27.3860, Calls: Gen Ling, Ling Theories, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing, Semantics

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Subject: 27.3860, Calls: Gen Ling, Ling Theories, Philosophy of Lang, Psycholing, Semantics

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Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:29:03
From: Deli LARA PEÑA [deli.lara_pena at paris-sorbonne.fr]
Subject: Greimas Today: the Future of Structure - French Association of Semiotics Conference

Full Title: Greimas Today: the Future of Structure - French Association of Semiotics Conference 
Short Title: AFS 2017 

Date: 30-May-2017 - 02-Jun-2017
Location: Paris, France 
Contact Person: Marine Maréchal
Meeting Email: info at afs2017.fr
Web Site: http://www.afs2017.fr 

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics; Linguistic Theories; Philosophy of Language; Psycholinguistics; Semantics 

Call Deadline: 20-Oct-2016 

Meeting Description:

Greimas Today: the Future of Structure
Semiotics, languages and society
International Conference in commemoration of the centenary of the birth of A.
J. Greimas (1917-1992)

The French Association of Semiotics Conference will take place from 30 May to
2 June 2017 under the patronage of UNESCO, at their facilities in Paris. The
conference will celebrate the centenary of the birth of A.J. Greimas, one of
the important anniversaries this great institution lists for 2017.

The academic focus of this congress is naturally set in the context of
Greimas’s work, often called “Greimassian”, given his role as the founder of
structural semiotics. Besides honouring a body of work highly representative
of structuralism whose influence is still considerable, participants will
probe its foundations, show where its proposals fit into the more general
context of the sciences of language and meaning, and consider how Greimas’s
work has endured and continues to inspire research and creativity today. From
an epistemological viewpoint, let us enquire into the relevance of
“structuralism” as it was initially, evaluate its transformations and its
potential, and envision the “reach” of semiotics into the world and its
discourses, both into those fields in the humanities that deal with discourse,
and into the social realities that fashion discourses and set them in a
perspective, whether dramatic or ordinary.

The conference is structured around four main themes, each of which is
concerned with a particular issue of Greimas’s work and its current
developments. Each theme combines theoretical investigation with the study of
objects and areas of analysis which, in turn, stimulate the search for models:
practices of everyday life, art, literature, philosophical discourse, media,
political discourse, architecture and urban planning, life sciences, and

The general objective of the conference is to examine the theoretical legacy
of structuralism (French and international), to give the brilliance of
Greimas’s work the acknowledgement it deserves, and especially to stimulate
new lines of inquiry through critical reflection on past achievements.

Call for Papers:

Full version of the CFP (also available in French, Spanish and Italian) on the
Conference's web site www.afs2017.fr.
Contact : info at afs2017.fr 

Adhering clearly to one of the four themes defined below, proposals may be
based on concepts, objects or practices, on theoretical comparisons and
interdisciplinary exchanges, or on concrete studies stemming from various
areas of specialization in semiotics.

The official language of the congress is French. The other working languages
are English, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. If you wish to present in those
languages, please plan a slideshow in French.

The proposals (including the name and institutional affiliation of each
author, the title, an abstract and a short bibliography - the whole not
exceeding 3000 characters including spaces) must be submitted through the
conference’s web site (www.afs2017.fr), under the “Submissions” tab, before
October 20, 2016.

Please contact Marine Maréchal (coordinator) at info at afs2017.fr if you have
any questions.

1. An academic work in progress: a legacy, its posterity and transformations 

Greimas defined and pursued a visionary scientific quest which allowed
semiotics to look ahead, to adapt, and to be enriched by interacting and
evolving with the scientific paradigms of the second half of the 20th and the
beginning of the 21st century.

A first set of presentation proposals will evaluate and discuss this legacy,
especially with respect to the transformations which enabled transmission and
the advances seen in structural semiotics’ intellectual development of the
1960s and 1970s: the new semiotic paradigms, the emergence of complex issues,
the evaluation of progress. 

2. An area of extended research: discovering the disciplines and their

>From the beginning of structuralism, one of the collective objectives of the
humanities and social sciences was to highlight the cross-disciplinary nature
of questions of meaning. This aim remains relevant even though a counter-trend
has led a number of disciplines to retreat to within their traditional
domains. However, the goal of founding a semiology in a form appropriate to
each field has not died. Greimassian semiotics maintains this objective, by
working to extend its investigations into these specific semiologies, and
using them to try and build a cross-disciplinary model. The second set of
conference proposals will thus concern the cross-disciplinary relation
emerging from these semiologies and in dialogue with them.

3. Models now being tested: validation and refutation

Over the last fifty years Greimassian Semiotics has proposed and tested a
significant number of theoretical models, mainly by deduction and construction
(tensive semiotics, the semiotics of enunciative agents, the semiotics of
interactions, of iconicity, etc.). The progress made during this time in the
humanities and social sciences, in neuroscience and cognitive science now
enables us to conceive procedures by which these models can be validated or
refuted beyond just their descriptive applications. The objective of the third
set of contributions will be to examine how new theoretical proposals are

4. The societal challenges of semiotics: involvement in the contemporary world

While semiotics belongs under the sciences of mind and culture, its current
expansion covers all social realities and more. Structuralism’s undertaking
was aimed at bringing the humanities and social sciences closer to the natural
sciences. Moreover, the concrete contributions of semioticians of the last
half century have been borrowers and lenders with philosophy, mathematics,
ethology and literary production. This is the force behind our major inquiry
on the present and future status of the scientific initiative undertaken by

Most of the big issues of our time inherently involve the contributions of the
humanities and social sciences: the environment, sustainable development, the
rights of man and of populations, discrimination, health, access to energy, to
information, to education, and more. Semiotics will fulfil its role if it
participates with the humanities and social sciences in examining the
discourses of these issues, the decision-making processes, systems governance,
and the social and anthropological consequences of ongoing and future changes.


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