University, in Tianjing University and many others.

But the power of great monopolistic publishers is increasing, and IASS-AIS has to encourage all semioticians to participate in the global “open access” publishing, which is a great opportunity for new or emerging semiotic associations, particularly in South Countries.

In Europe one major issue has been the opening of SEMKNOW, the pan-European doctoral program in semiotics in Tartu, Turin, Sofia, and Lapland. The program is open in all these universities since 2013. It contains many new facets and a strong job-market orientation, and professionalization of the semiotician’s work. IASS-AIS has to conceive and set up other international programs for the employment of PhD holders.

We may recall what Roland Posner was saying in 1995: he defined five recommendations.

  1. New programs for the teaching of semiotics at schools, colleges, universities under the auspices of the IASS-AIS : it’is running !
  2. International cooperation in semiotic research must be intensified on a regional basis by setting up local networks and semiotic research groups, with the support of frequent IASS-AIS Regional Meetings : we need continuing this support.
  3. IASS-AIS has to encourage encounters between the specialists of different disciplines within the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, and, especially, across the boundaries of these groups of disciplines, so as to allow new semiotic insights to appear. The IASS-AIS was supposed to establish a system of Special Interest Groups and project-oriented joint ventures, each involving several disciplines. This proposal seems to me very topical.
  4. To create synergies between semiotics and related interdisciplinary approaches (e.g. Cognitive Science, Communications Research, Ethology, Ecology, Pragmatics, Hermeneutics, Aesthetics), IASS-AIS will set up long-term organizational relations with the international associations that are charge of these approaches. Joint projects will be initiated and joint congresses organized. It is the case, but may be reinforced.
  5. Innovative ideas must receive the attention of as many semioticians as quickly as possible: an IASS-AIS E-mail Circular has been created.

I return to interactions with other areas of scientific research. Eero Tarasti has often highlighted the difficulties faced by semiotics to be recognized as a discipline among the others. Today, in international research programs, a discipline is only recognized as a discipline if it is able to participate in the treatment of a collective scientific problem, with an original contribution, and if possible, a contribution which appears complementary and necessary to solve the common problem.

Today, to be recognized as a discipline and to exist in international research programs, semiotics needs to be able to collaborate with other scientific fields, including with technological sciences, and able to offer creative and relevant solutions to answer key questions that men and societies arise. Semiotics have to be able to understand and deal with the problems that our contemporaries are facing across the globe.

We need to make room for these large multidisciplinary issues with other disciplines in the research programs supported by IASS-AIS, as well as in congresses and conferences organized with the label of IASS-AIS.

I said some words about SEMKNOW, the pan-European doctoral program in semiotics, funded by European Union. Such programs may increase the number of PHD in semiotics. So we have to prepare the future of our semiotic students.

The professional future of our PhD students depends in part on the ability of our semiotic communities to develop and promote their professional skills and all the professional missions that may be assigned to them. In most countries, more than half PhD holders become experts, consultants, managers, directors, executives in a very wide range of agencies, organizations and businesses, and not only teachers and researchers.

The labor market is generally limited to national borders, and this role could be primarily entrusted to national semiotic associations. But the job market is becoming more international, and especially for high-level executives, and more and more for all professions dealing with semiotic PhD holders.

The IASS-AIS can play a role in the internationalization of career opportunities for our doctors, opening a section on its site, and conducting promotional campaigns about high-level professions to which semiotic doctors can access.

IASS Election: Paul Cobley Presidency Statement


Paul Cobley is Professor in Language and Media at Middlesex University and has been publishing in the field of semiotics and contributing to its administration for over twenty years. He is the author/editor of a number of defining books, including The Communication Theory Reader (1996), Introducing Semiotics (1997; with Litza Jansz), The American Thriller (2000), Communication Theories 4 vols. (2006), The Routledge Companion to Semiotics (2009), Realism for the 21st Century: A John Deely Reader (2009), “Semiotics Continues to Astonish”: Thomas A. Sebeok and the Doctrine of Signs (2011), From First to Third via Cybersemiotics (2011; with Torkild Thellefsen and Bent Sørensen), A More Developed Sign: Interpreting the Work of Jesper Hoffmeyer (2012; with Donald Favareau and Kalevi Kull), Theories and Models of Communication (2013; with Peter Schulz), Narrative 2nd edn (2014) among others. He co-edits one of the leading semiotic journals, Social Semiotics, and is associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing. He also sits on the editorial board of nine semiotics journals. He is co-series editor (with Kalevi Kull) of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition (de Gruyter Mouton) and co-editor (with Peter J. Schulz) of the multi-volume Handbooks of Communication Sciences (de Gruyter). Paul Cobley has been Executive Committee member of the IASS for the UK since 1989 and was elected Vice-President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies in 2009. He is secretary of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies and in 2013 was named 9th Thomas A. Sebeok Fellow of the Semiotic Society of America.


If elected as President of the IASS, Paul Cobley would be committed to the following priorities:


  • raising funds for the IASS, through expanded membership and increased activity;
  • raising the profile of the IASS and semiotics, as well as encouraging collaboration, through a heightened presence on social media;
  • using communication networks to enhance connections and knowledge about ongoing research and to promote, in particular
    • empirical research in semiotics
    • impact of semiotic research
  • encouraging collaborations between geographical regions where there are strengths in semiotics and other regions (for example, East Asia, South America, Africa);
  • setting up an IASS postgraduate network in semiotics, to share practice and support among early career researchers in the field and to monitor job prospects for young scholars;
  • forging partnerships with cognate traditional academic organisations and commercial organisations/potential funders;
  • ensuring that members receive regular active communications (e.g. emails, alerts, newsletters) from the organisation, rather than passive communications (website postings);
  • negotiating, from a position of strength, with the publisher de Gruyter in order to gain price concessions on semiotic publications for IASS members;
  • negotiating with the editor of Semiotica and de Gruyter to gain an impact factor for the journal;
  • meeting with the editors of other major semiotics journals to ensure SSCI listings for them;
  • making the voting processes in the IASS clearer for members;
  • making the major decisions of the IASS (for example, on future congresses) as transparent as possible;
  • setting up an archive devoted to the IASS and an Open Access repository for members’ publications.

