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Humanism Questioned: On Signs, Language, and Values by Susan Petrilli

Using Welby’s work as a pretext, the text I am now proposing – with its references not only to the work of a woman from the Victorian era, more than ever topical today, but also to women from the contemporary world – is fundamentally a critique, in a semioethical key, of human relations and their current organization into the socio-economic form generally known as globalization. Under this aspect, my main focus in this paper is on a specific characteristic of today’s globalized world, that is, the logic of “identity,” therefore of “difference” and the central role they carry out in interpersonal relations, in society at large. My allusion here is to identity understood as closed identity, and to difference based on the logic of identity thus described, therefore “identity-difference”. In the first place, identity concerns this world itself, mainstream values and dominant socio-economic practice in a globalized world, which are oriented by the logic of identity.

Embodied Experience and the Semiosis of Abductive Reasoning by Donna E. West

A case will be made for the indispensability of embodied experience as a foundation for Peirce’s pragmatic semiotic, especially given the place of semiosis in signification. Lakoff and Johnson’s model of space and time, from dependence on physical, embodied experience, to more analogous based concepts in the mental world, is employed as a framework for a discussion of the primacy of Secondness in Peirce’s model of reasoning.

A Dio: A sociosemiotic/ phenomenological account of the formation of collective narrative identity in the context of a rock legend’s memorial by George Rossolatos

God is dead, but, contrary to Nietzsche’s diagnosis, ‘we’ didn’t kill him; he died of cancer. This perhaps crudely cold and off-putting opening does not refer to a naively metaphorically constituted transcendental abstraction, but to a spatio-temporally situated rock legend, Ronnie James Dio. This study aims at contributing to the burgeoning research field of memory and collective identity by providing a sociosemiotic account of the formation of collective narrative identity.

The Glass in Front of the Painting: Reflectivity in Francis Bacon’s Exhibitions from a Textual-Semiotic Perspective by Dimitrios Chatzicharalampous

The semiotic approach that is attempted in this paper concerns the phenomenon of reflectivity that is caused by the imposition of glass panes in front of the paintings of Francis Bacon (1909-1992) during their exhibition. First, I investigate the properties of glass that sustain a conceptualization of its functions within the space of an art exhibition, pointing out its character as a semiotic boundary. Then, I examine the implications of views of the glass panes as technical or artistic devices, moving forward to their inclusion into the researcher’s conception of the artistic text

Science, Art, Politics, and Praxis in Mikhail Bakhtin by Augusto Ponzio

In Bakhtin’s works “the theme in various stages of its development”, or “the emerging idea” is the notion of chronotope. This idea is already present in the text by Bakhtin from the early 1920s, “K filosofii postupka” (1920-24, bilingual Russian and Italian text in Bachtin e il suo circolo 2014)), where he introduces the notion of exotopy (vnenakodimost’). In this text he also introduces the notion of “architectonics” according to which all values, meanings and spatial-temporal relationships are characterized in terms of otherness: “I-for-myself, the other-for-me, and I-for-the-other”.

From Remembering to Memory by Way of Culture. A Study in Cognitive Semiotics by Göran Sonesson

Cognitive semiotics is a term increasingly being used for a field combining some of the insights, theories, findings and methods of classical semiotics and of cognitive science. The notion of memory plays an important part in at least one of the theories of classical semiotics, that of Lotman, which can be connected both to earlier philosophical (notably phenomenological) reflection and to psychological theories. It can also be related to ideas of distributed and situated cognition in contemporary cognitive science.

Review Essay: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe by Benson O Igboin and Oluchi J. Igili

The life of Unoka, the father of Okonkwo, the latter being the protagonist of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, had been dismissively concluded as inconsequential. This is evident in the fact that Unoka’s presence, as the author presented it in the novel, apparently ended in the very first chapter. But the meta-life of Unoka formed an original and inevitable basis for the thought and consequences that pervaded the life of Okonkwo and his first son, Nwoye

Le théâtre d’Eugène Ionesco fait l’objet d’un paradoxe: son «avant-gardisme» spectaculaire se nourrit d’une vision essentiellement classique. Plus précisément, Ionesco envisage des «archétypes oubliés», et cherche à les «renouveler» sous l’aspect de l’ expression dramatique, tel qu’il dit lui-même.