Call for papers: 45th Annual Conference (Virtual) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (October 20-23, 2021)

Addressing Precarity: Semiotics, Semiosis, and Semioethics

The 45th Annual Conference (Virtual)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, October 20-23, 2021

The theme for this year’s conference is Addressing Precarity: Semiotics, Semiosis, and Semioethics. The conference centers on considering precarity through the framework of semiotics. Presenters are encouraged to develop panels and submissions that consider semiosis, semioethics, and precarity. As always, we welcome abstracts on any subject with a connection to semiotics (both theoretical and applied), not solely those inspired by this year’s theme.
The Society is interdisciplinary and international, welcoming voices of colleagues from all disciplines and countries.

This year the Conference will be virtual, and all presentations and panels will take place online as webinars/forums/Q&A style.

Please include the following information in your submission:

  1. Author’s name
  2. Institutional affiliation and academic status
  3. Email address
  4. Title of submission with a maximum 150-word abstract in English
  5. A maximum of six keywords
    Paper presentations will be 20-25 minutes pre-recorded video with time for Q&A in the session.
    Abstracts for individual paper-presentations or panels and organized sessions (3-4 papers) must include all of the above information. There will be a poster online exposition (Format forthcoming).

Please indicate in your abstract submission if you plan to present in a language other than English. An acknowledgment of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of submission. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants starting May 10, 2021 and will continue until July 30, 2021.
Send all submissions to the program committee at

To join the Semiotic Society of America and register for the SSA 45thAnnual Conference, please visit or call: +01-434-220-3300, Toll-Free: 1-800-444-2419 (US & Canada). We encourage early registration.

Additional Conference Information
Because of the virtual nature of papers presented at the meeting there will be a year lapse for publication in Semiotics 2021, the Yearbook of the Semiotic Society of America. The SSA Yearbook is an annual peer-reviewed publication series sponsored by the Semiotic Society of America, providing both a timely overview of current developments in semiotic research and a regular outlet for members of the Society to publish papers on their current work. Further details and deadlines will be specified in the Annual Conference Program.
Student submissions are eligible for the Roberta Kevelson Award, which will honor the best student paper presented at the 2020 Annual Conference. Students who wish to be considered for the Kevelson Award should indicate their interest at the time of abstract submission. Full paper submissions must be uploaded to the program committee by September 20, 2021. Questions regarding the Roberta Kevelson Award should be directed to the Review Committee Chair André De Tienne at

Special Events
In addition to scheduled paper sessions, there will also be keynote and plenary speakers to be announced.

The 45th Semiotic Society of America conference will be held October 20-23, 2021 virtually through Zoom, all events will be on Eastern Standard Time, however all presentations will be available for viewing to registered attendees for the whole week.

Please note that in accordance with Article 4, Section 4 of the SSA Constitution: “Only Individual, Students, and Honorary members in good standing may offer papers to the Program Committee for presentation at the Annual Conference of the Society.” Membership must be in good standing at or before the time of abstract submission.

SSA Membership and Conference Registration Fees
Membership Fees:
• SSA Membership Dues (Regular) – $75.00USD
• SSA Membership Dues (Student) – $50.00USD

Conference Registration Fees:
• Conference Registration (Regular) – $100.00USD (late registration of $125.00USD after September 3, 2021)
• Conference Registration (Student) – $40.00USD (late registration of $50.00USD after August 3, 2021)

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