Paul Bouissac

 

Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

 

 
 

1. Contact Information

2. Publications

3. Activities since 2000


Contact Information


Paul Bouissac

Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto

Mailing address:


402-477 Richmond Street West

Toronto M5V 3E7

Canada

Tel: (416) 364 5514

E-mail: paul.bouissac@gmail.com
   cc: paul.bouissac@utoronto.ca

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Publications

 

English

Books

  • Semiotics at the Circus. Mouton de Gruyter, 2010.

  • Saussure: A Guide for the Perplexed. Continnum, 2010.

  • Encyclopedia of Semiotics. Oxford University Press, New York, 1998. [More information]






  • Circus and Culture: A Semiotic Approach. Indiana University Press, Bloomington IN 1976. [More information]

    Second printing (paperback): University Press of America, Lanham MD 1985.

     

               



Articles


HISTORY AND EPISTEMOLOGY OF SEMIOTICS


  • Online:


    "Semiotics as the Science of Memory", Paul Bouissac, University of Toronto


    "The Optic, Haptic, and Acoustic Dimensions of Gestures: Evolutionary Signifcance and Methodological Implications ", Paul Bouissac, University of Toronto


    "What is a trustworthy face?", Paul Bouissac, University of Toronto


    "Static Images as Agencies: Performative, Algorithmic and Normative Functions", Paul Bouissac, University of Toronto

    Does Saussure still Matter?,  Paul Bouissac (University of Toronto)

    Perspectives on Saussure,  Paul Bouissac (University of Toronto)

    "Information, Imitation, Communication: An Evolutionary, Perspective on The Semiotics of Gestures", Paul Bouissac, University of Toronto

    "Semiotics and the Science of Memory". In The European Heritage of Semiotics / Das europaeische Erbe der Semiotik. W.Schnitz (eds.). Dresden: Thelem

  • 2000:

    "Steps towards Evolutionary Semiotics". Semiotica 132, 3/4 (317-342)

  • 1998:

    "Converging Parallels: Semiotics and Psychology in Evolutionary Perspective". Theory & Psychology 8, 6 (731-753)

  • 1998:

    "Space as Memory: Some Semiotic Implications". In Culture-Sign-Space / Raum-Zeichen-Kultur. E.W.B. Hess-Lüttich, J.E. Mueller and A. Van Zoest (eds.) Tübingen: Gunter Narr (15-27)

  • 1996:

    "Semiotics on line". Editorial. The Semiotic Review of Books 7, 3 (1)

  • 1995:

    "Deixis vs. Modeling in the Phylogeny of Artistic Behavior". In Origins of Semiosis: Sign Evolution in Nature and Culture. W. Nöth (ed.). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (405-418)

    "Syntactic Iconicity and Connectionist Models of Language and Cognition". In Syntactic Iconicity and Linguistic Freezes: the Human Dimension. M.E. Landsberg (ed.). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (393-417)

  • 1994:

    "Memes Matter" , Editorial. The Semiotic Review of Books, 5(2), 1-2

    "Information vs. Meaning: From Ecology as Semiotic Utopia to Cosmic Evolution as Entropy". In Life World, Sign World / Lebens-Welt, Zeichen-Welt. C. Dreyer et al. (eds.). Lüneburg: Jansen-Verlag (177-198)



  • 1993:

    "Ecology of Semiotic Space: Competition, Exploitation and the Evolution of Arbitrary Signs". The American Journal of Semiotics, 10, 3-4 (143-163)

    "Why Do Memes Die?". In Semiotics 92. J. Deely (ed.). Lanham: University Press of America (183-191)

    "The Representation of Commonsense Knowledge: Semiotic Modelling and Artificial Intelligence". In The Expert Sign: Semiotics of Culture. B. Van Heusden et al. (eds.). Leiden: University of Leiden Studies in Social Anthropology (25-42)

  • 1992:

    "The Construction of Ignorance and the Evolution of Knowledge". University of Toronto Quarterly, 61, 4 (460-472)

  • 1991:

    "Semiotics and the Gaia Hypothesis: Toward the Restructuring of Western Thought". Philosophy and The Future of Humanity, 1,2 (168-184)

