[D-G] New Volume of Semiophagy & CFP
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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.
SEMIOPHAGY VOLUME II
In this volume:
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"
"A Primer on Oncontology"
Kane X. Faucher
"An Emotionalist Manifesto"<http://semiophagy.com/uploads/On_BeliefFinal.pdf>
<http://semiophagy.com/uploads/PngBio.pdf>"Letters from the
Communique: The Factory"
<http://semiophagy.com/uploads/reviewFernando.pdf>"Trial on T/Error:
A Review of Jeremy Fernando's
Reflections on (T)error"
Dr. Christopher M. Drohan, MA, PhD
Assistant Director, Canadian Group
The European Graduate School
of Media and Communication
<mailto:chris at europeangraduateschool.net>chris at europeangraduateschool.net
The Study, Alternative Day School
Email: <mailto:chris at thestudyschool.ca>chris at thestudyschool.ca
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