Tartu Summer School of Semiotics – hosting the IX Conference of Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies

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Tartu Summer School of Semiotics, August 17-20, 2015 – SEMIOTIC (UN-)PREDICTABILITY hosting the IX Conference of Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies

August 17-20, 2015

 

Call for Participants

The paradoxical co-presence of predictability and unpredictability is a fundamental aspect of the dynamics of the semiotic world. Abduction, habit, explosion, (artistic) modelling, code, interaction, meaning-making, signification, innovation, uncertainty, change, order and disorder, entropy, translation, interpretation – there are numerous concepts that reflect this tension in different kinds of semiotic systems and processes.

Predictability and unpredictability are processual notions that have been used for the description and analysis of different forms of creativity and freedom on both the psychological and the social level. They were also key concepts for Juri Lotman. He considered every act of communication and understanding as involving elements of unpredictability, and every dialogue as being not only about language use, but involving language creation as well. From the perspective of cultural dynamics, every revolution, but also every new fact or event within culture and society is an explosion – a tension between predictability and unpredictability. Underlying these conceptions is an understanding of predictability and unpredictability as it pertains to the different models we use for conceiving and changing reality: scientific as well as artistic. In order to sustain itself, every society needs both.

The conference will explore the functioning of semiotic mechanisms that mediate order and change in cultural, social, and biological systems from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. (Un-)predictability is also of utmost practical value in cognition – for simpler forms of life, for human everyday life, for scientific inquiry, and in practically oriented applications of semiotics.

We invite presentation and session proposals that investigate the processes and structures that facilitate predictability and unpredictability in meaning-making, their particular forms, mechanisms and functions, as well as the role, value and nature of (scientific) predictability in the object domain and disciplinary tasks of semiotics. Proposals that approach the issues of predictability and unpredictability from theoretical as well as applied perspectives are welcome.

 

Submission and deadlines

We invite 300-600 word proposals for

– Discussion panels and sessions by December 15, 2014

– Individual papers by February 16, 2015.

Individual papers can be related to a specific session to be announced in January or to the conference theme in general.

Decisions regarding acceptance will be made by April, 2015.

All proposals and questions should be sent to semiotics@ut.ee

Homepage: http://www.flfi.ut.ee/summer_school/

CFP: SPACTION – Spaces in action, actions in space. International Conference – University of Palermo, 14th – 16th, 2014

Call for papers

SPACTION

Spaces in action, actions in space

 International Conference

University of Palermo, November 14th, 15th, 16th, 2014

 

How do we define space? How do we define action? During this conference, rather than thinking of them separately, we would like to consider space and action jointly, starting with the ways in which they appear to limit or enhance one other. We ask ourselves and the participants the following questions: how are space and action expressed/structured in relation to one another? In what way is an action situated in a given space, thereby orienting it, and to what extent can a type of space contain, condition and develop an action? The idea is to combine the reflections derived from the spatial turn with the reflections of those who work specifically on the definition of agency. Participants are encouraged to allow the perspectives to interact freely, using the approach, format and tools that they deem appropriate. In addition to the contribution of anthropology (on space, daily life, language, etc.), we consider the analytical models deriving from linguistics, geography, cultural studies, textual semiotics and cultural semiotics to be indispensable. Both theoretical papers and case studies are welcome. By way of example, below is a list of potential research topics:

 

Space and image/imagination

Space and power/knowledge

Space and places/non-places

Space and languages

Space and landscape

Space and agency

Space and subjective positioning

Space and fieldwork

Space and inclusion/exclusion

Space and textualisation

Space and temporal/aspectual dimension

etc.

 

Keynote speaker:

Carlo Severi (E.H.E.S.S., Paris)

 

Organisation:

Department of Cultures and Societies

University of Palermo

Viale delle Scienze, 90128, Palermo, Italy

 

Proposal submission and information:

Matteo Meschiari (matmeschiari@gmail.com)

Stefano Montes (montes.stefano@tiscalinet.it)

 

Practical Information:

Deadline for paper proposal submission: October 5th, 2014.

Proposal summary and title: 250-300 words.

Duration of paper presentation: 25 minutes.

Conference languages: Italian, French and English.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. Travel, lodging and meals will be at the participants’ expense.

The conference proceedings will be published.

15th International Doctoral and Postdoctoral Seminar of Musical Semiotics, March 2-6, 2015

15th International  Doctoral and Postdoctoral Seminar of  Musical Semiotics,  March 2-6, 2015

Organizer: Musicology  at the Institute for Philosophy, History, Arts and Culture, University of Helsinki, Finland

address: Topelia, Unioninkatu 38 C,  00014 University of Helsinki

The traditional  international seminar convenes under direction of Professor Eero Tarasti; co-directors are Prof. Marta Grabocz (Strasbourg) and Prof Jean-Marie Jacono (Université Aix-Marseille).

The participants present their research projects; languages are English and French. There is no participation fee, but attendants have to provide their travels,  room and board.

Applications to seminar with a short CV (half a page), affiliation,  title of the project and its abstract (one page)  should be sent to  eero.tarasti@helsinki.fi  and  irma.vierimaa@helsinki.fi  by Feb. 1st, 2015.

Accommodation at the University Guest House Töölö Towers. Single room for one week costs 318 €, breakfast included (same price for shorter periods). Reservation by the organizers (Irma Vierimaa). Please, do the reservation in time. During the seminar refreshments are served, lunch 5-10 €. Information about other accommodation possibilities you can find at the official tourist info pages of Helsinki.

Registration for participants who present a paper – 12th World Congress of Semiotics IASS

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On behalf  of  the organizers we remind you that the definitive deadline for participants to the 12. World congress of IASS/AIS who present a paper, is approaching: 15 August!

Don’t forget to register for the conference.

Detailed program / Programa detallada / Programme détaillé Semio2014 – 12th World Congress of Semiotics IASS

Dear participants to the world congress of semiotics,

This is the first draft of the preliminary detailed program, please have a look and if you do not see your name and title write to us (info@semio2014.org), there are certain proposals still under evaluation, but the majority of them should be there. We cannot reschedule entire Round tables, but there can be variations among the papers and even shifts from one RT to another if accepted by the chairpersons. Please contact the chairpersons for all these issues and we shall expect from the chairpersons before 15 August the definitive order of presentations within the existing timetable. The best would be to group the papers according to the language.

In red are the names of the participants who have not registered or paid, with the exceptions taken in consideration. When there are more than one presenter for a paper all names are in black even if only one of them is regularly registered.

THE ULTIMATE DEADLINE FOR ACTIVE PARTICIPANTS (those who present a paper) IS 15 AUGUST! This day the program will go for printing and there will not be included those participants who have not registered AND paid (the exception is for participants from Africa, Argentina, Venezuela and Iran). Until 31 August can still register passive participants. Active participants should pay the IASS/AIS membership fee, and some of you who have a presentation in the program have not done it. If you decide to do it now PayPal is the best option, just pay 25 Euro to semio2014@nbu.bg or if you prefer we can send you a payment request. Otherwise you will be asked to pay it at the registration desk in Euro or the Bulgarian currency (50 lev). The IASS/AIS bureau decided that the participants in the “Semiotics and Its Masters” series of lectures should pay their IASS/AIS membership fee too. This is also a requirement to participate to the General assembly and elections.

We have changed the date of the gala dinner, it will take place on Friday, 19 September, instead of Saturday 20. If you want to join it write to us.

 

Have a nice weekend

Kristian Bankov on behalf of the Semio2014 organizing team

 

 

 

Estimados participantes en el Congreso mundial de semiótica,

Este es el primer proyecto del programa preliminar detallada. Por favor, miren y si usted no ve su nombre y el título – escribanos (info@semio2014.org). Hay algunas propuestas aún en proceso de evaluación, pero la mayoría de ellos debería estar allí. No podemos reprogramar Mesas redondas (MR) enteras, pero puede haber variaciones entre los papeles e incluso los cambios de un MR si los moderadores lo aceptan. Por favor, póngase en contacto con los moderadores por todos estos problemas, y nosotros esperamos de los moderadores – antes del 15 de agosto – el programa definitivo de las presentaciones en el calendario. Lo mejor sería agrupar las ponencias según el idioma.

En rojo son los nombres de los participantes no registrados o quienes no han pagado, con las excepciones tomadas en consideración. Cuando hay más de un presentador de una ponencia, todos los nombres están en negro, incluso si sólo uno de ellos se registra con regularidad.

EL PLAZO MÁXIMO DE REGISTACION DE PARTICIPANTES ACTIVOS (aquellos que presentan una ponencia) ES EL 15 DE AGOSTO! Entonces haremos el programa final y no se incluirán aquellos participantes que no se hayan inscrito y pagado (la excepción es para los participantes de África, Argentina, Venezuela e Irán). Hasta el 31 de agosto todavía se pueden inscribir los participantes pasivos. Los participantes activos deben pagar la tarjeta de miembro de IASS/AIS, y algunos de ustedes que tienen una presentación en el programa no lo han hecho. Si decide hacerlo ahora PayPal es la mejor opción, sólo paga 25 euros al semio2014@nbu.bg o si lo prefiere, podemos enviarle una solicitud de pago. De lo contrario, se le pedirá que pagar en la hora de inscripción en euros o en la moneda búlgara (50 leva). El bordo de IASS / AIS decidió que los participantes en la serie de conferencias “La semiótica y sus maestros” deben pagar su la tarjeta de miembro de IASS/AIS también. Esto también es un requisito para participar en la Asamblea General y las elecciones.

Hemos cambiado la fecha de la cena de gala, que tendrá lugar el viernes 19 de septiembre en lugar del sábado 20. Si quiere unirse escribanos.

 

¡Qué tenga un buen fin de semana!

Kristian Bankov en nombre del equipo organizador Semio2014

 

 

 

Chers participants au congrès mondial de sémiotique,

Nous voulons vous présenter le premier variant du programme détaillé préliminaire. Lisez-le SVP et si vous ne voyez pas votre nom et le titre de votre communication, écrivez-nous (info@semio2014.org). Quelques propositions sont toujours dans l’attente de l’évaluation, mais la majorité d’entre eux devrait être là. Nous ne pouvons pas changer la date des tables rondes, mais on peut faire des variations du programme dans la table ronde spécifique ou bien changer même la place d`un report d’une table ronde à une autre – s`il est accepté par les présidents. Contactez s’il vous plaît les présidents pour toutes ces questions et nous attendrons leurs réponses avant le 15ème d’août avec l’ordre définitif de présentations dans l’horaire existant. On fera mieux grouper les papiers selon la langue.

En rouge vous allez voir les noms des participants qui n’ont pas enregistré ou n’ont pas payé (les exceptions sont prises en considération). S`il y a plus qu’un présentateur d`un papier, tous les noms sont noirs – même si seulement l`un d’entre eux est régulièrement enregistré.

LE DÉLAI SUPRÊME – LA DATE-LIMITE – POUR LES PARTICIPANTS ACTIFS (ceux qui présentent un papier) EST LE 15ème D’AOÛT!

Le 15ème d’août le programme sera envoyé pour l’impression. Les participants qui ne sont pas enregistrés ET qui n`ont pas payé ne seront pas inclus dans le programme (Une exception est faite pour les participants de l’Afrique, de l’Argentine, du Venezuela et de l’Iran !). On peut toujours s`enregistrer comme un participant passif jusqu’au 31e d’août. Les participants actifs devraient payer la cotisation IASS/AIS : certains d’entre vous qui vont faire une présentation dans le programme ne l’ont pas fait. Si vous décidez de le faire maintenant PayPal est la meilleure option, vous devrez seulement payer 25 Euros à semio2014@nbu.bg, mais si vous préférez nous puissions vous envoyer une demande de paiement. Autrement on vous demandera de le payer au point d’enregistrement à Sofia en Euro ou en Levas Bulgares (50 BGN). Le Bureau de l’AIS a décidé que les participants à la série des conférences “La Sémiotique et Ses Maîtres“ devraient aussi payer la cotisation IASS/AIS. Ceci est aussi une exigence pour participer à l’Assemblée Générale et aux élections.

Nous avons changé la date du dîner de gala : il aura lieu le vendredi, le 19ème de septembre, mais pas le samedi, le 20ème de septembre. Si vous voulez y prendre part, écrivez-nous.

 

Je vous souhaite un week-end très agréable !

Kristian Bankov (de la part de l’équipe d’organisation de Semio2014)

CFP: Lexia n. 19

Lexia n. 19: Food and Cultural Identity

Lexia n. 19: Cibo e identità culturale

Lexia n. 19: Alimentation et identité culturelle

Lexia n. 19: Comida e identidad cultural

Download PDF: Lexia n. 19 Call for Papers

Lexia, the international, peer-reviewed journal of CIRCE, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication of the University of Torino, Italy, invites contributions to be published in issue n. 19.

Lexia, la rivista internazionale peer-reviewed di CIRCE, il Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerche sulla Comunicazione dell’Università di Torino, sollecita contributi da pubblicare nel n. 19.

Lexia, le journal international peer-reviewed de CIRCE, le Centre Interdépartemental de Recherche sur la Communication de l’Université de Torino, Italie, invite des soumissions d’articles à publier dans le n. 19.

Lexia, la revista internacional peer-rewieved de CIRCE, el Centro Interdepartamental de Búsqueda sobre la Comunicación de la Universidad de Torino, Italia, invita artículos a publicar en el n. 19.

 

The topic of the forthcoming issue is “Food and Cultural Identity”.

L’argomento del prossimo numero è “Cibo e identità culturale”.

Le sujet du prochain numéro est « Nourriture et identité culturelle ».

El tópico del próximo número es el siguiente: “Comida e identidad cultural”.

 

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are”. From the numerous cooking blogs inhabiting the Internet to modern treatises on taste, this aphorism by Brillat-Savarin (1825) has become very famous and omnipresent. Over time, moreover, such formula has acquired different connotations with respect to the acceptation introduced by the French scholar in The Physiology of Taste. Taken adequate distance from any kind of determinism, it is still extremely topical in its references to the issue of the relation between food and identity.

Lexia calls for a reflection on the links existing between the signs, texts, discourses, and practices concerning the gastronomic universe, on the one hand, and the processes of construction and the forms of expression of cultural identity — or, better, identities — on the other hand.

