History

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• History of the IAVS (English)
• Historia de la AISV (Español)
• Histoire de l’AISV (Français)   


Born from an exchange of ideas between Michel Costantini and Göran Sonesson during the conference of the International Association for Semiotic Studies held in Perpignan, in the south of France, in 1988, the International Association for Visual Semiotics (Asociación Internacional de Semiótica Visual, in Spanish, Association internationale de sémiotique visuelle, in French, the three official languages of the association), whose abbreviation is AISV-IAVS, was officially founded as an association under the French law in 1989 in Blois, France, where the first international conference was held in 1990.

The conference had in that opportunity more than one hundred of visual semioticians coming from all over the world. At that time, the association was called International Association of Semiology of the Image, or AISIM (according to its acronym in French), and its name was changed in 1992.

As its name indicates (visual semiotics), the main objective of the IAVS is to gather semioticians all over the world who are interested in images and, in more general terms, in visual signification, without privileging any particular interpretation of semiotics, and without favoring any semiotic tradition in particular.

The conferences

After the foundational conference in Blois, the second conference of the IAVS was held in Bilbao, Spain, in 1992, while the third one was integrated with the international conference of the AIS-IASS (International Association for Semiotic Studies) held at the University of California, Berkeley, USA, in 1994. The next conferences were organized in Sao Paulo, Brazil (1996), Siena, Italy (1998), Quebec City, Canada (2001). The 7th conference was organized in Mexico City in 2003 and was continued with the sessions of 2004 in Lyon, during the 8th Conference of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. The 8th conference was held in Istanbul in 2007, the 9th one was in Venice in 2010, the 10th one was in Buenos Aires in 2012, and the 11th one was in Liege in 2015.

The IAVS has also organized meetings or sessions together with the International Association for the Semiotics of Space, mainly during the IASS conference held in Dresden, Germany, in October 1999. Other joint sessions were held during the IAVS conference in Quebec City. The IAVS has also organized sessions on visual semiotics during the conference of the IASS in A Coruña (2009), and regional European conferences in Lisbon in 2011, and Urbino (Italy) in 2014.

Chronology of conferences

 Nr. year city, country organizing or hosting institution
  1st 1990 Blois, France  Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication
  2nd 1992 Bilbao, Spain Universidad del País Vasco
  3rd 1994 Berkeley, USA University of California, Berkeley
  4th 1996 Sao Paulo, Brazil Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo
  5th 1998 Siena, Italy University of Siena
  6th 2001 Quebec City, Canada Université Laval
  7th 2003 Mexico City, Mexico Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey
  8th 2007 Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Kültür University
  9th 2010 Venice, Italy University IUAV of Venice
10th 2012 Buenos Aires, Argentina Universidad de Buenos Aires
11th 2015 Liege, Belgium Université de Liège

Other meetings or sessions

year city, country organizer context
1999 Dresden, Germany Dresden Univ. of Technology 7th Conference IASS-AIS
2004 Lyon, France Université Lumière Lyon 2 8th Conference IASS-AIS
2009 A Coruña, Spain Universidad de La Coruña 10th Conference IASS-AIS
2011 Lisbon, Portugal Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Regional European Conference
2014 Urbino, Italy Centro Internazionale di Scienze Semiotiche

Regional European Conference

Executive committee

The first president of the IAVS was Michel Costantini in 1989. The first elected president was Fernande Saint-Martin, from the Université du Québec à Montréal. The second president, elected during the conference in Berkeley, California, in 1994, was Jacques Fontanille, from the University of Limoges. Ana Claudia de Oliveira, from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, was elected president during the conference held in Sao Paulo in 1996, and Paolo Fabbri, from the University of Bologna, was elected president in Siena in 1998. Jean-Marie Klinkenberg, from the University of Liège, and member of the Groupe µ, was elected president during the conference in Quebec City in 2001, and has been re-elected at the general assemblies held in Lyon 2004, Istanbul 2007 and Venice 2010. José Luis Caivano, from the University of Buenos Aires, was elected president in the conference of 2012. The current president, since the conference 2015, is Göran Sonesson, from the University of Lund, Sweden.

