The Semiotics Workshop is pleased to announce our schedule for Spring Quarter 2011:

April 7th: Constantine V. Nakassis

Mellon Postdoctoral Instructor
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Chicago

“Brand Desires, Anxieties, Ignorances: Young Men’s Peer Groups and the
Aesthetics of Brandedness in Tamil Nadu, India”

Discussant: Sean Dowdy

April 21st: Greg Matoesian

Associate Professor
University of Illinois at Chicago

“Gesture’s Community: Social Organization in Multimodal Conduct”

Discussant: Kaya Williams

April 26th: Patrick Eisenlohr

Professor of Anthropology
Department of Cultural Anthropology
Utrecht University

Title: Media authenticity and authority in Mauritius: On the mediality of language in religion”
Haskell Hall Mezz 102

Discussant: Elayne Oliphant

(Wednesday) May 11th: Paul Manning

Associate Professor
Trent University

“The Soviet Uncola”

Presented by The Anthropology of Europe Workshop, CEREES (The University of
Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies), and the
Semiotics: Culture in Context Workshop.

May 12th: Anna Weichselbraun

PhD Student
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Chicago

“Molecular Gastronomy or Modernist Cuisine: The Semiotic Mediation of Expertise
in the Innovative Restaurant”

Discussant: Jolie Nahigian

May 26th: Stephen Kingsley Scott

Postdoctoral Instructor
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Chicago

“‘Hey, comadre!’: Kinship tropes, cultural intimacies, and the mediation of
‘message’ in a Bolivian health network”

Discussant: Yaqub Hilal

June 9th: Luke Fleming

Instructor, Anthropology
Eckerd College

“Senseless Speech Acts: Unifying Malinowskian and Austinian Performativity”

Discussant: Britta Ingebretson

The workshop welcomes participants from any discipline with an interest in
engaging a semiotic framework for analysis.  Papers are available by email
request from our graduate student coordinators, Amy McLachlan
( and Chris Bloechl (

The workshop meets from 4:30 to 6:00 in Haskell 101, unless otherwise noted.

If you believe you may need special assistance in attending the workshop or you
have other questions or concerns, please contact the graduate student