October 28th: Betsey Brada

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By , October 28, 2010 6:59 am

PhD Candidate
Department of Anthropology
University of Chicago

“An economy of revelation: Learning to disclose in the Superlative Clinic”

Discussant: Adam Sargent

Thursday, October 28th
4:30-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101

Refreshments will be served.

This paper is available by email request from the graduate student
coordinators, Amy McLachlan (amclachlan@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl
(cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

Please contact us if you believe you may need special assistance in attending
the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

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Mark your calendars: December 9th: Paul Kockelman

Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University

“A Mayan Ontology of Poultry: Selfhood, Affect, and Animals”

Discussant: Chris Bloechl

Thursday, December 9th
4:30-6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101

Refreshments will be served.

The paper will be available by email request from the graduate student coordinators, Amy McLachlan (amclachlan@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

Please contact us if you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

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October 14th: Michael Silverstein

Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, of Linguistics, and of Psychology and in the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

“Culture and History in a Kiksht hapax legomenon: The ethnohistorical contextualization of linguistic form”

Discussant: James Slotta

Thursday, October 14th

4:30-6:00pm

Haskell Hall 101

Refreshments will be served.

The paper is available by email request from the graduate student coordinators, Amy McLachlan (amclachlan@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

Please contact us if you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

Autumn 2010 Theme

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By , October 1, 2010 6:20 pm

The Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop is happy to announce our Autumn quarter theme.

Each of the papers in our Autumn quarter series, as well as ongoing discussion on this blog will be oriented to the problem of…

Inference: constructing continuity in the life of signs

“But suddenly, while we are poring over our digest of the facts and are endeavoring to set them into order, it occurs to us that if we were to assume something to be true that we do not know to be true, these facts would arrange themselves luminously.”
– C. S. Peirce (Harvard Lectures on Pragmatism, a Deleted Passage, PPM 282-283, 1903)

What sorts of continuities, ruptures, and causalities must be presupposed in the semiotic achievement of coherent biographies or histories? More specifically, what role does inference–the simultaneously retrospective and predictive assemblage of facts and effects–play in sign phenomena and in their analysis?

This quarter, we will consider the kinds of after-the-fact construals and predictive leaps sign-user and analyst alike must make in precipitating and transforming selves, cultures, and histories that may be discovered in and between communicative events.

Autumn 2010 Schedule

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By , October 1, 2010 6:15 pm

The Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop is happy to announce our Autumn quarter schedule:

Thursday, October 14th:  Michael Silverstein
Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology, of Linguistics, and of Psychology and in the Committee on Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities

“Culture and History in a Kiksht hapax legomenon:  The ethnohistorical contextualization of linguistic form”

Discussant: James Slotta

Thursday, October 28th: Betsey Brada
PhD Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago

“An economy of revelation: Learning to disclose in the Superlative Clinic.”

Discussant: Adam Sargent

Thursday, December 2nd: Shunsuke Nozawa
PhD Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago

“Nobodies’ Histories, ‘Everybody’s Writing,’ communicating with somebody”

Discussant: Xiao-Bo Yuan

Thursday, December 9th: Paul Kockelman
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Barnard College, Columbia University

“A Mayan Ontology of Poultry: Selfhood, Affect, and Animals”

Discussant: Chris Bloechl

All meetings are from 4:30 to 6:00 in Haskell 101.

The workshop welcomes participants from any discipline with an interest in engaging a semiotic framework for analysis.  Papers are available by email request from our graduate student coordinators, Amy McLachlan (amclachlan@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

If you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns, please contact the graduate student coordinators.

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