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International Open Seminar on Semiotics: a Tribute to John Deely on the Fifth Anniversary of His Passing

John (1942-2017) spent a lifetime studying semiotics and fostering a network of semioticians around the planet. Hopefully, his mission is here dutifully echoed, as we attempt to congregate a number of distinguished experts in the field of semiotics in a shared enterprise to provide a formative environment accessible to the general audience through a series of presentations on semiotics and its history.

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⚘ Greeting note

The Institute for Philosophical Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra, the Lyceum Institute, the Deely Project, Saint Vincent College, the Iranian Society for Phenomenology at the Iranian Political Science Association, the International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time, the Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Semiotic Society of America, the American Maritain Association, the International Association for Semiotic Studies, the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies, the International Center for Semiotics and Intercultural Dialogue, Moscow State Academic University for the Humanities and the Mansarda Acesa are hereby delighted to welcome you to the official home page of the International Open Seminar on Semiotics: a Tribute to John Deely on the Fifth Anniversary of His Passing.

The occurrence of this seminar over the calendar year 2022 also marks the 80th anniversary of John's arrival. Although he would most certainly instruct us not to focus on celebrating his life, but instead on developing the Way of Signs, there seems to be no downside to accomplishing both of these tasks simultaneously. Hence, this seminar seeks to render homage to his genius and further develop his work. Professor Deely spent a lifetime studying semiotics and fostering a network of semioticians from around the planet. Hopefully, his mission is here dutifully echoed, as we attempt to congregate a number of distinguished experts in the field of semiotics in a shared enterprise to provide a formative environment openly accessible to the general audience through a series of presentations on semiotics and its history, with particular care for Dr. Deely's historical perspective and the challenges presented to semiotics in the world today. In doing so, chances are that we match his aspiration for future generations to acknowledge the core significance of semiotics and its history for the evolution of human understanding.

Presentations are arranged into two modules. The first, comprising sessions on the legacy of semiotics, has been titled «Historical Module: From Early Latinity to the Last Postmodernity.» Here, including presentations on prominent figures in the history of the field, the emphasis is on the diachronic extension of semiotic development, meaning its historical path as a laboratory where the community of living inquirers is given the necessary instruments for casting eyes upon the future. The second, dealing with semiotics at cross‑thematic levels, has been titled «Systematic Module: De-Sign or Semiotics in Relation.» Now, involving issues such as space and time, cognition, ethnicity and digital education, attention is turned to the present, the synchronic scale of the issues challenging those not yet dead. Both strands constitute keystones for the refinement of human understanding and are, after all, inextricably connected. As John said,

... synchrony as a temporal reality is a one-way movement into a limited future, in contrast with diachrony which not only arises from within synchrony but also invades it from a past before the synchrony in question began in the first place, and extends beyond that synchrony into a future accessible only to those who «come after» into the «land of the living.»

Semiotics Seen Synchronically: The View as of 2010

Chinese Semiotic Studies 4, no. 2 (2010), 15.

An invaluable albeit not yet conclusive annotated bibliography of John Deely is freely accessible via ontology.co.

We are looking forward to seeing a wide and international audience benefiting from the results of this endeavor.

All those who are interested are welcome.

⚘ Persons involved

Here all members of the community of inquiry committed to this project are listed and presented in alphabetical order:

Alexandra Milyakina

Invited lecturer

Alexandra Milyakina, PhD, is a researcher at the Department of Semiotics in the University of Tartu, Estonia. The topic of PhD thesis is Digitalization of literary education in the context of cultural autocommunication. Main research interests are literary education, semiotics of culture, transmedia and digitalization. Alexandra is a co-founder of the Transmedia research group and digital research project “Education on Screen.”

Alexandre Provin Sbabo

Member of the scientific council

Alexandre Provin Sbabo has a double degree PhD in Language Sciences from the Université de Limoges (France) and Communication and Semiotics from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Brazil). His thesis aims to build the diachronic path on the articulations between ethics and aesthetics in the semiotics of A. J. Greimas. Actually, he’s Temporary Research Associate at Université Paris-Est Créteil and is an associate member of the CPS - Centro de Pesquisas Sociossemióticas (Brazil) and of the CEDITEC - Centre d’étude des discours, images, textes, écrits et communication (France). He’s also responsible for the communication of the FedRoS - Romance Federation of Semiotics.

Alin Olteanu

Member of the scientific council

Alin Olteanu is a postdoctoral researcher and publications coordinator at Käte Hamburger Kolleg: Cultures of Research (c:o/re). His main research interest falls at the intersection of embodiment and mediality, which he explores from a semiotic perspective.

Olteanu holds a PhD in philosophy of education from London's University of Roehampton and had postdoctoral grants at Kaunas University of Technology and the University of Tartu, among other academic positions. Having taken a particularly semiotic approach to education, he became interested in multimodality, literacy, digitalization and multiculturalism, as topics of contemporary salience.

At the moment, he is pursuing research on the social and cultural consequences of digitalization. Specifically, Olteanu is interested in understanding how digitalization can foster opportunities for sustainable development. While the extension of human societies onto the digital adds layers of representation to the construction of societies and results in new social and political challenges, digital media can also stimulate awareness of humans’ embodied condition and environmental situatedness. This can inspire a non-dualist philosophy, which he explores as a pathway to rethink sustainability.

Anabela Gradim

Invited lecturer

Anabela Gradim graduated in Philosophy at the University of Porto. She holds a Masters Degree, a PhD and a DsC (Título de Agregação, in Portuguese) in Communication Sciences from the University of Beira Interior (UBI). Her PhD was obtained in 2004 with the dissertation "The communicational dimension of Peirce's semiotics" (A dimensão comunicacional da semiótica de Peirce). She teaches Journalism, Communication and Methodology at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the UBI. She is the scientific Coordinator of the Research & Development Unit Labcom - Communication and Arts, and Director of the PhD Program in Communication Sciences at UBI. Her research interests revolve around Journalism, Science Communication, Semiotics, Rhetoric and the interface between these disciplines and the digital media plus Cyberculture. She has coordinated and been involved as a researcher in ten research projects, has authored numerous books, book chapters and scientific papers in the fields of journalism, semiotics and science communication.

Anna Maria Lorusso

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

After Anna Maria Lorusso graduated in Philosophy with a dissertation in Semiotics, in Bologna, she completed her doctoral research in Semiotics, under the supervision of Umberto Eco. Following a research scholarship, Lorusso became a researcher at the University of Bologna, where she is now Associate Professor, as well as Director of both the First Cycle Degree in Communication Sciences in the Department of the Arts and the Master in Printed and Digital Publishing. Her interests have always revolved around the rhetorical-discursive dimension of culture: forms of collective narrative, dominant rhetorical figures, discursive modalities for stability, and translation and transformation of stereotypes and commonplaces. Recently she has published under many labels of excellence, including Bakhtiniana: Revista de Estudos do Discurso, Estudos Semióticos, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Rivista di Estetica, and Semiotica. At the present date, she is a member of the research group Trame, dealing with memory and cultural trauma, and the President of the Italian Association for Semiotic Studies.

Anne Dymek

Invited lecturer

Anne holds a Ph.D. in Film Semiotics from the Sorbonne (2013) and is currently working to complete a second doctorate, writing her dissertation on literary imagination and its future forms (Harvard University, 2022). Her current research interests include literary theory, 18th to 20th century German and French literature and poetry, media theory, and philosophies of language and mind. Anne’s publications focus on semiotics, media theory, and philosophy of language. She has nine years of teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels in departments of German, philosophy, film, and the social sciences in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. Anne is the author of Cinéma et Sémiotique: Deleuze en Question (2015).

Anton Markoš

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Anton Markoš is a theoretical biologist and associate professor at the Department of Philosophy and History of Science of the Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague. In his writings, he focuses on cell and evolutionary biology and biosemiotics from the hermeneutical, historical and philosophical point of view. Among his many scientific and popular books and articles are Epigenetic Processes and the Evolution of Life (w/ Jana Švorcová; CRC Press 2019), Readers of the Book of Life (Oxford University Press 2002), or Life as its own Designer: Darwin´s Origin and Western Thought (w/ Filip Grygar, László Hajnal, Karel Kleisner, Zdenek Kratochvíl, Zdenek Neubauer; Springer 2009).

António Manuel Martins

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

António Manuel Martins is a Full Professor at the University of Coimbra and a member of both the Institute for Philosophical Studies and the Institut International de Philosophie. His main area of activity is Philosophy. His main research interests are: theories of justice; Ancient Philosophy; ethics; and epistemology. Expertise in: Philosophical Systems; Greek Philosophy; and Theory of Justice. Presently he is working on: Hellenistic Philosophies; Aristotle; Causality; and Categories. His book Logic and Ontology in Pedro da Fonseca (in Portuguese), jointly published in 1994 by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the now dissolved National Board for Scientific and Technological Research (Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica), remains a seminal source for the latest studies on the Coimbra philosophical tradition.

Banzelão Teixeira

Invited lecturer

Banzelão Teixeira obtained a Master’s degree in philosophy in 2001 from Divyadaan: Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik, India. In 2016, he completed his doctorate in philosophy from the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, on the topic “The Tractatus de Signis of John Poinsot and the New Realism: A Study of John Deely’s Proposal.” Presently he is the Director of Divyadaan: Salesian Institute of Philosophy where he holds the chair of Philosophy of Communication. He is also the editor of Divyadaan: Journal of Philosophy and Education. He is interested in hermeneutics, communication, semiotics and ecology. His recent publications in the field of semiotics include: “The Notion of Sign in Augustine, Aquinas, Poinsot,” (2016); “Semiotic Revolution in the 4th Century: Assessing Augustine’s Contribution to the Ancient Discussion on the Sign,” (2017); 21st Century Realism: John Deely’s Recovery of Poinsot’s Doctrine of Signs (2018); “The Supra-subjective Nature of Relation: John Deely’s ‘Semiotic’ Response to the Modern Impasse,” (2018); “The Semiotic Proposal of John Poinsot: A Brief Overview of Tractatus de Signis,” (2018); and “The Role of Signs within Cognition: A Semiotic View of the Process of Knowing,” (2020).

Baranna Baker

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Baranna Baker is an independent scholar who explores semiotics through the lenses of quantum physics and literature. She studied philosophy under the acclaimed semiotician, John Deely, at the University of St. Thomas, Houston. In her current work, she applies semiotic principles to literature, especially as concerns the acts of writing and reading fiction. She also plays with the way the quantum world affects our perceived reality and how that reality can be explained by the interplay of semiotics and quantum physics, via the action of signs. She has been published in Semiotica, Chinese Semiotic Studies, The American Journal of Semiotics, and Semiotics, the yearbook of the Semiotic Society of America. She is the associate editor of the latter two works and has in addition edited numerous papers, articles, and books relating to the field of semiotics, including proofreading John Deely's book "On the Path of the Sign: Medieval Philosophy Redefined as the Latin Age" (read her review). She is available for freelance editing work of all kinds, with a specialty in ESL editing (English-as-a-Second-Language).

Brian Kemple

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Brian Kemple holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas, in Houston TX, where he wrote his dissertation under the inimitable John Deely. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the Lyceum Institute.

Philosophical interests and areas of study include: Thomas Aquinas, John Poinsot, Charles Peirce, Martin Heidegger, the history and importance of semiotics, scholasticism, phenomenology; as well as ancillary interests in the liberal arts, technology, and education as a moral habit. He has published two scholarly books—Ens Primum Cognitum in Thomas Aquinas and the Tradition (Brill: 2017) and The Intersections of Semiotics and Phenomenology: Peirce and Heidegger in Dialogue (De Gruyter: 2019), as well as a number of scholarly articles, popular articles, and his own Introduction to Philosophical Principles: Logic, Physics, and the Human Person (2019) and the forthcoming Linguistic Signification: A Classical Course in Grammar and Composition (2021).

In addition to being the Executive Director of the Lyceum Institute, he is the Executive Editor of Reality: a Journal for Philosophical Discourse.

Bujar Hoxha

Member of the scientific council

Dr. Bujar Hoxha is a full professor of Communication Sciences at the South-East European University in Tetovo and Skopje, North Macedonia. His teaching courses include communication theory, introduction to communication sciences, and Semiotics of Mass Communication. His main scientific interests are structural semiotics, semiotics of passions, semiotics of disabilities, and existential semiotics. He gained his PhD from the University of Skopje in 2008 on the semiotics of Umberto Eco.

Out of his creative and intellectual work, one can number two published novels, a book, as well as several scientific articles published in prestigious scientific journals, such as: “Semiotics of Precision and Imprecision (2016) and “Multilingualism and Sameness vs Otherness in a Semiotic Context, (2018) both in de Gruyter Mouton's Semiotica, Berlin and Boston, as well as “On the Applicability of the Semiotics of Passions(2018) and “The Signs’ Behavior in Autistic Children: Semiosis of an Unspoken Language (2021), both in the Humanities Bulletin, issued by London Academic Publishing, London, United Kingdom. Recently, Dr. Hoxha has published a monograph entitled: Umberto Eco’s Semiotics: Theory, Methodology and Poetics, issued by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in January 2022, New Castle upon Tyne, UK.

Carlos Vidales

Member of the scientific council

Carlos Vidales is a Faculty Member of the Department of Social Communication Studies at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. He is the author of several books, articles, and book chapters all related to semiotics and communication theory. He is a scholar of the International Communicology Institute, and the general coordinator of the undergraduate program in Public Communication at the University of Guadalajara. He is a member of the National Research System of the Mexican Council of Science and Technology. Managing Editor of the Journal Cybernetics and Human Knowing.