  • 1990:

    "The Lesson of Durkheim" (Editorial) The Semiotic Review of Books, 1,1 (1)

    "Praxis and Semiosis: The ‘Golden Legend’ Revisited". Semiotica, 79, 3-4 (289-306)

  • 1989:

    "What is a Human? Ecological Semiotics and the New Animism". Semiotica, 77,4 (57-77)

  • 1986:

    "Tradition, Speculation and Cognition: A Prospective Investigation of Semiotic Terminology". In Semiotics and International Scholarship: Toward an International Language of Theory. J. Evans (ed.). The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff (59-98)

    "Iconicity and Pertinence". In Iconicity: Essays on the Nature of Culture. P. Bouissac, R. Posner and M. Herzfeld (eds.) Tübingen: Stauffenburg (193-213)



  • 1985:

    "The Potential Role of Semiotics for the Advancement of Knowledge". Recherches Sémiotiques / Semiotic Inquiry, 5,4 (339-346)

    "Neurosemiotics, a Definition". Recherches semiotiques / Semiotic Inquiry, 5, 3 (323-325)

  • 1983:

    "Figurative versus Objective Semiotics: An Epistemological Crossroad". Proceedings of the seventh Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America. J. Deely & M. Lenhard (eds.) New York: Plenum (3-12)

  • 1980:

    "The Concept of Semiotic Operation". Toronto Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol. 1. Toronto: University of Toronto (42-46)

  • 1979:

    "A Compass for Semiotics". Ars Semiotica, 2, 2 (203-221)

    "Semiotics and Surrealism". Semiotica, 25, 1-2(45-58)

  • 1976:

    "The Golden Legend of Semiotics". Semiotica, 17, 4 (371-384)

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CIRCUS, CLOWNS AND PERFORMANCE THEORY


  • 2006:

    "Timeless Circus in Times of Change", Paul Bouissac, University of Toronto



  • 2000:

    "The visual  role of the sclera and the teeth in facial interactions", Oralité et Gestualité, interactions et comportements multimodaux dans la communication., C. Cavé, et al. Paris: L'Harmattan.

  • 1999:

    "The Semiotics of Facial Transformations and the Construction of Performing Identities". Journal of Comparative Cultures (Sapporo University), 3 (1-17)

  • 1998:

    "A Semiotic Approach to Performing Arts: Theory and Method". In Hi-Five: A Trip to Semiotics. R. Kevelson (ed.), New York: Peter Lang (41-54)

  • 1996:

    "Recording Traditional Performances: The Challenge of Verbal Copies". WARTA ATL III. (59-66)

  • 1995:

    "The Circus as a Topos of European Literature and Art". In The Force of Vision. Proceedings of the XIIIth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association. E. Miner & H. Toru (eds.) Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press. (447-454)

  • 1993:

    "The Theater of Semiotics", The Semiotic Review of Books, 4(2), 10-12

  • 1992:

    "Ecology of Street Performances". The Drama Review, 36, 3(8-11)

    "Technological Innovations and Cultural Semiosis: The Ritualistic Appropriation of the Bicycle by the Circus". In Kultur-Evolution, Fallstudien und Synthese. M. Landsch et al. (eds.). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang (169-198)

    "Circus, Clowns and Culture". In The Philosophy of the Visual Arts. P. Alperson (ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press (582-591)

  • 1991:

    "Theatre, Signs and Society" The Semiotic Review of Books 2(2), 7-9


    "The Circus: A Semiotic Spectroscopy." Semiotica 85, 3-4 (189-199)


    "From Calculus to Language: The Case of Circus Equine Displays". Semiotica 85, 3-4 (291-317)

  • 1990:

    "Incidents, Accidents, Failures: The Representation of Negative Experience in Public Entertainment." Beyond Goffman: Studies on Communication, Institution and Social Interaction. S.H. Riggins (ed.). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (409-443)


    "The Profanation of the Sacred in Circus Clown Performances". In By Means of Performance. R. Schechner & W. Appel (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (194-207)

  • 1989:

    "The Circus’s New Golden Age". Canadian Theatre Review 58 (5-10)