Specifically, contributors are invited to take into consideration the following topics:

1) “E(A)T-HNIC” IDENTITIES. According to Lévi-Strauss (1965), the cooking of a society is a language in which it unconsciously translates its structure. The gastronomic universe therefore needs to be conceived and analysed as the depository of groups’ traditions and identities. As such, food represents the first way to come into contact with different identities and cultures, especially in the contemporary world, which is characterised by a number of encounters, intersections, and contaminations. How can different “foodspheres” be conceived and examined? Which signs, discourses, and practices characterise them? And which forms of textuality are deposited by such processes? Finally, how do the processes of “translation” across different foodspheres take place?

2) FOOD AND RELIGIOUS IDENTITY. The food universe plays a crucial role with respect to religious identity: from food taboos to the offerings of various products to the gods, from the Eucharist host to the Vedic yajña, from the periods of fasting to the episodes described in different sacred texts, religion is full of signs, texts, and practices in which food plays a key role. How does the food-material emerge as a religious sign? Which rituals and practices are related to such processes? What are the effects of meaning arising from them? And how can semiotics describe such phenomena?

3) FOOD BETWEEN LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION. Cooking, and more generally food, are often compared to language and communication. From an anthropological perspective, nutrition is undoubtedly the first human need; however, once satisfied, this need is structured into a system of differences in signification (Barthes 1961). How is such a language structured? What are its forms of expression? Finally, how have these aspects changed over time? And which configurations have they come to assume in the contemporary world, which is characterised by numerous migratory flows and displacements, as well as by the advent of the so-called “food globalisation”?  In addition to the analysis of food as a language and a system of communication, it is very interesting to consider the languages and forms of communication related to the food universe: from cinema to arts, from wine and food tasting to cooking blogs, from photography to fashion and design, food is at the centre of many discourses that tell and analyse it, at the same time investing it with multiple values and inserting it in multiform narrative programs. What are the traces left by such discourses? And how do these processes affect our perception of reality? Finally, what are mass media capabilities with respect to the representation of food and taste, and especially of their cultural dimension?

 

These three areas of discussion are open not only to all semiotic perspectives, but also to the contributions of disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, or other branches of the so-called “food studies”. We shall particularly appreciate contributions capable of combining in-depth theoretic-methodological reflection (what it is the role of semiotics within such a field of research? How can the semiotic approach interact with other disciplines in order to facilitate the analysis of the above-mentioned issues?) with rigorous and heuristic analytical application to precise and detailed case studies.

 

 

“Dimmi cosa mangi e ti dirò chi sei”, recita un aforisma divenuto celebre e ormai onnipresente, dai numerosi blog di cucina ai moderni trattati sul gusto. Una formula che, nel tempo, ha assunto connotazioni diverse rispetto all’accezione introdotta da Brillat-Savarin in Fisiologia del gusto (1825) e che, prese le dovute distanze da ogni sorta di determinismo, continua a essere di estrema attualità nei suoi rimandi al tema del rapporto tra cibo e questioni identitarie.

Lexia invita a una riflessione sui legami tra i segni, i testi, i discorsi e le pratiche inerenti all’universo gastronomico, da un lato, e i processi di costruzione e le forme di espressione dell’identità culturale — o, meglio, delle identità culturali —, dall’altro.

In particolare, si sollecita l’invio di contributi che prendano in considerazione i seguenti nuclei tematici:

1) IDENTITÀ “E(A)T-NICHE”. Se nella cucina si traduce inconsciamente la struttura di una società, come ha messo in evidenza Lévi-Strauss (1965), l’universo gastronomico va analizzato in quanto depositario delle tradizioni e delle identità di gruppo. Strumento dell’identità culturale, il cibo si configura anche e soprattutto come luogo di incontro tra diverse identità e culture, tanto più in un mondo segnato da continui spostamenti, incroci e contaminazioni. Quali sono, dunque, le caratteristiche delle diverse “semiosfere alimentari”? Quali i segni, i discorsi e le pratiche che le caratterizzano? Quali le forme di testualità depositate da simili discorsi e pratiche? E in che modo avvengono i processi di traduzione tra una semiosfera alimentare e l’altra?

2) CIBO E IDENTITÀ RELIGIOSA. La sfera alimentare è di fondamentale importanza in relazione all’identità religiosa: dalle prescrizioni alimentari alle offerte di cibo alle divinità, dall’ostia eucaristica allo yajña vedico, dai periodi di digiuno agli episodi narrati dai testi sacri, la religione è intrisa di segni, testi e pratiche in cui il cibo gioca un ruolo fondamentale. In che modo la materia-cibo emerge come segno religioso? Quali sono i riti e le pratiche che accompagnano una simile trasformazione? Quali gli effetti di senso che ne scaturiscono? E in che modo la semiotica può rendere conto di simili processi?

3) IL CIBO TRA LINGUAGGIO E COMUNICAZIONE. La cucina, e più in generale l’alimentazione, sono state spesso paragonate al linguaggio e alla comunicazione: se dal punto di vista antropologico, la nutrizione rimane indubbiamente uno dei primi fabbisogni dell’umanità, non bisogna dimenticare che, una volta soddisfatto, tale bisogno si struttura articolandosi in un sistema di differenze significative (Barthes 1961). Quali sono, dunque, le caratteristiche proprie di un simile linguaggio? Quali le sue forme espressive? E, ancora, quali mutamenti hanno subìto questi aspetti nel tempo e quale configurazione sono venuti ad assumere nell’era contemporanea, caratterizzata da numerosi flussi migratori e dall’avvento della cosiddetta “globalizzazione alimentare”? Molto può dire, inoltre, l’analisi dei linguaggi e delle forme di comunicazione che riguardano l’universo alimentare: dal cinema alle più svariate forme artistiche, dalle degustazioni enogastronomiche ai blog di cucina, dalla fotografia alla moda e al design, il cibo è al centro di numerosi discorsi che lo analizzano e raccontano, investendolo di molteplici valori e inserendolo in programmi narrativi multiformi. Quali sono le tracce lasciate da simili discorsi? E in che modo simili processi influiscono sulla nostra percezione della realtà? Quali sono, infine, le potenzialità dei mezzi di comunicazione di massa nei confronti della rappresentazione del cibo e del gusto e, in particolare, della loro dimensione culturale?

 

Questi tre ambiti di riflessione sono aperti non solo a tutte le impostazioni semiotiche, ma anche agli apporti di discipline quali l’antropologia, la sociologia o altre branche afferenti ai cosiddetti “food studies”. Particolarmente apprezzati saranno i contributi in grado di unire una riflessione teorico-metodologica approfondita (qual è il ruolo della semiotica in tale ambito di studi? In che modo l’approccio semiotico può interagire con altre discipline al fine di favorire l’analisi delle problematiche sopra esposte?) con un’applicazione analitica rigorosa ed euristica a case studies precisi e dettagliati.

 

 

L’aphorisme « Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es » est devenu célèbre et de plus en plus omniprésent : à partir des blogs de cuisine jusque dans nombreux traités modernes sur le goût. Cette formule, avec le temps, a pris des connotations différentes de l’acception introduite par Brillat-Savarin dans Physiologie du goût (1825) et — prise à une distance suffisante de toute forme de déterminisme — continue à être extrêmement d’actualité dans ses références sur le rapport entre alimentation et questions identitaires.

Lexia invite à une réflexion sur, d’un côté, les liens entre les signes, les textes, les discours et les pratiques concernant l’univers gastronomique, et de l’autre, le processus de construction et des formes d’expression de l’identité culturelle — ou, plutôt, des identités culturelles.

On conseille en particulier de porter l’attention sur les thématiques suivantes:

1) identités « E(A)T-hniques ». Si la cuisine traduit inconsciemment la structure d’une société, comme le dit Lévi-Strauss (1965), l’univers gastronomique doit être examiné en tant que dépositaire des traditions et de l’identité de groupe. Instrument de l’identité culturelle, la nourriture représente également (et surtout) un lieu de rencontre entre identités et cultures différentes, notamment dans un monde marqué par des déplacements constants, des hybridations et contaminations. Quelles sont, à cet égard, les caractéristiques des différentes « sémiosphères alimentaires » ? Quels sont les textes, discours et pratiques qui les caractérisent ? Quelles formes de textualité sont déposées par ces discours et pratiques ? Et comment les processus de traduction entre une sémiosphère alimentaire et l’autre ont lieu ?

2) NOURRITURE ET IDENTITE RELIGIEUSE. La nourriture est une sphère d’une importance fondamentale par rapport à l’identité religieuse: dès prescriptions alimentaires aux offrandes de nourriture aux dieux, de l’hôte de l’Eucharistie au yajña védique, dès périodes de jeûne aux épisodes racontés par les textes sacrés, la religion est pleine de signes, textes et de pratiques dans lesquels l’alimentation joue un rôle majeur. Comment la nourriture-matière émerge-t-elle comme signe religieux ? Quels sont les rituels et les pratiques qui accompagnent cette transformation ? Quels sont les effets de sens qu’elle apporte ? Et comment la sémiotique peut rendre compte de ces processus ?

3) NOURRITURE ENTRE LANGAGE ET COMMUNICATION. La cuisine, et plus généralement l’alimentation, ont souvent été comparées au langage et à la communication : il est vrai que, dans une perspective anthropologique, la nutrition est sans doute l’un des premiers besoins de l’humanité ; mais il est tout aussi vrai que, une fois satisfait, ce besoin est structuré dans un système de différences signifiantes. Quelles sont, en l’occurrence, les caractéristiques propres d’un tel langage ? Quelles sont ses formes d’expression ? Et encore, quels changements ont engendré ces aspects dans le temps et quelle configuration prennent-ils à l’époque contemporaine, caractérisée par de nombreux flux migratoires et l’avènement de ce que l’on appelle la globalisation alimentaire ? Il est très intéressant, d’ailleurs, de s’attacher à l’analyse des langages et des formes de communication qui font référence à l’univers alimentaire : du cinéma aux diverses formes d’art, dès dégustations eno-gastronomiques aux blogs de cuisine, de la photographie à la mode, la nourriture est au centre de nombreux discours qui l’analysent et la racontent, en l’investissant de multiples valeurs et en l’insérant dans des programmes narratifs multiformes. Quelles sont les traces laissées par de tels discours ? Et comment ces discours affectent-ils notre perception de la réalité ? Quelles sont, enfin, les potentialités des médias par rapport à la représentation de la nourriture et du goût — et, en particulier, de leur dimension culturelle ?

 

Ces trois sujets de discussion sont ouverts non seulement à tout point de vue sémiotique, mais aussi aux contributions d’autres disciplines comme l’anthropologie, la sociologie et les études sur l’alimentation. On appréciera particulièrement les contributions capables d’entretenir une réflexion théorique et méthodologique approfondie (de quelles façons la sémiotique peut-elle interagir avec ces disciplines afin de faciliter l’analyse des questions décrites ci-dessus ?) à une application analytique à la fois rigoureuse et heuristique de cas d’études précis et détaillés.

 

El aforismo “Dime lo que comes y te diré quién eres” se ha hecho famoso y casi omnipresente, desde los blogs de cocina hasta los muchos tratados modernos sobre el gusto. Se trata de una fórmula que, con el tiempo, ha asumido connotaciones diferentes respeto a la acepción introducida por Brillat-Savarin en Fisiología del gusto (1825) y que, tomada suficiente distancia de cualquier tipo de determinismo, sigue siendo de gran actualidad por sus referencias al tema de la relación entre comida y cuestiones identidarias.

Lexia invita a una reflexión sobre los vínculos entre las señales, los textos, los discursos y las prácticas relacionados con el universo gastronómico, por un lado, y sobre los procesos de construcción y las formas de expresión de la identidad cultural — o mejor dicho, de las identidades culturales — por otro.

En particular, se convoca a la presentación de artículos que propongan una reflexión sobre los siguientes temas:

1) IDENTIDADES “é(A)T-nicas”. Si en la cocina se traduce inconscientemente la estructura de una sociedad, como puso en evidencia Lévi-Strauss (1965), el universo gastronómico tiene que ser analizado como depositario de las tradiciones y de la identidad de grupo. Instrumento de la identidad cultural, la comida constituye también y, sobre todo, el lugar de encuentro entre las diferentes identidades y culturas, especialmente en un mundo marcado por constantes desplazamientos, cruces y contaminaciones. ¿Cuáles son, entonces, las características de las diferentes “semiosferas alimentarias”? ¿Cuáles son los textos, discursos y prácticas que las caracterizan? ¿Cuáles son las formas de textualidad depositadas por estos discursos y prácticas? Y ¿cómo se desarrollan los procesos de traducción entre una semiosfera y otra?

2) COMIDA E IDENTIDAD RELIGIOSA. La esfera alimentaria es de fundamental importancia en relación a la identidad religiosa: desde las prescripciones alimentarias hasta las ofrendas de alimentos a los dioses, de la hostia eucarística al yajña védico, de los períodos en ayunas a los episodios narrados por los textos sagrados, la religión está llena de signos, textos y prácticas en las que la alimentación juega un papel crucial. De qué manera la materia-comida surge como signo religioso? ¿Cuáles son los rituales y las prácticas que acompañan a esta transformación? ¿Cuáles son los efectos de sentido que ésta aporta? Y ¿cómo puede la semiótica dar cuenta de estos procesos?

3) La comida entre lenguaje y comunicación. La cocina y la alimentación han sido a menudo comparadas con el lenguaje y la comunicación: es cierto que, desde una perspectiva antropológica, la nutrición representa una de las primeras necesidades de la humanidad; sin embargo, también lo es que, una vez satisfecha, esta necesidad se estructura en un sistema de diferencias significativas. ¿Cuáles son las características propias de este lenguaje? ¿Cuáles son sus formas de expresión? ¿Qué cambios han sufrido estos aspectos a través del tiempo y qué configuración han llegado a asumir en la época contemporánea, caracterizada por numerosos flujos migratorios y por la aparición de la así llamada globalización de los alimentos? Mucho puede decir, por otra parte, el análisis de los lenguajes y formas de comunicación que están relacionados con el universo alimentario: del cine a las distintas formas de arte, de las degustaciones enogastronómicas a los blogs de cocina, de la fotografía a la moda, la comida está en el centro de muchos discursos que la analizan y cuentan, invirtiéndola de múltiples valores e introduciéndola en programas narrativos multiformes. ¿Cuáles son las trazas dejadas por dichos discursos? Y ¿de qué manera estos afectan nuestra percepción de la realidad? ¿Cuál es, finalmente, el potencial de los medios de comunicación en relación a la representación de la comida y el gusto — y, en particular, de su dimensión cultural?

