The supplement includes informal material, editor papers, reviews, reader feedback, works in progress and extended author contributions. Material is reviewed by editors but not subject to formal blind review. Works intended for future publication can be included, and archival papers can be collected around themes or highlighted individually. The supplement can be regularly updated.

I am sitting in the Coluzzi Bar at Sydney airport, regretting the state of flight and fear anxiety that caused me to book in luggage some three hours before my 6pm take off on my carefully prepared, three week three week exodus to Bangkok, Berlin, Finland and Vietnam. I am writing this note in my black and red bordered notebook as if it were intended for some audience at some time, but actually it has only been an hour or less since I decided to start making a journal of this trip at all. Let me explain.

Idiomatic Expressions based on Dualistic Cosmology and Chtonian Motherhood by Nicoleta Popa Blanariu

Nicoleta Popa Blanariu analyzes several idiomatic expressions from Romanian, French and English, and proposes some hypotheses on their origins in archaic mythical structures of the imaginary: firstly, dualistic myths about the brotherhood between the Trickster (as “Second Demiurge”) and “good God”, universally spread in ancestral traditions of many people; and secondly, myths of chthonian motherhood, occurring, in various forms, in almost all cultures.

This paper provides arguments for and against M.Lotman’s (2002) contention that Y.Lotman’s seminal concept of semiosphere is of post-modernist (post-structuralist; Posner 2011) orientation. A comparative reading of the definitional components of the semiosphere, their hierarchical relationship and their interactions is undertaken against the two principal axes of space and subjectivity in the light of Kantian transcendental idealism, as inaugural and authoritative figure of modernity, the Foucauldian discursive turn and the Deleuzian (post) radical empiricism (sic), as representative authors of the highly versatile post-modern vernacular. This comparative reading aims at highlighting not only similarities and differences between the Lotmanian conceptualization of the semiosphere and the concerned modernist and post-modernist authors, but the construct’s operational relevance in a post-metanarratives cultural predicament that has been coupled with the so-called spatial turn in cultural studies (Hess-Luttich 2012).

This paper is devoted to different aspects of interaction of the semiotic systems that coexist inside any musical drama, i. e. the music, the libretto and the body language. The rules and mechanisms of such interaction are discovered by means of the comparative analysis of the two screen versions of the rock-opera “Jesus Christ Superstar”.

Draft submission - work in progress - comments welcome 

Steps towards a Systemic Semiotics by Mirko Lampis

The goal of this paper is to describe a new perspective for semiotic studies. Thanks to the theoretical and interpretative guidelines of that general cognitive paradigm called today systemic (or relational, or complex) thinking, and thanks also to the existence of semiotic theories with a systemic approach, as Lotman’s semiotics of culture, we can try to rework and reorganize the main explanatory notions of contemporary semiotics, and specially the notions of knowledge, meaning, communication, text and culture.