Charbel Niño El-Hani

Member of the scientific council

Charbel N. El-Hani is full professor in the Institute of Biology, Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Coordinator of the LEFHBio - History, Philosophy, and Biology Teaching Lab and the INCT IN-TREE - National Institute of Science and Technology in Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies in Ecology and Evolution. Between January 2020 and July 2021, he was visiting researcher at the CES - Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He works in the areas of philosophy of biology, ecology, ethnobiology and science education research.

Christopher S. Morrissey

Invited lecturer

C. S. Morrissey studied Ancient Greek and Latin at the University of British Columbia and have also taught classical mythology, ancient history, and ancient languages at Simon Fraser University, where he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation on hominization and the mimetic theory of René Girard: “Mirror of Princes: René Girard, Aristotle, and the Rebirth of Tragedy”. At the University of British Columbia, the M.A. thesis “Studies in Aristotle’s Physics inaugurated a series of subsequent philosophical inquiries into the philosophy of nature. Other teaching has included Greek and Latin language courses for the Faculty of Philosophy at the Seminary of Christ the King located at the Benedictine monastery of Westminster Abbey in Mission, British Columbia. Major publications include the books Hesiod: Theogony / Works and Days (Talonbooks, 2012) and The Way of Logic (Nanjing Normal University Press, 2018).

Cristóvão Marinheiro

Member of the scientific council

Cristóvão S. Marinheiro graduated at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and got a Ph.D. in History of Philosophy in 2010 at the Université Paris-Sorbonne, Paris IV (now Sorbonne Université), with a thesis on Antonio Bernardi (1502-1565). Between 2004 and 2005, he was appointed Research associate (engenheiro técnico de investigação) at the University of Coimbra, where he worked on the commentary on Physics by Manuel de Góis. He worked as a Junior researcher at the Université de Luxembourg between 2005 and 2009, and as a lecturer at the Universität des Saarlandes between 2009 and 2014. Since 2016 he works at the Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg in the Rare books and manuscript Department. He has published several articles on XVIth century Aristotelianism.

Daniel Polani

Invited lecturer

Daniel Polani is a professor of Artificial Intelligence and Director of the Centre for Computer Science and Informatics Research (CCSIR), and Head of the AS - Adaptive Systems Research Group, and leader of the SEPIA - Sensor Evolution, Processing, Information and Actuation Lab (part of the AS) at the University of Hertfordshire. Professor Polani is best known for his work in artificial intelligence, cognitive science and robotics, applying the tools of information theory to cognitive modelling and analysing intelligent agent behaviour and decision making in complex adaptive systems and sensor evolution. For the past decades he has published continuously and, since 2020, has contributed to a number of distinct journals, among them Physical Review E, Kybernetika, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Entropy, Constructivist Foundations and, most recently, Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

Donald Favareau

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Donald Favareau is an Associate Professor in the University Scholars Programme (USP) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He received his degrees in Philosophy and Applied Linguistics, with a particular interests in Philosophy of Mind and the Neurobiology of Language, from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).

He became involved with the interdisciplinary research project of Biosemiotics in 2001 and has been an active researcher and organiser of the field ever since. Favareau holds joint appointments as a tenured research professor in both USP and the Department of Communications and New Media at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in NUS. He also has served as Vice-President of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies since its founding in 2005.

Besides collating and authoring the Essential Readings in Biosemiotics: Anthology and Commentary (2010) and co-editing with Paul Cobley and Kalevi Kull A More Developed Sign: Interpreting the Work of Jesper Hoffmeyer (2012), Favareau has been publishing in leading scholarly journals like SEED, Semiotica, Journal of Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, and Biosemiotics.

Donna E. West

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Donna West (PhD, Cornell University) is Professor of Linguistics at the State University of New York, Cortland. For nearly forty years she has presented and published internationally (70 plus articles/chapters) on Peirce’s semiotic. She currently serves on the Board of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics, as well as on several editorial boards. Her 2013 book, Deictic Imaginings: Semiosis at Work and at Play, investigates the ontogeny of indexical signs. Her 2016 edited volume on Peirce’s concept of habit offers a fresh, global perspective (scholars from twelve nations). She is likewise editing the “Mathematics and Cognition” section for the Handbook on Cognitive Mathematics (2021)—her own contribution explores the formidable role of chunking in abductive rationality. Following the 2021 publication of two guest-edited journal issues on Peirce and consciousness (Cognitive Semiotics, Semiotica), her forthcoming book presents retrospective narratives as the scaffold toward Peirce’s retroductive logic.

Click here to download the curriculum vitae of Donna E. West.

Dragana Vasilski

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Dragana Vasilski is Full-time Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University Union Nikola Tesla in Belgrade, Serbia. Her work includes writings and research, architectural design, and teaching the application of new methodologies and the pursuit of investigations within an interdisciplinary approach. Current fields of interest: interdisciplinary intersections between architecture and philosophy, architectural theory and history, arts and sciences, architectural design process, design studies, culture studies, humanistic and natural sciences. Her scientific competence and success are reflected in more than one hundred scientific papers. The peculiar field of her interest, within topics related to contemporary architecture, is Minimalism in architecture, as in architecture that changes people's lives. She uses semiotics as a research method to define, understand, and explain this contemporary aesthetic theme in architecture. Since 2018 she is a member of the Executive Board of the IASSp+T - International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time, where she holds the position of Secretary General. Original artistic achievements should also be mentioned.

Eetu Pikkarainen

Invited lecturer

Eetu Pikkarainen works as a university lecturer at the Faculty of Education in the University of Oulu (Finland). His main research area is theory, philosophy, and semiotics of education. He is a founding member and the web coordinator in the International Network of Semiotics and Education (https://wwwedu.oulu.fi/semed/). Lately, he has turned his attention to research combining semiotics with perceptual control theory.

Elliot Gaines

Member of the scientific council

Elliot Gaines, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Communication at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and past President-Elect of the Semiotic Society of America. He specializes in the study of media, culture, communication and semiotics, and is author of many research articles in a variety of scholarly publications. Internationally, students and scholars concerned with understanding media, semiotics, and communication have used Dr. Gaines’ book, Media Literacy and Semiotics (Palgrave Macmillan 2010). The book develops the reader’s understanding of media semiotics, and provides in-depth applications of semiotic methods to a broad range of communication, and cultural issues. A variety of media situations related to entertainment, news, advertising, and information are covered offering the reader insight into audiences, identity, time and space, myth, and ideology.

Before entering academic life, Gaines had more than 20 years of experience in media production and performance. His early career included jazz and folk music performance, writing and producing media for advertising and public relations, and work as a music therapist.

Elma Berisha

Member of the organizing committee

Elma Berisha is a social researcher, psychologist by training, data scientist by profession, with a recent research interest on cognitive semiotics. In the past decade, Elma has worked with a wide spectrum of public institutions in Malaysia and Asia Pacific, including top universities, international organisations and professional bodies. Until 2015, Elma was the Regional Manager for Consumer Research in Asia Pacific, with Frost & Sullivan. Her focus research area was on evaluation of public perceptions in Malaysia and Singapore, primarily monitoring issues of quality of life, public safety, corruption and urban development. Until 2019, Elma was General Manager for Strategy, Policy Development & Research for the Kuala Lumpur-based AIF - Asian Institute of Finance. Elma is trained in Case Study Method of Writing in both best practices of the Harvard University and Ivey Business School. In her tenure Elma has delivered public workshops and corporate trainings on a range of topics as employee engagement, customer satisfaction, market segmentation, sampling strategies, trust-building research, etc. Some of Elma’s co-authored publications include Gen Y: Aspirations for the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) (2016), Digital Banking: Measuring the Consumer Pulse in Malaysia (2016), Redefining the Role of HR (2016), Enhancing Digital Trust in Banking and Insurance: A Regional Perspective (2017), Towards a Cashless Malaysia: The Stakeholders’ Perspective (2018), and "E-channel Spearheading of Etiqa Motor Insurance" (2019).

Emmanuelle Caccamo

Invited lecturer

Emmanuelle Caccamo is a professor in the Department of Letters and Social Communication at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (Québec, Canada). She holds a PhD in semiology from Université du Québec à Montréal. She teaches courses in visual semiotics and semiotics of new media. She cofounded Cygne noir, a French-speaking open-access scientific journal of semiotics, and has been managing it since 2012. Her research in communication and semiotics focuses on discourses and socio-technical imaginary related to new digital technologies (such as connected cities, the Internet of Things, socio-digital media, artificial intelligence). In particular, in the field of semiotics of memory, she works on representations of memory and memories in fiction (science-fiction) as well as on the links between personal memory, emerging media and new technologies. She is the founder of the research project Technomnesis (2021-2024). Her interests and area of study also include rhetoric, technocriticism and intermediality.

Farouk Y. Seif

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Farouk Y. Seif, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Antioch University Seattle, former President and Executive Director of the Semiotic Society of America, a Fellow of the International Communicology Institute, a registered architect, and an artist. His main interests are design for social and cultural change, paradoxes, transdisciplinarity, and transmodernity. He has taught in universities and lectured at conferences worldwide. He was the recipient of the 2010 Fulbright Specialists Program at University of Sofia, Bulgaria. His book De-Sign in the Transmodern World is a state-of-the-art integration of design and semiotics. Prof. Seif has authored more than 70 articles and a dozen book chapters. His most recent publications are: “De-Sign as a Destiny of Negation: The Paradox of Sustaining Boundaries While Traversing Borders,” The American Journal of Semiotics (2020); “The Role of Pragmatism in De-sign: Persevering Through Paradoxes of Design and Semiotics,” Cognitio: Journal of Philosophy (2020), in Portuguese; “Transdisciplinary Trajectories: The Audacity of Design and the Resilience of Signs,” Trajectories I, Proceedings of the 14th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (2020); “Beyond Forecasting and Prediction: The Role of Phantasmagorical Memory in Imagining the Future,” Journal of Kyiv National Linguistic University (2019); “Imaginary Dialogue with John Deely: Playing with Boundaries Across Space and Time,” The American Journal of Semiotics (2018); “Wholophilia: Design and the Metamorphoses of the Absolute,” Metamorphoses of the Absolute (2018); and “Semiotic Paradoxes: Antinomies and Ironies in a Transmodern World,” Semiotics and its Masters (2017).

Fernando Andacht

Invited lecturer

Fernando Andacht (1954) holds a Doctor in Philosophy (Dr. Phil.) from the UiB - University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway; and a PhD in Communication and Information from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is full professor at the Department of Theory of Communication, Faculty of Information and Communication, University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay. Researcher of the National System of Research (SNI-ANII, Level II). He was a Fulbright scholar at the Research Center for Language & Semiotic Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, and a grantee of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, at the Arbeitsstelle für Semiotik, Technische Universität, Berlin. Since 2006, he is Guest Professor of the Graduate Program in Communication and Languages, Universidade Tuiuti do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil, and at the PhD Program in Semiotics of the National University of Córdoba, Argentina. He published 10 books and over 100 articles and chapters in his field of expertise, the Peircean semiotic analysis of the media, with emphasis on the representation of mediated reality (documentary, reality television, propaganda).

Francesco Bellucci

Invited lecturer

Francesco Bellucci holds a PhD in Semiotics (Università di Siena, 2012) and is currently Associate Professor at the Department of the Arts of the University of Bologna in Italy. He has worked at the Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia (2013–2017) and was visiting researcher at the Peirce Edition Project, IUPUI, Indianapolis (2016). His research interests focus on Peirce's logic, the theory and the history of semiotics, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of notation. He is the author of Peirce's Speculative Grammar (Routledge, 2017).

Francesco Marsciani

Invited lecturer

Associate Professor in the Department of the Arts at the University of Bologna, Francesco Marsciani studied with U. Eco and A.J. Greimas. In the late '80s, he has collaborated in the workings of the Semio-Linguistic Research Group (Groupe de recherches sémio-linguistiques) of the French CNRS, which was headed by Greimas. Marsciani is active in theoretical semiotics and text analysis, as well as in the development and ripening of the ethnosemiotic perspective. In 2009 he founded the CUBE - Centro Universitario Bolognese di Etnosemiotica at the Department of the Arts of the University of Bologna.

Gary Shank

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Gary Shank is a Professor of Educational Research at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been active in semiotics since 1979, when he attened his first Semiotic Society of America meeting at his alma mater, Indiana University. He has been active in semiotics and educational research since then. He was a founding member and Past-President of the Semiotics in Education SIG at the American Educational Research Association. He has published in Semiotica and the American Journal of Semiotics. He has been plenary speaker for the Biosemiotics Convening, where he talked about the Semiotics of PS 101. He has also published extensively in qualitative research, where he has authored or co-authored three related books. In this Educational Semiotics book series titled "Signs and Symbols in Education," Dr. Shank is looking for visionary works on education and semiotics and how they can reinforce and build from each other.

Gonçalo Santos

Member of the scientific council

Gonçalo D. Santos is an anthropologist and a leading international scholar in the field of China studies. His research explores new approaches to questions of modernity, subjectivity, and social, technological, and ecological transformation in contemporary China. He is an assistant professor of socio-cultural anthropology in the Department of Life Sciences and a Researcher and Group Coordinator in the CIAS - Research Center for Anthropology and Health at the University of Coimbra. Prior to joining the University of Coimbra in 2020, he held positions at the London School of Economics, the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and the University of Hong Kong. He is the author of Chinese Village Life Today (University of Washington Press, 2021) and the co-editor of Transforming Patriarchy. Chinese Families in the 21st Century (University of Washington Press, 2017). His research has been published in leading scientific journals in the fields of anthropology, science and technology studies, and Asian studies. He is a member of the Research Group on Culture and Society, an initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues, at Georgetown University, and is the founder and the director of Sci-Tech Asia, a transnational research network that focuses on the relations between technoscience, politics, and society in Asia and around the world.

