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Sara Cannizzaro


Research Fellow

Room: 2.18
Email: sara dot cannizzaro at warwick dot ac dot uk

About me

I am currently working on the EPSRC-funded PETRAS Cybersecurity of the Internet of Things Research Hub (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability and Security), on the Adoption and Acceptability stream, led by Prof. Rob Procter.

Research Interests:

Internet of Things, Science and Technology Studies, Digital Media, Philosophy of Technology, Semiotics and Biosemiotics, Communication and Media Theory.

Research Publications

I am an experienced writer and have published research in a variety of formats including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, policy-oriented reports, encyclopaedic entries and book reviews.

Journal articles:
  • The Devil is Not in the Detail: Representational Absence and Stereotyping in the ‘Trojan Horse’ News Story
    With Reza Gholami, Race, Ethnicity and Education, 21(1): 15-29, 2018.
  • Happiness in Higher Education
    With Alex Elwick, Higher Education Quarterly 71(2): 204-219, 2017.
  • Internet Memes as Internet Signs: a biosemiotic study of digital culture
    Sign Systems Studies 44(4): 562–586, 2016.
  • Transdisciplinarity for the 21st century, or “biosemiotics as systems theory”
    Cybernetics and Human Knowing 21(3): 45-59, 2014.
  • Where did Information go? Reflections on the Logical Status of Information in a Cybernetic and Semiotic Perspective
    Biosemiotics 6(1): 105-123, 2013.
  • On Form, Function and Meaning: Working out the Foundations of Biosemiotics
    Hortus Semioticus 6: 40-52, 2010.

Book Chapters:
  • From ‘motivation’ to ‘constraints’, from ‘discourse’ to ‘modelling systems’: steering critical multimodal discourse analysis towards cybersemiotics
    In: Carlos Vidales and Søren Brier (Eds.) Cybersemiotics: An International Perspective. Dordrecht: Springer, in press.
  • Ten years of cyberpunk, information and clay pipes
    In: Essays in Honour of Don Favareau (Festschrift). Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2017.
  • The Philosophy of Semiotic Information
    In: L. Floridi (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information. New York: Routledge, 2016.
  • Instinct, habituescence, addiction
    With Myrdene Anderson, in: Donna West and Myrdene Anderson, (eds.) Consensus on Peirce's Concept of Habit. Dordrecht: Springer, 2016.
  • Biosemiotics, politics and Sebeok’s move from linguistics to semiotics
    With Paul Cobley, in: S.Cowley, K. Kull and E. Velmezova (eds.) Biosemiotic perspectives in linguistics. Lausanne (Switzerland): Cahiers de l’ILSL, 2015.
  • Interdisciplinarity
    In: D. Favareau, P. Cobley and K. Kull (eds.) A more developed Sign: Interpreting the Work of Jesper Hoffmeyer (Festschrift). Tartu: Tartu University Press, 2012.
  • “The Line of Beauty": on natural forms and abduction
    In: Karen Haworth et al. (eds) Semiotics 2008. Ottawa: Legas, 2009.
European Policy-oriented reports:
Encyclopedia Entries:
  • Modelling Systems Theory
    In: P. Cobley (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Semiotics. New York: Routledge, 2009.
Book reviews:
  • Archaeology of Concepts’ as Research Method
    Review of ‘Semiotics: its history and doctrine’, by John Deely’ (Indiana University Press: Indiana, 1982)
    Chinese Semiotic Studies 12(3): 305-312, 2016.
  • Crossing the Ropey Bridge Between Art and Science with the Edusemiotics of Tarot Images
    Review of The Edusemiotics of Images: Essays on the Art Science of Tarot, by Inna Semetsky’ (Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 2013)’
    Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 21(4): 99-104, 2014.
  • Review of Essential Readings in Biosemiotics: Anthology and Commentary, edited by Donald Favareau (Dordrecht, London and New York: Springer. 2010)
    Social Semiotics, vol. 21 (4), 2011.


University of Lincoln

  • Media Production Dissertation - 3rd year, 2016-2017

London Metropolitan University

  • Mass Communications Dissertation - Masters, 2012-2014
  • Principles of Digital Media - Masters, 2012
  • Media and Communication Dissertation - 3rd year, 2012-2014
  • Media and Communication Work Placement - 3rd year, 2014
  • Digital Culture - 2nd year, 2010-2014
  • Communication Theory - 2nd year, 2008
  • Broadcast Media - 2nd year, 2010
  • New Media, Technologies and Culture - 1st year, 2012-2014
  • Media Theory - 1st year, 2013-2014
  • Reading Media Texts - 1st year, 2009-2012
  • Media, Culture and Society - 1st year, 2008 - 2012
  • Media, History, Culture - 1st year, 2013

Middlesex University

  • Creative Writing - Masters, 2016
  • Creating and understanding meaning - 3rd year, 2014

University of West London

  • Writing for Media - 1st year, 2014-2015
  • TV and Radio Industries - 1st year, 2013