3rd International Conference – Semiosis in Communication: Culture, Communication, and Social Change

NUPSPA, Bucharest | June 4th – 6th, 2020

We invite semioticians, communication scholars, researchers and their colleagues in the humanities and the social sciences to contribute papers that address specific topics of semiotics, especially cultural semiotics, semiosis in communication as well as other topics related to semiotics and communication, from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The theme proposed for this third edition of the international conference Semiosis in Communication is Culture, Communication and Social Change and focuses on the role of culture in social change, on the contemporary cultural dynamics, as well as on the necessity of studying and understanding the cultural environment in relation to the technological advancement (digitalization of culture, media and digital literacy and emergence of transmedial spaces of communication, etc.).

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13–15 NOVEMBER 2020

The 4th International Conference on Semiotics and Visual Communication is organised under the theme ‘Myths Today’. The event will take place from the 13th to the 15th of November 2020 at the premises of Cyprus University of Technology in Lemesos. It is organized by the Cyprus Semiotics Circle together with the Semiotics and Visual Communication Research Lab and the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of Cyprus University of Technology. The conference aims to investigate the broad subject fields of Semiotics and Visual Communication in a widest context, celebrating the exploration of connections, tensions, contradictions and complementarity between the diversity of research outputs under the subject of ‘Myths Today’.

The conference is organised under the auspices of International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS-AIS) and the Hellenic Semiotics Society (HSS).

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(6-10 September 2020, Sozopol, Bulgaria)

(Deadline for the proposals: 31 March 2020)

The advent of the internet and digital technologies in general wrought deep changes to the socio-cultural tissue in almost every part of the world. Statistics say that the so called “internet natives” perceive more faces through digital images than in a real face to face situation. So do the rest of the digitally active people today and for sure this tendency is going to expand in future. If the face is a semiotic universe in itself, we may start to question what further semiotic phenomena derive from its massive digital intermediation. It goes without saying that the social media foundation is based on the face(book), and it is interesting to research the various strategies of the face representation as a core of our digital identities. What about the selfie revolution: does the technological opportunity push the massive digital narcissism, or the cultural change went the other way around? What can see a semiotician in the software for digital face beautification: the same narcissistic drive for augmented self-expression, or a mercantile attitude towards the opportunity to make a profit from the social media popularity?

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