Call for papers: 1st International Conference on Semiotics and Visual Communication

Call for papers

1st International Conference on Semiotics and Visual Communication

Date: 25-Nov-2011 – 27-Nov-2011

Location: Limassol, Cyprus

The department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology is organizing the 1st International Conference on Semiotics and Visual Communication themed ‘From Theory to Practice’ (25-27 November 2011). The conference aims at exploring the broad subject of semiotics in a wide sense, aspiring to bring together researchers and practitioners who study and evaluate the ways that semiotic theories can be analyzed, perceived and applied in the context of various forms in visual communication.

Keynote Speakers:

–        Theo van Leeuwen, Professor, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

–        Gregory Paschalidis, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Thematic areas

The conference is categorized into 6 main thematic areas, under the scope of Semiotics and:

– Design for Print applications

– Design for Screen based media

– Design for three-dimensional products

– Pedagogy of Visual Communication

– Architecture and Spatial design

– Visual Arts

Some indicative issues include, but are not limited to Semiotics and:

– Typography, Editorial design, Publishing, Advertising, Packaging and Information design.

– Interface and web design, Multimedia design and interactive applications, Animation, Motion graphics and Kinetic-typography.

– Product design, Jewelry design, Fashion and Textile design.

– Architecture, Interior design, Landscape architecture, Scientific mapping and mental maps.

– Photography, Illustration, Painting, New-media art, Video, Film, Cinema and Television.

The official languages of the conference are Greek and English.

Speakers are invited to engage with the above thematic areas, and should describe original work, either completed historical or theoretical research or significant work in progress. Individual papers will be allocated 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion).

Submissions will be reviewed on the basis of extended abstracts between 400 and 600 words, to be received by e-mail no later than the 2nd of May 2011.

Abstracts must include the thematic area, the title of the paper, the full name/s, together with author/s brief c.v. of no more than 200 words, institutional and e-mail addresses of all authors and a telephone number for at least one contact author. Authors will be notified by the 6th of June 2011 about review results for their submissions. Publication opportunities of extended versions of a selected range of papers will be considered in the form of an edited book.

For abstract submission and proposal inquiries please contact:

Evripides Zantides, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, e-mail:

The abstract proposals can be in Greek or English and should include the following information:

– Thematic choice

– Title of paper

– Author/s name/s, institution/s and country/ies, email address/es, one telephone number

– Abstract (between 400 and 600 words)

– Brief CV (of no more than 200 words)

Conference site:


The conference fee for all three days is 50 Euros. Registrations are made online.

Deadline for registration-authors: July 15th, 2011

Deadline for registration-participants: November 1st 2011

Scientific Committee:

Savvas Christodoulides, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Arts, Frederic University

Anastasia Christodoulou, Assistant Professor in Semiotics, Department of Italian Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Antonis Danos, Lecturer, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

Matthew Hobson, Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design, London Metropolitan University

Marianna Kafaridou, Associate Professor, Department of Design and Multimedia, University of Nicosia

Evangelos Kourdis, Lecturer, Department of French Language and Literature, Section of Translation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos, Professor Emeritus, Department of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens

Jeff Leak, Course Leader, Graphic Communication, University of Wolverhampton

Paul Middleton, Dean, School of the Arts, University of Northampton

Arafat Al Naim, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art and Design, Zarqa University

Grigoris Paschalidis, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Media, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Marios Phocas, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus

Evripides Zantides, Assistant Professor, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

Organizing Committee:

Monika Herodotou, Special Teaching Staff, Department of Multimedia and

Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

Eleftheria Iasonos, Graphic Designer

Theseas Mouzouropoulos, Special Teaching Staff, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

Aspasia Papadima, Lecturer, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

Ioanna Tymbiotou, Special Scientist, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

Evripides Zantides, Assistant Professor, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

Panayiotis Zaphiris, Associate Professor, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

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