June 7th: Elise Kramer

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Elise Kramer
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

Voicing Selves, Voicing Others: Self-Reflexivity and Interdiscursivity in American Political Activists’ Discourse.”

Discussant: Molly Cunningham

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
4:45pm – 6:15pm
Haskell Hall 101

(note slight time shift)

The paper is available by email request from the graduate student coordinators, Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

Refreshments will be served. Please contact the graduate student coordinators, Christopher Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu) or Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu), if you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

Qing Zhang – May 24 CANCELLED

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By , May 24, 2012 12:08 am

Dear Semiotics Workshop Participants,

Unfortunately, we must cancel the workshop session scheduled for this Thursday,
May 24. We apologize for any inconvenience.

We will resume on June 7 for the final meeting of the quarter.

Regards,

Britta

April 26th: Abigail Rosenthal

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Abigail Rosenthal
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

““From special schools to special education: How deinstitutionalization turned deafness from deviance to disability.”

Discussant: Shirley Yeung

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101

The paper is available by email request from the graduate student coordinators, Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

Refreshments will be served. Please contact the graduate student coordinators, Christopher Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu) or Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu), if you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

 

April 12th: Falina Enriquez

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Falina Enriquez
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

“Performing Cultura, Rehearsing Democracy: How government sponsorship impacts musicians in Recife, Brazil.”

Discussant: Erik Levin

Thursday, April 12th, 2012
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101

The paper is available by email request from the graduate student coordinators, Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

Refreshments will be served. Please contact the graduate student coordinators, Christopher Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu) or Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu), if you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

 

2012 Spring Quarter Theme & Schedule

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By , April 10, 2012 9:02 pm

The Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop is happy to announce our Spring Quarter theme and schedule:

The Poetics and Politics of Semiosis

Last quarter, the Semiotics Workshop took up the theme of “The Social Efficaciousness of Semiosis.” Papers examined the intended and unintended entailments brought about through the inherently generative and creative powers of signification. This quarter, we want to examine issues of semiotic efficaciousness on a macro-scale, asking, how do politics interact with and co-constitute semiotic processes? To draw on Goffman and Bakhtin, what types of social roles do speakers animate or ‘voice’, and what political projects are they implicated in? How can a semiotic analysis of the poetics of speech reveal larger discourses, which figurate and are figurated by the micro-context of discursive interaction? This quarter, we will consider a series of papers,
each of which engages in various different ways with how semiotic processes shape not only the here-and-now but also operates at various scales and temporalities. Some of these papers deal explicitly with “political speech” and its consequences, while others draw out the logics and ideologies implicit within acts of semiosis.

Schedule:
March 29, 2012: “God(s) in Translation: Missionary Discourses and the 19th-century ‘Term Question’ in China”
Xiao-bo Yuan
PhD student, Anthropology
University of Chicago

April 12: “Performing Cultura, Rehearsing Democracy: How government sponsorship impacts musicians in Recife, Brazil.”
Falina Enriquez
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

April 26: “From special schools to special education: How deinstitutionalization turned deafness from deviance to disability.”
Abigail Rosenthal
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

May 24: TBA
Qing Zhang
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Anthropology
University of Arizona

June 7: TBA
Elise Kramer
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

 

March 1st: Elina Hartikainen

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Elina Hartikainen
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

“Democracy through Hierarchy: Dual Addressivity at Candomblé Conferences and
an Emergent Candomblé Politics”

Discussant: Colin Halverson

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101

The paper is available by email request from the graduate student coordinators, Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

Refreshments will be served. Please contact the graduate student coordinators, Christopher Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu) or Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu), if you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

February 16th: Amy McLachlan

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Amy McLachlan
PhD Student, Anthropology
University of Chicago

“Stranger Kinship: gendered alterity and generative power in Amazonia”

Discussant: Kathryn Goldfarb

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101

The paper is available by email request from the graduate student coordinators, Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

Refreshments will be served. Please contact the graduate student coordinators, Christopher Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu) or Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu), if you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

February 2nd: Cécile Evers

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Cécile Evers
PhD Student, Educational Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania

A ‘translinguistic’ approach to register under conditions of ‘superdiversity’: Drops of Arabic in an Arabic learner variety

Discussant: Ali Feser

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101

The paper is available by email request from the graduate student coordinators, Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu) and Chris Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu).

Refreshments will be served. Please contact the graduate student coordinators, Christopher Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu) or Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu), if you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

January 19th: Mark Geraghty

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Mark Geraghty
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

“Gacaca, Jenoside”

Discussant: Gabe Tusinski

Thursday, January 19, 2012
4:30pm – 6:00pm
Haskell Hall 101

*This paper is only available in hard copy. Copies are available in Anne
Ch’ien’s office in Haskell Hall.*

Refreshments will be served. Please contact the graduate student coordinators, Christopher Bloechl (cbloechl@uchicago.edu) or Britta Ingebretson (ingebretson@uchicago.edu), if you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you have other questions or concerns.

2012 Winter Quarter Theme & Schedule

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The Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop is happy to announce our Winter Quarter theme and schedule:

“The Social Efficaciousness of Semiosis”

Last quarter, the Semiotics Workshop took up the theme of “Creativity and Contingency in Semiosis.” Some of our papers dealt explicitly with “the creative process,” while others highlighted semiotic tensions between creative intentional action and the given-ness of context. The issue of creativity in semiosis remains prominent in the papers we will be discussing this quarter. But these papers will also draw our attention to the creativity of semiosis itself, that is, to the capacity of acts of sign use to create new meanings and communicative contexts and the consequences of this uptake. In particular, these papers pose for us some important questions about the social efficaciousness of semiosis. In what ways do the actors in these various ethnographic contexts seem to anticipate, interpret, and articulate the social entailments of their own sign usage? To what degree do they implicate their own intentionality in determining the social consequences of acts of “meaning” or communication? How speaker intentionality interact with or affect ‘uptake’? To what extent do ideologies expressed in hierarchies and institutions influence speakers’ awareness of the creative, entailing aspects of semiosis?

Schedule:

January 5: “Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral: What is Graffiti?”
William Benzon
Independent Scholar

January 19: “Gacaca, Jenoside”
Mark Geraghty
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

February 2: “A ‘translinguistic’ approach to register under conditions of ‘superdiversity’: Drops of Arabic in an Arabic learner variety”
Cécile Evers
PhD Student, Educational Linguistics
University of Pennsylvania

February 16: “Stranger Kinship: gendered alterity and generative power in Amazonia”
Amy McLachlan
PhD Student, Anthropology
University of Chicago

March 1: “‘Bless me my elders so I may speak’: Public Speech through Hierarchy”
Elina Hartikainen
PhD Candidate, Anthropology
University of Chicago

March 15: TITLE TBA
Christopher Bloechl
PhD Student, Anthropology
University of Chicago

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