Göran Sonesson

Invited lecturer

Göran Sonesson, Professor Emeritus at the Division of cognitive semiotics, Lund University, holds doctorates in general linguistics from Lund and in semiotics from Paris. He has published numerous papers, both theoretic and experimental, on pictorial, cultural, and cognitive semiotics, as well as on the semiotics of communication and translation and the evolutionary foundations of semiosis. Apart from anthologies, his papers have appeared in journals such as Semiotica, Cognitive Semiotics, Cognitive Development, Sign System Studies, Degrés, Signa, Signata, Sign and Society, Frontier of Psychology, etc. His main book-length works are Pictorial Concepts (1989), which is a critique of the critique of iconicity, and Human Lifeworlds (2016), which is a study in cultural evolution. His new book, The Pictorial Extensions of Mind will soon be published by deGruyter.

Gyula Klima

Member of the scientific council

Gyula Klima is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, New York, Director of the Center for the History of Ideas of the Institute of Hungarian Research, Budapest, Hungary, Doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Founding Director of the Society for the European History of Ideas, Founding Director of the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics and Editor of its Proceedings, as well as an editor of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and of a book series at Fordham, Medieval Philosophy: Texts and Studies, and at Springer, Historical-Analytical Studies on Nature, Mind and Action. Before taking up his position at Fordham, he had taught philosophy in the US at Yale and Notre Dame, prior to which he had done research in Europe at the universities of Budapest, Helsinki, St. Andrews, and Copenhagen. His publications, besides more than a hundred scholarly papers, include Questions on the Soul by John Buridan and Others: A Companion to John Buridan’s Philosophy of Mind (Springer, 2017), Intentionality, Cognition and Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy (Fordham University Press, 2015), John Buridan (Oxford University Press, 2008), John Buridan: Summulae de Dialectica, an annotated translation with a philosophical introduction (Yale University Press, 2001); ARS ARTIUM: Essays in Philosophical Semantics, Medieval and Modern (Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1988).

Hamid Malekzadeh

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Hamid Malekzadeh (PhD in Political Theory, University of Tehran) is the Executive Manager of the Iranian Society for Phenomenology (ISP) as well as the co-editor-in-chief of the Iranian Yearbook of Phenomenology (IYP). Some of his publishing are I Am A Not-Others: An Inquiry in Concreteness of the Political Subject (Pajvak, Tehran: 2014) and Embodiment and The Transcendental Basis of Politics: An Essay in Political Ontology (Gam-e-Nou [New Step]: Forthcoming). He is also the translator of Toward a Phenomenology of Sexual Difference: Husserl, Merleau Ponty, Beauvoir by Sara Heinämaa (Gam-e-Nou [New Step]: 2021).

Malekzadeh began his study of politics with a focus on the concept of recognition in Hegel's system of thought and sought the explanation of Edmund Husserl's phenomenology in search of an explanation for the relationship between the individual Ego and collectivities. In recent years, the discussion of the ontology of politics from a phenomenological point of view with a focus on the body and embodiment, intentionality, and Husserl's Egology have been the most important topics that he has focused on.

Hélène Leblanc

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Hélène Leblanc is a historian of philosophy and of semiotics, working mostly on the Late Scholasticism of the 16th and 17th centuries, and on the Austro-German tradition, involving authors such as B. Bolzano, F. Brentano, E. Husserl, A. Marty, A. Meinong, and L. Wittgenstein. She has strong interests in philosophy of language and mind.

In 2015, she earned her PhD on semiotic theories in Early Modern Philosophy, under the supervision of Philippe Hamou (Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense) and Giulia Belgioioso (Università del Salento - Lecce).

Her major scientific achievement is her monograph on semiotic theories in the seventeenth century, titled Théories sémiotiques à l’âge classique (Vrin, 2021). She has also written several articles especially 1) on Scholastic and Early Modern philosophy and 2) on the Austro-German tradition.

She collaborates with the ARC Schol’Art at the GEMCA, UCLouvain. This project, at the crossroad of History of art, French literature, and Neo-Latin literature, aims at highlighting the scholastic background of these fields.

She is also a founding member of Inbegriff – Geneva Seminar for Austro-German Philosophy and she is a Co-editor of Studia Philosophica, Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Philosophie, (with Janette Friedrich and Michael Festl).

Inna Gennadievna Merkulova

Invited lecturer

Inna Gennadievna Merkulova is Associate Professor, Founder and Director of the International Center for Semiotics and Intercultural Dialogue, State Academic University for the Humanities, Moscow. Associate Researcher at the Sens Texte Informatique Histoire laboratory, Sorbonne University. Representative of Russia on the Executive board of the IASS - International Association for Semiotic Studies.

In 2011-2017, she headed the Science and Education Department at the Maison russe des sciences et de la culture in Paris.

After a doctoral dissertation and a book on graphics and enunciation (supervisor Jacques Fontanille) she focuses her research on literary semiotics, intercultural dialogue, theory of translation. Among her translations: L'explosion et la culture, by Y. Lotman (Limoges, 2004); Семиотика страстей: От состояния вещей к состоянию души [Sémotique des passions: Des états de choses aux états d`âme], by A.J. Greimas and J. Fontanille (Moscow, 2007/2015). Her new book: Семиотика, графика и высказывание в современной французской прозе [Sémiotique, graphie et énonciation dans la prose française contemporaine] (Moscow, 2019, in Russian; 2020, in French).

In April 2020, she created an International online discussion platform, Semiotics and Pandemic: conceptualizing major challenges [video], with the participation of semioticians from Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Australia. The multilingual book under her editorship, New normality, new life forms: semiotics in the era of crises (Moscow, 2021), summed up the discussion. In June 2021, she initiated a new project: International Day for Students of Semiotics - STUDSEMIOTICDAY.

Isabel Marcos

Member of the scientific council

Isabel Marcos is architect and semiotician. Senior Research fellow of CICS.NOVA – Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences, FCSH at the NOVA University of Lisbon. She received a PhD in Semiotics (1996) from the Aarhus University (Denmark) and a PhD in Communication Sciences (2000) from the NOVA University of Lisbon (Portugal). Her major publications are Semiotics of space | Spaces of Semiotics (2021); Espace, sémiotique et cognition (2014); La sémiotique de l’espace-temps face à l’accélération de l’histoire (2013), Dynamiques de la ville. Essais de sémiotique de l’espace (2007). She is the author of articles, book chapters, Conference papers, and Guest-editor of international Editions such as Degrés (Spatial Semiotics) and Aracne (Visual Semiotics). She is Vice-President of the International Association for Visual Semiotics (IAVS) and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Association of Semiotics (IASS) – National Representative of Portugal.

Jamin Pelkey

Invited lecturer

Jamin Pelkey is Associate Professor and Program Director in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Ryerson University, Toronto, where he is also an active faculty member in the Ryerson-York graduate program in Communication & Culture. He serves as Co-Editor of Semiotica, Vice President of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics, and executive board member for the International Cognitive Linguistics Association, the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies, and the Semiotic Society of America. Jamin’s research explores semiotic dimensions of language evolution and embodied cognition. He is the recipient of the 2017 Mouton d’Or Award for best article in Semiotica and has edited or co-edited twelve collections in linguistics, anthropology, and semiotics, including Tropological Thought and Action (2022), Cognitive Semiotics (2019), Applied Brand Semiotics (2018), Archaeology of Concepts (2018), Sociohistorical Linguistics in Southeast Asia (2017), Virtual Identities (2016), and The Semiotics of Paradox (2015). His authored books include Dialectology as Dialectic (2011) and The Semiotics of X (2017). He is currently editing Bloomsbury Semiotics, a major reference work in four volumes.

Javier Clavere

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Dr. Javier Clavere, holds the Mary W. McGaw Endowed Chair in Music at Berea College, and is an award-winning performer and scholar that crosses over the worlds of keyboard performance, music theory, music technology, sacred music, and semiotics. As a polymath, his research interests include semiotics, systems theory, entrepreneurship and the arts, semioethics, Stoicism and Christianity, sacred music and signs, popular music and semiotics, Foucault studies, semiotics and globalization, multi-modality, and the semiotics of educational processes. As an artist, Javier has performed in many prestigious concert series across the United States, South America and Europe performing with orchestras, in solo recitals and chamber music.

His research in educational leadership includes peace and conflict resolution-transformation through the arts, as well as leadership in systemic change, diversity and inclusion, higher education administration, assessment in higher education, and strategic program design. He is a member of the Diversity Scholars Network (DSN) and the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID), as well as a fellow at the University of Michigan, the New Leadership Academy, the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, and the Salzburg Global Seminar's "Culture, Arts and Society programs", (Conflict Transformation Through Culture: Peace-building and the Arts), Salzburg, Austria.

In 2019, the government of his hometown, Rosario, Argentina, along with the state senate, recognized his professional accomplishments with a lifetime achievement award as a “Distinguished Musician.” The legislature, in an official governmental motion, ratified the award by vote and awarded Clavere at the Espacio Cultural Universitario of the National University of Rosario, Argentina.

John Tredinnick-Rowe

Member of the scientific council

For two days a week, John Tredinnick-Rowe works at PenARC as a Research Fellow in complex interventions. His interests predominantly relate to qualitative health services research, but also extend to medical education, assessment, semiotics, policy evaluation, and trails research methods.

For three days a week, he is a Project Development Manager for a Digital Health Incubator. Setting up a test-bed network for primary care related trials of digital health solutions including Apps, wearables, kiosks etc.

Previously, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher on a number of projects associated with the Department of Health and General Medical Council. He has managed a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) project that focused on developing innovative solutions to ageing-related conditions with small & medium enterprises (SMEs). Much of his work both pre-doctoral and post-doctoral has focused on co-production of research with local healthcare organisations, public, private and third sector.

John Tredinnick-Rowe has an interest in many different qualitative methodologies, from ethnography, interviewing, and focus groups; in addition, he has conducted systematic reviews in medical education, and continue to be interested in methodological innovations in review work.

He is an honorary research fellow at Exeter Medical School and runs his own private research consultancy that focuses on innovation, commercialisation and knowledge exchange for clinical companies.

Josep Muntañola Thornberg

Invited lecturer

Josep Muntañola Thornberg is Senior Professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. Director of the Barcelona School of Architecture, 1980-1984. Director of the Department of Architectural Projects, between 1986-1992, and 1999-2010. Doctor Honoris Causa, Lusíada University of Lisbon, June 2005. President of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Sant Jordi.

Joseph DeChicchis

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Joseph DeChicchis has punctuated his academic career with language study in various parts of the world. Trained chiefly at the University of Pennsylvania in linguistics, philosophy, and mathematics, he also studied semiotics at the University of Bologna and cognitive studies at the University of Sussex. His doctoral dissertation on syntactic and phonological variation in Q'eqchi', a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala and Belize, corrected previous views of Q'eqchi' homogeneity. Postdoctoral research on the Ainu language took him to the University of Tokyo. His interest in world heritage languages continues, and his work in general language policy is diverse, encompassing the computational encoding of texts, human-machine interface design, documentary evidence, orthography design, and international legal translation. Professor DeChicchis is a Founding Member of the Endangered Language Fund, and he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. Besides being its founder he is also the director of the Deely Project.

Juan Mendoza

Member of the scientific council

Juan Carlos Mendoza-Collazos is an Associate Professor at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and doctoral candidate in Cognitive Semiotics at Lund University. He currently investigates the role of artefacts in relation to agency with a cognitive semiotic approach. He is the author, among other texts, of the book Semiótica del diseño con enfoque agentivo: condiciones de significancia en artefactos de uso [Semiotics of design with an agentive approach: Conditions of significance in artefacts] (Utadeo, 2015), and chapters of the books Meaning, Mind and Communication: Explorations in Cognitive Semiotics, edited by Jordan Zlatev, Göran Sonesson and Piotr Konderak in 2016 (Frankfurt/M.), and Biosemiotics and Evolution The Natural Foundations of Meaning and Symbolism, among other publications.

Júlio Pinto

Invited lecturer

Julio Pinto has a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1985), where he served as Teaching Assistant (1980-1985) of Portuguese and Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Romance Languages (1985-1986). He did postdoctoral work at the Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon, 1992). He acted as Chair of the Doctoral Program in Comparative Literature at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Chair of the Graduate Program in Communication at the same University, and later as Chair of the Graduate Program in Communication at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He was President of Compós (the Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Communication) 2011-2013, and was previously its Vice-President (2009-2013). He authored many books, the first of which was The Reading of Time (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 1989), book chapters, and articles published in Brazilian and foreign journals. In his CV, the most current terms relating to his scientific and cultural activities are: Semiotics, Language, Communication, Philosophy of Language, Theory of the Image, Cinema and Television, Art, Electronic Media, and Intersemiotic translation. He is currently a member of Kairós, an international organization of university presidents and notable scholars dedicated to the enhancement of higher education and research.

Kalevi Kull

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Kalevi Kull is Professor of Biosemiotics in the University of Tartu, Estonia. His research focuses on intersections of biology and semiotics. He studied biology and worked in theoretical biology and field ecology, while in last decades in semiotics. His mission is to foster an ecological culture. His work includes: Jakob von Uexküll: A Paradigm for Biology and Semiotics (2001), Towards a Semiotic Biology: Life is the action of Signs (2011), as well as On Theoretical Biology: Life Science between Mathematics and Semiotics (2019, in Estonian).