 

Estas tres áreas de reflexión están abiertas no sólo a todas las perspectivas semióticas, sino también a las contribuciones de otras disciplinas como la antropología, la sociología y los estudios de alimentación. En particular, se apreciarán las contribuciones que logren combinar una reflexión teórico-metodológica profundizada (¿de qué manera la semiótica puede interactuar con estas disciplinas para facilitar el análisis de las cuestiones antes mencionadas?) con una aplicación analítica rigurosa y heurística basada en estudios de caso precisos y bien detallados.

 

 

Here is the expected publication schedule of the volume:

Questo è il calendario previsto per la pubblicazione del volume:

Voici le calendrier prévu pour la publication du volume:

Éste es el calendario previsto para la publicación del volumen:

 

December 15, 2014: deadline for contributions

January 15, 2015: deadline for referees

March 15, 2015: deadline for revised versions of contributions

June 15, 2015: publication of Lexia n. 14.

15 dicembre 2014: deadline per i contributi

15 gennaio 2015: deadline per i revisori

15 marzo 2015: deadline per le versioni rielaborate dei contributi

15 giugno 2015: pubblicazione di Lexia n. 14

15 décembre 2014: date limite pour les articles

15 janvier 2015: date limite pour les réviseurs

15 mars 2015: date limite pour les versions révisées des contributions

15 juin 2015: publication de Lexia n. 11

15 diciembre 2014: fecha límite para los artículos

15 enero 2015: fecha límite para los revisores

15 marzo 2015: fecha límite para las revisiones de los artículos

15 junio 2015: publicación de Lexia n. 11

 

Contributions, 30,000 characters max, MLA stylesheet, with a 500 words max English abstract and 5 English key-words, should be sent to simona.stano@gmail.com

I contributi, max 30.000 battute, foglio di stile MLA, con un abstract in inglese di 500 parole max e 5 parole chiave in Inglese, dovranno essere inviati a simona.stano@gmail.com

Les articles, 30.000 frappes max, feuille de style MLA, avec un résumé en anglais de 500 mots max et 5 mots-clé en anglais, devront être envoyées à simona.stano@gmail.com

Los artículos, 30.000 caracteres max, hoja de estilo MLA, con un resumen en inglés de 500 palabras max y 5 palabras-llave en inglés, deberán ser enviadas a simona.stano@gmail.com

 

Languages/lingue/langues/lenguas: English, Italiano, Français, Español [other languages if reviewers are available]

Roundtable “Existential Semiotics” at 12th World Congress of Semiotics

Roundtable “Existential Semiotics” directed by Eero Tarasti and Zdzisław Wąsik at the 12th World Congress of Semiotics: New Semiotics. Between Tradition and Innovation, Sofia 16-20 September 2014.

See: http://semio2014.org/en/existential-semiotics

The PDF document of Existential Semiotics Tarasti & Wasik Roundtable
Semio2014, (in the attachment) to be downloded, is avaialble here:
http://wsf.academia.edu/ZdzislawWasik

Update for the 12th IASS-AIS Congress in Sofia

Dear colleagues,

As it was expected, only during the last few days we started to receive a lot of abstracts for participation in the various Round tables of the congress. In order to be able to elaborate them and to answer before the registration fee becomes higher we shall postpone the date for the new tariff from 30 June to 4 July, Friday. The ultimate deadline for proposals is 15 August, as announced on our website from the beginning.

We would like to remind you that there are still few rooms left in Grand Hotel Sofia on preferential price, also for them the offer is postponed to 4 July.

Our best regards

Semio2014 organizing team

info@semio2014.org

http://semio2014.org/

CFP: 10th International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, 26-28 March

2015 University of Tübingen, Germany
Tenth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature, 26-28 March 2015

The tenth in a series of biennial international and interdisciplinary symposia organized by the Iconicity Research Project since 1997, this meeting will once again focus on iconicity – understood as form miming meaning and form, and meaning miming form and meaning – in language and in literature. It will especially welcome proposals for papers dedicated to the issues of literary linguistics. This may comprise semantic, pragmatic and cognitive dimensions of iconicity and will also establish a link with the Tübingen research projects on ambiguity (www.ambiguitaet.uni-tuebingen.de) and on interpretability (as part of the collaborative research center “The Construction of Meaning” http://www.sfb833.uni-tuebingen.de).

Previous symposia have, on the one hand, concentrated on iconicity as a driving force in language on all grammatical levels, on language acquisition, and on language change. On the other hand, they have addressed the various mimetic uses of more concrete and creative iconic images and/or more abstract iconic diagrams and metaphors at all levels of the literary text, in both narrative and poetic forms, and on all varieties of discourse (literary texts, historical texts, political texts, advertising, language and music, word and image, etc.). These possibilities remain open for the 2015 symposium.

The meeting will be hosted by the Eberhard-Karls University of Tübingen. Tübingen can be easily reached by bus from Stuttgart airport, or by train (www.bahn.de). The symposium language will be English. Presentation time for papers will be 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

Session proposals and abstracts together with a brief c.v. should be sent (preferably by email) to the organizers before

1 November 2014

A second announcement with practical details will be sent in the fall. For further information about the Iconicity project, please consult our website:

http://www.iconicity.ch

Prof. Dr. Olga Fischer
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Spuistraat 210
1012VT Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-20-5253825
Fax: +31-20-5253052;
E-mail: O.C.M.Fischer@uva.nl

Prof. Dr. Christina Ljungberg
University of Zurich
Plattenstrasse 47
8032 Zurich
Switzerland
Phone: +41-44-6343551
Fax: +41-44-6344908
Email: cljung@es.uzh.ch

Local organizers: Prof. Dr. Matthias Bauer and Dr. Angelika Zirker
Eberhard-Karls Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstr. 50
72074 Tuebingen
Germany
Phone: +49-7071-2978469
E-mail: m.bauer@uni-tuebingen.de / angelika.zirker@uni-tuebingen.de

12th IASS-AIS Congress – Sofia: First draft program

Dear colleagues,

Here is the first draft of the program of the forthcoming IASS/AIS world congress:

http://semio2014.org/en/Preliminary-program

to a certain extent it is open to feedback and adjustments according to the plans of the participants. The single participants should address their preferences to their chairpersons and the chairpersons should suggest to us the change, but only if really necessary. Most probably after 20 June will be impossible to change the dates of the round tables and the study sessions.

We remind you that there are still 20 days left for the registration with the regular fee. Please do not leave your registration for the last few days. There are still few rooms left in Grand Hotel Sofia on preferential price, but the offer is valid by 1 July.

 

Semio2014 organizing team

CFP Deadline extension: METAMIND’2014

Call for Papers until 22 of June.

 

metamind2014

 

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Under the auspices of

The International Association for Semiotic Studies IASS/AIS

The International Communicology Institute

 

THE ORDER IN DESTRUCTION AND THE CHAOS OF ORDER.Freedom.

 

Riga, September 25 – 28, 2014. National Library of Latvia/

Campenhausen’s Manor house/Gut Orellen/

 

 

Researchers from European countries and abroad are kindly invited to take part in the 2014 international research conference METAMIND’2014 The Order in Destruction and the Chaos of Order. Freedom. The international research arts project MetaMind highlights innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the theoretical, artistic, and social aspects of Western culture. Interplays of science, art, and other forms of human creativity figure prominently in this venture. The conference is organized by Foundation MetaMind, in cooperation with several Latvian institutions of higher education. It will take place September 25 – 28, 2014 in the brand new building of the National Library of Latvia and in Campenhausen’s Manor house. This is already the fifth conference of the project, and this year it will be part of the events scheduled in Riga as 2014 European Capital of Culture.

The official languages of the conference are English, French, German, Spanish and Latvian, and simultaneous translation will be provided. The proceedings of the conference will be published in English in an edited volume.

 

Freedom

In the centenary of World War I, which both ruined Europe and let it revive, as well as made the birth of Latvia possible, MetaMind is dedicated to the handicap of chaos and the potential of order destruction, with special attention to the pre-programmed and pre-constructed nature of changes, destruction, and chaos in the space of European thought and being. The processes concerning order and disorder as well as the axiological potential of both constellations deserve equal attention.  The theoretical topicality of the theme is underpinned by the fact that our key value freedom with all its countless faces also resides in the destructiveness hidden in order and in the orderliness of chaos.

 

 

The  Order in Destruction and the Chaos of Order

Order and chaos are not phenomena that have existed in the world from the very beginning. Since the time of Ancient Greece, they have served as two thought constructions referring to the world and the states of its existence. Chaos is the prime matter of the world, its original potential and infinite, dark world abyss – open primordial space, depth first of all. Cosmos as a natural philosophical concept was contrasted with chaos, implying decoration, arrangement, and splendor – surface first of all.

A similar configuration can be found in the Biblical tradition, where chaos as darkness and spatial indefiniteness imply a potential for orderliness. However, when orderliness emerges, chaos does not cease to exist.

Over the years, both chaos and order have been constitutive concepts not only for the understanding of the universe, but also for each of its elements and processes. Actually, the history of Western thought conserves them as opposite, mutually exclusive states. However, already in the myths of ancient cosmogonies they determined each other as elements of one construction. Thus, transition from one state to the other as well as the necessity for the alteration of these states is programmed into them.  Chaos is a “spin-off” created by culture and married to order – it can be viewed as the process of “unfolding” order, just as insanity is a kind of sanity or silence is a form of sound. To put it simply, chaos is a different kind of order.

Primary thought concerning chaos and order prestructures their later use in the national strategies of different complexity, where order starts with arrangement. Arrangement in its ontic sense results from deliberate relational structuring of objects and events.  All schemes of rationality require transparency and succession. Arrangement, first and foremost, means to begin from something, to turn to the beginning, to some source; it acquires the modalities of the beginning of some particular world and temporality. The source becomes the guarantor of order although it is just one type of order. It is supplemented by the principle of logos, which is articulated as naming in its more modern version. The model version of naming as the origin of order was given by Genesis in the Old Testament. The performative utterance of the creator, “let there be…”, resulted in the production of real phenomena, where a-spatial chaos transformed into ordered spatial division. The demand for harmony coming from Pythagoreanism insists on clothing order in a mathematical outfit, and the latter has to refer to the universe as a whole.

The reduction of musical intervals to the mathematical ratio, which has been attributed  to Pythagoras, an apparently non-existent authority but the one confirming the legitimacy of the idea, had a most consequential impact both on Greek philosophy and the development of Western culture.   The number (arithmos) has become the constitutive principle of all things.  All the phenomena that are used in accordance with the numerical principle create a new atemporal reality. Within the context of the conference, World War I has to be mentioned, which started the period of the potential  war reality.

Chaos has been played anew in modern scientific, poetic, and artistic languages. On the one hand, these are negative forms rejecting the old; on the other hand, the old fills the new with content and makes it meaningful. The given contradiction goes through two phases: 1) the destruction of the old for the sake of the new order, 2) the destruction of the new order due to its excessive orderliness. The role of rubble in the deliberate creation of meaning as the orderability of significance was understood by such antagonists as the surrealists and classical Marxism. Frequently, the aim of rubble practice in the 20th century was to verify the legitimacy of existing knowledge.

However, the features of order and chaos can be traced not only in modern languages, but also in the disciplines of scientific and technological thought, which have often been constructed as a modelling of the deviations from the norm, as a certain anti-world.  One may think here of medicine, forensic science, law, some political theories, and military practices. In the training of medical professionals, the point of departure is not the healthy body and spirit, but various potential functional disorders – unhealthiness and sickliness. The designation of deviations is also symptomatic – “something is out of order”, i.e., out of the right system.

For instance, the treatment of mental disorders demonstrates the breakout of chaos, whereasin its ancient mythological understanding it is the deepest layer, to the surface – the surface of mental clarity. Thus, the reconstruction of consciousness is possible on the rubble of subconsciousness.

Legal orders, on the other hand, provide for all the possible deviations from the norm and all the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of the offence.  In the practice of legal languages, which envisage the order through which punishment is imposed on the offender of social order, the point of departure for all the arrangement is the provision for all the possible transgressions of law which have to be applied according to the algorithm: if…, then… .

Political destruction as a new condition for the world order was once demonstrated in the practice of the Great French Revolution, while Karl Marx, formative thinker of revolutionary catastrophism, presumes the dominance of two dual impulses – order and disorder.  Order, which manifests itself in the form of a socio-economic formation, is always determined by pre-occuring revolutionary chaos, whereas any new order that is built on the rubble of the previous one immanently presupposes self-negation and self-destruction, which will result in a new revolution.

Interestingly, the modelling of these transitions perfectly corresponds to the understanding of chaos in Ancient Greece – as an empty, obscure abyss between spaces. Thus, world order refers to the arrangement of two distinct separate orders.

The division of chaos and order is everything but clear and unambiguous.

Due to various adopted prejudices or ethical considerations, we live with a complex of untouchable themes, untouched so far or cut out of the cultural historical context, concerning both older and more recent history of Europe. In the recent past, phenomena can be found where rationality beyond the control of reason has reached its utmost, sometimes even perverse limits. This could be seen in different models of social cleansing elaborated by various totalitarian regimes.

Finally, another difficulty arises which prevents the thematization of chaos and order: namely, the word chaos travels from one language to another with little or no  translation, whereas order or cosmos – just partly so, since there also exist its Latin form and translations. As a result, the notion of order turns diffuse. Cosmos or order modifies into various other forms, which, for instance, can be seen in the rich variety of forms this word has in the Latvian language: kārtot, sakārtot, piekārtot, pārkārtot, uzkārtot, aizkārtot, nokārtot, iekārtot, izkārtot, sakārtot.

 

In view of the preceding considerations, we invite you to consider the overall theme of MetaMind’2014 when planning your contribution focusing on the following topics: 

  1. Mathematical and musical rationality.
  2. Versions of linguistic ordering.
  3. The ordering of knowledge.
  4. Modelling of disorder or catastrophes as strategies for maintaining thoughts of order.
  5. Tabooised orders of chaos.
  6. New artistic normativities.
  7. Different kinds of order.

