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  • 115/11. Reading seminar: New reflections on the Problem(s) of Relevance(s) by Göran Sonesson


Autumn Term Seminars 2018

September 2018

  • 13/9. Jonathan Schlossberg (The University of Newcastle, Australia): Factors influencing diversity in spatial referencing practices: evidence from Marshallese.
  • 20/9. Juan Carlos Mendoza Collazos (Doctorate student at Cognitive semiotics, Lund). Semiotics of design and the notion of agency: the pursuit of cognitive semiotics applications.
    • Abstract: The semiotic analysis of artefacts has been a field of study of great interest not only in sociology, archaeology and anthropology, but also for design professions such as industrial design, graphic design and architecture. In this seminar, the notion of agency will be presented in order to introduce a new approach to semiotics of design. The capability of agency is often taken for granted as a property of artefacts. This consideration is phenomenologically misleading. From agentive semiotics (Niño, 2015) we develop the thesis that artefacts do not have agency, and therefore do not have the ability to act or interact with human beings. In addition, artefacts do not signify or communicate by themselves. Agentive semiotics is a new approach to signification strongly based on the notion of agency and it embedded into (and derived from) cognitive semiotics. Unlike traditional semiotic analysis of design, the agentive approach implies focus not on the artefacts themselves, but on acts of production and response between agents, i.e. between designers and users. The main goal of the present project is to close the conceptual-empirical loop of the agentive theory with applications of its theoretical corpus into design practice, showing how theoretical and “applied” cognitive semiotics can intermix.
  • 27/9. No seminar

October 2018

  • 4/10. Reading seminar. Agency and agenda
  • Following a good discussion last week of the relation between agency and artifacts, and a break this week, we continue with a reading seminar next Thursday, where we will discuss a possible definition of “artifacts”, and the first two chapters of a book that has been important for agentive semiotics: Agenda Relevance by Gabbay & Woods, 2003 (even though  they may take a rather too cognitivist perspective).

  • 11/10. PHD student day in (cognitive) semiotics
    •  The basic idea is that PhD students (and their supervisors) in the field of (cognitive) semiotics at Lund and Växjö get to know each other’s work better, as a basis for future collaboration. Each presentation should last about 15 minutes, and present a general outline of the projects, in a way that is comprehensible for a broader audience. A good idea is to include ideas and methods that would like feedback on. We will announce the program to our research seminar, but the last hour, and especially the post-seminar will be limited to the core group.
      Welcome to Lund!
      Preliminary program
      13:00-13:20. Pedro Ata (Linnaeus Univ): Distributed surprise: art and literature as cognitive artifacts
      13:20-13:40. Leticia Vitral (Linnaeus Univ): Can Artworks Behave as Models? Diagrammatic Reasoning and the Epistemic Potential of Art
      13.40-14:00. Juan Carlos Mendoza Collazos (Lund Univ): The notion of agency, and rethinking the role of artefacts in design semiotics
      14:20-14:40 Anu Vastenius (Lund Univ):  Cognitive-semiotic determinants for sign order in gestural and pictorial even representations (tentative)
      14:40-15:00 Georgios Stampoulidis (Lund Univ): Metaphor and narrative in Greek street art (tentative)
      15:00-16:00 General discussion

  • 25/10. No seminar

November 2018

  • 1/11. Trends in metaphor (and other figures): Reports from a conference
    • In the past week, three of us (Jordan Zlatev, Simon Devylder, and George Stampoulides) attended and presented talks at an exciting conference in Braga, Portugal, with 140 participants from 27 countries:
      Since we were the only ones from Lund, and even Sweden, we decided that it would be a pity if we did not share our thoughts and experiences with colleagues.
      So in this seminar we will hold (shortened versions) of our talks, and discuss issues such as: what is a metaphor, and how can we find it in discourse and street art?

  • 8/11 Yirong Hu (Guest researcher at the Division of cognitive semiotics):  From “Perceptive Semiotics” to “Cognitive Semiotics”: A Discussion on Category of “the World of Meaning” Proposed in Philosophical Semiotics.
    • Abstract: The new book Philosophical Semiotics: The Coming into Being of the World of Meaning, by Yiheng Zhao, mainly addresses the way in which “the world of meaning” has come forth and been formed, which unavoidably faces up to the delimitation of the boundary of the world of meaning. The present lecture will explore the concept of the boundary of “the world of meaning” from the following aspects: First, has “the world of things-in-themselves” been “unrecognized” or “unperceived”? Second, does the world of material and the world of meaning countervail each other? Third, how do the world of meaning and “the world of things-in-themselves” affect each other?
      This article, in a new academic context, takes into account both “cognitive” and “perceptive” aspects of semiotics: First, a synergy between “cognition” and “perception” exists amid the reconstruction of the relation between “humanities” and “science”. Second, the world of meaning and the world of material supplement each other in the formulation process. Third, “information” as the presence of materiality must be considered as we understand the interface between the world of meaning (also the world of signs) and the world of the things-in-themselves.

  • 15/11. Reading seminar: New reflections on the Problem(s) of Relevance(s) by Göran Sonesson
    • Abstract: Relevance” is an ordinary language word, which has been put to sundry scholarly uses. Nowadays, the term most commonly evokes the work, along the lines of speech act theory, of Paul Grice and, more in particular, of Dan Sperber and Deirdre Wilson. Starting out from these theories, Jean-Louis Dessalles has suggested that relevance may account for the evolutionary origin of language. Among those following the phenomenological tradition, the same term rather calls to mind the work of Alfred Schütz, and perhaps, more rarely, some remarks made by Aron Gurwitsch. For linguists, who still remember something about linguistics before Chomsky, the term suggests the structuralist theories of the Prague school, as applied to phonology. In fact, while Schütz talks about relevance systems, the point of the whole endeavour initiated by Sperber & Wilson is to reduce meaning to contingent factors of the given situation. While Schütz as well as Sperber & Wilson treat relevance as something given in the situation, Dessalles presents it as new information. The linguistic definition is often nowadays taken to involve the features , while at least Schütz clearly thinks of relevance as a kind of thematic adumbration. The question then becomes: do all these different uses have anything in common, beyond the employment of the same common sense word? To investigate this, we have to go beyond ordinary language to our common lifeworld, asking which of the three conceptions, if any, accounts for the real phenomenon, if this is actually more or less the same thing in all traditions.

  • 22/11: Reading seminar: More reading of recent paper on metaphor
  • 29/11: Piotr Konderak (Cognitive science, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Lublin). Title to be specified
  • 6/12. No seminar

  • 13/12. Esa Itkonen (Linguistics, University of Turku). Title to be specified.

  • 20/12: Jordan, Göran och Simon: Report from the workshop in Rome

Centre for Cognitive Semiotics Thursday seminar, 29 March 2012.

Seminars are held 13:15-15:00 every Thursday at SOL:H428b, unless otherwise indicated.

Please note that, after an experiment last term with moving the seminar to Fridays, we have now returned to having it on Thursdays.