Kermit Snelson

Member of the scientific council

Kermit Snelson is a software architect and computer scientist. His early work on commercial applications of semantic networks in spatial databases, classical music metadata and digital identity led him to discover John F. Sowa’s work on the existential graphs of Charles Sanders Peirce, an interest which has since evolved into a general research program focused on an emerging programming paradigm called subject-orientation. This in turn has led him to the study of foundational issues in the science of logic and therefore to the study of related work by Gotthard Günther, Stéphane Lupasco, George Spencer-Brown, William Stephenson, Jaakko Hintikka, Raymond Ruyer, Raymond Abellio and Alexander Zinoviev, along with currently emerging fields such as universal logic and oppositional geometry. This technical research has recently taken a historical turn, developing the hypothesis that the logical conception of the subject is the key to understanding semiotics as “a matrix for all the sciences” (Deely) and consequently as a descendant of earlier cosmological schemes such as Goethe’s morphology. In a recently published journal article, he demonstrated the affinity between Peirce’s evolutionary cosmology and contemporary “organic memory” theories prevalent within the organized Monist movement which published much of Peirce’s late work. Snelson holds a degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and studied closely with that institution’s John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought.

Kirk Kanzelberger

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Kirk Kanzelberger holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University (New York), an M.A. in Philosophical and Systematic Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (Berkeley), and a B.S. in Biology from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena). His doctoral research was focused on moral psychology, resulting in his dissertation titled: The Mystical Daydream: Fictive Being and the Motive of Evil. That work and his correspondence with John Deely during that period led him to his present research interests in Peircean semiotics and its antecedents in Latin scholasticism. He his currently a Faculty Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Lyceum Institute. He also lectures in philosophy at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, USA, where he lives. He has also been a technologist for over thirty years, designing software for companies and research organizations on both US coasts. He still does part-time consulting in this area.

Lucia Santaella

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Lucia Santaella is a researcher 1A of CNPq, graduated in Portuguese and English Literature. She is a Full Professor in the Post-Graduate Program in Communication and Semiotics and Director of the Post-Graduate Program in Technologies of Intelligence and Digital Design at PUC-SP - Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, with a PhD in Literary Theory received from PUC-SP, in 1973, plus a Habilitation Thesis (Livre-Docência, in Portuguese) in Communication Sciences at ECA-USP - School of Communications and Arts of the University of São Paulo, achieved in 1993. She is the Director of the CIEP - International Center for Peircean Studies at PUC-SP. She is the Honorary President of the FELS - Latin American Federation of Semiotics, as well as the Brazilian correspondent of the Argentinian National Academy of Fine Arts, appointed in 2002. She was elected the President of the Charles S. Peirce Society, USA, for 2007. Santaella is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Peirce Edition Project in Indianapolis, USA, as she is a member of the Bureau of Regional — Continental Coordinators of the ICI - International Communicology Institute. She was also an associate member of the IAG Kulturforschung - Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Culture, Uni Kassel - University of Kassel, 1999-2009. She received the Jabuti Prize in 2002, 2009, 2011 and 2014, just as the Sergio Motta Art and Technology Award, in 2005 and the Luiz Beltrão Communication Sciences Award, for academic maturity, in 2010. She was a guest lecturer at the Free University of Berlin, in 1987, at the University of Valencia in 2004, at the Uni Kassel in 2009, at the University of Évora in 2010, at the Buenos Aires National University of the Arts, in 2014, and also at the Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo, Mexico, 2015. She was an associate researcher at the Indiana University Bloomington's Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies, in repeated stages of research, especially in 1988, with a Fulbright grant. At the same university, she completed postdoctoral studies in 1993, with a CNPq grant. Since 1996, she undertook postdoctoral internships in Kassel, Berlin and Dagstuhl, Germany, under the auspices of the DAAD/FAPESP deal. 258 MSc's, PhD's and postdoctoral fellows have pursued their degrees under her direction dating from 1978 to the present, while she has also been responsible for supervising 12 postdoctoral researchers. She has published 45 books of which 6 are in co-authorship and two are critical studies. She also organized the edition of 16 books. In addition to the books, Lucia Santaella has more than 400 articles published in scientific journals in Brazil and abroad. Her most recent research areas are: Communication, Cognitive and Computational Semiotics, Technological Aesthetics and Philosophy and Methodology of Science.

Luigi Russi

Invited lecturer

Luigi Russi holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Exeter (UK) and currently works as Co-convenor of the Research-in-Action Community, in which capacity he accompanies researcher-practitioners, as they take up a practice of inquiry in the midst of everyday circumstances. Luigi is also a member of the Lyceum Institute, through which he has discovered the work and legacy of John Deely. As part of IO2S, he shares his ongoing exploration into how the semiotic realism of John Deely can provide ways of "taking experience seriously" without "losing the forest for the trees". Luigi's recent scholarly contributions have appeared in Human Arenas, Cultural Praxis, and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.

Mafalda Blanc

Member of the scientific council

Mafalda Blanc is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, since 1980. She holds an MA from the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities in Lisbon, with a thesis on Heidegger. She holds a PhD from the University of Lisbon, with a thesis on Malebranche. Main areas of research: Metaphysics, Hermeneutics, Philosophy of Language, the philosophy of Heidegger. Eigth published books: on Ontology, Malebranche and Heidegger.

Mahmoud Reza Moghaddam Shad

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Mahmoud Reza Moghaddam Shad (PhD in Political Theory, the University of Tehran) is the Co-founder and a member of the Executive Board of the ISP - Iranian Society for Phenomenology, the Specialized Secretary of the IYP - Iranian Yearbook of Phenomenology, and a former member of the Intellectual Trends Group of the Center of Middle East Strategic Studies. His research interests are phenomenology of everyday life and politics, ressentiment, identity politics, minority politics, democracy theory, sociology of knowledge, and sociology of novel. His recent publishing are "Becoming Minority as a Revolutionary Act: An Introduction to the Idea of ​​Minoritarian Democracy" (Quarterly Journal of Politics, 48 ​​(3), 753-770, 2018), "The Image of Government in Iranian Fiction" (Quarterly Journal of Politics, Forthcoming), "Empathy and Deviation in Value-Perception: The Phenomenology of the Man of Ressentiment," (IYP, 1st volume, forthcoming), “Phenomenology of Everyday Life and Redefinition of The Political” (IYP, 2nd volume, forthcoming), "Ressentiment and the Promise of ISIL's Revenge: A Case Study of European Warriors," (in Modern Barbarism, ed. by Mahdokht Zakeri Qalam Research Institute, pp. 29-34, 2016).

Marc Champagne

Invited lecturer

Dr. Marc Champagne is the Chair of the Department of Philosophy at KPU - Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada, where he also teaches occasional courses in the Policy Studies program. Before coming to KPU, he taught at York University and Trent University. He has a PhD in Philosophy from York University, a PhD in Semiotics from the UQAM - University of Quebec in Montreal, and did his Post-Doc at the University of Helsinki.

Marek Tamm

Invited lecturer

Marek Tamm is Professor of Cultural History at the School of Humanities in Tallinn University and Head of Tallinn University Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies. His primary research fields are cultural history of medieval Europe, theory and history of historiography, and cultural memory studies. He has recently published Cultural History of Memory in the Early Modern Age (co-edited with Alessandro Arcangeli, Bloomsbury 2020), Making Livonia: Actors and Networks in the Medieval and Early Modern Baltic Sea Region (co-edited with Anu Mänd, Routledge, 2020), Juri Lotman – Culture, Memory and History: Essays in Cultural Semiotics (Palgrave Macmillan 2019), Rethinking Historical Time: New Approaches to Presentism (co-edited with Laurent Olivier, Bloomsbury 2019), and Debating New Approaches to History (co-edited with Peter Burke, Bloomsbury 2018). His most recent publishing project is The Companion to Juri Lotman: A Semiotic Theory of Culture, co-edited with Peeter Torop (Bloomsbury, forthcoming in 2022).

Maria da Conceição Camps

Member of the scientific council

Maria da Conceição Camps (born in Lisbon);

⚘ holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Porto (2012), thesis entitled «From the visible to the invisible - The theory of vision in the Commentary on the three books on the soul of the Coimbra Jesuit Course (1598)»;

⚘ a Master's in Medieval Philosophy from the University of Porto (2000), thesis entitled «The influence of João de Salisbury's Policraticus in the Chronicle of D. João I by Fernão Lopes, legal-political perspective»;

⚘ a degree in Humanities from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Catholic University of Portugal (1997);

⚘ a degree in Law from the Faculty of Law of Lisbon (1982).

She is a researcher at the Centre of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon (CFUL); at the Institute for Philosophical Studies of the University of Coimbra (IEF); and in the Open University's Chair of Global Studies (CEG-UAb);

⚘ mainly dedicated to the study and translation of philosophical texts from the so-called late scholasticism, having published several articles and books on the subject; a translator from latin to portuguese of the Coimbra Jesuit Course. See bibliography and full Curriculum in CienciaVitae, Science ID 8E18-F7EA-C593.

Mário Santiago de Carvalho

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Mário Santiago de Carvalho is Full Professor at the FLUC - Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra, Scientific Coordinator of the Research & Development Unit IEF - Institute for Philosophical Studies, and author of more than 200 philosophy titles (among articles and monographs), published in Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Romanian and Mandarin; see: Scholarly Bibliography. He has already taught at several universities (in Porto, Lisbon, Azores, Salamanca, Luxembourg, Sun Yat-sen and České Budějovice), and, besides Portugal, he has been summoned to PhD examinations in Salamanca, Paris, Leuven and Macerata. In his teaching and research activity, Mário S. de Carvalho privileges the history of philosophy, metaphysics, and the philosophy of music. He is the director of the international online series Conimbricenses.org, as well as the coordinator of the bilingual edition of the “Jesuit Coimbra Course,” currently being edited by the Coimbra University Press.

Marita Soto

Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Marita Soto holds a PhD in Social Sciences, UBA - University of Buenos Aires. At the UNA - Argentinian National University of the Arts, she was dean of the campus of the Transdepartmental Area of Arts Criticism. Under her administration, a Bachelor's Degree in Arts Curatorship and one in the Art of Writing were launched, along with the postgraduate Specialization in the Production of Critical Texts and Media Dissemination of the Arts (distance learning) and the Master's Degree in the History of Modern and Contemporary Art, all of which designed from a well-defined semiotic perspective. She fostered the development of the UNA Institutional Archive and reinforced its publishing activities.

Professor and researcher at different Argentinian universities (such as UBA, IDAES, UNSAM, UNLP, UNA), where she has trained teachers, researchers and younger semioticians, Soto has been in charge of specifically semiotic subjects such as Semiotics of Contemporary Genres and Semiotics of the Arts.

She is both a partner and the director of Punctum, a studio specialized in research applied to the fields of consumption, aesthetics and gender issues.

In 2001-2002 she was the head of the crisis laboratory (Moiguer & Associates) where the research activities revolved around the problems of audience segmentation to observe new habits and mores in periods of crisis.

Among her books, Telenovela/telenovelas (coord.), El volver de las imágenes (with Oscar Steimberg and Oscar Traversa), La puesta en escena de todos los días and Habitar y narrar (2016) bring together the results of her research.

Soto was awarded the prize for the best paper presented at the Esomar Conference, São Paulo 2002, which was published in Excellence in International Research, 2003 (with Fernando Moiguer, Jorge Karol and José Luis Petris).

She was a member of the Organizing Committee of the 14th World Congress of Semiotics in Buenos Aires.

She has been trained and has worked together with Oscar Traversa, Oscar Steimberg and Eliseo Verón.

Massimo Leone

Invited lecturer

Massimo Leone is Tenured Full Professor (“Professore Ordinario”) of Philosophy of Communication, Cultural Semiotics, and Visual Semiotics at the Department of Philosophy and Educational Sciences, University of Turin, Italy, and part-time Professor of Semiotics in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Shanghai University, China. He has been visiting professor at several universities in the five continents. He has single-authored fifteen books, edited more than fifty collective volumes, and published more than five hundred articles in semiotics, religious studies, and visual studies. He is the winner of a 2018 ERC Consolidator Grant, the most prestigious research grant in Europe. He is editor-in-chief of Lexia, the Semiotic Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication, University of Turin, Italy, co-editor-in-chief of Semiotica (Walter de Gruyter), and co-editor of the book series “I Saggi di Lexia (Rome: Aracne), “Semiotics of Religion (Berlin and Boston: De Gruyter), and “Advances in Face Studies (London and New York: Routledge).

Matthew Minerd

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

A Ruthenian Catholic, husband, and father, Matthew K. Minerd is a professor of philosophy and moral theology at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. His academic work has appeared in the journals Nova et Vetera, The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, Saint Anselm Journal, Lex Naturalis, Downside Review, The Review of Metaphysics, and Maritain Studies, as well in volumes published by the American Maritain Association through the Catholic University of America Press. He has served as author, translator, and/or editor for volumes published by The Catholic University of America Press, Emmaus Academic, Cluny Media, and Ascension Press.