 

Submission of Abstracts

The length of the presentations will be 20-25 minutes, plus 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion. Presenters are requested to submit an abstract (about 300 words) and the Application Form by June 22, 2014 and send it by e-mail: texts@metamind.lv

Early submission of abstracts is highly recommended. An Acknowledgment of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of receiving your submission. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants by June 30, 2014.

 

Special events

The MetaMind conference will consist of presentations accompanied by a series of special events, which will illuminate and enrich the conference. On September 28, we intend to go on an excursion to the cosy Latvian town Cēsis and the most enchanting town Sigulda.

 

Registration and fees

The registration fee is 130 Euros, payable by July 30, 2014. The late registration fee is 170 Euros. The registration fees include admission to all open sessions of the conference, coffee breaks, the conference dinner, a copy of the proceedings, and an excursion. Payment should be made by bank transfer to the Foundation MetaMind, Baznicas iela 45-14, Riga, LV-1010, registration number 40008165345, Swedbank, Swift: HABALV22, IBAN account number LV07HABA0551029288459, Participation fee MetaMind’2014.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to take part in the conference with a presentation. We anticipate that the MetaMind project and conference will count among the most important scientific events in Latvia in 2014, and we hope that you will choose to be part of this unique endeavor.

Should you require any further information about the above event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you in Riga.

 

 

On behalf of the MetaMind Team                                            Prof. Daina Teters

V Congreso nacional e internacional de semiótica en Cali

La Cultura, un escenario de interacciones e interpretaciones

V Congreso nacional e internacional de semiótica en Cali
05, 06 y 07 de noviembre de 2014

PRIMERA CIRCULAR INFORMATIVA
(15 DE MAYO DE 2014)

Download PDF: Primera Circular 2014 V.5

OBJETIVOS

– Promover la divulgación y discusión de investigaciones desde el ámbito de los estudios semióticos en el nivel de pregrado o postgrado.
– Ofrecer una reflexión analítica desde los estudios semióticos sobre el abordaje de diversas prácticas culturales.
INVITADOS NACIONALES
– Armando Silva, Universidad Externado de Colombia
– Neyla Pardo Abril, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
– Ma. Cristina Martínez, Universidad del Valle
– Eduardo Serrano Orejuela, Universidad del Valle
– Douglas Niño, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano

INVITADOS INTERNACIONALES:
– Paolo Fabri, Centro Internazionale di Studi Interculturali di Semiotica e Morfologia
– Marc Angenot , l’Université McGill
– Claudio Guerri, Universidad de Buenos Aires

MESAS DE TRABAJO
– Semiótica del discurso.
– Semiótica y artes.
– Semiótica y literatura
– Semiótica del cuerpo.
– Semiótica y cine.
– Semiótica y comunicación.
– Semiótica visual
– Semiótica de la cultura.

Se recibirán resúmenes de trabajos hasta el 30 de agosto y los textos de las ponencias hasta el 30 de septiembre de 2014. Muy pronto se remitirán más pormenores acerca del formato de entrega de estos documentos.

PROCESO DE INSCRIPCIÓN
El valor de la inscripción al evento:
Asistentes y Ponentes $150.000 .00
Estudiantes pregrado y postgrados $80.000.00
Miembros de ASES $75.000.00

Se otorgará un cupo adicional por la inscripción de 10 estudiantes de la misma universidad.

CONTACTOS
Correo: congresosemiotica@uao.edu.co

Coordinadora General
Claudia Alexandra Roldán Morales
Jefe de Departamento de Lenguaje UAO
Tel. 3188000 Ext. 11494

Coordinador del Comité Científico Coordinador de Comunicaciones
Prof. Jairo Benavides Prof. Andrés Fernando Torres
Tel. 3188000 Ext. 11501 Tel. 3188000 Ext. 11596

IMAGO FRANCA: La circolazione delle immagini attorno al Mediterraneo / La circulation des images autour de la Méditerranée

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CFP Deadline Extension: Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Meeting

CFP Deadline Extension: Semiotic Society of America 39th Annual Meeting 

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Following requests from several colleagues and institutions, the Semiotic Society of America is pleased to extend the deadline for submitting abstracts for our 39th Annual Meeting, which will take place in Seattle, October 2-5, 2014. The new deadline is Friday, June 20, 2014.

We have received a many abstracts and anticipate receiving a significant number of additional submissions. Because space is limited, we encourage interested scholars to submit their proposals as soon as possible.

For conference information and submission guidelines, please visit http://semioticsocietyofamerica.org/2014-annual-meeting/

In addition, we invite you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest news on the SSA and other initiatives in the world of semiotics.

We are looking forward to a very exciting conference and to welcoming you in Seattle!

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CFP: Cygne noir – revue d’exploration sémiotique

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revue d’exploration sémiotique

 http://revuecygnenoir.org/contenu/appel-a-contribution

Appel à contribution

Sémiotique des mystères

Le samedi 8 mars 2014, un avion de ligne de la Malaysia Airlines disparaît en plein vol, et ses 239 passagers enregistrés avec lui. Qu’est-il advenu du vol MH370? En l’absence de réponse, rapidement, les médias proposent des pistes. Le 14 mars, Le Monde avance six hypothèses : l’avion a-t-il continué sa route? peut-il avoir été détourné? l’avion peut-il avoir explosé en plein vol? l’appareil a-t-il subi une défaillance technique? la thèse du suicide du pilote est-elle réaliste? l’hypothèse d’une frappe d’un missile est-elle crédible? Le gouvernement malaisien finit par annoncer le 24 mars « qu’il faut considérer, selon toute vraisemblance, que le vol MH370 a été perdu et qu’aucun de ses occupants n’a survécu ». Entre temps (et encore après), la couverture médiatique aura laissé place à diverses stratégies rhétoriques afin de traiter de ce sujet dont on ne sait rien (ou presque) et qui demeure encore à ce jour irrésolu. Une disparition, une absence d’information, un mystère pour qui mène l’enquête et veut révéler les dessous d’une affaire, forcent l’abduction, précipitent l’hypothèse, mais imposent aussi l’allusion, la circonvolution, voire la métaphore, à défaut de quoi l’amphigouri se présente comme la seule option. Mais mystère n’est pas faribole : toute la difficulté énonciative repose ainsi sur la méconnaissance du contexte, l’absence du référent, les liens diffus qui unissent les signes aux phénomènes ou l’accès restreint à ceux-ci.

Du mystère originel au fait divers inexpliqué ; des cultes à mystères tels qu’ils ont été pratiqués un peu partout dans le monde gréco-romain au cours de l’Antiquité jusqu’au mystère de la Foi dans la théologie chrétienne ; du mystère entourant la mort d’Edgar Allan Poe au Mystère de la chambre jaune de Gaston Leroux ; chacun de ces types nourrit la polysémie du concept et augmente son ambiguïté. Secret, énigme, culte, complot ; mais aussi vérité, révélation, représentation, allégorie, symbole : tous ces termes se commutent et se complètent, forgent un terreau d’investigation théorique fertile. Le paradigme indiciaire (Ginzburg) et la « méthode du détective » (Eco) montrent également que la sémiotique peut servir l’enquête de manière féconde. S’il est vrai que, suivant le proverbe médiéval, la lumière montre l’ombre et la vérité le mystère, alors peut-être le fonctionnement du signe tel qu’il est défini dans ses diverses acceptions sémiotiques constitue-t-il l’hypotypose même du mystère.

Nous sollicitons des propositions qui sachent tirer profit de cette thématique afin d’approfondir des aspects théoriques de la pensée sur le signe et l’histoire de son développement et/ou qui proposent l’abord sémiotique de tout objet lié au mystère, dans quelque acception que ce soit. Les propositions favorisées 1) contribueront à l’avancement de la théorie sémiotique ; 2) seront à jour en ce qui a trait aux théories, méthodes et données ; 3) feront la démonstration d’une compréhension – et référeront à – des travaux existants dans le domaine traité. Celles-ci pourront s’inscrire dans l’un ou plusieurs des champs suivants : la sémiotique théorique (épistémologie, études culturelles, sémiotique cognitive, biosémiotique, etc.), la sémiotique appliquée (arts, médias, rhétorique, religions, urbanisme, traduction, éducation, etc.), et peuvent également préconiser une approche in-ter-trans-disciplinaire (anthropologie, philosophie, sociologie, psychologie, esthétique, linguistique, communication, etc.).

 

Candidatures

Les propositions seront reçues par courrier électronique à l’adresse de la revueredaction@revuecygnenoir.org au plus tard le 1er juin 2014. Veuillez indiquer en objet de votre message : « Proposition mystère ».

 

Votre proposition doit comporter:

1. un titre et un court résumé (500 mots maximum);

2. une courte notice biographique (250 mots maximum) incluant les informations suivantes : votre nom complet, votre statut, votre établissement de rattachement et votre département (s’il y a lieu) ainsi que vos coordonnées (adresse courriel au minimum).

 

Calendrier

Les propositions (titre et court résumé) seront reçues avant le 1er juin 2014.

L’acceptation des contributions sera notifiée au plus tard le 15 juin 2014.

Le texte de l’article, déposé aux fins de l’évaluation, sera reçu avant le 15 août 2014.

CFP: Regional Conference of the International Association for Visual Semiotics

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REGIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR VISUAL SEMIOTICS
9-11 September 2014, Urbino, Italy, Collegio del Colle
“Re-mediation: Figurative and plastic levels under technological assumptions”
Abstract submission deadline: 15 June 2014 (max. 500 words), to lisav@unive.it
Call for papers and information (English)


CONGRESO REGIONAL DE LA ASOCIACIÓN INTERNACIONAL DE SEMIÓTICA VISUAL
9-11 septiembre 2014, Urbino, Italia, Collegio del Colle
“Re-mediación: Lo figurativo y lo plástico a la luz de la tecnología”
Fecha límite para envío de resúmenes: 15 junio 2014 (máx. 500 palabras), a lisav@unive.it
Convocatoria e información (Español)


CONGRÈS RÉGIONALE DE L’ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE DE SÉMIOTIQUE VISUELLE
9-11 septembre 2014, Urbino, Italie, Collegio del Colle
” Re-médiation : Figuratif et plastique sous l’éclairage technologique “
Date de remise des résumés: 15 juin 2014 (max. 500 mots) : à lisav@unive.it
Appel à communications et information (Français)


CONGRESSO REGIONALE DELL’ASSOCIAZIONE INTERNAZIONALE DI SEMIOTICA VISIVA
9-11 settembre 2014, Urbino, Italia, Collegio del Colle
“Ri-mediazione: Figurativo e plastico “sub specie” tecnologica”
Deadline abstract: 15 giugno 2014 (max. 500 parole), a lisav@unive.it
Informazioni e call for papers (Italiano)

Open Lectures in the 12th World congress of IASS/IAS – Sofia, 16-20 Sept 2014

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Semiotics and Its Masters

Following you can find the list of lectures that will take place in the 12th World Congress of IASS/IAS

The call for papers for the congress is open:

Deadline for RT proposals:  May 31
Deadline for papers: June 30


The Semiotics and Its Masters speakers are listed below by alphabetical order.

The list is still incomplete and is being updated regularly – the listed scholars are the first to confirm their participation. 

This series of open lectures will take place in the NBU Aula (300 seats)

Follow the links to find out more about them and what they are going to present.

John Deely

John Deely

Semiosis and Human Understanding

  


Paolo Fabbri

Paolo Fabbri

Les passions de la valeur: culpabilité, honte, indignation


Jacques Fontanille

Forms of living and the semiotics of culture


Anne HénaultAnne Henault

Semiotics and Hermeneutics: the debate between Algirdas G. Greimas and Paul Ricoeur 


Kalevi KullKalevi Kull

(with Ekaterina Velmezova)

Semiotics is taking form: through the eyes of ten top semioticians


Alexandros Lagopoulos & Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou

Alexandros Lagopoulos

Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou

Social Semiotics: For a Sociologically Grounded Semiotics


Gianfranco Marrone

 

Gianfranco Marrone

The Invention of the Text

 


Isabella PezziniIsabella Pezzini

La sémiotique comme critique du discours


Augusto Ponzio

Augusto Ponzio

Susan Petrilli

Semioethics as vocation of semiotics. In the wake of Welby, Morris, Sebeok, Rossi-Landi


Frederik StjernfeltFrederik Stjernfelt

Dicisigns – the Actuality of Peirce’s Theory of Propositions


Eero Tarasti

The Challenge of Existential Semiotics

  


Patrizia Violi

Patrizia Violi

Spaces of memory and trauma: a cultural semiotic perspective


Ugo VolliUgo Volli

In search of lost sense or the adventures of interpretation

CFP: METAMIND’2014 The Order in Destruction and the Chaos of Order. Freedom.

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THE ORDER IN DESTRUCTION AND THE CHAOS OF ORDER. Freedom.

Riga, September 25 – 28, 2014. National Library of Latvia/

Campenhausen’s Manor house/Gut Orellen/

Researchers from European countries and abroad are kindly invited to take part in the 2014 international research conference METAMIND’2014 The Order in Destruction and the Chaos of Order. Freedom. The international research arts project MetaMind highlights innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the theoretical, artistic, and social aspects of Western culture. Interplays of science, art, and other forms of human creativity figure prominently in this venture. The conference is organized by Foundation MetaMind, in cooperation with several Latvian institutions of higher education. It will take place September 25 – 28, 2014 in the brand new building of the National Library of Latvia and in Campenhausen’s Manor house. This is already the fifth conference of the project, and this year it will be part of the events scheduled in Riga as 2014 European Capital of Culture.

The official languages of the conference are English, French, German, Spanish and Latvian, and simultaneous translation will be provided. The proceedings of the conference will be published in English in an edited volume.

 

Freedom

In the centenary of World War I, which both ruined Europe and let it revive, as well as made the birth of Latvia possible, MetaMind is dedicated to the handicap of chaos and the potential of order destruction, with special attention to the pre-programmed and pre-constructed nature of changes, destruction, and chaos in the space of European thought and being. The processes concerning order and disorder as well as the axiological potential of both constellations deserve equal attention.  The theoretical topicality of the theme is underpinned by the fact that our key value freedom with all its countless faces also resides in the destructiveness hidden in order and in the orderliness of chaos.