  • 1987:

    "The Marketing of Performance". In Semiotics and Marketing. J. Umiker-Sebeok (ed.) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (391-406)

  • 1986:

    " Circus (Semiotics of the)". Encyclopedic Dictionary of Semiotics. T.A. Sebeok (ed.). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (121-122)

  • 1982:

    "The Meaning of Nonsense: Semiotic Analysis of Clown Performances and Limericks". In The Logic of Culture: Advances in Structural Theory and Method". I. Rossi (ed.). Brocklyn: bergin/Tavistock (199-213)


    "System vs. Process in the Understanding of Performances". In Multimedial Communication, Vol. 2. E. Hess-Luettich (ed.). Tuebingen: Gunter Narr (63-75).

  • 1981:

    "The Timeless Tools of Time: Circus Performances Revisited". Communication and Cognition, 14, 2-3 (132-152)


    "Behavior in Context: In What Sense is a Cxircus Animal Performing?"Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Vol. 364 (18-26)

  • 1978:

    "A Semiotic Approach to Nonsense: Clowns and Limericks". In Sight, Sounds and Sense. T.A. Sebeok (ed.) Bloomington: Indiana University Press (244-263)

  • 1977:

    "Why Circus Horses Have Feathers: The ‘Truth’ of Natural Objects". In International Workshop on the Cognitive Viewpoint. M. De Mey et al. (eds.). University of Ghent (46-52)


    "Semiotics and Spectacles: The Circus Institution and Representations". In A Perfusion of Signs. T.A.Sebeok (ed.). Bloomington: Indiana University Press


    "From Joseph Grimaldi to Charlie Cairoli: A Semiotic Approach to Humour". In A Funny Thing, Humour. A. Chapman & H. Foot (eds.). London: Pergamon Press. (115-118)

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PREHISTORIC ROCK ART RESEARCH


  • Forthcoming:

    The Question of Palaeolithic Scripts (Paul Bouissac)

    Probing Prehistoric Cultures: Data, Dates and Narratives (printable version - PDF file) ( Paul Bouissac)


  • 1999:

    "Data and Theory: The Construction of Prehistoric Discourse". Bollettino del Centro di Studi Preistorici, 31-32 (Val Camonica Symposium ‘97) (33-34)

  • 1997:

    "New Epistemological Perspectives for the Archaeology of Writing". In Archaeology and Language. Vol. I. R. Blench & N. Spriggs (eds.). London: Routledge (53-62)

  • 1994:

    "Art or Script? A Falsifiable Semiotic Hypothesis". Semiotica, 100, 2-4 (349-367)

    "Introduction: A Challenge for Semiotics". Semiotica, 100, 2-4 (99-107)

  • 1993:

    "Beyond Style: Steps towards a Semiotic Hypothesis". In Rock Art Studies: The Post-Stylistic Era. M. Lorblanchet & P.G. Bahn (eds.). Oxford: Oxbow Monograph 35 (203-206)




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French

Books

  • Strip-tease de Madame Bovary. Éditions L'Interligne.
    Collection : Vertiges 2004. [More Information]
     

 

 

  • La Mesure des Cestes Prolégomènes à la Sémiotique Gestuelle, Mouton / De Gruyter, Berlin 1973. [More Information]
     
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  • Les Demoiselles, Roman, Editions de Minuit, Paris 1970. [More Information]
     







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Articles

HISTORY AND EPISTEMOLOGY OF SEMIOTICS

  • 2006: Eroticon: l’iconicité renversée

    "Eroticon: l'iconicité renversée"

  • 1999:

    "Le savoir sémiotique". Degrès 100, (c-c15)

  • 1992:

    "Lecture de l’image érotique: théorie d’une pratique". Cahiers de l’Institut de Linguistique et des Sciences du Langage de l’université de Lausanne. (5-21)

  • 1990:

    "L’institution de la sémiotique: stratégies et tactiques". Semiotica, 79, 3-4 (217-233)

  • 1986:

    "Poèmes en marge: les limericks". Anthropologie et Société, 10, 2 (103-115)

  • 1976:

    "La discursivité non linguistique". In L’Analyse du Discours / Discourse Analysis.. P. Léon & H. Mitterand (eds.). Montréal: Centre Éducatif et Culturel (203-213)

  • 1971:

    "Analyse sémiotique et analyse littéraire". In Colloquium on Problems of Textual Analysis. Montréal: Didier (51-61)

  • 1968:

    "Volumes sonores et volumes gestuels dans un numéro d’acrobatie". In Pratiques et langages gestuels. A.-J. Greimas (eds.) Paris: Larousse (128-131)

  • 1968:

    "Description des petits états réflexifs". Les Cahiers du Chemin, 2. Paris: Gallimard (110-116)

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CIRCUS, CLOWNS AND PERFORMANCE THEORY



  • 2006:

    " L’écriture au défi: comment analyzer un spectacle vivant.", Paul Bouissac, University of Toronto




  • 2000:

    "Pour une sémiotique des espaces nomades en milieu urbain : le cirque dans la cité", Séminaire international AISE/IASSP-ENAU, Intersémioicité de l'espace architectural en son être, son paraître et sa fiction, Sidi Bou Said.




  • 1989:

    "Espace performatif et espace médiatisé: la déconstruction du spectacle de cirque dans les représentations télévisées". Degrès, 55, 1 (d1-21)

  • 1988:

    "Déchiffrons le visage des clowns". Liaison. Le magazine culturel de l’Ontario français. (juin 1988) (29-30)

  • 1985:

    "La pyramide et la roue: jeux formels et effets de sens dans les spectacles de cirque". Anthropologica, 27, 1-2 (101-121)

  • 1981:

    "Persiflage de l’institution amoureuse: séduction et dérision dans l’entée clownesque des rossignols". Anthropologie et Société, 5, 3 (35-45)

  • 1979:

    "Opérations et opérateurs sémiotiques". Études françaises, 15, 1-2 (57-78)

  • 1978:

    "L’Amour ethnographe". Préface. Le Cirque en images par J. Et M. Vesque. Archives d’ ethnologie française. Paris: Larose et Maisonneuve (19-27)

  • 1977:

    "Un cas d’ethnographie sauvage: L’oeuvre de J. et M. Vesque". Revue d’ethnologie française, 7, 2 (111-120)

  • 1973:

    "Perspectives ethnozoologiques: le statut symbolique de l’animal au cirque et au zoo". Revue d’ethnologie française, 2, 3-4 (253-266)

  • 1972:

    "Pour une analyse ethnologique des ‘entrées’ de clowns: construction de l’objet et esquisse de la méthode". Revue d’ethnologie française, 1, 3-4 (7-18)


    "Les avatars du clown: transformations sémiotiques et parallélisme des systèmes". Semiotica, 5, 3 (290-296)

  • 1971:

    "Cirque (Circus, Zirkus)". In La Communication. Les Dictionnaires du Savoir Moderne. A. Moles (ed.). Paris: Centre d’Étude et de Promotion de la Lecture. (89-95)


    "Le statut sémiotique de l’affiche de cirque". Semiotica, 2, 4 (354-364)


    "Un traité d’acrobatie au XVIième siècle: essai su la paradigmatique des modèles de la description". Revue d’ethnologie française, 1, 1 (11-28)


    "Pour une sémiotique du cirque". Semiotica, 3, 2 (92-120)


    "Structure et signification des numéros d’acrobatie". Revista de Lettras, 9 (7-27)

  • 1968:

    "Volumes sonores et volumes gestuels dans un numéro d’acrobatie". In Langage. Pratiques et langages gestuels. A.-J. Greimas (eds.). Paris: Larousse (128-131)

Interview


  • Sémiotique: état des lieux 2005 (with Peter Stockinger, Maison des Sciences de L'Homme, Paris) [LINK]



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Other Languages

 

Japanese

  • 2002:


    "Utopia Toshiteno Kigogakuriron" [Semiotic theories as utopia], Translated by Keizo Miyasaka, in Utopia no Kigen. Tokyo: Keio University Press (119-152)

  • 2000:

    "Jean Cocteau, aruiwa shinwa no saisei" [Jean Cocteau refondateur de mythes] Translated from French by Morimoto Yosuke. Gendai Shi Techo, (February 2000) (48-54)