Maurício Neubern

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Maurício Neubern is an Associate Professor at the Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychology of the University of Brasília, Brazil. He is currently the coordinator of the Psychology and Religion work group of the National Association of Graduate Studies and Research in Psychology (ANPEPP, Brazil). He is a post-doctoral fellow (Senior Internship, CAPES, 2015/2016) at the Centre Edgar Morin, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France. He received his PhD from the University of Brasília (2003) and did a "sandwich" internship (2001/2002) at the Laboratoire de Changement Sociale, Université Paris VII, Paris, France. He was coordinator of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology and Culture (2013/2015). He is the leader of the research group at CNPq called CHYS - Complexity, Hypnosis and Subjectivity, in which the following research lines linked to hypnosis stand out: a) Clinical applications; b) Epistemology; c) Ethnopsychology; d) Semiotics. His studies cover topics such as hypnotherapy, trance and culture, ethnopsychology, spirituality, body, chronic pain, semiotics and iconicity, and seek to develop complex theoretical references for the understanding of hypnosis. He provides clinical services to the community, conceiving the hypnotherapeutic context both as a mode of intervention and as a way to do research. He is a therapist and trainer of therapists (2008, Teaching competence certificate USA and Brazil).

Mercedes Rubio

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Mercedes Rubio is a Research Associate at the University of Navarra (Spain). She recently joined the Leonardo Polo Institute of Philosophy in Chicago (USA), besides being a member of the International Association for Semiotic Studies and the Societé Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM).

She graduated in Humanities (Philosophy Department) from the University of Navarra and wrote her MA Thesis on The Knowledge of God according to Albert the Great, which was later published in the Series Cuadernos de Anuario Filosófico. She obtained the Diplome Européen d’Études Médiévales (Brussels SIEPM – Rome La Sapienza) and holds a PhD degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her publications cover a wide range of topics in Greek, Latin and Hebrew Philosophy, with particular attention to the fields of theory of knowledge, philosophy of language and semiotics. Her Doctoral dissertation, Aquinas and Maimonides on the Possibility of the Knowledge of God, won the Shlomo Pines Prize (2002) and was later published in the Series “Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Thought.” She has published other studies on Aristotle, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, Averroes, and Abraham Bar Hiyya. Among her contributions to the study of semiotics, cf “Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas on the Nature of Signs,” in „Homo – Natura – Mundus: Human Beings and Their Relationships“. Proceedings of the XIV International Congress of the Société Internationale pour l’Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale. Ed. R. Hofmeister Pich, A. C. Storck, A. S. Culleton (Brepols: Turnhout 2020) 477-488.

Michael P. Krom

Member of the scientific council

Michael P. Krom (PhD, Emory University) is professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he serves as director of Benedictine Leadership Studies and director of the Faith and Reason Summer Program. He is the author of The Limits of Reason in Hobbes's Commonwealth and has published works in the areas of moral and political philosophy with an emphasis on the relationship between Catholicism and liberalism.

Mitsutake Ikeda

Member of the organizing committee

Mitsutake Ikeda completed a bachelor degree in International and Area Studies at the University of California, Berkeley in 2007, and a Master of Arts in Translation Studies at the University of Coimbra in 2017. He is a collaborating member of the Research & Development Unit IEF - Institute for Philosophical Studies, as well as a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Coimbra. He takes an active part in peace movements and undertakes outreach activities worldwide with characteristic versatility. He carried out interpreting and translation duties on numerous occasions, including the Peace pilgrimage from Bodh Gaya to Rajgir, in 2019, to observe the 50th Anniversary Ceremony of the Rajgir Vishwa Shanti Stupa. There he has also served as a translator into Japanese of the public address given by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind. Ikeda is active in the Humanities, concentrating on the History of Ideas.

Norman Hipps, O.S.B.

Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Norman Hipps is a Benedictine monk, President Emeritus and Professor of Mathematics at Saint Vincent College. He wrote his PhD dissertation, Elementary Thom-Boardman Theory for Characteristic p ≠ 0, under the direction of the late Ken Mount at Northwestern University. At Saint Vincent he served as Academic Dean, Provost, Senior Vice President, and President. During his presidency, John Deely was welcomed to the faculty of the College and Seminary. He now provides coordination of the Deely Project.

Olga Lavrenova

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Olga Lavrenova (1969), Russian geographer, philosopher, historian. DSc (Philosophy), PhD (Geography). She is a leading researcher of the Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INION RAN, in Russian), professor at the National University of Science and Technology (MISiS) and at the GITR Film and Television School.

She is also Deputy Director for Science at the Nicholas Roerich Museum of the International Centre of the Roerichs, President of the International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time (IASSp+T, Switzerland), and Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts.

Fulbright grantee (2021) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Texas at Austin.

Author of over 180 publications, including the monograph: Spaces and Meanings: Semantics of the Cultural Landscape (Springer, 2019).

She is the author of the long-term interdisciplinary scientific project “The Geography of Art” (since 1992, 10 collections were published and 7 conferences were held). The project considers the territorial problems of culture and art, reflected in the art of the geographical space, the role of regional factors in the formation of art schools and artworks. Particular attention is given to topics such as artistic perception of the cultural landscape, the place of art in shaping the cultural landscape and the image of the territory, as well as the concepts of space in works of art.

She is also the author of the long-term interdisciplinary scientific project “Russia and the East: the interaction in art” (since 2018, 2 conferences were held and 1 collection was published).

Paniel Reyes Cárdenas‬

Invited lecturer

Paniel Reyes Cárdenas (Mexico 1981) was awarded his MPhil and PhD in Philosophy by The University of Sheffield, UK. In his PhD Thesis, he researched the place of Scholastic Realism in Peirce's Pragmatist Philosophy under the supervision of Professors Christopher Hookway and Steve Makin. Though Paniel's approach is centered in the pragmatist tradition, he has a wide range of philosophical interests. Indeed, Paniel has published papers on the philosophy of mathematics, metaphysics, medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion and German Idealism. Paniel has participated in academic conferences in many different countries, and he is also a founder of the Peirce Latin-American Society.

After a spell as postdoctoral fellow in the University of Nottingham under the guidance of Jonathan Tallant and Jules Holroyd, Paniel joined as lecturer and researcher in UPAEP - People's Autonomous University of Puebla State, Puebla, Mexico) where he is chair of Philosophy of language and medieval philosophy. Paniel is part of the Mexican Council of Science and Technology, awarded SNI 1 for his research work. As a junior scholar, Paniel was distinguished as Honorary Researcher by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Sheffield in 2017. He is the author of Scholastic Realism (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018) and Ideas in Development (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2018).

Paul Bains

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Paul Bains is an independent researcher. He is a published author and translator (French to English) who has translated works by Felix Guattari (Chaosmosis: An Ethico-Aesthetic Paradigm) and Isabelle Stengers (Power and Invention: Situating Science). His Ph.D. thesis was published as 'The primacy of semiosis: an ontology of relations' (University of Toronto Press, 2006).

Paul Cobley

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Paul Cobley is Professor in Language and Media and Deputy Dean (Research and Knowledge Exchange) in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries at Middlesex University. His research interests include semiotics (including biosemiotics, zoosemiotics and cybersemiotics), the works of Thomas A. Sebeok and John Deely, communication theory, narrative, subjectivity, popular genres (especially the thriller). He is the author of a number of books, most recently Cultural Implications of Semiotics (2016) and Narrative 2nd edn (2014). He is co-series editor (with Kalevi Kull) of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition (de Gruyter Mouton), co-editor (with Peter J. Schulz) of the multi-volume Handbooks of Communication Sciences (de Gruyter), co-edits the journal Social Semiotics, and is associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing. Among his edited volumes are The Routledge Companion to Semiotics (2009), Theories and Models of Communication (2013, with Peter Schulz), Semiotics and Its Masters Vol. 1 (2017, with Kristian Bankov), Realism for the 21st Century: A John Deely Reader (2009) and The Communication Theory Reader (1996). He is the 9th Thomas A. Sebeok Fellow of the Semiotic Society of America, President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (elected in 2014) and is secretary (since 2012) of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies.

Paulo Alexandre e Castro

Member of the scientific council

Paulo Alexandre e Castro is a full member of the Institute for Philosophical Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra. PhD in Philosophy of Mind (University of Minho), Master in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics (FLUL - School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon), degree in Philosophy (FLUL), Post-Doc in Digital Art (University Fernando Pessoa), PDCHyp from the London College of Clinical Hypnosis and the intermediate level of Integrative Psychotherapy Course from the Milton Erickson Institute in Portugal. Author of numerous publications (from essays to poetry), Castro is a regular contributor to both national and international journals.

Remo Gramigna

Member of the scientific council

Dr. Remo Gramigna is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Turin (Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences), where he teaches semiotics. He is part of the research team FACETS led by Prof. Massimo Leone. His academic research to date has mainly focused on the history of semiotics, the semiotics of culture and deception studies. He obtained a PhD in Semiotics and Culture Studies in Estonia, worked as a research fellow at the University of Tartu and lectured at the Department of Semiotics. His doctoral thesis tackled the philosophical problem of the sign in St. Augustine in tandem with the issue of lying. His recent publications include Augustine and the Study of Signs, Signification and Lying, Forms of the mask, Imagining others: deception, prediction, and disguised intentions in strategic interactions.

Robert Junqueira

Member of the organizing committee

Junqueira is a science, technology and innovation manager at the Institute for Philosophical Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra, where he graduated in Philosophy. He holds a post-graduate qualification in Science and Technology Management and Policies, obtained at the NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, in Lisbon. His sole relevant scholarly publication to date as an author has been an encyclopedia entry for Conimbricenses.org, under the title "Charles Sanders Peirce and Coimbra." Even so, the publication of "Semiotic Beings: the Realm of a Single Kind?" in the Iranian Yearbook of Phenomenology is imminent. At the present time, Junqueira is developing doctoral research on the history of semiotics, specifically about the links between the doctrinæ signorum of both Peirce and Sebastião do Couto.

Robert W. Gehl

Invited lecturer

Robert W. Gehl is a Fulbright scholar and award-winning author whose research focuses on contemporary communication technologies. He is currently the F. Jay Endowed Research Chair of Communication at Louisiana Tech University. He has published over two dozens articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Communication Theory, Social Media + Society, and Media, Culture and Society. His books include Reverse Engineering Social Media, which won the Nancy Baym Book Award from the Association of Internet Researchers, and Weaving the Dark Web, published by the MIT Press in 2018, and Social Engineering, forthcoming from MIT Press in 2022.

Rocco Gangle

Invited lecturer

Rocco Gangle is the author of several books, including Diagrammatic Immanence: Category Theory and Philosophy (Edinburgh University Press 2016). His research focuses on semiotics, diagrammatic logic, French phenomenology and post-structuralism, and the work of Francois Laruelle. He is Professor of Philosophy at Endicott College, USA and Distinguished Research Fellow with GCAS College Dublin, Ireland.

Sachi Arafat

Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Dr. Sachi Arafat is an Assistant Professor of Data Science at KAU - King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. His research lay at the intersection of data science and philosophy of science & technology. He previously worked on quantum theory inspired models for characterizing socio-technical behaviour while a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow (UK). His monograph Search Foundations (co-authored with E. Ashoori) with MIT Press (2019), was nominated for best book in information science (in 2020) by the Association for Information Science and Technology. Therein was proposed a new kind of science—inspired by the work on Heidegger and the classical philosophical tradition—for re-basing data and information science on rigorous philosophical foundations in order to create an explicitly explanatory science of AI from the ground-up for understanding technology-mediated experience.

Sara Cannizzaro

Member of the scientific council

Sara Cannizzaro is a post-doc researcher on EUMEPLAT - European media platforms: assessing positive and negative externalities for European culture at Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM (Italy). She is also Research Fellow for TechEthos - Ethics of new and emerging technologies with high socio-economic impact at De Montfort University (UK), as well as Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick (UK). There she has worked on PETRAS Cyber Security of the Internet of Things (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Adoption, Security of the IoT), on FAIR-SPACE (Future Artificial Intelligence and Robotics for Space Hub) and on i-Trace (IoT Transport Assured for Critical Environments). Prior to this, Sara taught media and communications, digital media and research methods courses at several British universities.

Her research interests include analysis of media and digital media systems, biosemiotics and systems thinking, adoption of the internet of things, ethics of emerging technologies.

Selected publications include "The End of Sebeok’s Century Meets 21st Century Pandemic: Modeling through and beyond Sebeok’s systems, semiotics, science", Chinese Semiotics Studies (2021); "Trust in the Smart Home: findings from a nationally representative survey in the UK", PLoS One (2020); "The Devil is Not in the Detail: Representational Absence and Stereotyping in the ‘Trojan Horse’ News Story", Race Ethnicity and Education (2018).

Scott Randall Paine

Lecturer Member of the scientific council Member of the organizing committee

Fr. Scott Randall Paine is a priest of the Archdiocese of Brasilia, Brazil, and professor of medieval philosophy and Eastern thought at the University of Brasília. Since 1974, he has lived, studied, and taught in Europe, Asia and South America, taking his doctorate in philosophy in Rome in 1988. His recent works include an edition of the essays of Bernard Kelly, A Catholic Mind Awake (2017); a study of the thought of G.K. Chesterton, The Universe and Mr. Chesterton (2nd ed., 2019); and, most recently, The Other World We Live In (2021). Paine has published widely in Portuguese and English, and his current writing and podcasts can be followed on the website: 3wisdoms.com.

