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Sara Cannizzaro


Research Fellow

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

Fellow of WMG's Cyber Security Centre (CSC) and Computer Science (CS).

Working on Adoption and Acceptability stream of PETRAS Internet of Things Research Hub (Privacy, Ethics, Trust, Reliability, Acceptability and Security) (see

Research Publications

Journal articles:
  • (2010) ‘On Form, Function and Meaning: Working out the Foundations of Biosemiotics’ Hortus Semioticus 6: 40-52.
  • (2013) ‘Where did Information go? Reflections on the Logical Status of Information in a Cybernetic and Semiotic Perspective’ Biosemiotics 6(1): 105-123.
  • (2014) ‘Transdisciplinarity for the 21st century, or “biosemiotics as systems theory”’Cybernetics and Human Knowing 21(3): 45-59.
  • (2016) ‘Internet Memes as Internet Signs: a biosemiotic study of digital culture’ Sign Systems Studies DOI: 10.12697/SSS.2016.44.4.05.
  • With Reza Gholami (2016) ‘The Devil is Not in the Detail: Representational Absence and Stereotyping in the ‘Trojan Horse’ News Story’ Race, Ethnicity and Education (Online first, DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2016.1195350)
  • With Alex Elwick (2017) ‘Happiness in Higher Education’, Higher Education Quarterly 71 (2). pp. 204-219. ISSN 0951-5224
  • With Yasmine Alibhai-Brown (in progress) ‘Freedom of Speech, Faith Communities and Media coverage’ International Journal of Press and Politics
Book Chapters:
  • (2009) ‘“The Line of Beauty: on natural forms and abduction.‘ In: Karen Haworth et al. (eds) Semiotics 2008. Ottawa: Legas.
  • (2012) ‘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.
  • With Paul Cobley (2015) ‘Biosemiotics, politics and Sebeok’s move from linguistics to semiotics’ in S.Cowley, K. Kull and E. Velmezova (eds.) Biosemiotic perspectives in linguistics. Lausanne (Switzerland): Cahiers de l’ILSL. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-20663-9_11
  • With Myrdene Anderson, (2016) 'Instinct, habituescence, addiction'. In: Donna West and Myrdene Anderson, (eds) Consensus on Peirce's Concept of Habit. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • (2016) ‘The Philosophy of Semiotic Information’ In L. Floridi (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Information. New York: Routledge.
  • (2017) ‘Ten years of cyberpunk, information and clay pipes’ in Essays in Honour of Don Favareau (Festschrift). Tartu: Tartu University Press.
  • (in progress) ‘From ‘motivation’ to ‘constraints’, from ‘discourse’ to ‘modelling systems’: pushing multimodal discourse analysis towards cybersemiotics’. In: Carlos Vidales and Søren Brier (Eds.) Cybersemiotics: An International Perspective. Dordrecht: Springer.
Encyclopedia Entries:
  • (2009) ‘Modelling Systems Theory’ in P. Cobley (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Semiotics. New York: Routledge.
Reports (policy-oriented research):
Book reviews:
  • (2011) ‘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).
  • (2014) ‘Review of The Edusemiotics of Images: Essays on the Art Science of Tarot, by Inna Semetsky’ (Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 2012)’ Cybernetics and Human Knowing.
  • (2016) ‘‘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.


I have taught a number of undergraduate and postgradute modules at several British universities including The University of Lincoln, London Metropolitan University, Middlesex University, the University of West London.

New Media, Technologies and Culture
Communication Theory
Media, History, Culture
Reading Media Texts
Broadcast Media
Digital Culture
Media, Culture and Society
Principles of Digital Media (MA)
Media and Communication Dissertation
Mass Communications Dissertation (MA)
Media and Communication Work Placement
TV and Radio Industries
Writing for Media
Creating and understanding meaning
Creative Writing (MA)