 

The  Order in Destruction and the Chaos of Order

Order and chaos are not phenomena that have existed in the world from the very beginning. Since the time of Ancient Greece, they have served as two thought constructions referring to the world and the states of its existence. Chaos is the prime matter of the world, its original potential and infinite, dark world abyss – open primordial space, depth first of all. Cosmos as a natural philosophical concept was contrasted with chaos, implying decoration, arrangement, and splendor – surface first of all.

A similar configuration can be found in the Biblical tradition, where chaos as darkness and spatial indefiniteness imply a potential for orderliness. However, when orderliness emerges, chaos does not cease to exist.

Over the years, both chaos and order have been constitutive concepts not only for the understanding of the universe, but also for each of its elements and processes. Actually, the history of Western thought conserves them as opposite, mutually exclusive states. However, already in the myths of ancient cosmogonies they determined each other as elements of one construction. Thus, transition from one state to the other as well as the necessity for the alteration of these states is programmed into them.  Chaos is a “spin-off” created by culture and married to order – it can be viewed as the process of “unfolding” order, just as insanity is a kind of sanity or silence is a form of sound. To put it simply, chaos is a different kind of order.

Primary thought concerning chaos and order prestructures their later use in the national strategies of different complexity, where order starts with arrangement. Arrangement in its ontic sense results from deliberate relational structuring of objects and events.  All schemes of rationality require transparency and succession. Arrangement, first and foremost, means to begin from something, to turn to the beginning, to some source; it acquires the modalities of the beginning of some particular world and temporality. The source becomes the guarantor of order although it is just one type of order. It is supplemented by the principle of logos, which is articulated as naming in its more modern version. The model version of naming as the origin of order was given by Genesis in the Old Testament. The performative utterance of the creator, “let there be…”, resulted in the production of real phenomena, where a-spatial chaos transformed into ordered spatial division. The demand for harmony coming from Pythagoreanism insists on clothing order in a mathematical outfit, and the latter has to refer to the universe as a whole.

The reduction of musical intervals to the mathematical ratio, which has been attributed  to Pythagoras, an apparently non-existent authority but the one confirming the legitimacy of the idea, had a most consequential impact both on Greek philosophy and the development of Western culture.   The number (arithmos) has become the constitutive principle of all things.  All the phenomena that are used in accordance with the numerical principle create a new atemporal reality. Within the context of the conference, World War I has to be mentioned, which started the period of the potential  war reality.

Chaos has been played anew in modern scientific, poetic, and artistic languages. On the one hand, these are negative forms rejecting the old; on the other hand, the old fills the new with content and makes it meaningful. The given contradiction goes through two phases: 1) the destruction of the old for the sake of the new order, 2) the destruction of the new order due to its excessive orderliness. The role of rubble in the deliberate creation of meaning as the orderability of significance was understood by such antagonists as the surrealists and classical Marxism. Frequently, the aim of rubble practice in the 20th century was to verify the legitimacy of existing knowledge.

However, the features of order and chaos can be traced not only in modern languages, but also in the disciplines of scientific and technological thought, which have often been constructed as a modelling of the deviations from the norm, as a certain anti-world.  One may think here of medicine, forensic science, law, some political theories, and military practices. In the training of medical professionals, the point of departure is not the healthy body and spirit, but various potential functional disorders – unhealthiness and sickliness. The designation of deviations is also symptomatic – “something is out of order”, i.e., out of the right system.

For instance, the treatment of mental disorders demonstrates the breakout of chaos, whereasin its ancient mythological understanding it is the deepest layer, to the surface – the surface of mental clarity. Thus, the reconstruction of consciousness is possible on the rubble of subconsciousness.

Legal orders, on the other hand, provide for all the possible deviations from the norm and all the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of the offence.  In the practice of legal languages, which envisage the order through which punishment is imposed on the offender of social order, the point of departure for all the arrangement is the provision for all the possible transgressions of law which have to be applied according to the algorithm: if…, then… .

Political destruction as a new condition for the world order was once demonstrated in the practice of the Great French Revolution, while Karl Marx, formative thinker of revolutionary catastrophism, presumes the dominance of two dual impulses – order and disorder.  Order, which manifests itself in the form of a socio-economic formation, is always determined by pre-occuring revolutionary chaos, whereas any new order that is built on the rubble of the previous one immanently presupposes self-negation and self-destruction, which will result in a new revolution.

Interestingly, the modelling of these transitions perfectly corresponds to the understanding of chaos in Ancient Greece – as an empty, obscure abyss between spaces. Thus, world order refers to the arrangement of two distinct separate orders.

The division of chaos and order is everything but clear and unambiguous.

Due to various adopted prejudices or ethical considerations, we live with a complex of untouchable themes, untouched so far or cut out of the cultural historical context, concerning both older and more recent history of Europe. In the recent past, phenomena can be found where rationality beyond the control of reason has reached its utmost, sometimes even perverse limits. This could be seen in different models of social cleansing elaborated by various totalitarian regimes.

Finally, another difficulty arises which prevents the thematization of chaos and order: namely, the word chaos travels from one language to another with little or no  translation, whereas order or cosmos – just partly so, since there also exist its Latin form and translations. As a result, the notion of order turns diffuse. Cosmos or order modifies into various other forms, which, for instance, can be seen in the rich variety of forms this word has in the Latvian language: kārtot, sakārtot, piekārtot, pārkārtot, uzkārtot, aizkārtot, nokārtot, iekārtot, izkārtot, sakārtot.

 

In view of the preceding considerations, we invite you to consider the overall theme of MetaMind’2014 when planning your contribution focusing on the following topics:

  1. Mathematical and musical rationality.
  2. Versions of linguistic ordering.
  3. The ordering of knowledge.
  4. Modelling of disorder or catastrophes as

strategies for mainteining thoughts of order.

  1. Tabooised orders of chaos.
  2. New artistic normativities.
  3. Different kinds of order.

 

Submission of Abstracts

The length of the presentations will be 20-25 minutes, plus 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion. Presenters are requested to submit an abstract (about 300 words) and the Application Form by May 30, 2014 and send it by e-mail: texts@metamind.lv

Early submission of abstracts is highly recommended. An Acknowledgment of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of receiving your submission. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants by June 30, 2014.

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Special events

The MetaMind conference will consist of presentations accompanied by a series of special events, which will illuminate and enrich the conference. On September 28, we intend to go on an excursion to the cosy Latvian town Cēsis and the most enchanting town Sigulda.

 

Registration and fees

The registration fee is 130 Euros, payable by July 30, 2014. The late registration fee is 170 Euros. The registration fees include admission to all open sessions of the conference, coffee breaks, the conference dinner, a copy of the proceedings, and an excursion. Payment should be made by bank transfer to the Foundation MetaMind, Baznicas iela 45-14, Riga, LV-1010, registration number 40008165345, Swedbank, Swift: HABALV22, IBAN account number LV07HABA0551029288459, Participation fee MetaMind’2014.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to take part in the conference with a presentation. We anticipate that the MetaMind project and conference will count among the most important scientific events in Latvia in 2014, and we hope that you will choose to be part of this unique endeavor.

Should you require any further information about the above event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you in Riga.

On behalf of the MetaMind Team

Prof. Daina Teters

 

Semiotica della musica – Lezione-conferenza con Eero Tarasti

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Conference: Applying Peirce 2 (Tallinn and Helsinki, 21-23 April)

We are happy to announce that the second “Applying Peirce” conference will take place at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia (21 April) and the University of Helsinki, Finland (22-23 April). This second edition brings together scholars and researchers to explore and discuss Charles S. Peirce’s thought and applications in diverse fields.

The year 2014 marks the centenary of Charles S. Peirce’s death. Research in Peirce’s thought has grown both within and outside the arena of philosophy on the global level. Peirce’s pioneering contributions to philosophy, pragmatism, logic, the theory of signs, philosophy of science and to numerous other fields are currently being explored not only in philosophy but also in other sciences and in art studies.

The detailed program as well as practical and contact information are available on the website of the conference at: http://www.nordprag.org/ap2.html

Roundtable Marketing Semiotics at 12th World Semiotics Congress

markt_iass1014Marketing Semiotics is becoming increasingly recognized as an emerging field of inter-disciplinary academic research and marketing practice. Marketing Semiotics is a tiger economy that fuels commercial signs’ growth. Seize the opportunity to be part of marketing semiotics’ growth by participating in the International Journal of Marketing Semiotics’ Roundtable at the forthcoming 12th World Semiotics Congress (New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria 16-20 September 2014) www.semio2014.org

The International Journal of Marketing Semiotics roundtable will address the state-of-the-art and the future challenges of the discipline. Conceptual and applied semiotic research papers are welcome from both academic researchers and marketing semiotic practitioners.

If you are determined to be part of marketing semiotics’ growth, then send us your proposal (abstract 300-500 words), no later than June 30th 2014, to:

George Rossolatos: georgerossolatos123@gmail.com

Ricardo Nogueira de Castro Monteiro: castromonteiro@me.com

Richard Tressider:  R.Tresidder@shu.ac.uk

Selected papers will also be considered for publication in the forthcoming issue of the International Journal of Marketing Semiotics.

The International Journal of Marketing Semiotics is an open-source, double blind-reviewed journal that covers a wide spectrum of interdisciplinary marketing/semiotics research streams.

The mission of the International Journal of Marketing Semiotics is to constitute a reference point in state-of-the-art academic research in the field of marketing semiotics, by enhancing the relevance of semiotic theories and methodologies across the entire marketing mix, with a dual orientation towards furthering existing theory, while safeguarding managerial saliency. Read more about the objectives and the content of  IJMS at  http://ijmarketingsemiotics.com

CFP: 2nd International Conference & Exhibition on Semiotics and Visual Communication

Call for Papers
2nd International Conference & Exhibition on Semiotics and  Visual Communication
24-27 October 2014
University of Northampton, United Kingdom

The 2nd International Conference & Exhibition on Semiotics and Visual  Communication themed Culture of Seduction [the seduction of culture] will take  place from the 24th to the 26th of October 2014 at the University of Northampton,  and is being organised by the Cyprus Semiotics Association together with the School of The Arts at the University of Northampton. The conference will be accompanied  by an Art and Design exhibition with the theme ‘Culture of Seduction (the seduction of culture)’. This inclusive conference and exhibition aims to investigate the broad subject field of semiotics in its widest context, celebrating the exploration of connections, tensions, contradictions and complementarity between the diversity of outputs.

The event seeks to bring together researchers, scholars and practitioners who study, evaluate and reflect upon the means by which semiotic theories can be analysed, perceived and articulated within the context of the various forms of theoretical and practice based visual communication. The conference welcomes papers from a broad interdisciplinary and theoretical spectrum, such as different semiotic
paradigms, post-structural and postmodern approaches, social semiotics, theories of culture and visual communication. Papers will be accepted in English.

Culture of Seduction [the seduction of culture]

Culture of Seduction [the seduction of culture], not necessarily from a sexual perspective, but as a mechanism of attraction and appeal has often been the case in many communication strategies and approaches of mass and popular culture. In a  ‘seduced’ post-economic crisis environment, the Semiotic aspects and power of ‘seduction’ within visual communication, persuading the viewer to act by positive, negative or perhaps manipulated and directed means, open up a space where extremes become apparent and occasionally pose ethical problems.
According to Hegarty (2004), «[f]or Baudrillard, seduction stands for play, the play of appearances which has always prevented the existence of a transparent reality, which would be free from the traps of illusion, while allowing simulation of truth to operate…seduction implies sexuality, but eroticism and play have given way to visibility and omnipresence, everything is now sexualized, [in Baudrillard’s words] ‘register[ing] an explicit demand for seduction, but a soft seduction, whose weakened condition has become synonymous with so much else in this society-the ambience, the manipulation, the persuasion, the gratification, the strategies of desire’».

From the avant-garde era to our contemporary period, there is a spectrum of activity where artists and visual designers are obliged to live and create in a situation of great ambivalence. Seduction has historic and increasing agency in visual communication – the requirement to entice/persuade viewers is ever more powerful in difficult economic times, in an increasingly hyper-real world-and designers
become ever more complicit in its strategies. The purpose of this conference is to explore from a semiotic perspective how verbal
(text/typography), non-verbal (images), sound and motion signs work in synergy to construct ‘seductive’ messages in visual communication, as well as raising questions about who are the seducers and who are the seduced? The field of Graphic Design and Visual communication creates outcomes which can be de-coded or critiqued through semiotics and the growing area of design theory. Proposals for individual papers, approximately 20 min. long, are invited on the following main themes:

1. Current strategies of economic visual communication (any products or commercial/social services promoted to consumers). A comparison to seduction techniques and strategies of the ‘old’ industrial period of capitalism would be especially interesting.
2. Current seductive Strategies of political propaganda and visual communication.
3. Current enticing advertising strategies using women’s or men’s sexuality. Can we speak about a ‘dramatic’ re-evaluation of the Post-industrial era’s libido? How is ‘aspiration’ codified? How is psychology used within visual communication? What do we learn from this and does it/should it affect future practice?

Important Dates
Call for Papers: 28th of February 2014
Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 14th of May 2014 (you will receive an
acknowledgment by email)
Notification of Acceptance: 14th of June 2014
Deadline for registration-authors: 14th of July 2014
Deadline for registration-participants: 14th of October 2014
Early Bird Booking Deadline: 30th of June 2014
Conference: 24-27 October 2014

Contact details
Address
University of Northampton
St George’s Ave, Northampton
NN2 6JD, United Kingdom
+44 1604 735500
Email: ice@northampton.ac.uk
Conference web page: http://icsvc-conference.com/

CFP: The Semiotic Society of America – 39th Annual Meeting

semiotic_society_americaThe Semiotic Society of America

39th Annual Meeting

October 2–5, 2014

Seattle, Washington

 

www.semioticsocietyofamerica.org

 

DEADLINE for Abstract and Proposal Submissions: May 16, 2014

PDF version of CFP: http://semioticsocietyofamerica.org/images/stories/2014_SSA_Call_for_Papers.pdf

 

Paradoxes of Life*

Challenge – Determination – Resilience

 

Ever since the paradoxes of Zeno (on the impossibility of motion) and Heraclitus (on the possibility of ever-present change)—through the work of Baudrillard, Eco, Escher, Hegel, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Peirce, Picasso, Russell, Whitehead, and others—philosophers, scholars, and artists have been exploring the phenomenological nature of paradoxes. Contemporary societies seem to be especially challenged by paradoxes in all aspects of life. And yet, antinomies in life are not fortuitous, nor do they result from incompetence. They are inherent in the human condition and innate forces in cultural and natural systems.