Tarasti nomination as Doctor Honoris Causa of Aix-Marseille University

We are happy to announce that Professor Eero Tarasti has been nominated as Doctor Honoris Causa of Aix-Marseille University. The ceremony will take place on Nov. 18, 2014 at 5 pm during the “Soirée Scientifique” at Aix-Marseille University. Our congratulations to Prof. Tarasti.
invitation letter E. Tarasti

Obituary for Eliseo Verón

La Asociación Argentina de Semiótica comunica con pesar el fallecimiento de Eliseo Verón (1935 – 2014), socio fundador y primer presidente de esta asociación. Perdemos un referente, un maestro, un brazo clave para sostener la antorcha del conocimiento semiótico, pero quedan los múltiples equipos de investigación que utilizan sus enfoque y herramientas para seguir indagando sobre la producción de sentido social.

Obituary of the Venezuelan Semiotics Association:

Verón Nota de duelo




Obituary for Pino Paioni

El director y el comité científico del CISISM (Centro Internacional de Estudios Interculturales de Semiótica y Morfología) anuncian con profundo pesar el fallecimiento del profesor Pino Paioni, un colega y un  amigo que ha dirigido durante muchos años, con competenca y coherencia,  el Centro Internacional de Semiótica y Lingüística de la Universidad de Urbino Carlo Bo. Este centro de investigación —fundado por Paioni mismo, con Carlo Bo y Paolo Fabbri— ha realizado contribuciones originales a la ciencia de la semiótica: un impulso inicial y un desarrollo  internacional de los estudios sobre los sistemas y procesos de significación. La Asociación Italiana, Francesa y Españolas de Estudios Semióticos confirman desde ahora la adhesión a proseguir una tarea que el profesor Paioni ha conducido con tanta eficacia y seriedad.

Obituary for Décio Pignatari

On Sunday, December, 2, 2012, Décio Pignatari died of a respiratory illness in São Paulo, Brazil.

He was a poet and contributed to disseminate Peirce´s semiotics in Brazil.  In the 1950´s along with Haroldo de Campos and Augusto de Campos he created the movement called “Concrete Poetry”. One of the first professors of the Post-graduate program on Communication and Semiotics at PUC-SP, São Paulo, he had a fundamental role in the development of communication and semiotics theories. Pignatari translated some important texts and wrote a remarkable book Informação, Linguagem e Comunicação (Information, Language and Communication) on signs. In 1974, he created the Brazilian Association for Semiotics Studies. The Brazilian association and the Post-graduate program on Communication and Semiotics constitute two fundamental milestones in the dissemination and development of semiotics in Brazil.

Obituary for Louis Panier

Louis Panier died on October 24th, at 1 p.m. His funeral took place on saturday, october 27th, at 10 a.m., at church of Francheville le Haut, in Lyon’s suburbs. Yours. B. L.

Louis Panier was a professor at the Université Lumière Lyon 2 (Science of Language Department) and researcher at CADIR (Centre pour l’analyse du discours religieux) in the Université Catholique de Lyon.

Hommages à Louis Panier

Book Realease in Nanjing: Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the IASS-AIS

The Proceedings of the 10th World Congress of the IASS-AIS (A Coruña) will be launched during the 11th World Congress of the IASS-AIS in Nanjing. 
Culture of Communication/Communication of Culture. Culture de la Communication/Communication de la Culture. Cultura de la Comunicación/Comunicación de la Cultura. Proceedings of  the 10th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS),  Book-DVD,  A Coruña,  Universidade da Coruña,  2012.

Obituary for Omar Calabrese

In memory of Omar Calabrese

On Saturday, March 31, 2012, Omar Calabrese succumbed to a heart attack in his home of Monteriggioni, Siena. Born in Florence on June 2, 1949, Calabrese has been a key-figure in semiotics and a protagonist of communication studies in Italy (President of Italian Association for Semiotic Studies – AISS in 1996-2000).

He began his academic career as a linguist, graduating at the University of Florence under the supervision of Giovanni Nencioni. Significantly, Calabrese’s thesis was on Carosello, one of the most famous programs of Italian TV, a choice that witnesses to an early interest in mass communication, which would subsequently find expression in a series of pioneering books (with Ugo Volli, Come si legge il telegiornale [“how to read TV journals”] (1979), with Patrizia Violi, Il giornale (1980) [“the newspaper”]), as well as in the project of a Rivista illustrata della Comunicazione [“illustrated journal of communication”], in research, together with Mario Wolf, for VQPT RAI (the research center of Italian public television), and afterwards in directly contributing to the foundation of University courses in Communication Sciences.

He particularly excelled in the field of semiotic studies and art theory, fruitfully cooperating with scholars such as Thomas Maldonado, Umberto Eco, Hubert Damish, Algirdas Julien Greimas, and Louis Marin. He taught first at the University of Bologna, then for twenty years in Siena, where he held the chair of Semiotics of the Arts and directed the Doctoral School in Studies on Visual Representation.

His indisputable qualities as theoretician and intellectual earned him several invitations by many international research centers, such as the EHESS, the Warburg Institute, and the Universities of Yale and Harvard.

In addition to these scientific and intellectual qualities, Calabrese succeeded in building around himself a fertile ground for the development and circulation of ideas, thus becoming an indispensable reference for many generations of researchers, whom he supervised with scientific rigor and friendliness. Lucia Corrain, Tarcisio Lancioni, Elisabetta Gigante, Massimo Leone, Angela Mengoni, Stefano Jacoviello, and Francesca Polacci were among his pupils, as well as the younger scholars Maria Cristina Addis, Massimiliano Coviello, Francesco Zucconi, and Luca Acquarelli.

Committed intellectual, with a sincere passion for the Left (he was among the founders of Ulivo [“the olive-tree” – the former Italian PM Romano Prodi’s political coalition]), Bologna city councilor, and city councilor for cultural affairs in Siena), he collaborated with all the main Italian newspapers and with numerous scientific journals, including Alfabeta, which he co-directed, Metafore, which he founded together with Michel Butor, and Carte Semiotiche, which he established.