  • 1997:

    "Mimu de Bunka o Yomitoku" [The memetic interpretation of Culture] Sekai, 7 (1997), (226-237)

  • 1990:

    "Gaia no kigoron o mezashite" [toward a semiotic theory of Gaia]. Interview with Masao Yamaguchi. Translated by Fumito Saito. Herumesu, 45 (9 May 1990), (42-52)

  • 1978:

    "Jikan wo tori dasu Dogu (Sakasu no kigoron wo koete)". Translation of "The Timeless Tools of Time: Circus Performances Revisited" by Shin-ichi Nakazawa. Shiso, 653 (86-107)

  • 1976:

    Circus and Culture. Translated by Shin-Ichi Nakazawa. Tokyo: Serika Shobo.

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Italian

  • 1989:

    "La lingua del circo". Intervista a cura di G. De Finis e A. Perri. Mondo Operaio, 1989, 1-2 (67-80)


  • 1987:

    Circo e Cultura. Translation of Circus and Culture (1976), "Opérations et opérateurs sémiotiques" (1979) and "System vs. Process in the Understanding of Performances" (1982), by Andrea Semprini. Palermo: Sellerio.




  • 1984:

    "La profanazione del sacro nei numeri dei clown". Quaderni de anthropologia e semiotica, 2 (1-20)

  • 1981:

    "Sintassi e semantica del caos: un numero del clown Charlie Cairoli". In La Festa: anthropologia e semiotica. C. Bianco & M. Del Ninno (eds.). Firenze: Nuova Gardi (16-26)



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German

  • 1993:

    "Semiotisches Wettrüsten: Zur Evolution Artübergreifender Kommunikation". Zeitschrift für Semiotik, 15, 1-2 (3-21)


    "Dialog oder Duet? Kind oder Parasit? Kommunication oder Manipulation?". Zeitschrift für Semiotik, 15, 1-2 (77-83)




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Polish

  • 1991:

    "Ikonicznosc I Stosownosc" Semiotyka dzis i wczoraj: Wybor Tekstow [ Semiotics Today and Yesterday, Selected Texts], ed. by Jerzy Pelc and Leon Koj, Ossolineum, Wroclaw 1991 (117-135).


Spanish

  • 2002:

    "La Institucionalización de la semiótica: Estrategias y tácticas", Nuevas perspectivas en semiología literaria, Madrid, ARCO/LIBROS, S.L. (103-124)

  • 1991:

    "El Espacio / El Lugar del Circo". Morphé, 5 (Julio-Diciembre 1991) (55-71)



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Portuguese


  • 2002:

    "Descrevendo gestos: Limites, escalas, perspectivas". Traduction: Marcos Silva, DeSignis No3, Los gestos: Sentidos y practicas, (Octubre 2002). (21-37)

  • 1997:

    "Informação versus Significação: Da Ecologia como Utopia Semiotica à Evolução Cosmica como Entropia" In Comunicação na Era Pós-Mderna. M. Rector and E. Neiva (eds.). Petrópolis: Editora Vozes (65-81)


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Activities since 2000

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2007:

    “Putting grammaticalization to the iconicity test: A cognitivist perspective”. In Insistent Images. Iconicity in Language and Literature. E. Tabakowska, C. Ljungberg & O. Fischer (Eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins (17-35).

    “The archaeology of graphic signs: Evolutionary and systemic approaches”. Rock Art Research

    “L’écriture au défi: Comment analyser un spectacle vivant”. Degrès Vol. 129 (1-22)

  • 2006:

    “Hoarding behavior: A better evolutionary account of money psychology?” Commentary to “Money as tool, money as drug: The biological psychology of a strong incentive” by Stephen E. G. Lea & Paul Webley. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2006) 29, 161-209 (181-182).

    “Probing prehistoric cultures: Data, dates and narratives.” Rock Art Research 23: 1 (89-96)

    “Introduction: Gesture, ritual and memory.” Gesture 6.2 (171-176)

    “Gesture in evolutionary perspective.” Gesture 6.2 (189-201)

    “Le beau métier.”  Triages (129 - 135)

    “The sociological and epistemological status of semiotics: An assessment and a program “.  In New Theories and Concepts on Signs and Semiotics. Edited by  Gu Jiatzu. Nanjing:  Southern East University Press. (407-434).