 The irony is that when societies face crises, there is a tendency to confuse paradoxical situations with problems. This habitual tendency seems to be generated by intolerance for those ambiguities and uncertainties that are unavoidable features of paradoxes. But whenever paradoxes are perceived as problems, they can never be solved or dissolved. Rather, sooner or later, apparent solutions are discovered to be illusions, leading to ever-more-tangled problems. Thus, it is important to be aware of the difference between what we perceive as problems and what we experience as paradoxes.

 Paradoxes present contradictions between irresolvably opposing aspects of life. But life feeds on these contradictory relations, and the evolution of life itself is paradoxical. Because we are born into a world of paradoxes, we are compelled to learn how to survive, to persevere, and to thrive in a reality that is constantly in a state of disequilibrium. Although we are challenged by the tension among various opposing forces, the resulting paradoxes can offer unique opportunities for engaging in crucial meaning-making processes. However, the manner in which we deal with the paradoxes of life is contingent upon our personal capacity for meeting challenges with determination and resilience. Indeed, how we deal with paradoxes can give us insight into the nature of complex semiotic processes. We invite you to consider this theme when planning your contribution to the annual meeting. A list of possible topics (in no way exhaustive) follows:

 – The Structure of Paradox

– The Paradox of Teleology and Absurdism

– The Paradox of Continuity and Discontinuity

– The Paradox of Stability and Change

– The Paradox of Determinism and Free Will

– The Paradox of the Absolute and the Contingent 

– The Life and Death Paradox

– The Paradox of the Whole and the Part

– Paradoxes of Self and Others

– Paradoxes of War and Peace

– The Semiotic Paradox of the Lie and the Truth 

– Transmodernity and Paradoxes

– The Paradox of Language

– The Paradox of Troping

– The Paradox of Beauty and the Grotesque 

– Religious Paradoxes

– Gender Paradoxes

– Paradoxes of Love

– Paradoxes of Communication

– Paradoxes of Space and Time

– The Paradox of the Real and the Imaginary 

– The Paradox of Comedy and Tragedy

– Paradoxes of the Digital Age

– Finite and Infinite Paradoxes

 

*“Paradoxes of Life is a non-restrictive theme of the 39th Annual Meeting. Any topic related to semiotics can be submitted as a paper, a panel, or a poster.

 

 Submission of Abstracts and Proposals

Please visit http://semioticsocietyofamerica.org/index.php/ssa-meetings to submit your abstract or proposal for poster presentation. The deadline for submission is May 16, 2014. Please include the following information in your submission:

 1. Author’s Name(s)

2. Institutional Affiliation and Academic Status

3. Email Address

4. Title of the Abstract

5. 150- to 200-Word Abstract (in Times New Roman 12)

6. Keywords (maximum 6 words)

 

Abstracts for individual papers or panels and organized sessions (3-4 papers) as well as poster presentations must include all of the above information. Papers are for a 20-minute presentation. Early submission of abstracts and proposals is highly recommended. An acknowledgement of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of receiving your submission. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants by June 30, 2014.

Papers presented at the meeting will also be considered for publication in Semiotics 2014, the Yearbook of the Semiotic Society of America (SSA). The SSA Yearbook is an annual peer-reviewed publication series sponsored by the Semiotic Society of America, providing both a timely overview of current developments in semiotic research and a regular outlet for members of the society to publish papers on their current work. Further details and deadlines will be specified in the Annual Meeting Program.

Student submissions are eligible for the Roberta Kevelson Award, which will honor the best student paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting. Students who wish to be considered for the Kevelson Award should indicate their interest in their abstract submissions, and submit their full papers to Prof. Farouk Y. Seif at fseif@antioch.edu by September 2, 2014.

 

Special Events

 *** Pre-Conference Marketplace of Semiotics: This year’s Annual Meeting will use the innovative, self-organizing process known as Open Space Technology to energize and engage participants in stimulating seminars/workshops. The process will generate a “Marketplace of Semiotics” that contains diverse sessions. These sessions will form 5–8 distinctive seminars/workshops for students and scholars new to semiotics, but also of interest to experienced scholars. The Marketplace of Semiotics will include lunch and will commence with an exceptional keynote speaker; thereafter, experienced facilitators will conduct these self-generated seminars/workshops. More information and further details will be provided in the Program.

 *** Poster Presentations: Poster presentations will be peer reviewed. Poster sizes should not exceed 3×3 feet in dimension and be done on matte finish or coated paper. Posters are intended to highlight best practices and research projects. Submission of poster proposals should include 150–200 words of brief description and a PDF of the actual poster. Presenters should make sure their final printed posters are received by the SSA Registration Desk at the Westin Seattle Hotel no later than 12:00 noon on October 1, 2014. All posters will be on display in a gallery throughout the duration of the annual meeting.

 

Conference Venue

 Seattle, also known as the “Emerald City,” is the host city for the 39th SSA Annual Meeting. Seattle is one of the most beautiful and fastest-growing cities of North America. It was named after the prominent Native American figure Chief “Seathle,” who creatively dealt with the paradox of accommodating white settlers with Native Americans through a robust call for ecological responsibility. The Seattle metropolitan area is the home of leading companies such as Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks.

 The Annual Meeting will take place at The Westin Seattle Hotel in the heart of downtown. The Westin Hotel has exceptional amenities and is within walking distance of the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Symphony (Benaroya Hall), Pike Place Market, and the beautiful waterfront.

To make your room reservations, please visit https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/2014SemioticSociety or call +01-888-627-8513. We encourage you to make your reservation by August 22, 2014. After this date, it will be at the Westin’s discretion whether to accept reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability. The single or double room SSA special rate is $195.00 per night, including complimentary guest-room wireless Internet access.

 

Registration and Fees

 Please note that, according to the SSA Constitution, “Only Individual, Student, and Honorary members in good standing may offer papers to the Program Committee for oral presentation at meetings of the Society” (Article 4, Section 4). Membership must be in good standing at or before the time of abstract submission. 

 

Registration Fees:

– SSA Membership Dues (Regular) — $50.00

– SSA Membership Dues (Student) — $30.00

– Conference Registration Fee (Regular) — $150.00 (late registration $175.00 after August 17, 2014)?

– Conference Registration Fee (Student) — $70.00 (late registration $85.00 after August 17, 2014)

– Pre-Conference Seminars/Workshops Fee — $30.00 (access to all seminars/workshops)

 

Meals Fee (includes the following) — $100.00

• Breakfast (3 days)

• Lunch (3 days)

• All-day Beverage Service (3 days) 

• Plated Dinner (1 night)

• Welcome Reception with hors d’oeuvres and wine/beer/sodas

 

How to Register:

Please visit http://www.pdcnet.org/wp/services/2014-ssa-conference/ or call: +01-434-220-3300 or the toll free number 1-800-444-2419 (U.S. & Canada).

More information will become available over the coming months at www.semioticsocietyofamerica.org.

 We look forward to welcoming you in Seattle!

 

The 2014 Program Committee

 Farouk Y. Seif, Chair and Organizer; Professor Emeritus, Antioch University Seattle

Robert S. Hatten, Professor, The University of Texas

Prisca Augustyn, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University
Karen Haworth, Office Administrator, University of West Florida

Gilad Elbom, Instructor, Oregon State University
Linda V. Nurra, Independent Scholar, Santa Barbara, California
Mariana Bockarova, Ph.D. Student, Harvard University
Adam A. Ferguson, Ph.D. Student, Binghamton University

 

Southern Semiotic Review Issue 3 and Call for Papers

SSR_v1SOUTHERN SEMIOTIC REVIEW – Issue 3 (2014) now available at

www.southernsemioticreview.net

This  journal welcomes papers with general semiotic methodology and subject matter, as well as ones with special themes. Current themes include media and video, religion, memory and performance and visual arts.  As well as peer-reviewed papers, less formal reviews, commentaries and work in progress are welcome from international scholars and writers. Where possible, faster publication schedules for individual papers will be encouraged. The journal plans to  mix the need for archival services as well as scheduled issues. This journal has online and print versions.

Issue 3 2014

o    Issue Three Introduction

o    Comparative Literature in the Digital Age: Semiotic and Cultural Implications by Asun López-Varela

o    Transfer operations and intersemiotic translation in Alex Robinson’s London by Remo Gramigna

o    Rapunzel, Benjamin Button and Little Red Riding Hood: philosophical, rhetorical and textual semiotic excursions by George Rossolatos

o    How Vision Collaborates with Thought to bring Information into the Mind by Inesa Sahakyan

o    Of Criminals and Queers: Discourses of Class and the Outlaw in The White Tiger and Funny Boy by Adam A. Ferguson

o    The Emergence of ‘Atomodoxy’ in Cold-War Rhetoric and Science Fiction Narratives by James Eric Black

o    À partir de Greimas. Semiotic and Communication Patterns in Dance by Nicoleta Popa Blanariu

o    The View Finder: The Camera as Significal Pedagogue by Jude Chua Soo Men

o    Book Review: Bruno Latour. Rejoicing – or the Torments of Religious Speech, by Rowan MacKay

 

Call to Papers

Contributions are welcome for forthcoming general issues. In addition to ongoing general papers and issues, SSR will invites papers on continuing and special themes. General and special issues will be published online and in print as a quantum of quality papers becomes available. Papers or abstracts will be accepted at any time. Theme papers can be published in general issues before being assembled in special edition(s). 

The Semiosis of Transmedia
Guest Editors: Asun LópezVarela,  Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
David Marshall,  Head, School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Australia

Memory: Memory as a Representational Phenomenon
Guest Editor: Donna West

 Signs and Wonder – A Semiotics of Theology
Guest Editor: Demelza Martin, University of New South Wales,  Australia

A special supplement to the Southern Semiotic Review, called Sign|Artes, will soon be assembled. This will focus on creative arts and, in particular, visual and performance arts. Reviews, commentaries as well as papers are welcome now. The supplement will first be published by May 2014, and will be updated on a regular basis. Special editors will be Nicoleta Popa Blanariu, Veronica Devalle, Janys Hayes and Geoffrey Sykes, with assistance as required by other editorial advisors.

 

semiotic readerPrint publication

A print edition of Issues 1 and 2, titled “A Semiotic Reader”, is available through Amazon under “Southern Semiotic Reader”.

http://www.amazon.com/Semiotic-Reader-Papers-Southern-Review/dp/1493531549/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1393549734&sr=1-1

CFP: Peirce and His Students – Tallinn, Estonia

Call for Papers: “Peirce and His Students
Tallinn, Estonia, 21 April 2014

Workshop in the 2nd Applying Peirce Conference (Tallinn-Helsinki, 20-23 April 2014)
http://www.nordprag.org/ap2.html

It has sometimes been claimed that, unlike many other classical philosophers, Charles Peirce had few or even no intellectual heirs at all. This event intends to establish the extent of relationships between Peirce and his pupils, students, collaborators, successors and inheritors – and to what extent these notions themselves also call for historical and philosophical clarification when it comes to the legacy of a great thinker. 
Although having held no permanent academic position, Peirce led the Metaphysical Club and instructed a famous circle of logic and philosophy students at Johns Hopkins University. Moreover, he lectured often, developed correspondence courses, collaborated with a number of scientists, and contributed with his student Joseph Jastrow to what became the field of experimental psychology. His correspondence reveals that many were eager to learn from him, and he designed courses with attention to logic teaching and pedagogy. Thanks to the efforts of Ladd-Franklin and many others, a Peircean school of logic may have been in the making already in his lifetime. 
These and many other issues invite a closer investigation of Peirce’s legacy as viewed through his students.

Possible topics include:
– Peirce’s students at the Johns Hopkins University: John Dewey, Allan Marquand, Christine Ladd-Franklin, Oscar Howard Mitchell, Benjamin Ives Gilman, Joseph Jastrow, Ellery W. Davies, Thorstein Veblen, Josiah Royce, Henry Taber. How do Peirce’s teachings show up in their own careers?
– Peirce’s influence on his colleagues and collaborators; his place in academia; his own research groups
– The impact of the Metaphysical Club to the development of science and philosophy
– Students in Peirce’s correspondence; Peirce’s correspondence courses
– Schröder, Ladd-Franklin and other logicians and philosophers pursuing Peirce’s logics; the nature of the Peircean lineage in logic
– Peirce’s influence on Ramsey and the Cambridge community
– Welby’s significs in comparison to Peirce’s
– The reception of pragmaticism in his lifetime

Invited talk by Prof. Ahti-Veikko Pietarinen (University of Helsinki & Tallinn University of Technology).
The workshop “Peirce and His Students” takes place in Tallinn on 21 April 2014, before the second part of the Applying Peirce Conference that takes place on 22-23 April 2014 in Helsinki. There is a 2h ferry ride from Tallinn to Helsinki.

Submissions (max. one page abstract) should be sent to peirce.workshop@gmail.com by 28 February 2014. Notifications by 8 March 2014.

Organisers: Jean-Marie Chevalier (Collège de France) & Amirouche Moktefi (Tallinn University of Technology)

CFP: Ocula.it – Commemorating Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914): interpretive semiotics and mass media

Ocula.it is the oldest Italian online academic review in semiotics.

It was founded in 2000 by a group of semioticians from Bologna University, all of them Umberto Eco’s disciples. Some of the group now hold positions in Italian Universities.

The review has published its articles mostly in Italian, but it has recently adopted a double blind peer review system and it’s trying to extend the range of its contributors to colleagues and friends, whether academics, professionals or doctorate students, writing in English.

So we ask you, if you don’t want to propose a paper yourself, to diffuse this call to colleagues or friends who might be interested in submitting an essay.