Among his books, translated in several languages: Semiotica della pittura [“semiotics of painting”], Il Saggiatore, Milan, 1981; Il linguaggio dell’arte [“the language of art”], Bompiani, Milan, 1984 [an English abstract is in “Semiotic Aspects of Art History: Semiotics of the Fine Arts”, in Posner, Roland, Robering, Klaus, and Sebeok, Thomas A., eds, Semiotik – A Handbook of the Sign-Theoretic Foundations of Nature and Culture, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin and New York, 2003, vol. 3, pp. 3212-3234]; La macchina della pittura [“the machine of painting”], Laterza, Bari, 1985; Piero teorico dell’arte [“Piero as Art Theoretician”], Gangemi, Rome, 1986; L’età neobarocca, Laterza, Bari, 1987 [English translation: Neo-Baroque: a Sign of the Times, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1992]; Caos e bellezza [“chaos and beauty”], Domus Academy, Milan, 1991; Mille di questi anni [“one thousand of these years”], Laterza, Bari, 1991; Breve storia della semiotica [“a short history of semiotics”], Feltrinelli, Milan, 2001; BizzarraMente [“the bizarre mind”, with Maurizio Bettini, Feltrinelli, Milan, 2002; L’Art de l’autoportrait, Citadelles&Mazenod, Paris, 2006 [English translation Artists’ Self-Portraits, Abbeville Press Publishers, New York, 2006]; Come si legge un’opera d’arte [“how to read a work of art”], Mondadori Università, Milan, 2007; L’art du trompe-l’oeil [“the art of trompe-l’oeil”], Citadelles&Mazenod, Paris, 2010 (which in the same year earned him the Bernier Prize of the French Academy for the best book of art).

In 2009, so as to celebrate his sixtieth birthday, his friends and colleagues dedicated a Festschrift to him: Testure. Scritti seriosi e schizzi scherzosi, Protagon, Siena, 2009.

More information and a press review on the website of the Italian Association for Semiotic Studies www.associazionesemiotica.it


Samedi 31 Mars, Omar Calabrese est décédé d’une crise cardiaque, à son
domicile de Monteriggioni, près de Sienne.

Né à Florence le 2 Juin 1949, il a été un personnage-clé des études

Il a débuté ses études en tant que linguiste et obtenu son diplôme à
l’Université de Florence sous la direction de Giovanni Nencioni. Il a
ensuite choisi de se spécialiser dans les études sémiotiques et la
théorie de l’art, en élisant des figures universitaires de référence
avec lesquelles il a collaboré de manière fructueuse et entretenu des
relations amicales : Thomas Maldonado, Umberto Eco, Hubert Damish,
Algirdas Julien Greimas, Louis Marin.

Il a d’abord enseigné à l’Université de Bologne puis à Sienne, où il a
occupé la chaire de Sémiotique des Arts et dirigé l’École doctorale en
Études sur la Représentation Visuelle.

Ses qualités indiscutables de théoricien et d’intellectuel lui ont valu
plusieurs invitations auprès de nombreux centres de recherche
internationale comme l’EHESS, le Warburg Institute, les universités de
Yale et de Harvard.

Au-delà de ses qualités scientifiques et intellectuelles, Omar Calabrese
a réussi à construire autour de lui un terrain fertile pour le
développement et la circulation des idées, en devenant une référence
indispensable à plusieurs générations de chercheurs, qu’il a suivies
avec rigueur scientifique et chaleur humaine. On compte parmi eux Lucia
Corrain, Tarcisio Lancioni, Elisabetta Gigante, Massimo Leone, Angela
Mengoni, Stefano Jacoviello, Francesca Polacci, et ses élèves les plus
jeunes Maria Cristina Addis, Massimiliano Coviello, Francesco Zucconi,
Luca Acquarelli.

Intellectuel engagé, avec une passion sincère “de gauche”, il a
collaboré avec les principaux journaux italiens et de nombreuses revues
scientifiques : on rappelle, entre autres, /Alphabeta/, dont il était
co-directeur, /Metafore/, qu’il a fondé avec Michel Butor, /Carte
Semiotiche/, dont il était le fondateur.

Parmi ses œuvres, traduites dans nombreuses langues, on compte :

/Semiotica della pittura/, Il Saggiatore, Milano, 1981

/Il linguaggio dell’arte/, Bompiani, Milano, 1984

/La macchina della pittura/, Laterza, Bari, 1985

/Piero teorico dell’arte/, Gangemi, Roma, 1986

/L’età neobarocca/, Laterza, Bari, 1987

/Caos e bellezza/, Domus Academy
Milano, 1991

/Mille di questi anni/, Laterza, Bari, 1991

/Breve storia della semiotica/, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2001

– Bizzarramente – con Maurizio Bettini -, Feltrinelli, Milano, 2002

/L’art de l’autoportrait/, Citadelles&Mazenod, Paris 2006

/Come si legge un’opera d’arte/, Mondadori Università, Milano 2007

/L’art du trompe-l’oeil/, Citadelles&Mazenod, Paris 2010; edizione
italiana, /L’arte del trompe-l’oeil/, Jaca Book, Milano 2011 (pour
lequel il a gagné en 2010 le Prix Bernier ´de l’Académie Française
récompensant le meilleur livre d’art).

Il y a trois ans, ses amis et élèves lui ont dédié une œuvre à
l’occasion de son soixantième anniversaire : /Testure/, Protagon, Siena


WATS: World Association for Theoretical Semiotics

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 dr.charls@avillager.org.  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.

