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Session: Semiotics & Ethics

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I’m coordinator of Semiofest’s series of informal online “sessions.” These events are intended not only to share best practices among, but to nurture collegiality and friendship within the global semio community.

Coming up on March 22nd (at 2 pm UK time)…


In this session, three applied semioticians will explore the rarely discussed ethical implications of semiotics work — especially in the context of sustainability, health, and the impact of technology on information manipulation. Drawing on their own experiences, our guests will cover topics such as diversity, identity representations, biosemiotics, mental health, and the broader ethical landscape of contemporary society. The goal is not so much to provide answers as to provoke conversation.

Get tickets (suggested donations only) at the link above.

Our sessionists:

  • YOGI HENDLIN is an environmental philosopher and public health scientist with academic appointments in The Netherlands and San Francisco. Yogi is editor-in-chief of the journal Biosemiotics, co-edited a special issue in Zeitschrift für Semiotik on Biosemiotic Ethics, and currently is an Advisor at Luminous.
  • MAX MATUS, a Zapotec indigenous scholar and consultant, is the research director of Semiosfera Consulting. In his professional career as a consultant with 25 years of experience, Max has worked for the public and private sectors, developing qualitative research for the evaluation and innovation of products, services, and public policy in México, the USA, and LATAM.
  • CLIO MEURER is an artist and semiotician living in Brazil. She holds a M.A. and a Ph.D. in the History and Semiology of Text and Image from the University of Paris, and specializes in visual semiotics applied to design. Her latest research focuses on the intersection between Semiotics and Psychology.

Session host: LUCIA LAURENT-NEVA is a British-Colombian semiotician, business anthropologist, and designer with over 20 years of experience. She has worked with clients worldwide to help them understand and anticipate cultural and design shifts. She is the founder of Visual Signo and also co-founder of Semiofest.

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