Chinese Semiotic Studies – Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Chinese Semiotic Studies

Sponsored by

The International Institute of Semiotic Studies of Nanjing Normal University


The Chinese Semiotic Research Center of the Chinese Association of Linguistic Semiotics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210097, China

Published by

Nanjing Normal University Press,

Nanjing, Jiangsu 210097, China

General requirements:

Chinese Semiotic Studies cordially welcomes papers with creative thinking dealing with the building of semiotic theoretical framework or of branches of semiotics. There is no limit with regard to the length of papers. Authors, however, should follow closely APA (American Psychological Association) format so that copy right and academic seriousness are guaranteed. As semiotics has not yet become an independent discipline yet, we equally welcome papers or comments discussing the scope of semiotic research orientation, expecting to share more common views towards the goals of semiotic research.

Chinese Semiotic Studies intends to enlarge the scope of authorship. We like academics in the fields of language, literature, philosophy, art, music, social and pure sciences, etc. to participate in semiotic research and contribute papers to us. Apart from the general topics as mentioned above, we like the specific topics as described in the following:

Special topics:

1. Discussion on the hot issues of semiotics

Although it is difficult to define what are hot issues in semiotics, we generally believe those which would cause heated discussion or which would probably provoke differences in opinion are among the categories of hot issues such as what semiotics aims at, or whether semiotics is all-inclusive or whether semiotics should have its own boundary in spite of the fact that some issues have been discussed before.

2. Research on applied semiotics

Although semiotics seems theoretical and abstract, it has wide prospects for application, which should be emphasized and fully developed. In terms of application, adequate attention should be paid to the provision of convincing theoretical evidence and the realization of unity between theory and practice.

3. Semiotic achievements in the application of interdisciplinary approaches to semiotics

A good use of advantages in other branches of learning is beneficial to broadening and perfecting the disciplinary system of semiotics, an international approach to be encouraged.

4. The study of recent development of three semiotic kingdoms (U.S.A., Russia and France) as well as the recent development of semiotics in other countries

5. An introduction to contemporary famous semiotic scholars in different countries, which will involve their research methods and research achievements so that their experiences can be shared by us all

6. Other related topics within the field of semiotics

How to contribute your papers:

Please use WORD format and send your papers to the following E-mail address: (Editor-in-Chief’s E-mail Address)

Deadlines for your contribution:

1.  January 31, for the June issue;

2.  July 31, for the December issue.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are ready to be of your service.

Your contribution of papers will be most welcome and cordially appreciated.

We are looking forward to hosting the 11th World Congress of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, which is to be held on October 5-9, 2012 in Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, China.

Editorial Board of Chinese Semiotic Studies:


Wang Yongxiang, Nanjing Normal University (China)

President of Editorial Board:

Zhang Jie, Nanjing Normal University (China)

Vice Presidents of Editorial Board:

Xin Bin, Nanjing Normal University (China)

Gu Jiazu, Nanjing Normal University (China)

Wang Yongxiang, Nanjing Normal University (China)

Members of Editorial Board (in the alphabetical order according to the Chinese habit of putting family name first and personal name second):

Chen Zhi’an, Southwest University (China)

Ding Ersu, Lingnan University, Hong Kong (China)

Guo Hong, Nanjing International Studies University (China)

Lu Deping, China Youth University for Political Sciences (China)

Lǚ Jun, Nanjing Normal University (China)

Mao Sihui, Macao Polytechnic Institute (China)

Tsai Hsiu-chih, National Taiwan University (China)

Wang Mingyu, Tianjin Foreign Studies University (China)

Wang Ning, Tsinghua University (China)

Xiong Xueliang, Fudan University (China)

Zhang Delu, Tongji University (China)

Zhao Yiheng, Sichuan University (China)

Chief Advisors:

Eero Tarasti, President of International Association for Semiotic Studies (Finland)

Li Youzheng, Vice President of International Association for Semiotic Studies (China)

Hu Zhuanglin, President of the Chinese Association of Linguistic Semiotics (China)

Members of Advisory Board:

Roland Posner, Honorary President of International Association for Semiotic Studies (Germany)

Richard Lanigan, Vice President of International Association for Semiotic Studies (U.S.A.)

Jean-Claude Mbarga, Vice President of International Association for Semiotic Studies (Cameroon)

Paul Cobley, Vice President of International Association for Semiotic Studies (UK)

Susan Petrilli, Treasurer of International Association for Semiotic Studies (Italy)

John Deely, Vice Director of American Society of Semiotic Studies (U. S. A.)

Charls Pearson, People’s Ambassador to China for Logic, Semiotics and Peirce Studies (U. S. A.)

Paul Bouissac, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto (Canada)

E-mail address:

Mailing address: School of Foreign Languages & Cultures, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210097, P. R. China

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