Chronology of members of the executive committee

1989-1990 (nominated in Blois)
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president: Michel Costantini
secretary:
Jean-Jacques Huby
treasurer:
Geneviève Cittanova

1990-1992 (elected in Blois)
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president: Fernande Saint-Martin
vice-presidents: Göran Sonesson, Claude Gandelman, Michel Costantini
general secretary: Jean-Jacques Huby
deputy secretary: Geneviève Cittanova
a treasurer was not elected

1992-1994 (elected in Bilbao)
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president: Fernande Saint-Martin
vice-presidents and secretaries (not differentiated):
Jean-Marie Klinkenberg,
Göran Sonesson,
Claude Gandelman, José María Nadal

1994-1996 (elected in Berkeley)
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president: Jacques Fontanille
vice-presidents: Göran Sonesson, Claude Gandelman, José María Nadal, Jean-Marie Klinkenberg
general secretary: Michel Costantini
executive secretary: Ana Claudia Mei Alves de Oliveira
deputy secretary: Kim Young Hae; financial delegate: Pascal Sanson

1996-1998 (elected in Sao Paulo)
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president: Ana Claudia Mei Alves de Oliveira
vice-presidents: Oscar Steimberg, Michel Costantini
general secretary: Lucia Corrain
deputy secretary: Kim Young Hae
treasurer: Stefano Montes

1998-2001 (elected in Siena)
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president: Paolo Fabbri
general secretary: Manar Hammad
deputy secretary: Kim Young Hae
financial delegate: Martine Joly
vice-presidents: Eduardo Peñuela Cañizal, Marie Carani, Michel Costantini, Ana Claudia Mei Alves de Oliveira, Göran Sonesson, Oscar Steimberg

2001-2004 (elected in Quebec City)
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president: Jean-Marie Klinkenberg
executive secretary: Göran Sonesson
treasurer: Michel Costantini
vice-presidents: Eduardo Peñuela Cañizal, Marie Carani, José Luis Caivano,
Julieta Haidar, François Jost, Pascal Sanson

2004-2007 (elected in Lyon)
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president: Jean-Marie Klinkenberg
general secretary: Göran Sonesson
treasurer: Michel Costantini
vice-presidents: Eduardo Peñuela Cañizal, Marie Carani, José Luis Caivano,
Pascal Sanson, Alfredo Cid Jurado

2007-2010 (elected in Istanbul)
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president: Jean-Marie Klinkenberg
general secretary: Göran Sonesson
treasurer: Michel Costantini
vice-presidents: José Luis Caivano, Eduardo Peñuela Cañizal, Pascal Sanson, Alfredo Cid Jurado,
Nükhet Güz, Rocco Mangieri

2010-2012 (elected in Venice)
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president: Jean-Marie Klinkenberg
general secretary: Göran Sonesson
treasurer: Michel Costantini
vice-presidents: José Luis Caivano, Eduardo Peñuela Cañizal, Alfredo Cid Jurado, Nükhet Güz, Rocco Mangieri,
Isabel Marcos, Tiziana Migliore

2012-2015 (elected in Buenos Aires)
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president: José Luis Caivano
general secretary: Göran Sonesson
treasurer: Lynn Bannon
vice-presidents: Alfredo Cid Jurado, Maria Giulia Dondero, Rengin Kucukerdogan, Eduardo Peñuela Cañizal,
Rocco Mangieri, Isabel Marcos, Tiziana Migliore

2015-2018 (elected in Liege)
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president: Göran Sonesson
general secretary: Maria Giulia Dondero
treasurer: Everardo Reyes
vice-presidents: Alfredo Cid Jurado, Rengin Kucukerdogan, Rocco Mangieri, Isabel Marcos, Tiziana Migliore,
Elizabeth Harkot-de-la-Taille, Anne Beyaert-Geslin

Former logo of the AISV-IAVS

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This logo was designed by Marie Carani and used in the former AISV website based at the Universite Laval, Canada, and at the University of Lund, Sweden.

Publications

In its beginnings, the IAVS used the journal EIDOS, Bulletin international de sémiologie de l’image, created previously by the research group with the same name in Blois (François Rabelais University, Tours), as the organ of research. However, after 1996, the IAVS started to publish its official journal, VISIO, Revue internationale de sémiotique visuelle (http://www.visio.hst.ulaval.ca), with the financial and logistic support of the CRSHC and the CÉLAT, at the Faculty of Literature, Université Laval, in Quebec City.

VISIO has published 4 thematic issues per year, from 1996 until 2002, under the direction of invited editors, and has accepted articles written in the three official languages: French, English and Spanish. Fernande Saint-Martin, from the Université du Québec à Montréal, has been the general director, and Marie Carani, from the Université Laval, has been the editor-in-chief. The honorary committee was composed by Hubert Damisch, Umberto Eco and Boris Uspensky. In the editorial committee have served José Luis Caivano, from the University of Buenos Aires, Michel Costantini, from the Paris 8 University, Jacques Fontanille, from the University of Limoges, Donald Preziosi, from the University of California, Los Angeles, and Göran Sonesson, from the University of Lund in Sweden. The members of the editorial committee are assisted by an international scientific committee composed by more than 70 specialists in general semiotics and visual semiotics, distributed all over the world.


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