Seema Kumari Ladsaria

Member of the scientific council

Seema Kumari Ladsaria is an Associate Professor in the KIIT School of Humanities (Deemed to be University), India. She has finished her Ph.D. from IIT (ISM) Dhanbad. She is keenly interested in looking at texts and con(texts) in areas including Medicine and Literature, graphic fiction, and Semiotics Studies. She has published in many journals of international repute and has been awarded Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Sofia Bernstein

Invited lecturer

After receiving the M.Sc. degree in Primate Behavior and Ecology from Central Washington University in 2012, Sofia Bernstein pursued her doctorate in the Departments of Ecology and Social Behavior and Cognition and Learning at the PRI - Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University, Japan. While at the PRI, Bernstein was also a member of the Leading Graduate Program in PWS - Primatology and Wildlife Science, a highly selective program for graduate students at Kyoto University, funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. As a PWS student, Sofia received additional training in animal husbandry, genetic analyses, science communication, and field work opportunities across Japan’s most famous primatological field sites. While at the PRI, Bernstein honed her science communication skills as a host and co-producer of Kyoto University’s podcast, the PrimateCast, where researchers within the field of primatology and beyond were interviewed. Sofia’s dissertation, which was supervised by Drs. Michael Huffman and Hiroki Koda, was entitled “The Vocal Repertoire of Tibetan Macaques in Mt. Huangshan, China: A Quantitative Analysis, Congeneric Comparisons, and Species-Specific Derived Calls”. Her research was the first to investigate vocalizations in this species, and Bernstein is considered one of the world’s leading experts in Tibetan macaque vocal communication. She completed her degree early in August 2016 to prepare for a position as a lecturer, and began teaching at Central Washington University as part of a dual appointment in the departments of Biological Sciences and Anthropology and Museum Studies. Bernstein has taught a wide array of courses including biostatistics, introductory courses in biology and anthropology, research methods and research design for anthropology students, and primatology specific courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2017 Sofia was awarded a special appointment position that enabled her to supervise graduate students.

To date, Sofia Bernstein has studied a diverse number of primate taxa, from small-bodied apes, to New and Old World monkeys. Bernstein’s field work has taken her to field sites with wild and semi-wild primates in South America and Asia, and captive care facilities throughout the United States, Japan, and Ecuador, though she mostly focus on Asian primates. Sofia’s main research interests include the evolution of acoustic signals, vocal diversity, and communicative complexity, by focusing on our closest living relatives from a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective. Investigating the evolutionary mechanisms that underpin variation in primate communication can aid in our understanding of one of the most complex puzzles in science, the origin and evolution of communication in our own species. Bernstein’s work integrates bioacoustics, behavioral ecology, and cognitive ethology, and she mostly focus on the Macaca genus. She is particularly interested in the comparison of macaque vocal repertoires by employing the same analytical techniques to shed light on the contrasting selection pressures generating variability in the genus. Sofia participates in an ongoing collaboration with Anhui University and Central Washington University at the Valley of the Wild Monkeys, China, where longitudinal data is being collected on a free-ranging troop of Tibetan macaques. Sofia Bernstein is also a participant of an ongoing collaboration with the EPRC - Endangered Primate Research Center of Vietnam, where acoustic monitoring methods are being implemented to track rehabilitated primates pre- and post-release and infer animal welfare.

Takafumi Kato

Invited lecturer

KATO Takafumi is a full-time lecturer at Osaka Seikei University in Japan. He received his Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 2018. He is the author of “A Peircean Revision of the Theory of Extended Mind (Cognitio: Revista de Filosofia, v.16, n.1, 2015) etc. and has so far translated into Japanese important works on pragmatism such as The Pragmatic Maxim (by C. Hookway, OUP, 2011), Perspectives on Pragmatism (by R. Brandom, HUP, 2011), and The American Pragmatists (by C. Misak, OUP, 2013). His research interests lie in Charles Sanders Peirce’s semiotics and its contemporary applications. Nowadays, Peircean semiotics receives enthusiastic attention from various kinds of scholars such as cultural anthropologists and frontier robotics researchers. His present research project overviews such interdisciplinary discussions as a philosopher and supplements them with an appropriate philosophical context, aiming to increase philosophers’ commitment to them and reveal a contemporary significance of pragmatist thoughts.

Tiit Remm

Member of the scientific council

Tiit Remm is a researcher of semiotics and director of curricula in semiotics in the University of Tartu. His research is focused on sociosemiotics and semiotics of space, particularly on urban semiotics and the use of spatial environment and spatial concepts for societal management as well as semiotic aspects of spatial modelling in humanities and social sciences in more general. He defended his dissertation "Sociocultural Space: Spatial Modelling and the Sociocultural World" in 2015.

Tim Troutman

Member of the organizing committee

Tim Troutman is a student of philosophy and professional entrepreneur originally from the Southeastern United States although now living in the Philippines with his wife. A co-founder and former Editor in Chief of the online magazine Called to Communion, he is a current Board member of the Lyceum Institute. His interests and areas of study include Aristotelean-Thomistic and semiotic philosophy, as well as linguistics.

Tony Jappy

Member of the scientific council

Tony Jappy is professeur honoraire at the University of Perpignan Via Domitia, France. He has participated in numerous semiotics and visual semiotics colloquia and congresses. He has published many articles on problems relating to linguistics, semiotics and visual semiotics, and has authored or co-authored books on Peircean semiotics, including Introduction to Peircean Visual Semiotics in 2013 and Peirce’s Twenty-Eight Classes of Signs and the Philosophy of Representation in 2017. He is also the general editor of the Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Peircean Semiotics (2020). His current research is devoted primarily to C. S. Peirce’s post-1904 six-correlate system of semiotics and the concept of semiosis.

Tullio Viola

Invited lecturer

Tullio Viola is an assistant professor in Philosophy of art and culture at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He has a doctorate in philosophy from the Humboldt University in Berlin, and before joining Maastricht University he held post-doc positions in Berlin and Erfurt. He has published mainly on Peirce, north-American pragmatism, and its links to European philosophy. His book, Peirce on the Uses of History, has come out with De Gruyter in 2020.

Vincent Colapietro

Member of the scientific council

Vincent Colapietro is Liberal Arts Research Professor Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University. He is presently at the Center for the Humanities (University of Rhode Island). One of his main areas of research is pragmatism, with emphasis on Peirce. Though devoted to developing a semiotic perspective rooted in Peirce’s seminal work, Colapietro draws upon a number of other authors and perspectives (including Bakhtin, Jakobson, and Bourdieu as well as such movements as phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction). He is the author of Peirce’s Approach to the Self (1989), A Glossary of Semiotics (1993), Fateful Shapes of Human Freedom (2003), and Acción, sociabilidad y drama: Un retrato pragmatista del animal humano (2020) as well as numerous essays. He has written on a wide range of topics, from music (especially jazz) and cinema to psychoanalysis and deconstruction, from art and literature to ontology and phenomenology. He has served as President of the Charles S. Peirce Society, the Metaphysical Society of America, and the Semiotic Society of America.

Vytautas Tumėnas

Member of the scientific council

Dr. Vytautas Tumėnas graduated in art theory, history and criticism at Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania). He has a PhD in ethnology and works obtained as a researcher at the Department of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Lithuanian Institute of History. He authored 2 monographs and more than 60 scientific articles. His monograph in Lithuanian Lietuvių tradicinių rinktinių juostų ornamentas: tipologija ir semantika, Vilnius, 2002 [The Ornamentation of Lithuanina traditional pick-uo woven sashes: typology and semantics] analyses the symbolism and semantics of textiles and its geometric patterns in customs, believes, and mythic-poethical world outlook. Areas of his academic interests: ethnology, semiotics, art history, mythology, interdisciplinary comparative studies. A various semiotical and ethnomathematical aspects of textile is one of the main topics of his investigations. The tradition of visual and folkloric symbols in culture; problems of the development of contemporary folk art and crafts; classificational aspects of the region concept and regional identity; the concept of folk culture and intangible heritage in cultural policy are his research topics as well. His articles with diachronic and intercultural perspective on semiotics of visual culture, cultural and religious identity symbolism are published in such journals as Sign System Studies, Mediterranean Archaeology and Archaeometry; Logos; Yearbook of Balkan and Baltic Studies; Lituanus.

Recently he finished his work in the national associate research project of the Lithuanian Council for Culture Determination of qualitative indicators of monitoring, analysis and modeling system for cultural and artistic projects and processes. The field of folk culture (Vilnius, 2020).

He was a vice president of the Lithuanian Folck Culture Guardianship Council of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania for two terms. He has worked as a member of the National Heritage Products Council. He is now chairman of the National J. Basanavičius Prize Commission of the Republic of Lithuania.

Wesley Chihyung Yu

Invited lecturer

Wesley Chihyung Yu is Associate Professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. His interdisciplinary research on medieval poetics concentrates on literature’s relationship to the medieval language arts. Yu has focused in particular on rhetoric and logic, through which he considers medieval poetry’s place within the scope of intellectual history. He has written on early treatments of allegory and on literary uses of argumentation in the Middle Ages. Aside from teaching regular courses on medieval literary genres and authors, he writes and teaches on medieval perception and epistemology, poetic traditions, and reasoning in Old and Middle English literature.

William Passarini

Chairman of the organizing committee

William Passarini graduated in Performing Arts from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). Besides being a student member of the Lyceum Institute, founded by Dr. Brian Kemple, Passarini is also a translator from English to Portuguese. He has conducted research well beyond the artistic world, since he has engaged in philosophical investigations. He has worked as a proofreader at the service of a number of publishing houses, also having had the opportunity to exercise his activity as a member of a department responsible for digital marketing. Passarini is currently responsible for a YouTube channel, "Mansarda Acesa," designed to broadcast analyses of scholarly literature, reviews of philosophical studies, and interviews with intellectuals whose insights and teachings are notably topical.

Winfried Nöth

Lecturer Member of the scientific council

Winfried Nöth, Professor of Linguistics and Semiotics and Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Cultural Studies of the University of Kassel until 2009, Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin (1985-86) and Humboldt University Berlin (2014-15), has been Professor of Cognitive Semiotics at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo since 2010. He is an Honorary Member of the International Association for Visual Semiotics and the Institute for Edusemiotic Studies. His research is on topics of general and applied semiotics, cognitive semiotics, and Charles S. Peirce. Among his book publications are Handbook of Semiotics (1990, in German 2000), Mediale Selbstreferenz (2008) and Semiotic Theory of Learning (2018, with A. Stables, et al.). Nöth has edited Origins of Semiosis (1994), Semiotics of the Media (1997), and Crisis of Representation (2003), amongst others. Together with Lucia Santaella, he is the author of Imagem: Comunicação, semiótica e mídia (4th ed. 2005), Comunicação e semiótica (2004), Estratégias semióticas da publicidade (2010), and Introdução à semiótica (2017).

Yulia Nikitenko

Member of the organizing committee

Yulia Nikitenko is a collaborating member of the Institute for Philosophical Studies (Coimbra) and leading librarian in the National Library of Russia (Saint-Petersburg) working with early European books. She studied the art of printing at the Far Eastern State University of Humanities (Khabarovsk, Russia), history of English literature at the Saint-Petersburg State University and history of philosophy at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Nikitenko's current research project aims at exploring the reciprocal bearing and becoming of both Platonic and Aristotelian philosophical traditions in the courtly ethics of Renaissance Italy.

Zahra Soltani

Member of the organizing committee

Zahra Soltani completed a Bachelor of Science in Computer Software Engineering at Azad University of Najafabad and has a Master's degree in General Linguistics from the University of Tehran. Currently she is working as Public Relations Specialist at the ISP - Iranian Society for Phenomenology and as a Freelance Graphic Designer.

⚘ Lecturers

All the lecturers are listed below in reverse alphabetical order:

Winfried Nöth

Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo

Takafumi Kato

Osaka Seikei University

Sofia Bernstein

University of St. Thomas Houston

Scott Randall Paine

University of Brasília

Rocco Gangle

Endicott College

Robert W. Gehl

Louisiana Tech University

Paul Cobley

International Association for Semiotic Studies

Paul Bains

Independent

Paniel Reyes Cárdenas‬

People's Autonomous University of the State of Puebla

Olga Lavrenova

International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time

Mercedes Rubio

University of Navarra

Maurício Neubern

University of Brasília

Matthew Minerd

American Maritain Association

Massimo Leone

University of Turin

Mário Santiago de Carvalho

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Marek Tamm

Tallinn University

Marc Champagne

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Mahmoud Reza Moghaddam Shad

Iranian Society for Phenomenology

Luigi Russi

Lyceum Institute

Lucia Santaella

Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo

Kirk Kanzelberger

Lyceum Institute

Kalevi Kull

International Society for Biosemiotic Studies

Júlio Pinto

Kairós

Joseph DeChicchis

Deely Project

Josep Muntañola Thornberg

International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time

Javier Clavere

Semiotic Society of America

Jamin Pelkey

Ryerson University

Inna Gennadievna Merkulova

International Center for Semiotics and Intercultural Dialogue

Hélène Leblanc

Catholic University of Louvain

Hamid Malekzadeh

Iranian Society for Phenomenology

Göran Sonesson

Lund University

Gary Shank

Duquesne University

Francesco Marsciani

University of Bologna

Francesco Bellucci

University of Bologna

Fernando Andacht

University of the Republic of Uruguay

Farouk Y. Seif

International Association for Semiotic Studies

Emmanuelle Caccamo

University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières

Eetu Pikkarainen

University of Oulu

Dragana Vasilski

International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time

Donna E. West

State University of New York

Donald Favareau

National University of Singapore

Daniel Polani

University of Hertfordshire

Christopher S. Morrissey

Trinity Western University

Brian Kemple

Lyceum Institute

Baranna Baker

Independent

Banzelão Teixeira

Divyadaan: Salesian Institute of Philosophy

António Manuel Martins

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Anton Markoš

International Society for Biosemiotic Studies

Anne Dymek

Harvard University

Anna Maria Lorusso

University of Bologna

Anabela Gradim

University of Beira Interior

Alexandra Milyakina

University of Tartu

⚘ Organizing committee

Now all members of the organizing committee are listed in alphabetical order:

Brian Kemple

Lyceum Institute

Donald Favareau

National University of Singapore

Elma Berisha

Lyceum Institute

Farouk Y. Seif

International Association for Semiotic Studies

Hamid Malekzadeh

Iranian Society for Phenomenology

Javier Clavere

Semiotic Society of America

Joseph DeChicchis

Deely Project

Mahmoud Reza Moghaddam Shad

Iranian Society for Phenomenology

Marita Soto

International Association for Semiotic Studies

Matthew Minerd

American Maritain Association

Mitsutake Ikeda

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Norman Hipps, O.S.B.