    ”The question of palaeolithic scripts”. In Exploring the Mind of Ancient Man. Peddarapu Chenna Reddy, (Ed.). New Delhi: Research India Press. (Chapter 13)


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  • 2005:

    “Iconicity or iconization? Probing the dynamic interface between language and perception.” In Outside-In – Inside-Out: Iconicity in Language and Literature 4, edited by Costantino Maeder, Olga Fischer & William J. Herlofsky. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (15-37)

    “Poetics in the lions’den: the circus act as text.” In Folklore: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies. Four volumes. Edited by Alan Dundes. Vol. 4. London: Routledge. (  -  ). [Reprinted from Bouissac 1976].

  • 2004:

    “How plausible is the motherese hypothesis?” Commentary to “Prelinguistic evolution in early hominins: Whence motherese?” by Dean Falk. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2004) 27, 491-541 (506-507).
     
    “Saussure’s legacy in semiotics.” In The Cambridge Companion to Saussure, edited by Carol Sanders. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (240-260).

    “Interspecific communication.” In Semiotics: A Handbook on the Sign-Theoretic Foundations of Nature and Culture, vol. 4, edited by  R. Posner, K. Robering & T. A. Sebeok. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. (3391-3396).

    “Sens de la main.” Degrès, vol. 118. (1-19)

    Strip-tease de Madame Bovary. Roman. Collection “Vertiges”. Ottawa: Les Éditions L’Interligne.

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  • 2003:

    “Bounded semiotics: From utopian to evolutionary models of communication.” In Dynamics and Change in Organizations: Studies in Organizational Semiotics, edited by Henk W. M. Gazendam, René J. Jorna & Ruben S. Cijsouw. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Press. (15-36).

    “Information, imitation, communication: An evolutionary perspective on the semiotics of gesture.” In Gestures: Meaning and Use. Edited by M. Rector, I. Poggi & N. Trigo. Porto: Universidade Fernando Pessoa Press. (13-26).

  • 2002:

    “Utopia Toshiteno Kigogakuriron.” [Semiotic theories as utopia]. Translated by Keizo Miyasaka. In Utopia no Kigen. Tokyo: Keio University Press. (119-152).

    “La institucionalización de la semiótica: estrategias y tacticas.” Nuevas perspectives en semiologia literaria. Edited by J.G. Maestro. Madrid: ARCO / LIBROS, S.L. (103-124).

    “Descrevendo gestos: Limites, escalas e perspectives.” De Signis, vol. 3 (21-36).   



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  • 2001:

    “The visual role of the sclera and the teeth in facial interactions.”In Oralité et Gestualité: interactions et comportements multimodaux dans la communication. Edited by C. Calvé, I. Guaïtella & S. Santi. Paris: L’Harmattan. (160-166).

    “On signs, memes and MEMS.” Sign Systems Studies, vol. 29: 2 (624-646).

    “Incidents, accidents, failures: The representation of negative experience in public entertainment.” In Erving Goffman. Edited by A.G. Fine & G.W.H. Smith. Vol. 4. London: Sage [Reprinted from Bouissac 1990] (  -  )

    “Becoming a mask: Facial make-up and the transformation of identities.” In Rupa-Pratirupa: Mind, Mask, and Mind. Edited by S.C. Malik. Delhi: Aryan Press / Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.

  • 2000:

    “Can semiotics progress?” The American Journal of Semiotics, vol. 15-16 (7-26).

    “Steps toward evolutionary semiotics.” Semiotica, vol. 132: 3-4 (317-342).

    “Cocteau re-fondateur de mythes.” In Le siècle de Jean Cocteau. Edited by P. Caizergues & P.-M. Héron. Montpellier: Université Paul-Valéry. (160-166).