On Youtube: Eero Tarasti lecture course on the “European semiotics” and a roundtable about his theory of existential semiotics

The lecture course on the “European semiotics” given by professor Eero Tarasti (in English) at the Helsinki University in the autumn semester of 2010  is available  now at Helsinki University Youtube:


Moreover, the roundtable about his  theory of existential semiotics in Paris, Institut finlandais, in the autumn of 2010 as well  (in French),  can be looked at:


Victoria Welby and Significs: Essays for a Special Issue of Semiotica

Victoria Welby and Significs
Essays for a Special Issue of Semiotica

15 April 2011

Dear colleagues and friends:

Marcel Danesi, as Editor-in-Chief of Semiotica, has asked me to Guest-Edit a Special Issue on Victoria Welby, occasioned by the book I have published with Mouton (2009), Signifying and Understanding. Reading the works of Victoria Welby and the Signific.

I am writing you, therefore, with a twofold purpose. First, please have your institutional library order a copy of this Welby book, based as it is on archival research, and presenting a vast selection of Lady Welby’s writings, unpublished as well as published, together with key writings by representatives of the Signific Movement in the Netherlands.

But secondly, and most importantly, please consider yourself writing an essay for this Lady Welby Semiotica Special Issue. My hope is that this Special Issue will show that Lady Welby, much more than a correspondent with Charles Peirce, was a “founding figure” in her own right of semiotics today. Her notion of “significs” demonstrates that the relation between sign, meaning, and value is of central importance in every possible sphere of human interest and behavior.

If you wish to write an essay, please let me know by email at your earliest convenience: <susan.petrilli@gmail.com>. Send in your proposed title with an abstract.

While I would like to have titles with abstracts as soon as possible, the completed essays need to arrive only by January 2012, in Word file format, and can be sent as attachments.

Essays should not be any longer than 30 standard  “typewritten” pages, redacted according to Semiotica stylesheet.

If you have already received this letter please note mainly the new deadline.

With kind regards,

Susan Petrilli

Signifying and Understanding flier

Obituary for Joseph Morton Ransdell

Online obituary:
A memorial service will be held this Saturday, January 8, in Lubbock,  
Texas. Details are here:  

Obituary & Life History

Joseph Morton Ransdell was born June 5, 1931 to Frances Lucille and Morton Ransdell in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He passed into eternity on December 27, 2010. He attended junior college in Edmond, Oklahoma, then taught dancing at Arthur Murray Studios, and later worked in Los Angeles. He received the B.A. degree in philosophy from San Francisco State in 1961, and his PhD in philosophy from Columbia University in New York City. His dissertation on Charles S. Peirce was a pioneering study of that American philosopher. He taught philosophy at the University of California at Santa Barbara, then spent a year in San Luis Potosi, Mexico to write his book, PURSUIT OF WISDOM. He came to Texas Tech University in 1974 and retired in 2000 as Associate Professor of Philosophy. He founded the Charles Sanders Peirce website, “Arisbe: the Peirce Gateway” which encouraged online philosophical discussion, designed to function as the gateway to all web resources related to the life and works of Charles Sanders Peirce. In l993 he established the PEIRCE-L Philosophical Forum, with 400 members from three dozen countries, for those interested in the philosophy and applications of Peirce. 
He is survived by his wife, Ann Daghistany Ransdell, children Sarah Daghistany and fiancé Tim Morrow of Lubbock, Lucy Ransdell and Andreia Ransdell of Austin, and Lynn Ransdell of the home.

Published in: http://lubbockonline.com/obituaries/2011-01-06/joseph-morton-ransdell


Under auspices of IASS: “Commemoration of Tom Sebeok on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of his birth”

The Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies at New Bulgarian University, Sofia, is organizing a Two-days seminar “Commemoration of Tom Sebeok on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of his birth”.

The event will take place on 11 and 12 November 2010 at New Bulgarian University, and it is under the auspices of the IASS.

Keynote speakers will be John Deely (Huston), Alexandros Lagopoulos (Thessaloniki) and Kalevi Kull (Tartu).

The seminar will be chaired by Assoc. Prof. Kristian Bankov,


Head of the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies at New Bulgarian University

21 Montevideo str.; office 110,

Tel./fax: +359 2 8110171 1618


Obituary for Richard Robin

Richard Shale Robin

Richard Shale Robin 1926-2010 SOUTH HADLEY – Richard Shale Robin, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Mount Holyoke College, passed away on October 4th. He was born in Stamford, Ct. on April 18th 1926. Richard was one of the primary advocates of the field of American philosophy, especially American pragmatism, the kind whose roots are traceable to the polymath Charles Sanders Peirce. Richard completed his studies at Harvard University where he was awarded an A.B., cum laude, 1948 and a Ph.D. in 1958. At that time Charles Sanders Peirce was an obscure figure at best. Richard was a central figure in bringing Peirce’s achievements to the forefront of the philosophical community. At present Peirce is arguably considered America’s premier philosopher. Richard was proud of the role he played in bringing about this transformation. Initially he ordered the unpublished manuscripts (approximately eighty thousand pages), which arrived a Harvard in a chaotic state, and subsequently he wrote many books and articles. Perhaps uppermost he edited the Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society for 29 years. Together with his co-editor, Peter Hare, they turned this Quarterly Journal from an in-house publication and built it into one of the major philosophical journals of our time. Richard also cofounded the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy and used the Transactions to link the society with the Peirce Society. Both societies as well as the journal flourish today. For his achievement he was awarded Herbert W. Schneider Award and the Josiah Royce Award – both for lifetime contributions to the cause of American philosophy, capping a gratifying professional career. In addition he was awarded the John Dewey Senior Research Fellowship, a Fulbright Senior Lectureship at Tohoku University, Japan. He was invited to lecture throughout the world including Russia, China, Japan, and Korea. In addition to teaching undergraduate students he served on a dozen or so doctoral committees. But Richard’s family life was his real focus. Richard enjoyed a long and happy marriage to Joann Cohan Robin for nearly 46 years until her death in 2007. Richard said that he and Joann’s proudest achievements were his children, and by extension their families. Richard is survived by his son David and daughter Debbie; their spouses, Yasmin and Pat, and 5 grand children, Aliya, Parker, Ethan, Kaitlynn and Jack, and Dick’s sister Jane. In addition he touched the lives of so many in the town of South Hadley – his and Joann’s home for 50 years. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to charities of one’s choice. RYDER FUNERAL HOME 533-1735

