Rescheduled to Feb 4th: Gretchen Bakke

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By , January 25, 2011 11:08 am

Anthropology, McGill University

Sections from the book Apropos of Nothing: Semblance and Self in Slovene Society (in progress), including: Ch. 2 “By the very cunning of the scene” and Ch. 3 “Človek, Človeka, Ljudi: A Local History of Twoness”.

Discussant: Natalja Czarnecki

*Please note change of time and location*

Due to the closure of University offices, this event has been rescheduled to:

Friday, Feb. 4th

3:00 – 4:30pm

Haskell Hall 315

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.

January 27th: Elina Hartikainen

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By , January 25, 2011 11:05 am

PhD Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago

“Ritual Power, Social Power: Managing Reputation in Candomblé”

Discussant: Chris Sheklian

Thursday, January 27th

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.

Winter 2011 Theme

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By , January 25, 2011 10:59 am

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

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

The Aesthetics and Ethics of Group-ness

Some of the more productive anthropological work of recent years has studied how people constitute themselves as members of collectivities through events of discursive interaction. This quarter, the Semiotics Workshop will reflect on a number of papers that help us see group-ness as a social-semiotic achievement. We propose to use these papers as an opportunity to think critically about two particular and interrelated dimensions of group-making: the aesthetic and the ethical. As we discuss each piece, let us consider the kinds of sensory and moral alignments involved in speakers’ presumptions and performances of collectivity. What do such things as “taste” and “judgement” look like from a sign’s-eye view, and what can this perspective tell us about how actors organize themselves into publics? How might a semiotic approach to these matters help us disentangle the task of describing the phenomenology of group-ness from the problem of providing social-historical accounts of categories and groups?

Winter 2011 quarter schedule

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By , January 25, 2011 10:55 am

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

Thursday, Jan 13th: Duff Morton

Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago

“What Makes a Meeting? What Does a Meeting Make? Reaching Decisions in Brazil’s Landless Movement”

Discussant: Lee Cabatingan

Thursday, Jan 27th: Elina Hartikainen

Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago

“Ritual Power, Social Power: Managing Reputation in Candomblé”

Discussant: Chris Sheklian

Thursday, Feb 3rd: Gretchen Bakke

Anthropology, McGill University

Sections from the book Apropos of Nothing: Semblance and Self in Slovene Society: including Ch. 2 “By the very cunning of the scene” and Ch. 3 “Človek, Človeka, Ljudi: A Local History of Twoness”

Discussant: Natalja Czarnecki

Thursday, Feb 17th: Elise Kramer

Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Chicago

Title: TBA

Discussant: Ella Butler

Friday, Mar 4th:   E. Valentine Daniel

Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University

Keynote address: “The Lost Ur”

Discussants: Victor D’Avella (SALC) and Shunsuke Nozawa (Anthropology)

“The Limits of South Asia: The Eighth Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference”

4:50 pm Swift Hall Common Room

(For the full conference program visit: http://lucian.uchicago.edu/blogs/sagsc/sagsc-viii)

All meetings are from 4:30 to 6:00 in Haskell 101, unless otherwise noted.

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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