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[ecrea] Cfp: Semiotics of Selfies

Fri Apr 20 11:10:58 GMT 2018

*Call for papers***


/Semiotics of Selfies///


Special issue of /Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics///


Editor: /Gregory Paschalidis///


In/CameraLucida/RolandBarthessuggeststhatthe“ageofPhotographycorrespondspreciselytothe explosion of the private into the public, or rather into the creation of a new social value, which is the publicity of the private: the private is consumed as such publicly”. What he had in mind was the aggressiveinvasionoftheprivacyofcelebritiesbypressphotographers.Theadventofdigitaltechnology took the “age of Photography” to new heights, while simultaneously fostering the “explosion of the private into the public” to an unprecedented scale. This time, however, the paparazzi were virtually everyone.Inthelastdecadeselfieshavebecomeperhapsthemostwidespreadgenreofthenewlyborn digital culture. At the same time, it is certainly the most notorious, being regularly associated with rampant narcissism and addictive self-promotion. Having unmistakable continuities with the time- honoured tradition of the self-portrait, both in painting and in photography, selfies became an arena where new visual vocabularies and strategies of self-representation have developed, bringing a new urgencytoPeirce’sideaof“theselfasasign”.

Thisspecialissueof/Punctum/aimstocontributetotheinvestigationandunderstandingoftheselfiesas asemioticpracticebyencouragingtheexaminationofitsculturaldynamicsinallitsdiverseformsand contexts,fromitsvernacularversionsinsocialnetworksandcelebritywebpages,totheeverexpanding range of its appropriations by marketing and branding, artists and educators, social and political activists.

Prospective authors should submit an abstract of approximately 300 words by mail to Gregory Paschalidis((_paschagr /at/ jour.auth).gr_)includingtheiraffiliationandcontactinformation.Acceptanceof the abstract does not guarantee publication, given that all research articles will be put through the journal’s peer reviewprocess.



Notification of acceptance of the abstract: *June 30, 2018 *Deadline for submission of full papers: *September 15, 2018 *Reviewers’ report: *November 1,2018***

Final revised papers due: *December 1, 2018***

Publication: *Volume 4, Number 2 (December 2018)***


Punctum ( ) is a blind peer-reviewed, on-line journal dedicated to the semiotic study of contemporary cultural texts, practices and processes, published under the auspices of the Hellenic Semiotic Society. Aspiring to provide a venue for the advancement of international semiotic scholarship, the journal is published twice a year (July & December) in English, although submissions in French and German will be accepted as well. Punctum’s Editorial Board reflects both its international scope and the diversity of contemporary semiotic research and theory. Punctum invites submissions (original papers, review articles, book reviews) across this wide range of semiotic fields and methodologies on an on- going basis, and regularly puts out calls for special issues with guest editors.
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