Published in The Republican on October 7, 2010

News from the Peirce Edition Project

This issue of the “News” will update you, our valued readers and supporters of the Peirce Edition, about the current state of affairs at the Project. It comes with several positive reasons for optimism, and thus for your continued steadfast backing of our mission. — André De Tienne

Dear Friend of the Peirce Edition,

It is my great pleasure to send you, via the attached PDF, a document titled “News from the Peirce Edition Project.” Download pdf file: News from PEP2

This document provides you with a report about the current state of things at the Project. It includes news about the NEH grant that the Peirce Project was awarded in June of this year and an appeal for your support regarding the matching funds component of that award; a brief discussion of the pragmaticist stance that guides our critical methods; an explanation of our evolving technological plans, now that we have hired a technical editor; the announcement that we have hired a new assistant textual editor*; a description of the reconfigured advisory board membership; an announcement regarding a new sister edition getting virtually established within the Institute for American Thought–one that Peirce would have especially appreciated; an announcement regarding Matthew Moore’s new publication of Peirce’s writings on the philosophy of mathematics; staff news; description of current work progress; notes on the Indianapolis Peirce Seminar series; a brief presentation of Professor Ivo Ibri’s Center for Pragmatism Studies in Brazil; the transcription of an early text by Peirce on orders of mathematical infinity that should intrigue historians; and finally a report about our international visitors, with two generous testimonies.

I hope you will enjoy reading the second installment of the “News.” I welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions if you have any, and thank you wholeheartedly for your interest. Please feel free to distribute this document to others as you see fit.


Andre De Tienne

Director and General Editor

Peirce Edition Project

Roundtable on Eero Tarasti’s new book in French in Paris on oct 27

Table ronde: Autour de la sémiotique existentielle

Paris, l’Institut finlandais,  60 Rue des Ecoles, 27 octobre 2010, à 14-18 heures

Eero Tarasti, l’un des leaders mondiaux de la sémiotique – pour reprendre les mots de l’Indiana University Press –, a publié l’été dernier chez l’Harmattan son nouvel ouvrage en français : Fondements de la sémiotique existentielle. Il s’agit d’une nouvelle phase de la théorie qu’il a entrepris d’élaborer durant ces quinze dernières années.

A l’occasion de cette parution, l’Institut finlandais organise, en collaboration avec Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne (Institut d’esthétique des arts et technologies), une table ronde internationale avec la participation de ses collègues et traducteurs – l’ouvrage a également été publié en italien, en bulgare et en anglais (pour la première version de 2000).

Eero Tarasti est professeur à l’Université d’Helsinki, directeur de l’Institut internationale de sémiotique à l’Imatra (Finlande) et président de l’Association internationale de sémiotique depuis 2004. Il a publié en français Sémiotique musicale (PULIM), Le secret du professeur Amfortas (roman, l’Harmattan), Mythe et musique (Michel de Maule) et La Musique et les signes (l’Harmattan).

Participants de la table ronde : Eero Tarasti (IASS/AIS/Université d’Helsinki), Anne Hénault (Paris IV),  Solomon Marcus (Académie de Roumanie, Bucarest), Costin Miereanu (Paris I), Eric Landowski (CNRS), Anne Cauquelin (Nouvelle Revue d´Esthétique), Jean-Marie Jacono (Aix), Kristian Bankov (Nouvelle Université de Bulgarie, Sofia), Roberto Mastroianni (Turin), Jean-Laurent Csinidis (Vienne).

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Jacques Geninasca in Memorian

Jacques was the very first Treasurer of the IASS-AIS from its foundation in 1969 until the Palermo Congress in 1984. Following is the death notice:

Estimados amigos y colegas:

Tengo el triste deber de comunicarles que

Jacques Geninasca

profesor emérito de Historia de la Literatura Francesa desde el Renacimiento hasta la Actualidad

ha fallecido en Neuchâtel el 22 de mayo de 2010 a sus ochenta años de edad.

Jacques Geninasca fue elegido Profesor adjunto en la Universidad de Zúrich en 1970. En 1976 fue nombrado, en esta misma Universidad, Catedrático Extraordinarius y, en 1979, Ordinarius, cargo que ocupó hasta su jubilación en el año 1995.

Sus estudios sobre Gérard de Nerval, que testimonian una metodología sumamente innovadora, le valieron ya en los años setenta el reconocimiento  internacional. Partiendo de una lectura rigurosa de textos pertenecientes a diferentes épocas y géneros literarios, desarrolló, en estrecho diálogo con el estructuralismo y la semiótica, una teoría del discurso literario altamente reconocida que todavía hoy sigue fascinando por su originalidad y  coherencia. Nacido en la Suiza francesa, y con raíces en la italiana, Jacques Geninasca cumplió su labor docente con ardor y entusiasmo, abriendo a varias generaciones de estudiantes un nuevo camino hacia la obra literaria. Para muchos de sus alumnos que ahora están enseñando en universidades o institutos llegó a ser un verdadero maître à penser.

Sus amigos, sus colegas y sus antiguos alumnos lo recordarán siempre con cariño y agradecimiento.

Peter Fröhlicher, Universidad de Zúrich

El entierro tendrá lugar el miércoles, 2 de junio de 2010 a las 11 horas
en el Centre funéraire de Beauregard en Neuchâtel.

NB: Una entrevista con Jacques Geninasca en Urbino está publicada en: http://www.associazionesemiotica.it/

Jeff Bernard In Memorian

Jeff Bernard In Memorian: 12.09.1943–24.02.2010


Gloria Withalm Death Notice

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with deepest sorrow that I announce the death of our friend and colleague, my partner Jeff Bernard.

Jeff passed away entirely unexpectedly after suffering a severe heart attack on Wednesday, February 24, 2010.

Please find attached the death notice giving details concerning the date and place of the burial service. I have scheduled the funeral at this date to give as many friends and colleagues as possible the chance to bid a last farewell to Jeff.
I would appreciate to welcome you at the service.

