The International Association for Semiotic Studies — Association Internationale de Sémiotique IASS-AIS was founded in 1969 and is the world organization in semiotics.
The IASS-AIS has both individual and collective members (international and multinational associations dealing with the semiotics of particular topics, national semiotics associations, regional groups, research centers, etc.). Among the founding members were scholars such as Algirdas Julien Greimas, Roman Jakobson, Julia Kristeva, Emile Benveniste, Thomas A. Sebeok, and Jurij M. Lotman.
According to Article 2 of the Statuts de l’Association Internationale de Sémiotique, the IASS-AIS has the following goals:
1. promouvoir les recherches sémiotiques dans un esprit scientifique;
2. renforcer la coopération internationale dans ce domaine;
3. collaborer avec d’autres associations similaires;
4. organiser des colloques nationaux et internationaux et des stages de formation;
5. publier une revue internationale [. . .]: Semiotica.
The IASS-AIS has about 1,000 members from all continents, and combined with the members of Collective Members (multinational, national, regional associations, research groups, circles) the Association represents several thousands of semioticians who are organized all over the world.
The major body is the General Assembly, convened during the Congress. The members present in the Assembly elect the representatives to the Executive Committee/Comité Directeur for a five years period. Since the last General Assembly in Berkeley, 1994, they represent 38 different countries (each country has no more than two representatives). In its first meeting, the Executive Committee elects the Bureau of the Association which has also a five years period. The Bureau of the IASS-AIS consists of 11 members (President, 5 Vice-Presidents, Secretary General, Assistant Secretary General, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Editor-on-Chief of Semiotica). Since 1994, the IASS-AIS has three Honorary Presidents: Umberto Eco, Cesare Segre, and Jerzy Pelc.