[D-G] New Volume of Semiophagy & CFP

Chris Drohan doctordrohan at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 09:07:06 PDT 2009

Semiophagy: Journal of Pataphysics and Existential Semiotics is 
pleased to announce a new volume of articles, artwork, and reviews. 
Semiophagy is also now accepting papers, artwork, and reviews for 
peer review. The general theme of our next issue will be "The 
Disembodied Hand: Signs of the Body":

	Inundated by the media spectacle surrounding Michael 
Jackson's death, we are reminded that much of this pop star's power 
and ubiquity stemmed from his careful use of iconographic images. 
Take, for instance, his sequined gloved hand. From the white glove of 
a clown to that of a cop, the Hamburger Helper mascot to Mickey 
Mouse, an illuminated hand has a certain existential appeal that 
surpass ordinary significance and reveals the threshold of a more 
powerful order. As if disembodied from its own flesh, a gloved hand 
seems to float before the body, drawing the gaze of others and 
arresting their movements (e.g. the eye of the hamsa; the white glove 
of a traffic cop). Likewise other parts of the body have been used by 
artists and statesmen as icons of their various regimes: Dali's 
lips-couch, Carroll's Cheshire grin, the eye of Ra, the boot of 
Italy, Hitler's saluting arm, etc. Accordingly, Semiophagy invites 
articles that explore the existential allure of these incorporeal 
body parts and their theoretical implications. From Lacan's phallus 
to Deleuze and Guattari's floating eyes of the 'white wall/black 
hole' system, Bataille's Story of the Eye to ÎiÏiek's Organs without 
Bodies, many philosophers and theorists have tried to place these 
severed parts. Building on their work, what is the power and allure 
of a disembodied organ?

Possible Themes for Papers:

By what techniques do organs detach themselves from the body?

How are disembodied organs used to organize and territorialize power?

Cloning and the techniques of mass-producing organs.

Amputation, and the semiotics of the body.

Bodily symbols and their uses.

Media images and use of body parts.

Performance art and illuminated organs.

Historical constructions of our body parts.

Feminist and post-structuralist critiques of the organization of the body.

The relation of artificial and virtual limbs and appendages to flesh.

Please forward any materials related to these themes by Oct. 1, 2009 
to <mailto:doctordrohan at gmail.com>doctordrohan at gmail.com.



In this volume:


<http://semiophagy.com/uploads/iThink2.pdf>"iThink Therefore 
Everything Is: A Brief Phenomenology of the Spirit of New Technology"

An Excerpt from the Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of 
the New Medium
Christopher M. Drohan<http://semiophagy.com/uploads/OxenFinal.pdf>

"Of Oxen and Obama"
Jeremy Fernando

"A Primer on Oncontology"
Kane X. Faucher

"An Emotionalist Manifesto"<http://semiophagy.com/uploads/On_BeliefFinal.pdf>
James Desrosier


<http://semiophagy.com/uploads/PngBio.pdf>"Letters from the 
Communique: The Factory"
Kenny Png

<http://semiophagy.com/uploads/KenBio.pdf>"Telegenetic	Images"
Kenneth Feinstein


<http://semiophagy.com/uploads/reviewFernando.pdf>"Trial on T/Error: 
A Review of Jeremy Fernando's
Reflections on (T)error"
Julia Hölzl

Dr. Christopher M. Drohan, MA, PhD

Assistant Director, Canadian Group
The European Graduate School
of Media and Communication
Saas-Fee, Switzerland
<mailto:chris at europeangraduateschool.net>chris at europeangraduateschool.net

Education Consultant
The Study, Alternative Day School
Toronto, Ontario
Email: <mailto:chris at thestudyschool.ca>chris at thestudyschool.ca

Chief Editor
"Semiophagy: Journal of Pataphysics and Existential Semiotics"

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