You are kindly asked to distribute the sad news and the death notice in your own circles since I’m not sure to have valid email addresses of everybody who knew him.
Enclosed you will also find a very brief biographical note. By the end of next week I will try to open a small site on Jeff within my own website
offering information on and pictures of Jeff for possible memorial notes and obituaries. In case you find a possibility to include a short or even longer commemorative text in your journal or newsletter, I would be deeply grateful for this kind of appreciation. Moreover, I would like to ask you to send any pictures of Jeff taken at one of the many semiotic congresses and events he attended over the decades — we certainly don’t have copies of all of them.
Kind regards,

Gloria Withalm

Fri, 5 Mar 2010 15:57:00 +0100

Funeral & Burial Service

Susan Petrilli text written in Jeff Bernard honour. The text was read in his funeral.

For Jeff Bernard

(written between 17 and 18 March 2010)

I first met Jeff Bernard with Gloria Withalm in 1984, at the IV International Conference, entitled “Signs of Humanity/ L’homme et ses signes”, organized by the International Association for Semiotic Studies. The conference took place in two cities, first in Barcellona (Spain) and then Perpignan (France), between 31 March and 6 April. It was Thomas A. Sebeok who presented me to Jeff and Gloria in Perpignan. They were happily involved under various aspects in the organization of this big event, and I remember being impressed – such an outstanding couple, and really committed to semiotics, to the international association, to the people involved. They seemed to really care. It was my first impact with semiotics internationally.

However, our friendship came later, in 1992, when we met again at another International Conference, this time a conference dedicated to the great Italian master of signs, Ferruccio Rossi-Landi, whom we sadly lost in 1985, him too prematurely and unexpectedly. I met Jeff more closely on that occasion, as a friend, great admirer and promoter of Rossi-Landi and his work. The conference was organized by Janos Kelemen, a friend to both Ferruccio and Jeff, with the participation of the Austrian Semiotics Society. It took place at the Hungarian Academy on the 21 February 1992. Jeff was then 49 years of age and more than ever a contagious enthusiast, full of ideas for research and meetings of various sorts. He came up with plans to get people together and share ideas, he was moved by ideals, by a strong sense of purpose, by a strong sense of community, in Charles Morris’s sense of course, the “open community”.

The Conference Proceedings were published in 1994, under the editorship of Jeff Bernard himself, with Massimo A. Bonfantini, Janos Kelemen and Augusto Ponzio, under the title, Reading su Ferruccio Rossi-Landi. Semiotica come pratica sociale, in the book series “Semiosis. Il senso e la fabbrica dei testi”, directed by Massimo Bonfantini. I took care of the typographical aspect of the volume, issues connected with style, and with Augusto we edited Rossi-Landi’s bibliography and updated it to 1993.

On the back cover Jeff Bernard was presented as follows:

Jeff Bernard, sociologist, semiotician, architect, has published numerous volumes, directs the Institute for Socio-semiotic Studies in Vienna; he is the Secretary General of the Austrian Association for Semiotics; Director of the S–European Journal of Semiotic Studies and co-director of the journal Semiotische Berichte.

To this let me add that from 1994 to 2004, he also acted as Secretary General of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, ten years officially in that role and this was just the point of an iceberg. The context of his commitment was much more extensive and articulated, before, during and after that which was, without a doubt, an extraordinary decade for semiotics internationally. And as the years rolled on from the time of our meeting in Rome, in 1992, our contacts intensified. Having anything to do with Jeff and Gloria was like being part of a semiotic family, an open semiotic family: Jeff and Gloria were always genuinely interested, generous, and totally involved. They had semiotic research at heart and together were an inexhaustible source of information, ideas and initiatives. Together they created an incredible network of relations and interconnections among people and institutions – and at a time when internet and emails were not as serviceable as they are today. Jeff and Gloria were committed and busy workers. The energy that together they transmitted throughout that network of relations was always innovative, revitalizing, exciting.

At the conference in Rome, we founded the Ferruccio Rossi-Landi Network. This initiative was promoted by Jeff and with him Janos Kelemen, Massimo Bonfantini and Augusto Ponzio. Jeff proposed Ponzio, him too an important Rossi-Landi scholar and promoter of his work, as President of the Network.

The title of Jeff’s paper at the International conference on Ferruccio Rossi-Landi was “The social philosophy and socio-semiotics of Ferrucio Rossi-Landi. Already in the title Jeff Bernard grasped an important aspect of Rossi-Landi’s work, that is, the fact that Rossi-Landi did not identify completely with semiotics. And, in fact, Rossi-Landi considered himself as a philosopher, specifically, a philosopher of language: his last book, published in 1985, the year of this death, is entitled Metodica filosofica e scienza dei segni.

Jeff’s paper was the first to be delivered at the 1992 Rossi-Landi conference, and is the one that opens the proceedings: the analysis Jeff offered was accurate and detailed, as was in his style. On the blackboard first (powerpoint was not yet available to us), and in the Proceedings afterwards, the graphs accompanying Jeff’s verbal discourse were numerous, and this too was characteristic of his style. He liked to visualize ideas, and translated the fundamental concepts of what he called Rossi-Landi’s “social philosophy,” into graphic icons, and did so brilliantly – this must have been the artist in him. Like Rossi-Landi, Jeff was plurivocal, he was not just a semiotician, he was an architect, a musician, and above all a man with a vocation for listening.

Jeff drew up a schema in which he illustrates the relationship between ideology as false thinking, ideology as world-view, and ideology as social planning. In another figure he admirably visualized Rossi-Landi’s homological model, and in yet another he presented the “Schema of Social Reproduction” which Rossi-Landi considered as the arché, the principium of all things.

