Geoffrey Sykes  has taught communication and media studies at the University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong, and Notre Dame University Sydney. He completed a doctorate in Peircean studies.  His doctorate was on the work of Charles Peirce, with applications in legal and media domains. It was examined by Gérard Deledalle and Vincent Colapietro. He has guest lectured at the Humanities Institute at SUNY-Stony Brook, Groupe d’Etudes sur le Pragmatisme, Paris, Buenos Aires University, University of Bari,  University “Vasile Alecsandri”, Romania, and the State University and Humanities Institute, Moscow. He has given papers to the Semiotic Society of America conferences, the Nordic Association of Semiotic Studies, ISI Summer seminars and the IASS Congress, and ICA and ANZCA conferences.


He has had numerous papers on semiotics and media published. In 2010 he edited an anthology called “Courting the Media”. In addition to academic work Geoffrey is an established playwright and video producer. He has had over 20 professional theatre productions, and his video works have screened on national television. Geoffrey has devoted time in recent years to freelance arts, yet also wishes to continue a long standing commitment to semiotics. He is interested in the applied use of semiotics in arts, law, media, politics and education.


Associate Editor


Paul Ryder holds a Ph.D. in Literature, Media, and Communication from Massey University, New Zealand. Apart from semiotics in the context of literature and film, Paul’s interests include the application of interdisciplinary theories and models to a broad range of commercial, organisational, and political challenges. Formerly founder and director of a New Zealand-based school for the academically gifted, he is currently director of Ryder Consulting Services (Sydney), is a senior doctoral studies supervisor (Paul is now associated with the University of New South Wales),  and is a member of the Athens Institute of Higher Education and Research (ATINER).


Editorial Team/Board


Myrdene Anderson, Purdue University, USA

Nicoleta Blanariu, University “Vasile Alecsandri”, Romania

Paul Boussiac, University of Toronto, Canada

Verónica Devalle, Universidad de Buenos Aires

Marina Grishakova, University of Tartu, Estonia

Janys Hayes, University of Wollongong, Australia

Shaeda Isani, University of Grenoble, France

David Jean-Michel, Steiner Education, Victoria, Australia

Massimo Leone, University of Torino, Italy

Asun LópezVarela, Universidad Complutense de Madrid,


David Marshall, Deakin University, Australia

Demelza Martin, University of New South Wales,  Australia

Geoffrey Owens, Wright State University, Dayton USA

Susan Petrilli, University of Bari, Italy

Augusto Ponzio, University of Bari, Bari

Christina Spiesel, Yale University, USA


Editorial Associate:  Daniel Binns, RMIT University, Australia





i)    Content


This journal responds to a perceived need and opportunity to develop a more comprehensive approach to the study of semiotics in Australia—and perhaps in other countries more distant from mainstream traditions and practices in Europe and North America.  This appears to be the first journal of its kind in this country, and, as a general inter-disciplinary publication, perhaps in the Southern hemisphere. This initiative will, on occasion, address themes specific to the cultures, locations and geo politics of regions of its publication.



It should be remembered that Claude Lévi-Strauss undertook research into indigenous peoples on the three continents of the Southern hemisphere: Australia, South America and Africa. Special issues and themes will be conducted in addition to general papers.  Topics could include but not be limited to popular culture, philosophy and history of ideas, education, religion, aesthetic and social media. Reviews and essays on art events and media production are encouraged.



The ‘southerly’ tag in our title is intended to connote emerging expressions of culture, and governance in our global public life as well as expressions in identity in individual and personal domains. This review journal aims to respond to the promise of semiotics at many levels – philosophical, educational, conceptual, cultural, social change and self understanding.


ii)  Format 


“Southern Semiotic Review” will have online and print versions. The initial online version will offer an exploratory approach to publication. As well as peer-reviewed papers, comments, reviews and abstracts will be welcome from all international scholars and writers. Where possible, faster publication schedules for individual papers will be encouraged, and the journal plans to  mix the need for archival services as well as scheduled special issues. Expressions of interest for both contributions and editorial assistance are welcome.


The journal will maintain an inclusive and comprehensive brief, and contributions from all international scholars and writers of varied subject matters and approaches within a consensual, eclectic understanding of semiotics are invited. It is felt that wide subject matter and international contributions will assist—and indeed be necessary to develop—study in a specific region or country. The review/journal seeks to provide a repository of material in its region of the world, a digital and print footprint that will contribute to related studies generally. It seeks to provide material that is accessible to a wide audience, with integrity of content and good quality of presentation. The journal seeks to maintain an ongoing and dynamic conversation, and comments on featured and selected papers will be encouraged as suitable.


Ongoing expression of interest for positions of editorial associate and assistants, and applicable links and affliliations, welcomed.




APA style is preferred. Numerical footnotes. No numbers or subscripts in sub-headings. We can adjust fonts. Authors of papers should supply an abstract and keywords. All illustrations to be supplied as separate jpeg files. Clearly indicate via subscript location of individual illustrations in body of article. Author bio and even picture can be sent. 


In addition to formal papers, commentaries and reviews of books, art events and current affairs are welcome, as well as news of relevant events, calls for papers and  courses.


All formal contributions and papers will be subject to suitable processes of editorial and blind review, to ensure quality and originality of content and stylistic quality. Blind review documentation can be supplied on request. 


English is the preferred language although bi-lingual papers welcomed, and non English material considered. Length is discretionary – both the long text as well as shorter styles, and separate print publication of longer works will be considered.All comments made online need to be fair and constructive, and will be moderated.


We aim to provide a repository or catalogue of materials, of relevance and assistance both in one region of the world and as well as internationally. Print anthologies are planned, comprising items selected from the on-line publication. Print publication would be subject to uniform style, recommended length and review. 


Acceptance of publication assumes authors grant the journal a non-exclusive, limited license to use submitted material in either online or print forms, and titles and associated pictures, on royalty free, worldwide, perpetual and non-revocable terms. Printing direct from site will be technically discouraged, and published material can be made available by way of  downloads.  It is assumed authors have obtained all necessary authorisations and other permissions to incorporate copyright material into their submission. The journal will not be held responsible for any unauthorised use of materials, including copyright material. There is currently no charge for publication.


Contributions of completed papers and commentaries, including works in progress, articles or reviews, can be sent to All inquiries will be followed up, and your contact will allow us to inform of forthcoming issues and updates. (ISSN – 2202-2783 )