Semiotics & African Studies Workshop Meeting

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By , November 13, 2012 12:12 pm

The Semiotics Workshop is pleased to announce an additional meeting this quarter in conjunction with the African Studies Workshop:

Nov. 20th: “Tracking Time-Travelling Translators or Transducing ‘Semiotecs?’ between Grahamstown and Beijing: Colonial Re-Iterations, Translational Labor and the Making of Aspirational Histories”

Jay Schutte

Phd Student, Anthropology

University of Chicago

Discussant: Zebulon Dingley

*Please note that this meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20th in Wilder House at 5pm.

2012 Autumn Quarter Theme & Schedule

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By , September 28, 2012 10:26 am

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

“Semiotic Creativity/Expertise”

(Ethno)metapragmatics allow us to enshrine (meta)semiotic forms in institutions and hierarchies.  The papers presented this quarter will address the expertise created by such canonicalization and the modalities of creativity that emerge as a result of the tensions inherent to such restriction.

Schedule:

October 11: “Speaking for the Voiceless: Metaphors of Power and Agency in American Political Discourse”

Elise Kramer

PhD Candidate, Anthropology

University of Chicago

Discussant: Averill Leslie

October 25: “Representations of Meaning by ‘Amr b. Bahr al-Jahiz”

David Larsen

Master Teacher, Liberal Studies

New York University

Discussant: Yaqub Hilal

November 8: “‘We are not Labor': The Hazards of Training in the Indian Construction Sector”

Adam Sargent

PhD Candidate, Anthropology

University of Chicago

Discussant: Julia Kowalski

November 29: “The transitivity and intransitivity of ‘la pensée’ in a radical French philosophy department”

Eli Thorkelson

PhD Candidate, Anthropology

University of Chicago

Discussant: Jan Schutte

 

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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By , January 27, 2012 3:49 pm

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.

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