From the conference in Rome onwards, there was a real crescendo in our contacts between myself, Augusto Ponzio and Jeff in Vienna. Our meetings were numerous and always interesting, full of promise. Occasions for collaboration intensified as we progressed from one project to the next, organizing conferences and publications. Jeff invited me to organize a session with him under the title “Semiosis, Community, Sociality”, at the 7th IASS Congress that took place in Dresden, in 1999. I was honoured. Jeff and Gloria were in Bari on diverse occasions. We collaborated in the preparation of another international conference in honour of Rossi-Landi, “The Relevance of Rossi-Landi’s Semiotics Today,” the title was Jeff’s, which took place in Bari from 14 to 16 November, 2002. The proceedings appeared in 2003-4, under the title Lavoro immateriale, as a special issue of the book series Athanor, founded by Augusto Ponzio with Claude Gandelman, in 1989, and still directed by Augusto (we lost Claude, again prematurely in 1996). Thanks to Jeff, Augusto and myself published a special issue of the journal Semiotishe berichte, entitled Signs of Research on Signs which appeared in 1998, and another special issue of S–European Journal for Semiotic Studies, under the title Semiotic Studies in Bari, published in 1999. Jeff did all the work himself, including the typesetting. To meet deadlines, I remember frantically exchanging emails with him deep into the night for proof corrections. There were no limits to Jeff’s generous dedication, to his hospitality and participation.

I think it’s fair enough to say that the thread running through our relationship with Jeff has always been our common interest in Ferruccio Rossi-Landi. Rossi-Landi was the reason our friendship started in the first place.

With Augusto Ponzio we were also in Vienna to celebrate Jeff’s 60th birthday. But the last time we saw Jeff was at a conference organized by himself and Kelemen, in Vienna and then in Budapest, in December 2005. The occasion, promoted once again by Jeff, was Ferruccio Rossi-Landi. Jeff’s paper was entitled, “Ferrucci Rossi-Landi and a Short History of the Rossi-Landi Network”, and is available on the relative website, directed by Augusto Ponzio.

These are just some aspects concerning our work and collaboration together, and it goes without saying that much more could be said.

Instead, as to the sense of friendship that has always bonded me as much as Augusto to Jeff over the years, how not to say that as a friend Jeff was unique, a friend without equals for humane intelligence, loyalty and generosity, such that the sense of pain for the loss and for the void our dear Jeff has left in us and in our work, is sense beyond words.

Susan Petrilli

More texts can be found at

Autour de la sémiotique existentielle Table ronde

Mercredi 21 avril de 14 h à 18 h

Autour de la sémiotique existentielle Table ronde

Eero Tarasti, l’un des leaders mondiaux de la sémiotique – pour reprendre les mots de l’Indiana University Press –, a publié l’été dernier chez l’Harmattan son nouvel ouvrage en français : Fondements de la sémiotique existentielle. Il s’agit d’une nouvelle phase de la théorie qu’il a entrepris d’élaborer durant ces quinze dernières années.
A l’occasion de cette parution, l’Institut finlandais organise, en collaboration avec Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne (Institut d’esthétique des arts et technologies), une table ronde internationale avec la participation de ses collègues et traducteurs – l’ouvrage a également été publié en italien, en bulgare et en anglais (pour la première version de 2000).

Eero Tarasti est professeur à l’Université d’Helsinki, directeur de l’Institut internationale de sémiotique à l’Imatra (Finlande) et président de l’Association internationale de sémiotique depuis 2004. Il a publié en français Sémiotique musicale (PULIM), Le secret du professeur Amfortas (roman, l’Harmattan), Mythe et musique (Michel de Maule) et La Musique et les signes (l’Harmattan).

Participants de la table ronde : Eero Tarasti (IASS/AIS/Université d’Helsinki), Anne Hénault (Paris IV),  Solomon Marcus (Académie de Roumanie, Bucarest), Costin Miereanu (Paris I), Eric Landowski (CNRS), Anne Cauquelin (Revue d´esthétique), Kristian Bankov (Nouvelle Université de Bulgarie, Sofia).

Entrée libre

Aniversario del Programa de Semiótica de Puebla, México.

Estimados colegas:

Con gran satisfacción estamos terminando el año en que se cumple el décimo aniversario de la fundación del Programa de Semiótica y Estudios de la Significación (SeS) de la BUAP, centro de investigación y docencia adscrito a la Vicerrectoría de Investigación y Estudios de Posgrado de esta institución. El SeS fue creado a fines de julio de 1998 y el 16 de septiembre de ese mismo año inició formalmente sus actividades. Ese impulso originario fue posible gracias a la existencia previa de un Seminario que le sirvió de soporte. Aquel Seminario matriz surgió por iniciativa de un grupo de estudiosos que pertenecían a distintas unidades académicas de la BUAP y de la ENAH y tuvo como hecho fundacional un convenio, hoy en plena vigencia y de invaluable apoyo, con la Universidad de Limoges.

Al cierre de esta década concurren dos hechos que se aúnan en la misma celebración: la aparición del número 20 de la revista Tópicos del Seminario y la del libro Encajes discursivos. Estudios semióticos.

Durante estos años de crecimiento constante y sostenido del SeS, nuestra revista semestral, especializada en semiótica y disciplinas afines, tuvo una entrega puntual y fue incluida en el Índice de Revistas Mexicanas de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica del CONACYT. En estas veinte entregas, de carácter monográfico, los temas han ido recogiendo inquietudes de la semiótica contemporánea, contenidos que han trazado una línea en la problemática del lenguaje desde la primera aparición de Tópicos con Formas de vida hasta el volumen que ahora anunciamos, Rituales y mitologías.

Por su parte, el libro que estamos jubilosamente dando a conocer como nuestra publicación más reciente, es el resultado de una investigación colectiva de nuestro cuerpo académico con otros colegas de diversas universidades del país y del extranjero. En este ofrecemos una contribución propia con la intención de enriquecer el campo de los estudios dedicados al discurso.

