In 1981, the Bureau of the Association decided to publish a Newsletter in order to provide relevant information for its members twice a year. Until 1984, the IASS-AIS Bulletin was edited by the then Secretary General, Gianfranco Bettetini. From 1985 on it has been published in Vienna, first in cooperation with the Austrian Association for Semiotics, and then with the Institute for Socio-Semiotic Studies ISSS. Since 1989, the Editorial Committee consists of Jeff Bernard, Joëlle Réthoré, and Gloria Withalm. On an ever increasing number of pages, the IASS-AIS Bulletin presented News on the Association, Calls for Papers, a Congress Calendar, Institutional News, Congress Reports, Research Reports, information on new books as well as the tables of contents of relevant journals, and the like.
Due to this amount of information, the Bureau decided after the Berkeley Congress to split the IASS-AIS Bulletin into two publications:
– IASS-AIS Bulletin-Newsletter (which still appears in two issues per year and gives only IASS news, and information on Upcoming Events)
– IASS-AIS Bulletin-Annual
Organized as a kind of yearbook, it is a new publication. The very first issue (Bernard, Withalm & Réthoré 1996), covering the years 1995 and 1996 on 632 pp., appeared in late April 1996. Similar to the IASS-AIS Bulletin-Newsletter, every volume starts with news from the Association, but in this case the contributions can also be longer texts (e.g. a mosaic of reports on the Berkeley Congress, or papers for “Topics Under Discussion”), and, in order to provide the latest information, there is also a section on Upcoming Events. The majority of the yearbook deals with reports on conferences, new publications, tables of contents of journals, semiotic activities of associations around the world, semiotics on the Web, research projects, and short summaries of theses. The IASS-AIS Bulletin-Annual is an additional membership benefit for IASS-AIS members, but it can also be ordered by non-members at the office of the Secretary General.
This site — the IASS-AIS Bulletin Online — is now a further extension of our information services. The function of the printed publication has now completely been taken over by the web site.