Semiotic Society of America
Welcome to the Semiotic Society of America’s official website! The Semiotic Society of America (SSA) 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.
Our website consolidates and displays a great deal of useful information regarding all aspects of our Society, its organization, its activities, and its abundant publications. It provides access to significant resources, including connections to other research centers and societies, and especially the comprehensive and searchable tables of contents of The American Journal of Semiotics, Semiotics (the SSA Yearbook), Semiotic Scene, and the Bulletin of Literary Semiotics. All article titles are linked to their downloadable PDFs at the Philosophy Documentation Center. Look under the SSA Publications tab for all information relevant to those publications, including submission guidelines, the principles of the SSA Style Sheet, and peer-review procedures.
Society members are given ready access to the SSA Constitution and the SSA bylaws, both headed by hyperlinked tables of contents that facilite their consultation. The website also provides information about the Society’s annual conference and issues calls for papers regarding both the conference and the Yearbook.