Deely Project

Olga Lavrenova

International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time

Paul Cobley

International Association for Semiotic Studies

Robert Junqueira

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Sachi Arafat

King Abdulaziz University

Scott Randall Paine

University of Brasília

Tim Troutman

Lyceum Institute

William Passarini

Mansarda Acesa

Yulia Nikitenko

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Zahra Soltani

Iranian Society for Phenomenology

⚘ Scientific council

Below all members of the scientific council, who served as expert advisors or commentators, are listed in alphabetical order:

Alexandre Provin Sbabo

Paris-East Créteil University

Alin Olteanu

RWTH Aachen University

Anna Maria Lorusso

University of Bologna

Anton Markoš

International Society for Biosemiotic Studies

António Manuel Martins

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Baranna Baker

Independent

Brian Kemple

Lyceum Institute

Bujar Hoxha

South-East European University

Carlos Vidales

University of Guadalajara

Charbel Niño El-Hani

Federal University of Bahia

Cristóvão Marinheiro

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Donald Favareau

National University of Singapore

Donna E. West

State University of New York

Dragana Vasilski

International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time

Elliot Gaines

Wright State University

Farouk Y. Seif

International Association for Semiotic Studies

Gary Shank

Duquesne University

Gonçalo Santos

Research Centre for Anthropology and Health

Gyula Klima

Fordham University

Hamid Malekzadeh

Iranian Society for Phenomenology

Hélène Leblanc

Catholic University of Louvain

Isabel Marcos

Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences

Javier Clavere

Semiotic Society of America

John Tredinnick-Rowe

University of Plymouth

Joseph DeChicchis

Deely Project

Juan Mendoza

Lund University

Kalevi Kull

International Society for Biosemiotic Studies

Kermit Snelson

Independent

Kirk Kanzelberger

Lyceum Institute

Lucia Santaella

Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo

Mafalda Blanc

Centre of Philosophy

Mahmoud Reza Moghaddam Shad

Iranian Society for Phenomenology

Maria da Conceição Camps

Centre of Philosophy

Mário Santiago de Carvalho

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Marita Soto

International Association for Semiotic Studies

Matthew Minerd

American Maritain Association

Maurício Neubern

University of Brasília

Mercedes Rubio

University of Navarra

Michael P. Krom

Saint Vincent College

Norman Hipps, O.S.B.

Deely Project

Olga Lavrenova

International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time

Paul Bains

Independent

Paul Cobley

International Association for Semiotic Studies

Paulo Alexandre e Castro

Institute for Philosophical Studies

Remo Gramigna

University of Turin

Sachi Arafat

King Abdulaziz University

Sara Cannizzaro

University of Warwick

Scott Randall Paine

University of Brasília

Seema Kumari Ladsaria

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology

Susannah Ticciati

King’s College London

Tiit Remm

International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time

Tony Jappy

University of Perpignan Via Domitia

Vincent Colapietro

Pennsylvania State University

Vytautas Tumėnas

Lithuanian Institute of History

Winfried Nöth

Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo

⚘ Board of institutions

All those academic and extra-academic institutions that nurture this initiative are hereby identified following the sequence in which these institutions have been added to this board.

Institute for Philosophical Studies

The IEF - Institute for Philosophical Studies is a Research & Development Unit funded by the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., wholly committed to the research into philosophy. Having its headquarters at FLUC - Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra, it integrates and welcomes as well members coming from different Portuguese and foreign higher education institutions. Paying particular attention to the phenomena and problems of our age, aiming at offering a sensitive reply to contemporary challenges while instigating and furthering reflection on these, the IEF provides all teachers, students, and those interested with an extended array of different activities. Of all the interdisciplinary crossroads that imply caring for the ways humans think, do, and act, emphasis is placed upon the strata of health, social work, the environment and the prospects of ecology, politics and law, digital society with its many challenges, plus heritage and curatorship, backed up at all times by research involving tradition, as well as by an eye for the contemporary. Central to the mission of the IEF stands the provision of scholarly guidance, the underlying purpose being to foster sustainable and mutual growth for all the parties directly or indirectly related to the IEF training ecosystem.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra is an institution of public trust that aims to foster research, schooling, fair-minded thinking and independent judgment, as well as knowledge transfer. At times when the crisis in the humanities is far too prolonged and arduous to be sustainable, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities is required to resist, and above all to take action to prove its firm resolve to stand at the forefront of affirming the consequence of humanistic understanding in the universities, while opening its doors to the international civil environment and to all people. FLUC is now preparing to embark on a new cycle of outreach and engagement both nationally and abroad, increasing its exposure and consolidating its rank as a premier school in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Its core mission lies in being the leading venue where creativity, performance, and experimentation converge.

Mansarda Acesa

The Mansarda Acesa channel, founded by William Passarini, is devoted to three branches of content: Art, particularly disseminating some of the literary classics that have slipped into neglect, as well as providing commentaries pertaining to the performing arts; Philosophy, notably dealing with the perennially relevant Western philosophy from the ancient Greeks to the new postmodern semiotics of John Deely; and Religion, especially producing material addressing the core principles of Buddhism and Christianity. The aim is not to offer a lecturing service, but simply to share, openly and entirely free of charge, some of the fundamental contents regarding the mentioned branches, rendering them more accessible to a general audience worldwide.

Lyceum Institute

The Lyceum Institute provides a digital environment dedicated to fostering the philosophical habit–of questioning the truth of things and the good of life–in all its members, as we collectively pursue the never-ending education of a truly mind-liberating nature. Much of education depends upon the atmosphere in which we immerse ourselves, and, in the twenty-first century, we all inhabit a digital atmosphere. The Lyceum Institute seeks a continual, communal, and thoughtful ennobling of that atmosphere. Education and its opportunities have long been constrained by the practical necessities of our lives. They have been bound by time, location, and the extrinsically-imposed demand that we subjugate ourselves to servile labor in order to earn a paycheck and provide for our material wants and needs. The Lyceum Institute is here to change that: by utilizing the digital technology now always at our fingertips, we are building a community dedicated not only to continual, lifelong learning, but to building better intellectual habits. This is not a program, a course, a certification process, nor simply a place to find content for passive consumption, but rather something to become a part of one’s life: a digital medium that directs one towards the development of perfective human habits. This unique digital environment emerges from the practice of the three parts of the Institute Motto: Inquirere, Ordinare, Memorare — to inquire, to remember, and to order. Read more about the Lyceum Institute’s Mission and Vision.

Deely Project

The Deely Project was formed in early 2019 to assist Brooke Deely with organizing the legacy of John Deely. Joseph DeChicchis called together a group of 10 scholarly friends of John to be Advisors who could provide an independent semiotic voice to help Brooke Deely and Saint Vincent College achieve some practical and scholarly goals. Beyond Saint Vincent College, the Deely Project consults with the Semiotic Society of America, the International Association for Semiotic Studies, and the American Maritain Association. At Saint Vincent College, the Deely Project provides a site where leading figures foster exploration of the semiotic perspective for the coming generations. Faculty and students, undergraduate and graduate, drawn from across the disciplines, engage each other in vigorous, critical and fertile dialogue. The lively interchange in colloquia, seminars and tutorials intrinsically integrates knowledge across methodologies that have perennially taken themselves to be essential.

Saint Vincent College

Founded in 1846 as the first Benedictine college in the United States of America, Saint Vincent College ranks as a first-tier National Liberal Arts College. Saint Vincent College is an educational community rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith, the heritage of Benedictine monasticism and the love of values inherent in the liberal approach to life and learning. Its mission is to provide quality undergraduate and graduate education for men and women to enable them to integrate their professional aims with the broader purposes of human life. The programs, activities and encounters that make up student life at Saint Vincent College encourage the intellectual gifts, professional aptitudes and personal aspirations of students to mature harmoniously. Learn more about the Benedictine Tradition.

Iranian Society for Phenomenology

The ISP - Iranian Society for Phenomenology is a non-profit organization working under the aegis of the IPSA - Iranian Political Science Association. Generally, the purpose of ISP is to stimulate, accelerate, and integrate phenomenological research and to broaden existing knowledge about related philosophical and scientific studies in this field. To achieve this goal, the ISP holds theoretical classes, specialized meetings, reading groups, and scientific workshops, in tandem with the production of audio and video content plus the publication of the IYP - Iranian Yearbook of Phenomenology. Nevertheless, the main focus of ISP is on existing and/or possible political readings of phenomenology. Our Social media accounts: Twitter; Instagram; Youtube Channel; Linkedin.

Iranian Political Science Association

Founded in 2003, the IPSA - Iranian Political Science Association commenced its activities with the cooperation of 19 outstanding political science scholars constituting the board of directors. With a range of programs and services, IPSA gathered around 350 members from about forty universities, educational institutions, as well as scientific and research centers to expand awareness and understanding of politics. IPSA is the leading professional organization for those teaching, studying and researching in the fields of politics and international relations as well as other professional fields of political study in Iran.

OBJECTIVES AND PERSPECTIVES

IPSA is a non-profit institution that aims to promote and update the scientific knowledge of its members, enhance specialists’ capabilities as well as improve education and research affairs in the field of political sciences and related sub-fields including:

⚘ Conducting scientific and cultural research at national level.

⚘ Cooperating with executive, scientific and research institutions to assess, review and conduct teaching and research plans and programs.

⚘ Encouraging researchers and honoring outstanding scholars.

⚘ Promoting high quality educational and research services.

⚘ Conducting national, regional and international conferences, seminars and gatherings.

⚘ Publishing scholarly books and periodicals within the field of political sciences.

International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time

Since the second half of the twentieth century, research on the semiotics of space has developed from several points of view and in several directions. In particular, this research began around the time when, in the 1970s, we had, in Geneva, under the auspices of Professors Martin Krampen and Luis Prieto, held several research seminars inviting foreign colleagues to present their work, including Umberto Eco, and discuss a possible semiotics of architecture.

The International Association Semiotics of Space (IASSp, AISE) was created in 1974, in Urbino, at the invitation of Professor Paioni. Since that date, work has been periodically resumed and discussed in this association by those who have gathered there; at first around Geoffrey Broadbent, Omar Calabrese, Paolo Fabbri, Manar Hammad, Martin Krampen, then around Pierre Boudon, Alexander Ph. Lagopoulos, Albert Levy, Sylvia Ostrowetsky, Josep Muntañola, Pierre Pellegrino, and Irena Sakellaridou. And then also Jacques Fontanille, Ugo Volli, Leonid Tchertov, Dragana Vasilski, Federico Bellentani, and others.

In general, our Association works on the semiotics of space, but it aspire to integrate in its objectives the semiotic of time, by articulating it with that of space, so it bears the title of International Association of Semiotics of Space and Time (IASSp+T, AISE+T).

The IASSp+T, AISE+T is rather an open club, where periodically and variably meetings take place for different researchers who have some significant results to present and share with some of those they consider to be their colleagues are welcome to do so. Time after time, around a small group that evolved, the meetings have gathered different colleagues in scientific meetings oriented to deepen understanding and the discussion of the questions raised by all involved. The IASSp+T meetings were organized for the majors in specific congresses, held successively and alternately under the chairmanship of Gérard Deledalle, Manar Hammad, Martin Krampen, Alexander Lagopoulos, Olga Lavrenova, Josep Muntañola Thornberg, Pino Paioni, Pierre Pellegrino, Alain Rénier, François Tran.

For forty years, the contributions of the researchers of our Association at the various scientific meetings are reflective of the fact that our associates have directly answered meaningful questions by linking them to multiple dimensions of space and time.

Space, mental as well as physical – architectural, urban and regional, … – is a complex semiotic product and is produced by an equally complex set of economic, techno-logical, social, and political processes.

Whether we act in and perceive space as a clue, an instrument or sign, a symptom or a mere trace, its linkage to time is slightly different in each case. Yet the passage of time can always be measured in space. On the human scale, physical time is continuous. Experienced time, which is a semiotic time, is not the same as physical, or cosmic, time. The meaning of being in the world is perceived through time, through duration or through a break in its flow, in an ending or in infinity, and its sage is made manifest in space.

Space and time each have their own dialectic: that of the relation to the other acts in space, while that of the relation to oneself in time. Their crossing produces a primordial articulation of the meaning of existence, as opposed to the other, here now, as opposed to elsewhere, formerly or in the future. This articulation is general, at the base of all semiotics.

​Faced with an era of globalization that may well reinforce the gap between territorial social formations, our Association is focused to reaffirm the universality of artistic and scientific thought. The cognitive and neural sciences should enable semiotics to verify, correct and develop the description and explanation of semiosic processes of sensation, from first intake until the full meaning of intellection, of space and time.

These researches were subsequently published in several scientific collections and reference journals, notably by Semiotica, under the direction of Thomas Sebeok, then Marcel Danesi, or, for example, by the journals Cruzeiro Semiótico, Communications, Degrés, Zeitschrift für Semiotik, or the monographic series Approaches to Semiotics (Semiotic Web).

