Semiotic Society of America

The Semiotic Society of America is an interdisciplinary professional association serving scholars from many disciplines with common interests in semiotics, the study of signs and sign-systems. It was founded in 1975 and includes members from the United States and Canada. Its official journal is The American Journal of Semiotics. The Society also publishes the proceedings of its annual conferences. Memberships in the society and publication of the journal are managed by the Philosophy Documentation Center.

As its symbol, the Society uses caduceus, the staff of a messenger bearing a message, as a sign of a sign.

Publications of the Semiotic Society of America


According to the society's official website, the Presidents of the Society have included:

Honorary members

The "Sebeok fellow" award is the highest honor given by the Semiotic Society of America. The Sebeok fellows are David Savan (1992),[1] John Deely (1993), Paul Bouissac (1996), Jesper Hoffmeyer (2000), Kalevi Kull (2003), Floyd Merrell (2005), Susan Petrilli (2008), Irmengard Rauch (2011), and Paul Cobley (2014).

See also


  1. Deely, John 2005. Floyd Merrell named sixth Thomas A. Sebeok Fellow of the Semiotic Society of America. Sign Systems Studies 33(2): 477–480.
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