Cumplido este ciclo, nos es grato constatar que el SeS ha funcionado como un núcleo efectivo de formación, investigación y difusión de la teoría semiótica originada en la lingüística estructural, nutrida por la antropología, el psicoanálisis y la fenomenología de la percepción, y que sus actividades han ejercido influencia en México así como en otros países. Sede de la Cátedra Greimas, el SeS ha organizado, bajo su cobertura, once cursos de especialización en semiótica siempre a cargo de prestigiosos profesores, quienes, ante una audiencia numerosa, han presentado el resultado de sus investigaciones o sus problemáticas en desarrollo. Dichos cursos han reunido la teoría de la significación con otras teorías con las cuales interactúa. Esta actividad anual, de la que se han beneficiado alumnos y profesores tanto de nuestra universidad como de otras instituciones del país, es correlativa a las diferentes tareas que los investigadores del SeS llevan a cabo como parte de su trabajo académico: impartición de clases en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la BUAP y en otras universidades nacionales y del extranjero con las que se tienen convenios y acuerdos de cooperación, cursos especiales de verano, dirección de tesis de licenciatura y de posgrado, asesoría del programa de repatriación de becarios del CONACYT y de estancias posdoctorales, supervisión de alumnos del servicio social y de estudiantes que obtienen becas de formación en investigación a través de programas como “Verano de la investigación científica” (convocado por la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias), “La ciencia en tus manos” y “Jóvenes investigadores”, además de la participación en los Proyectos VIEP-CONACYT, programas, estos últimos, de nuestra propia universidad.

La investigación en el SeS -que concilia la semiótica general con los estudios literarios, la retórica, la teoría del arte y el discurso religioso, para lo cual cuenta con el acervo bibliográfico “Fondo Greimas de Semiótica” especializado en la disciplina- se desarrolla a través de proyectos individuales apoyados por dependencias como el CONACYT y la VIEP, y también grupales, en torno a los cuales el cuerpo académico se reúne periódicamente para avanzar sobre planteamientos teóricos más amplios acerca de la significación, y con ello generar propuestas que, posteriormente, se someten a discusión en foros nacionales e internacionales. Estos proyectos de mayor envergadura han sido financiados por dependencias externas a la universidad, como es el caso de PROMEP, y sus resultados se han hecho evidentes con la publicación de libros colectivos.

Una actividad eje y que hace converger la investigación y la docencia, es el Seminario de Estudios de la Significación, el cual convoca mensualmente a un grupo académico interdisciplinario y de diversas universidades. Este Seminario está organizado en tres módulos temáticos anuales que reflejan las búsquedas e inquietudes del cuerpo académico.

En cuanto a la difusión en prensa de estas actividades, destaca la publicación de libros individuales y colectivos (algunos de ellos en coedición), los Cuadernos de Trabajo y la mencionada revista Tópicos del Seminario. Por otro lado, tuvimos a nuestro cargo la organización del Congreso Internacional Universos discursivos: la palabra que no cesa, llevado a cabo en 2001, el cual se dedicó a la obra de Noé Jitrik; en este evento, la BUAP, por iniciativa del SeS, distinguió al autor con el Doctorado Honoris Causa. Además, se han organizado numerosas conferencias y jornadas de semiótica a cargo de especialistas que realizaron en nuestro centro estancias académicas.

En consecuencia, nuestro futuro se anuncia promisorio: crecer en nuestra capacidad de trabajo y en la eficacia de nuestros planes y proyectos, transmitir con creatividad los bienes del saber y alentar así los procesos de transformación en nuestros estudiantes. Motivos estos suficientes para convocar a un evento festivo y a un brindis de honor por el X Aniversario del Programa de Semiótica y Estudios de la Significación, el que tendrá lugar el Jueves 4 de diciembre, 18.00 hrs., en la sala de Lectura de la Biblioteca Antigua “José María Lafragua”. Contaremos con la distinguida presencia de Luz Aurora Pimentel (UNAM).

Los miembros del SeS

Académicos: Raúl Dorra (director), María Isabel Filinich, Luisa Ruiz Moreno, Iván Ruiz y María Luisa Solís Zepeda.

Administrativos: María de Lourdes Torres Ponce y Dominique Bertolotti Thiodat.

The Master’s Degree Programme in Semiotics at the University of Helsinki

The Master’s Degree Programme in Semiotics is a new graduate programme
hosted by the Insti-tute for Art Research at the Faculty of Arts.
Participating partners at the University of Helsinki are the Department of
Sociology, the Department of Slavonic and Baltic Languages and Literatures,
and the Christina Institute for Women’s Studies. Close co-operation through
exchange agreements is carried out with nine European universities and
research institutes.

Thematic focus and the aim of the programme

The interdisciplinary programme brings together approaches from such related
fields as gender studies, musicology, and philosophy. Teaching is largely
based on research and it benefits from the Institute of Art Research’s high
profile in semiotics research. At the Institute of Art Research, the
emphasis in semiotics has traditionally been in the analysis of music,
literature, cinema, as well as on the elaboration of the different
theoretical paradigm, most notably those of American pragma-tism,
continental structuralism, existentialism, hermeneutics, zoosemiotics, and
the theory of cul-tural semiotics.

The aim of the programme is to provide students with the knowledge and
research skills that are necessary in analyzing and negotiating problems of
signification, interpretation and communication in today’s world. Students
enrolled in the programme follow lecture courses, participate in workshops
and seminars and write at the end of their studies a 100 page master’s
thesis under the professor’s supervision. The lecture courses, workshops and
seminars are scheduled so as to enhance international mobility. Teaching in
the programme is given fully in English.

Applying and the degree

The application period opens in November 2008, and closes in January 2009.
The programme begins in the autumn 2009. The applicant should have finished
a Bachelor’s degree, or be about to finish it before the start of the
programme. The applicant should also already have elementary knowledge of
semiotic theories and concepts, and be proficient in English.
The programme is comprised of 120 ECTS credits, and the optimal duration of
studies is 2 years. Upon successful completion of the programme, the
graduate will be awarded the degree of Master of Arts. For research oriented
graduates there are possibilities for continuing the studies on a
post-graduate level at the University of Helsinki or abroad. Graduates with
a job-market oriented profile can successfully look for careers in wide
variety of fields, from media to public administration.

Further information

The programme’s coordinator Ville Vaara ( ville.vaara(at)helsinki.fi ) is
happy to provide more information and answer any questions.

Further information on the programme is available at the following address:

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