CALL FOR PAPERS (ENGLISH AND ITALIAN)

ENGLISH

Commemorating Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914): interpretive semiotics and mass media

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the death of C. S. Peirce, Ocula wants to collect some reflections on mass media and semiotics inspired by Peirce’s theory.
Among the possibile themes we can list the following:

Applications of Peirce’s theory of interpretation to media analysis.
Pragmatism (or pragmaticism) and the communication society.
Application of interpretive semiotics to the analysis of texts.
Peircean semiotics and studies in consumption behavior.
Inference, in particular abduction, and media communication: narrations, reasonings, intercultural relations;
Peirce’s theory of communication.
Peirce, theory of culture and cultural images.

The call for papers is open to theoretical as well as analytic approaches. Priority will be given to applied semiotics and case studies. Contributions are not restricted to semiotics but we will prefere articles that treat media from the semiotic point of view. All the same, papers that apply sociologic and marketing approaches will be accepted. All papers must refer to Charles Peirce’s theory, if only by a quotation or the synthesis of a theoretic position.

Maximum abstract lenght: 2.000 characters.
There are no limits for the essays but we recommend not to exceed 40.000 characters.
The essays can have any kind of images.
Text formatting will be done by the authors according to instructions supplied by Ocula.
The essays must undergo a blind peer review for acceptance and publishing.

Please send the abstracts to redazione@ocula.it

Abstracts submission deadline: 31 March, 2014.
Essays submission deadline: 30 June, 2014.
Intended publication: October 2014.
Languages accepted: English, Italian.
ITALIANO

Commemorando Charles S. Peirce (1839-1914): la semiotica interpretativa e i mass media.

Nel ricordare il centenario della morte di C.S. Peirce, Ocula vuole raccogliere alcune riflessioni sui mass media e la semiotica ispirate alla teoria di Peirce.
Tra i possibili temi possiamo elencare i seguenti:

Applicazioni della teoria dell’interpretazione di Peirce all’analisi dei media.
Il pragmatismo (o il pragmaticismo) e la società della comunicazione.
Applicazione della semiotica interpretativa all’analisi dei testi.
La semiotica peirceana e gli studi sul comportamento di consumo.
L’inferenza, in particolare l’abduzione, e le forme di comunicazione mediatica: narrazioni, argomentazioni, interculturalità.
La teoria della comunicazione di Peirce.
Peirce, la teoria della cultura e delle immagini.

Il call for papers è aperto ad approcci sia teorici sia analitici. Verrà data priorità alla semiotica applicata e ai casi studio. I contributi non sono limitati alla semiotica ma preferiremo articoli che trattano i media dal punto di vista semiotico. Ciò detto, saggi che applicano approcci sociologici o di marketing saranno accettati. Tutti i testi devono fare riferimento alla teoria di Peirce, anche se con una citazione o la sintesi di una posizione teorica.

Lunghezza degli abstract: massimo 2.000 battute.
I saggi non hanno limiti di spazio, ma si chiede di stare entro le 40.000 battute.
I saggi possono essere corredati da immagini di qualsiasi tipo.
L’impaginazione sarà a cura degli autori sulla base di un format fornito da Ocula.
L’accettazione degli abstract e la pubblicazione dei saggi è sottoposta a blind peer review.
Gli abstract vanno spediti all’indirizzo redazione@ocula.it
Data di consegna degli abstract: 31 marzo 2014
Data di consegna dei saggi: 30 giugno 2014
Pubblicazione prevista: ottobre 2014.
Lingue accettate: Italiano, Inglese.

Curatori

_ Giampaolo Proni: giampaolo.proni(;-)unibo.it
_ Salvatore Zingale: salvatore.zingale(;-)polimi.it

 

Link to this call on the site:

http://www.ocula.it/idx/cfp.php?id=21

12th World congress of IASS/IAS – Few days left for early registration discount

Few days left for the 20 Euro early registration discount for the next IASS world congress in Sofia, 16-20 September, 2014 (http://semio2014.org).

The discount expires on 28 February.

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12th World congress of IASS/IAS

“New Semiotics: between Tradition and Innovation”

Sofia, 16-20 September 2014, New Bulgarian University

www.semio2014.org

The registration form for the congress is now available.

This is the first call for papers of the 12th World Congress of the International Association of Semiotics

The strategic objective of this Congress is the expansion and reinforcement of the semiotic web. The Congress will not only attract the leading figures in contemporary semiotics but will, with Sofia as host city, provide exceptionally favourable conditions for wide participation. These include a specially organized low fee, comfortable budget accommodation and excellent organization.

“Innovation” is not only a theme from the title but also informs the organization of the Congress. The Congress will be preceded by a broad discussion on social media so as to enable participants to select the most interesting topics and facilitators for scientific sessions and round tables. This will also provide an opportunity to highlight the profile of new semiotics – that which constantly occurs on separate sites but which today needs to be strengthened by common formulations and a common strategy, new tactics for the affirmation of this disciplinary field both in the new academic realities and outside the university, in the labour market and the market of research services. New semiotics is thus global, project-oriented, and focused on its contribution to human endeavour within the flexible boundaries of interdisciplinarity.

Mirroring the innovations of semiotics, New Bulgarian University, the host of the Congress, was founded by a mandate of the Bulgarian Parliament in 1991 and is the largest private university in the country today. It is the host of the South-East European Center for Semiotic Studies (the organizer of the famous Early Fall School of Semiotics since 1995) and is the university which introduced and continues to be the seat of the major innovations in Bulgarian academia.

At a time of challenge for the university as an institution, for the humanities, as well as for culture as a whole, “New Semiotics: between Tradition and Innovation” has two main aims. It aims to facilitate presentations of cutting-edge research and it aims to seize the opportunity to demonstrate to the global community the central role that semiotics will continue to play in the analysis of life in contemporary societies.

The main directions reflecting the current state of the discipline are listed below. Papers for the Congress will present research that sits within the framework of any of those main directions (or, possibly, sits within emergent directions). You are invited to take part in the preliminary discussions by way of social media and to propose topics for the roundtables and study sessions. Please follow this link to participate to the discussions:

LinkedIn

Facebook (English)

Facebook (French)

Facebook (Spanish)

Google+

At the conclusion of these discussions, specific sessions and roundtables will be set up and abstracts will then be invited. All abstracts will be peer reviewed.

The main directions for discussion are:

Theoretical Semiotics
– Semiotic Epistemology
– Visual Semiotics
– Cognitive Semiotics
– Cultural Semiotics
– Textual Semiotics
– Biosemiotics
– Ecosemiotics
– Semiotics of Space
– Edusemiotics

Applied Semiotics
– Semiotics of Law
– Semiotics of Education
– Semiotics of Translation
– Semiotics of Literature, Cinema, Theater, etc.
– Semiotics of Mass Media, New Media, Video Games and Internet
– Semiotics of Music
– Semiotics of Architecture
– Semiotics of Religion
– Marketing Semiotics (Brand Research, Advertising, Market Research, etc.)

Sociosemiotics
– Urban Semiotics
– Fashion Semiotics
– Consumer Culture and Semiotics
– Social Media, Globalisation and Innovation

Semiotics in the Interdisciplinary Context
– Semiotics and Anthropology
– Semiotics and Linguistics
– Semiotics and Communication
– Ethics and Aesthetics from a Semiotic Perspective
– Semiotics and Philosophy
– Semiotics and the Self
– Semiotics and Complexity

National and Regional Semiotic Schools

Semiotics and its Masters (past and present)

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12ème congrès Mondial de l’IASS/IAS

“la Nouvelle Sémiotique: entre tradition et innovation”,

Sofia, le 16-20 septembre 2014, Nouvelle Université Bulgare

Ceci est le premier appel à communications pour le 12ème Congrès mondial de l’Association Internationale de Sémiotique. L’objectif stratégique de ce congrès est l’expansion et le renforcement du réseau sémiotique. Le Congrès n’attirera pas seulement les personnalités de la sémiotique contemporaine mais assurera, Sofia étant la ville hôte, des conditions exceptionnellement favorables pour une participation extensive, en offrant des tarifs spécialement bas, une excellente organisation et des logements confortables.

Ce terme d’« Innovation » n’est pas seulement un mot du titre, mais c’est aussi la ligne directrice de l’organisation du Congrès. Le Congrès sera précédé par une large discussion dans les médias sociaux afin de permettre aux divers participants de mieux choisir les sujets et les animateurs les plus intéressants pour les sessions scientifiques et tables rondes.

Cela permettra également de mettre en évidence le profil de la nouvelle sémiotique – ce qui se produit constamment sur les sites séparés, mais qui doit aujourd’hui être renforcé par des formulations communes et  par une stratégie commune, une nouvelle tactique pour l’affirmation de ce champ disciplinaire tant dans les nouvelles réalités académiques qu’à l’extérieur de l’université, sur le marché du travail et sur le marché de services de recherche. La nouvelle sémiotique est ainsi globale, orientée vers de vrais projets, concentrée sur sa contribution à la connaissance et à l’action humaines, dans les limites flexibles de l’interdisciplinarité.

En reflétant les innovations de la sémiotique, la Nouvelle Université Bulgare,  l’hôte du Congrès, a été fondée selon un mandat du parlement bulgare en 1991. Elle est la plus grande université privée en Bulgarie aujourd’hui. Elle est l’hôte du Centre Européen du Sud-Est pour les Études Sémiotiques (l’organisateur de la fameuse Early Fall School of Semiotics depuis 1995) et elle est l’université ayant introduit, et continuant d’être le lieu, d’innovations importantes dans le milieu académique bulgare.

En ce moment de défi pour l’université en tant qu’institution, pour les humanités, aussi bien que pour la culture dans son ensemble, “la Nouvelle Sémiotique : entre la Tradition et l’Innovation” a deux buts principaux:

– faciliter les présentations des recherches les plus “à la pointe”

– saisir l’opportunité de démontrer à la communauté globale le rôle central que la sémiotique continuera de jouer dans l’analyse de la vie dans les sociétés contemporaines.

Les principales directions de recherche reflétant l’état actuel de la discipline sont énumérées ci-dessous. Les contributions au Congrès sont invitées à investir n’importe laquelle de ces directions principales de la recherche  comme d’ailleurs  les directions émergentes qui ne figureraient pas sur cette liste.

Vous êtes invités à prendre part aux discussions préliminaires par voie des médias sociaux et  à proposer des thèmes pour les sessions d’étude et les tables rondes. Suivez s’il vous plaît les liens suivants pour participer :

LinkedIn

Facebook (anglais)

Facebook (français)

Facebook (espagnol)

Google+

À la fin de ces discussions, les sessions d’étude et tables rondes seront organisées et les résumés seront alors invités. Tous les résumés seront évalués par les pairs.

Les principales directions de la recherche actuelle sont:

Sémiotique Théorique
– Épistémologie de la Sémiotique
– Sémiotique Visuelle
– Sémiotique Cognitive
– Sémiotique Culturelle
– Sémiotique Textuelle
– Biosemiotique
– Ecosemiotique
– Sémiotique de l’Espace

Sémiotique Appliquée
– Sémiotique Juridique
– Sémiotique de l’Éducation
– Sémiotique de la Traduction
– Sémiotique de  la Littérature, du Cinéma, du  Théâtre, etc.
– Sémiotique de Mass-média, les Nouveaux média, les Jeux Vidéos et Internet
– Sémiotique de la Musique
– Sémiotique de l’Architecture
– Sémiotique Religieuse
– Sémiotique du Marketing (les marques commerciales, la publicité, l’étude de marché, etc.)

Sociosemiotique
– Sémiotique Urbaine
– Sémiotique de la Mode
– Culture de Consommation et Sémiotique
– Les Médias sociaux, la Globalisation et l’Innovation

La Sémiotique dans le Contexte Interdisciplinaire
– Sémiotique et Anthropologie
– Sémiotique et Linguistique
– Sémiotique et Communication
– Ethique et Esthétique dans la perspective sémiotique
– Sémiotique et Philosophie
– La sémiotique et le Soi
– Sémiotique et Complexité

Écoles Sémiotiques nationales et régionales

La sémiotique et ses Maîtres (passés et présents)

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12 Congreso Mundial de la IASS/AIS.

“Nueva Semiótica: entre tradición e innovación”

Sofia, del 16 al 20 de septiembre de 2014, New Bulgarian University

Esta es la primera llamada para presentar Comunicaciones al XII Congreso Mundial de la

Asociación Internacional de Semiótica (IASS/AIS).

El objetivo estratégico de este Congreso es la expansión y el reforzamiento de la red semiótica. El Congreso no atraerá solamente a las personalidades de la semiótica contemporánea sino que además garantizará, siendo Sofía la ciudad anfitriona, condiciones excepcionalmente favorables para una extensa participación, ofreciendo tasas de inscripción especialmente bajas, alojamientos confortables y una excelente organización.

El término “Innovación” no es solamente un tema evocado en el título, sino también la línea directriz de organización del Congreso, el cual será precedido por una extensa discusión en las redes sociales a fin de permitir a los diversos participantes elegir los mejores temas y los centros de interés para las sesiones científicas y las mesas redondas.

Esto permitirá igualmente poner en evidencia el perfil de la nueva semiótica, lo que se produce constantemente en lugares alejados, pero que hoy debe ser puesto en evidencia mediante formulaciones comunes y estrategias comunes, una nueva táctica para la afirmación de este campo disciplinar tanto en las nuevas realidades académicas como en el exterior de la Universidad, en el mercado de trabajo y en el ámbito de los servicios de investigación. La nueva semiótica debe ser de este modo global, orientada hacia verdaderos proyectos, centrada en su contribución al conocimiento humano, en los límites flexibles de la interdisciplinariedad.

Trataremos de reflejar las innovaciones de la semiótica, en el seno de la New Bulgarian University, la anfitriona del Congreso, fundada según un mandato del Parlamento búlgaro en 1991, en nuestros días la mayor Universidad privada de Bulgaria. La Universidad alberga el Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies, organizador de la famosa Early Fall School of Semiotics desde 1995 y es la institución universitaria que ha introducido las más importantes innovaciones en el medio académico búlgaro.

En este momento de desafío de la Universidad en tanto que institución, tanto para las humanidades como para la cultura en general, “La Nueva Semiótica: entre la Tradición y la Innovación” tiene dos objetivos principales:

– Facilitar la presentación de las investigaciones más punteras

– Aprovechar la oportunidad de demostrar a la comunidad internacional global el papel central que la semiótica continuará jugando en el análisis de la vida en las sociedades contemporáneas.

