The Semiotics Workshop

About the Workshop:

This workshop seeks to advance research based on a semiotic framework. Presentations will come from a variety of fields including but not limited to linguistics, psychology, sociology, political science, literary theory, and anthropology. By not limiting the topic of research by area, period or discipline, the workshop encourages discussion to center on how to study social and cultural phenomena as embedded in a meaningful context. By building on many seminal studies that have used semiotic approaches, the goal of the workshop is to continue to develop the rigorous analytic framework that provides the method for clearly defining linkages between the object of analysis and its context.

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The workshop meets from 4:30 – 6:00 PM CST every other Thursday. Workshop meetings will continue in a hybrid model through the Winter Quarter, 2022.

Upcoming Events 


— 23rd annual Michicagoan Graduate Student Conference: (Dis)Engagement in Ann Arbor, MI (May 6–8, 2022). Keynote speaker: Michel de Graff (MIT). 

 Chicago Tamil Forum: Social Meaning and Pragmatics in Tamil Discourse (May 12–14, 2022, Chicago, IL). Keynote speaker: Suresh Canagarajah (Pennsylvania State University), May 14th at 5pm CST


Linguistic Anthropology Lab

The Linguistic Anthropology Lab hosts data sessions and audio-visual tutorials.

Anthropology Department

The Semiotics Workshop is affiliated with the University of Chicago Department of Anthropology.

Center for the Study of Communication and Society

CSCS promotes inquiries into the social and political processes through which ideas, information, and beliefs are produced, disseminated, and received in diverse organizational and geographical contexts

Michicagoan Conference

The Semiotics Workshop co-cordiantes the annual Michicagoan conference with the University of Michigan.