2013 Winter Quarter Theme & Schedule

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By , January 2, 2013 6:31 pm

The Semiotics Workshop is pleased to announce our Winter Quarter theme:

“Semiotic Flows”

Semiotic forms are constantly crossing boundaries – national, linguistic, disciplinary, institutional – and much invisible labor is undertaken both to maintain and to convert them, and to de- and recontextualize them.  Papers this quarter will address the ways in which these forms circulate and the issues that result from the transductions they undergo.

Schedule:

January 10: “‘Communication’ as a Factor of Production: Language, Morality, and the ‘New Work Order’ in St. Petersburg”

Susanne Cohen

Lecturer, Anthropology

University of Chicago

Discussant: Tanya Shpigel

 

January 24: “Ritual Capital: Exchange Value and Market Discourse in a Diamond Trading Room”

Filipe Calvão

Phd Candidate, Anthropology

University of Chicago

Discussant: Tracey Rosen

 

February 7: “’We Rule You’: The Visual Epistemology of Capitalism as a Pyramid”

Eric Triantafillou

PhD Student, Anthropology

University of Chicago

Discussant: Xueting Liu

 

February 21: “Lovin’ on the Women of Boystown: The Triadic Relationship between Sex Workers, Missionaries, and God”

Sarah Luna

PhD Candidate, Anthropology

University of Chicago

Discussant: Molly Cunningham

 

March 7: “Fistbumps and Phonies: Insincerity, deception and lies in urban Kenya”

Elizabeth Brummel

Phd Candidate, Anthropology

University of Chicago

Discussant: Ali Feser

 

March 21: “Reported Speech as an Authentication Tactic in Computer-Mediated Communication”

Graham M. Jones

Associate Professor, Anthropology

MIT

Discussant: Elise Kramer

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