Las principales direcciones de investigación que reflejan el estado actual de la disciplina son enumeradas más abajo. Las contribuciones al Congreso pueden abordar tanto cualquiera de estas direcciones principales de investigación, como otras líneas emergentes que no figuran en esta lista.

Invitamos a todos a tomar parte de las discusiones preliminares en las redes sociales y a proponer temas para las sesiones de estudio y las mesas redondas. Por favor, sigan los siguientes links para participar:

LinkedIn

(inglés) Facebook

(francés) Facebook

(español) Facebook

Google+

Al final de estas discusiones, las sesiones de estudio y mesas redondas serán organizadas y los resúmenes serán evaluados por pares y, en su caso, aceptados.

Las principales direcciones de la investigación actual son:

Semiótica teórica
– Epistemología de la Semiótica
– Semiótica Visual
– Semiótica Cognitiva
– Semiótica Cultural
– Semiótica Textual
– Biosemiótica
– Ecosemiótica
– Semiótica del Espacio

Semiótica Aplicada
– Semiótica Jurídica
– Semiótica de la Educación
– Semiótica de la Traducción
– Semiótica de la Literatura, del Cine, del Teatro…
– Semiótica de los Medios, Nuevos Medios, Videojuegos e Internet.
– Semiótica de la Música
– Semiótica de la Arquitectura
– Semiótica Religiosa
– Semiótica del Marketing

Sociosemiótica
– Semiótica Urbana
– Semiótica de la Moda
– Cultura del Consumo y Semiótica
– Las Redes Sociales, la Globalización y la Innovación

La Semiótica en el Contexto Interdisciplinar
– Semiótica y Antropología
– Semiótica y Lingüística
– Semiótica y Comunicación
– Ética y Estética en la perspectiva semiótica
– Semiótica y Filosofía
– La Semiótica y el Yo
– Semiótica y Complejidad

Escuelas Semióticas Nacionales y Regionales

La Semiótica y sus maestros (pasados y presentes).

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CFP: Analitica / Online Journal of Music Studies

“Sound contacts” – Call for papers 2014 (Papers section)

Music can be seen as a relational force binding musicians, listeners, instruments and sounds. Its functions are deeply embedded in the network of agents involved in its production, fruition and definition processes. Despite the rhetoric of music as the art of sentiment, spiritual force or universal language, music fully reveals its potential as a means for communication between human beings and cultural subjects, opening up horizons in which these relations can be framed and nourished, reflecting their structural, socio-cultural, historical and economical dimensions. In this particular historical juncture, in which geopolitical circumstances seem to favor a set of close-minded attitudes towards diversity and otherness, cultural and artistic dynamics enact proactive approaches to the ongoing changes.

This set of statements will be at the core of “Sound contacts”, the thematic section of the next issue of Analitica (2014). Scholars and musicians are warmly encouraged to submit proposals for a brief contribution (max. 4.000 words) centered on one or more of the topics suggested below. The texts may foster a theoretical position as well as propose in-depth analyses of musical objects and/or repertoires.

The keyword “sound contacts” allows several options for elaboration. Among them we suggest for development:

  • cross-breeding and contamination between repertoires and sounds belonging to different historical periods and/or geographical contexts. Which strategies are involved in setting the conditions for these elements to coexist? Which suggestions emerge with regard to the possibility of their coexistence? In which way do they call for spaces of shared experience? How do they re-affirm or call into question cultural traditions?
  • compositional and performative issues shared in different traditions and genres, such as the divide between noise and music, unusual or asymmetrical rhythmic patterns, real-time electronic elaboration of sound, the connection between music and gesture in the action of performers and dancers. How do these issues become a creative drive in experimental composition, rock, jazz, traditional musics and other contemporary musical practices?
  • interactions between performers and participants in rituals, concerts, and other kinds of musical event. Music stimulates active and mutual exchanges in terms of negotiating emotion and meaning. This is not only true for musical practices that are technologically mediated, but for every performative context. How can we trace the presence of these dynamics in the music itself? How can we relate the need of expression of the single individual to the collective functions of music in the context in which it is produced?
  • sound as a connective terrain for different art forms, such as opera, sound arts, television, cinema and new media. How does music acquire the ability to encompass, subsume, and consequentially amplify the expressive potential of single media in multimedia compounds where the result is more than just a sum of its part?

Those who are interested in contributing to the current issue are kindly requested to register on the website of Analitica and submit an abstract of their proposal (250 words, plus a 150 words biographical profile) to the attention of the Editorial Board. The deadline for abstract submission is 31 March 2014. Selected proposals will be due for online publishing by the 15 July 2014. The Editorial Board will see to the preliminary review and proofreading of the online publications. Once approved, contributions will be visible on the website and accessible for comments by registered readers. By the end of 2014—after a final peer-review of the selected contributions—the articles will be collected and archived in their definitive form on the website. For more information on the revision process, please refer to the sections regarding publishing policy and submission guidelines.

“Contatti sonori” – Call for papers 2014 (sezione Interventi)

La musica può essere intesa come un sistema di relazioni che legano musicisti, ascoltatori, strumenti e suoni. Le sue funzioni sono profondamente legate alla rete di agenti coinvolti nei suoi processi di produzione, fruizione e definizione. Al di là della retorica che la definisce come arte del sentimento, forza spirituale o linguaggio universale, la musica rivela appieno il suo potenziale se considerata un mezzo di comunicazione tra esseri umani e oggetti culturali. In questo senso può diventare una chiave per aprire gli orizzonti all’interno dei quali tali connessioni possono essere inquadrate e porre le basi per il proprio sviluppo, oltre a rivelarsi nelle specifiche dimensioni strutturali, socio-culturali, storiche ed economiche di ogni oggetto. Nel momento in cui le circostanze geopolitiche attuali sembrano favorire atteggiamenti di rifiuto e chiusura verso la diversità e l’alterità, le dinamiche della creazione e circolazione artistica possono indicare soluzioni positive per confrontarsi con i cambiamenti in atto.

Questo insieme di riflessioni sarà al centro della sezione tematica della prossima annata di Analitica, dal titolo “Contatti sonori”. Studiosi e musicisti sono caldamente invitati a sottoporre proposte per brevi contributi (max. 20.000 caratteri) centrati intorno ai temi indicati nell’elenco seguente. I testi possono presentare una proposta teorica oppure proporre un’analisi centrata su particolari oggetti musicali o repertori.

La parola chiave “Contatti sonori” lascia aperte un gran numero di opzioni per il suo sviluppo. Tra queste suggeriamo:

  • l’ibridazione e la contaminazione tra repertori e suoni appartenenti a differenti periodi storici o contesti geografici. Quali strategie sono impiegate per creare le condizioni di una coesistenza tra i diversi elementi? È possibile trovare alla radice di esse alcuni modelli comuni? In che modo aprono degli spazi per la condivisione di esperienze? In che modo affermano o mettono in questione le tradizioni culturali preesistenti?
  • problemi compositivi o performativi condivisi in diverse tradizioni e generi, ad esempio la distinzione tra suono e rumore, schemi di organizzazione ritmica inusuali o asimmetrici, l’elaborazione elettronica del suono in tempo reale, la connessione tra musica e gesto nell’azione dei performer o dei danzatori. Da quali punti di vista la soluzione di tali problemi offre un impulso creativo nella composizione sperimentale, nel rock, nel jazz, nella musica tradizionale o in altre pratiche musicali?
  • forme di interazione tra performer e partecipanti in rituali, concerti, o altre tipologie di eventi musicali. La musica è uno stimolo per attivare scambi e modalità di costruzione partecipata di emozioni e significati in tutti i contesti performativi. Si possono rintracciare i segni di tali dinamiche nella musica stessa? Come possiamo mettere in relazione la necessità di espressione individuale con le funzioni collettive della musica nel contesto in cui viene prodotta?
  • il suono come tessuto connettivo per differenti forme d’arte, quali l’opera, la televisione, la sound art, il cinema e i nuovi media. In che modo la musica acquisisce la possibilità di accogliere e includere, e di conseguenza amplificare, il potenziale espressivo dei singoli media, in un complesso multimediale nel quale il risultato è maggiore della somma delle parti?

Gli interessati a contribuire al numero corrente sono invitati a registrarsi sul sito web di Analitica e a proporre alla redazione della rivista un abstract del loro contributo (1.500 caratteri, più un breve profilo biografico di 600 caratteri). La scadenza per l’invio delle proposte è il 31 marzo 2014. I contributi selezionati dovranno essere inviati entro il 15 luglio 2014. La Redazione sarà responsabile della prima selezione dei contributi e della revisione in vista della pubblicazione online. Una volta approvati, gli articoli saranno disponibili per la consultazione sul sito e sarà possibile per tutti gli utenti registrati proporre commenti e ulteriori spunti di riflessione. Alla fine del 2014—dopo una ulteriore fase di peer-review—i testi saranno raccolti e archiviati in forma definitiva. Per maggiori informazioni sul processo editoriale e di revisione si invita a far riferimento alle sezioni del sito riguardanti le politiche e le linee guida per gli autori.

Analitica – Rivista online di studi musicali

The 2nd International Conference of Semiosis Research Center (ICSRC), Seoul, Korea (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

Extended Deadline – Feb 16, 2014

The 2nd International Conference of Semiosis Research Center (ICSRC), Seoul, Korea

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to February 16 2014.

Narrative and Multimodality

The ICSRC is a premier international conference covering interdisciplinary dialogues on semiosis (sign processes). The Semiosis Research Center (SRC) is a research institute sponsored by National Research Foundation of Korea and its focus lies in the conceptual understanding of sign processes (semiosis) which occur dynamically in relation to society. The first international conference was held on 2012 on the theme, “Homo Sensus: Perception, Emotion and Semiosis” which highlighted the multidisciplinary relationship between human perception and cognition.

The 2nd ICSRC (ICSRC-2014) will be held in May 23rd, at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea. The topic of ICSRC-2014 is “Narrative and Multimodality.” As humans, we continually make stories and stories shape us. Our narratives can also become signs standing for ourselves or even culture. A chief carrier of narratives is language, but non-linguistic devices such as visual images, material artifacts and gestures can also facilitate communication of stories. Narrative and its multimodality thus need to be investigated from diverse perspectives in order to understand their working procedures and/or function. This conference seeks to explore various characteristics of narratives, including semantic and formal features, narratives in literary works, storytelling and culture, and multimodality.

Plenary speakers

  • Maria Patrizia Violi, University of Bologna, Italy
  • Morana Alac, UCSD, USA

We invite submissions of [less than] 400 word abstracts for one of two categories:

1. Oral presentations (20 min presentation + 5 minute discussion)

2. Posters (at a dedicated poster session)

*If you want to do a theme session, please contact the organizer.

The abstracts can be related, though need not be restricted, to the following topics:

. Chronotope

. Cross-Cultural Comparative Literatures

. Cognitive and Semiotic Approach to Multimodal Texts

. Context-Specific Multimodality

. Digital Media and their Narrative Processing

. Multimodal Communications

. Multimodality

. Narratology in Media

. Narratives and Institutions (e.g., politics, business, etc.)

. Semantic Typology and Linguistic Relativity

. Semiosis and Culture

. Storytelling

Abstracts should be submitted to: hksemiosis@hufs.ac.kr or hyugahn@hufs.ac.kr

Important dates

. Deadline for abstract submission: 16 Feb 2014

. Notification of acceptance: 28 Feb 2014

. Early Registration: 15 Mar 2014

. Registration: 15 Apr 2014

Registration Fees

. $100 for researchers and professors

. $50 for students and the retired

. Fees include conference package, snacks and beverage, and the conference dinner.

Benefits

. SRC provides accommodations for two nights in Seoul for all presenters.

. Papers selected by the Editorial Board of the SRC’s journal Signs and Society can be considered for publication in Signs and Society‘s supplementary issue.

Contact 

Local organizing committee of ICSRC 2014

HK Professor Hyug Ahn

hyugahn@hufs.ac.kr

 

CFP: First International Association for Cognitive Semiotics Conference, IACS-2014 (EXTENDED DEADLINE)

Extended Deadline: Feb 20, 2014

First Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS)
September 25-27, 2014
Lund, Sweden
Plenary speakers
* Søren Brier, Copenhagen Business School
* Merlin Donald, Queens University
* Brian MacWhinney, Carnegie Mellon University
* Cornelia Müller, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)
* Raymond Tallis, University of Manchester
Theme: Establishing Cognitive Semiotics
Over the past two decades or so, a number of researchers from semiotics, linguistics, cognitive science and related fields, from several European and North American research centres, have experienced the need to combine theoretical knowledge and methodological expertise in order to tackle challenging questions concerning the nature of meaning, the role of consciousness, the unique cognitive features of mankind, the interaction of nature and nurture in development, and the interplay of biological and cultural evolution in phylogeny. The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS) aims at the further establishment of Cognitive Semiotics as the trans-disciplinary study of meaning, combining concepts, theories and methods from the humanities and the social and natural sciences.
Abstracts
We invite the submission of 400 word abstracts (excluding title and references) for either an oral presentation (20 min presentation + 5 minute discussion) or poster (at a dedicated poster session), by uploading to the EasyChair website. The abstracts can be related, though need not be restricted, to the following topics:
• Biological and cultural evolution of human cognitive specificity
• Cognitive linguistics and phenomenology
• Communication across cultural barriers
• Cross-species comparative semiotics
• Evolutionary perspectives on altruism
• Experimental semiotics
Iconicity in language and other semiotic resources
• Intersubjectivity and mimesis in evolution and development
• Multimodality
• Narrativity across different media
• Semantic typology and linguistic relativity
• Semiosis (sense-making) in social interaction
• Semiotic and cognitive development in children
• Sign use and cognition
• Signs, affordances, and other meanings
• Speech and gesture
• The comparative semiotics of iconicity and indexicality
• The evolution of language
Important dates
• Deadline for submission of theme sessions: 31 Dec 2013(past)
• Deadline for abstract submission (oral presentations, posters): 20 Feb 2014
• Notification of acceptance (oral presentations, posters): 1 April 2014
• Last date for early registration: 1 July 2014
Local organizing committee
• Mats Andrén
• Johan Blomberg
• Anna Redei Cabak
• Sara Lenninger
• Joel Parthemore
• Göran Sonesson
• Jordan Zlatev
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