The main books and articles of the IASSp+T members in recent years are:

⚘ Pellegrino, Pierre. Space: Semiotics. In: Keith Brown, (Editor-in-Chief) Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics, Second Edition, volume 11, pp. 599-601. Oxford: Elsevier, 2006.

⚘ Pellegrino, Pierre (ed.) L'Architecture du Sens. Sémiotique de l’Espace. Volume 1–3. ELSA+S, 2020. ISBN 978-2-3072-7.

⚘ Lagopoulos, Alexandros Ph. Semiotics, culture and space. Σημειωτκή - Sign Systems Studies 4, 2014. P. 435–486.

⚘ Danesi, Marcel. The Semiotics of Emoji: The Rise of Visual Language in the Age of the Internet. Bloomsbury Academic, 2016.

⚘ Muntañola Thornberg, J. Arquitectura y Modernidad. Suicidio o reactivación. Barcelona: Edicions UPC, 2016.

⚘ Tchertov, Leonid. Form as a Category of Spatial Semiotics. The report at the 13 th IASS-AIS World Congress of Semiotics, Kaunas, Lithuania, 26–30 June 2017 In: CROSS–INTER–MULTI–TRANS– Proceedings of the 13th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS). Ed. Dario Martinelli. Kaunas, 2018: 217–225.

⚘ Lavrenova, Olga. Spaces and Meanings: Semantics of the Cultural Landscape. – Springer, 2019. – 216 p. ISSN 2510–442X. ISBN 978-3-030-15167-6. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-15168-3.

⚘ Bellentani, Federico. The Meanings of the Built Environment: A Semiotic and Geographical Approach to Monuments in the Post-Soviet Era, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110617276.

Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences

The Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION, in Russian) of the RAS - Russian Academy of Sciences was established in 1969 as a successor to the Fundamental Library for Social Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR which was founded in 1918 as the Library of the Socialist Academy. The history of INION is presented on its heritage page. Main fields of INION’s scientific activity are:

⚘ fundamental, exploratory and applied research in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities, Computer Science, Library Science and Bibliography – both within state assignment for institutions of the RAS and within research with financial support of the Russian Science Foundation, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, and some other endowments;

⚘ elaboration of information systems in the fields of Social Sciences and Humanities;

⚘ development of INION’s Fundamental Library and its 21 branches and bibliographic services at research institutions, including digital projects;

editorial and publishing activities, as well as conferences, presentations and other scientific events.

INION’s director is Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of Science in Economics, Alexey V. Kuznetsov. INION RAN is famous in the Russian and international scholars’ communities for its publications: monographs and analytical reports, abstract collections, bibliographies, scientific journals and bulletins, as well as for its Fundamental research library and many digital bibliographic resources. In particular it should be mentioned:

Political Science is a scholar journal included in RSCI database on Web of Science and recommended by the Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation.

Current Problems of Europe is a scholar journal recommended by the Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation.

Russia and the Contemporary World is a scholar journal recommended by the Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation.

Russia and the Moslem World publishes articles, reviews, reports, reference information on relations between Russia and the Islamic World. The bulletin is printed in Russian and in English, four issues in Russian and four issues in English a year.

Manuscripta Islamica Rossica is a digital database of arabographic collections of manuscripts in Russia.

Digital database of Russian newspapers from World War I and the Civil War (1914–1922).

Russian Academy of Sciences

The RAS - Russian Academy of Sciences was established upon the order of the Emperor Peter I by the decree of the ruling Senate of January 28 (February 8), 1724. It was reestablished by the Nov. 21, 1991 Decree of the President of the Russian Federation as the higher academic institution in Russia. The RAS is a public scientific academy, a scientific organization that carries out scientific research in the Russian Federation, a legal entity - a non-profit organization established to be an institution under the federal state budgetary authority. In the territory of the Russian Federation, the RAS is the legal successor of the USSR Academy of Sciences, as well as the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Semiotic Society of America

The SSA - Semiotic Society of America is the leading semiotics organization in North America. We are a transdisciplinary professional organization serving a diverse community of scholars with common interests in the study of signs and sign systems. Founded in 1975/1976, the Society has supported innovative scholarship linking analytical and critical approaches to the transmodern world. Sign theories are relevant to the sciences, social sciences, and humanities alike — applying to disciplines as diverse as anthropology, biology, cognitive science, communication, cybernetics, fine arts, law, literary criticism, linguistics, logic, marketing, media studies, mathematics, pedagogy, philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology, and technology.

The SSA is responsible for the publication of The American Journal of Semiotics and hosts an Annual Meeting featuring the latest research in the field of semiotics. Proceedings from the SSA Annual Meeting are published in the SSA Yearbook series. Additionally, the SSA features two awards, the Sebeok Fellow Award for outstanding contributions to the field of semiotics and the Roberta Kevelson Award for best student paper submitted at the SSA Annual Meeting.

American Maritain Association

Founded in 1977, the AMA - American Maritain Association has been an intellectual home for generations of Catholic philosophers and theologians. Carrying forward the Thomistic tradition along the lines which inspired the work of the 20th-century philosopher Jacques Maritain, the Association has held yearly conferences for over forty years and continues to publish texts gathering together the best of the papers dedicated to each year’s particular theme.

⚘ For more information on membership, click here.

⚘ For more information on our annual publications, click here.

⚘ To make a donation to help us in our service to the academic life of the Church and the academy, click here.

International Association for Semiotic Studies

The International Association for Semiotic Studies is a learned society alternatively identified as AIS, for Association Internationale de Semiotique. This organization, was created on 21–22 January 1969, by a group of like-minded individuals convened in Paris at the initiative of Emile Benveniste of the College de France. Since its foundation, the Association proclaimed and has endeavoured to adhere to three principal aims: to promote semiotic researches in a scientific spirit; to advance global cooperation in this field; and to promote collaboration with local organizations worldwide. Emile Benveniste was elected as the first President in 1969, holding that office until his death in 1976. He was succeeded by Cesare Segre (Italy), Jerzy Pelc (Poland), Roland Posner (Germany), Eero Tarasti (Finland) and Paul Cobley (UK). The first Secretary General was Julia Kristeva (France), succeeded upon her resignation by Umberto Eco (Italy); this position is currently held by Kristian Bankov (Bulgaria). The First World Congress, convened by Umberto Eco in Milan, was held in 1974, followed by others in Vienna (1979), Palermo (1984), Barcelona/Perpignan (1989), Berkeley (1994), Guadalajara (1997), Dresden (1999), Lyon (2004), Helsinki (2007), La Coruna (2009), Sofia (2014), Kaunas (2017), Buenos Aires (2019) and Thessaloniki (2022). The journal of the IASS, Semiotica, was established in 1969, and now publishes in excess of 2000 pages annually.

International Society for Biosemiotic Studies

The ISBS - International Society for Biosemiotic Studies is an academic society for the researchers in semiotic biology. The Society was established in 2005. Its official journal is Biosemiotics, published by Springer and launched in 2008. The purpose of the ISBS is to constitute an organizational framework for the collaboration among scholars dedicated to biosemiotic studies, including the interdisciplinary research of sign processes in living systems, organic codes, and biocommunication. The ISBS attempts to develop the qualitative research methods in biology. Among the central focuses is also theoretical semiotics as a basis for theoretical biology. The ISBS assures the organization of regular meetings on research into the semiotics of nature, as well as promotes publication of scholarly work on the semiotics of life processes. The ISBS organizes the annual international conferences (Gatherings in Biosemiotics) that were started by Copenhagen and Tartu biosemioticians and have taken place regularly already since 2001. The first President of the ISBS was Jesper Hoffmeyer (University of Copenhagen), the second President (since 2015) is Kalevi Kull (University of Tartu).

International Center for Semiotics and Intercultural Dialogue

Founded in 2019, the International Center for Semiotics and Intercultural Dialogue is a research lab based at the State Academic University for the Humanities. The priorities of the Center include: organizing conferences, lectures and seminars involving international cooperation to address current topics such as the study of semiotics and intercultural dialogue or semiotics and history; publishing works on semiotics understood to be the science of signs, communication systems, and the emergence of meaning; translation of the works of contemporary European semioticians into Russian.

State Academic University for the Humanities

GAUGN - State Academic University for the Humanities offers a broad range of courses at undergraduate and graduate levels — from international relations, political science, economics, to psychology, business management, and culturology. All programmes are regularly taught in Russian; however, our increasingly international academic staff offers lectures and seminars in English, as well as a number of language courses given by native speakers.

GAUGN continues to remake itself. In the last five years, the University has fully integrated into the Bologna system, adhering to the strict standards for European higher learning institutions spelled out in the original accords. GAUGN is one of Russia’s best-known and most prestigious secondary and tertiary education institutions specialising in the broader field of humanities. GAUGN’s schools and educational programmes stretch from business management to archaeology, from Chinese philosophy to practical psychology, as a rule representing those scientific schools where Russian academics retain leading positions in the world.

⚘ Global goals

By means of being in the board of institutions of the IO2S DEELY, the IEF - Institute for Philosophical Studies is in alignment with the CG - Coimbra Group's commitment to envisaging the future together at the international level in ways that benefit the United Nations 2030 Agenda, as the IEF believes to be the case with this initiative as regards the drive within the planetary body to fulfill 5 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as specified immediately below the disambiguation relative to the CG.

Coimbra Group

A tradition of innovation

Founded in 1985 and formally constituted by Charter in 1987, the Coimbra Group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. The Coimbra Group is committed to creating special academic and cultural ties in order to promote, for the benefit of its members, internationalization, academic collaboration, excellence in learning and research, and service to society. It is also the purpose of the Group to influence European educational policy and to develop best practice through mutual exchange of experience.


Visual and textual content infra excerpted from Project Everyone's website The Global Goals.

Quality education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Education liberates the intellect, unlocks the imagination and is fundamental for self-respect. It is the key to prosperity and opens a world of opportunities, making it possible for each of us to contribute to a progressive, healthy society. Learning benefits every human being and should be available to all.

The following targets to create action to ensure quality education are perceived by the IEF as benefiting from the IO2S DEELY:

⚘ 4.3 ☀ Equal access to affordable, technical, vocational and higher education

⚘ 4.5 ☀ Eliminate all discrimination in education

⚘ 4.7 ☀ Education for sustainable development and global citizenship

Gender equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Gender bias is undermining our social fabric and devalues all of us. It is not just a human rights issue; it is a tremendous waste of the world’s human potential. By denying women equal rights, we deny half the population a chance to live life at its fullest. Political, economic and social equality for women will benefit all the world’s citizens. Together we can eradicate prejudice and work for equal rights and respect for all.

The following targets to create action for gender equality are perceived by the IEF as benefiting from the IO2S DEELY:

⚘ 5.1 ☀ End discrimination against women and girls

⚘ 5.5 ☀ Ensure full participation in leadership and decision-making

⚘ 5.B ☀ Promote empowerment of women through technology

Reduced inequalities

Reduce inequality within and among countries.

Too much of the world’s wealth is held by a very small group of people.This often leads to financial and social discrimination. In order for nations to flourish, equality and prosperity must be available to everyone - regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs or economic status. When every individual is self sufficient, the entire world prospers.

The following targets to create action to reduce inequality are perceived by the IEF as benefiting from the IO2S DEELY:

⚘ 10.1 ☀ Promote universal social, economic, and political inclusion

⚘ 10.3 ☀ Ensure equal opportunities and end discrimination

Peace, justice and strong institutions

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Compassion and a strong moral compass is essential to every democratic society. Yet, persecution, injustice and abuse still runs rampant and is tearing at the very fabric of civilization. We must ensure that we have strong institutions, global standards of justice, and a commitment to peace everywhere.

The following targets to create action to promote strong institutions, justice and peace are perceived by the IEF as benefiting from the IO2S DEELY:

⚘ 16.6 ☀ Develop effective accountable and transparent institutions

⚘ 16.7 ☀ Ensure responsive, inclusive, and representative decision-making

Partnerships for the goals

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

The Global Goals can only be met if we work together. International investments and support is needed to ensure innovative technological development, fair trade and market access, especially for developing countries. To build a better world, we need to be supportive, empathetic, inventive, passionate, and above all, cooperative.

The following targets to create action for partnerships for the goals for sustainable development are perceived by the IEF as benefiting from the IO2S DEELY:

⚘ 17.6 ☀ Knowledge sharing and cooperation for access to science, technology and innovation

⚘ 17.16 ☀ Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development

⚘ 17.17 ☀ Encourage effective partnerships

⚘ Extramural links

The following web pages, closely related to the IO2S Deely, are external to the UC Framework and sorted chronologically:

Auditorium

This collaborative international open scientific initiative and celebration is jointly organized by the Institute for Philosophical Studies of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra, the Lyceum Institute, the Deely Project, Saint Vincent College, the Iranian Society for Phenomenology at the Iranian Political Science Association, the International Association for Semiotics of Space and Time, the Institute for Scientific Information on Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Semiotic Society of America, the American Maritain Association, the International Association for Semiotic Studies, the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies, the International Center for Semiotics and Intercultural Dialogue, Moscow State Academic University for the Humanities and the Mansarda Acesa with the support of the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education of the Government of Portugal under the UID/FIL/00010/2020 project.

Foundation for Science and Technology

FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology is the Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education of the Government of the Portuguese Republic.

Government of the Portuguese Republic

The Government of Portugal is one of the four sovereignty bodies of the Portuguese Republic, together with the President of the Republic, the Assembly of the Republic and the courts. It is both the body of sovereignty that conducts the general politics of the country and the superior body of the Portuguese public administration.

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