    “ Jean Cocteau, aruiwa shinwa no saisei.” [Cocteau re-fondateur de mythes]. Translated by Morimoto Yosuke. Gendai Shi Techo [Contemporary Poetry Journal]. Tokyo. (48-54)


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PAPERS SUBMITTED TO CONFERENCES



  • 2007:

    January 11. “Semiotics as the science of memory.” Conference on “Memory from Transdisciplinary Perspectives: Agency, Practices, and Mediations”. Research Centre for Culture and Communication, University of Tartu (Estonia). (January 11-14)

    January 15. “Semiotics of the circus: from Structuralism to Evolutionism”. Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu. (January 15)

  • 2006:

    April 4. “To catch a meme: biological and psychological perspectives on memetics”. Memetics Workshop. Strategic Analysis Institute. Arlington, VA (USA). (April 4-5 2006)

    September 9. “The archaeology of graphic signs: evolutionary and systemic approaches”. XVth Congress of UISPP [Union Internationale des sciences préhistoriques et protohistoriques],  Lisbon (Portugal). (September 4-10)

    November 10. “The optic, haptic, and acoustic dimensions of gestures: evolutionary significance and methodological implications”. Berlin Gesture Center (Interdisziplinäres BCG-Kolloquium). Freie Universität Berlin (Germany).

    December 1. “Timeless circus in times of change”. Conference on “Fabulous Risk: Danger in Performance in Circus and Sideshow”, University of Wollongong (Australia). (December 1-3)

    December 5. “What and how does the circus communicate: The role of language in circus performances.” The Languages in Society Research Group, and The Centre for Canadian-Australian Studies. University of Wollongong (Australia).

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  • 2005:

    March 11. “Does Saussure still matter?” Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures. University of Bari (Italy)

    March 12. “Gesture in perpective.” Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures. University of Bari (Italy)

    March 18. “Putting grammaticalization to the iconicity test.”Fifth International Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature. Krakow (Poland). (17-20 March 2005)

    September 8. “Inferring gestures from artifacts”. Eleventh Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. Cork (Ireland) (5-11 September 2005.

  • 2004:

    July 6. “Formes et sens du pont dans le projet urbain”. International Association for the Semiotics of Space. Lyon (France). July 5-6, 2004).

    July 9. “Static images as agencies: performative, algorithmic and normative functions.” Ontogeny and Phylogeny of the Picture Sign. Eighth Congress of the International Association of Semiotic Studies. Lyon (France). (July 7-12, 2004).



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  • 2003:

    March 28. “Iconicity or iconization? Probing the dynamic interface between language and perception”. Fourth Symposium on Iconicity in Language and Literature. Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). (27-29 March 2003).

    September 12. “When is an artifact a symbol? The type/token distinction”. Ninth Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. St Petersburg (Russia) (10-15 September 2003).

    September 13. “Criteria of symbolicity: intrinsic and extrinsic formal properties of artifacts ”. Ninth Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists. St. Petersburg (Russia) (10-15 September 2003)

  • 2002:

    May 24 “The sociological and epistemological status of semiotics: an assessment and a program.” Fifth Annual Meeting of the Chinese National Linguistic and Semiotic Association. Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing (P.R.China) (May 24-26).

    September 27. “Toward the construction of post-colonial memory: A post-colonial reading of Sertorius (1662)”. Postcolonialism Today: Theoretical Challenges and Pragmatic Issues. A Multidisciplinary Conference. University of Toronto (September 26-28).

    October 4. “Semiotics as enlightenment: East and West. A critical approach”. Semiotics and the Global Meaning of East Asian Cultures. Third EASS Seminar. Wuhan (China). (October 2-6 2002)

  • 2000:

    July 12 “Dates, data, and narratives: the meaning of hand signs in rock art research”. Third Congress of the Australian Rock Art Research Association. Alice Springs (Australia) (July 10-14).

    July 24. “Unthinking laughter.” 12th Congress of the International Society for Humor Studies. Osaka (Japan) (July 24-27).

    July 27. “Taking the body politic for a ride at the circus.” Session on “Humor in India.”
    12th Congress of the International Society for Humor Research. Osaka (Japan). (July 24-27)

     July 29.  “Semiotic theories as utopias”. Keio University. Tokyo. (invited lecture).


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