Semiotic Anthropology


Semiotic Anthropology

For open discussion about anthropology and semiotic theory

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Semiotics of Race 1 Reply

Started by Veerendra Lele. Last reply by Joel M. Wright May 3, 2010.

Recent Semiotic Anthropology article on dead bodies

Started by Veerendra Lele Nov 20, 2009.

Peirce or Saussure: a useful starting point for semiotic anthropology? 10 Replies

Started by Josh Reno. Last reply by John McCreery Jul 12, 2009.

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Comment by Nold Egenter on May 29, 2009 at 7:25pm
I would be interested in a discussion about "anthropology and semiotic theory" in which I would play the 'advocatus diaboli' saying that signs and symbols were in fact and physically an important part of prehistory and had great influence on the formation of culture, but the archaeological method did not show them because they were made of ephemeral fibrous materials. Consequence: there is a chance to reconstruct this semiotic basis ethno-pre-historically.
Comment by Nold Egenter on May 29, 2009 at 7:19pm
Maybe of interest?

Both papers maintain that signs made of plant materials were an important part of the prehistoric (and historical) tradition, but this did not convincingly show in archaeology.
Semantic architecture an the birth of script
A theory of the origins of writing based on architectural anthropology


Nold Egenter: Semantic architecture and the interpretation of prehistoric rock art: An ethno-(pre-historical approach) In: Semiotica 100 2/4 1994 :201 - 266
Comment by Veerendra Lele on May 29, 2009 at 6:30pm
Hello Josh, that's great -- I was thinking Peirce (the little graphic is a drawing of his from his Collected Papers on the 'rhizomatic' nature of the semiotic triad), and am guessing most anthros in this group will have an interest in pursuing Peirce for anthropological uses, but am also hoping other forms of semiotic theory might be shared as well!
Comment by Josh Reno on May 29, 2009 at 5:45pm
Hello Veerendra! Thanks for starting this group. I am very interested in semiotic theory (particularly the Peircian variety).

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