Symbols arise spontaneously as a natural component of human behavior, as well as the result of ideas being transferred from one culture to another. In the ancient world, symbolic characters wandered from country to country along the trade routes and were exchanged with goods and ideas. They often gained importance in places distant from their place of origin. But what are the paths that symbols travel today? Will the new ways of distribution also affect their fate? Is egradation and depletion of certain contemporary symbols a result of the way in which these symbols are used (and abused) by their creators? Or is it because some of the symbols are not competitive enough for customers to notice?
Although many symbols have not changed for thousands of years, there are some which have and some which are completely new. The image of the World Trade Center collapsing shortly after the attack became symbolic. But what does it symbolize to Western society and the Muslim world? What meaning does it bring to the political discourse at international level?
Another important issue to consider is the unresolved dispute of semioticians: whether symbols are natural or conventional? In other words, whether symbol is a purely contractual thing, or some kind of a connection between the symbol and the symbolized item objectively exists?
The conference is addressed at a wide range of scientists specializing in the humanities and social disciplines. The intention is to provide a convenient space to consider and exchange ideas and to reflect on phenomena, which accompany the human race from the ancient times till today.
We plan the following thematic blocks during the conference:
Panel 1. Symbols in everyday life (e.g. clothes and costumes, body decoration, ornaments, tattoos, piercing, affiliation to groups such as sport clubs, music fun clubs etc.)
Panel 2. Symbol in intercultural communication
Panel 3. Political symbols and symbolic behavior in politics
Panel 4. Symbol in the process of change (e.g. symbols in new contexts, symbols degraded)
Submissions should be sent to:
September 30th, 2013 – deadline for sending an abstract (max 500 words)
October 15th, 2013 – information about acceptance or denial of the paper proposal
October 30th, 2013 – payment* of the conference fee (430zł, 380 zł for PhD students)
December 13-14th 2013 – the conference
January 31st 2014 – deadline for sending the manuscript
Publication of the presented papers The symbols of contemporary culture – is scheduled for the second part of 2014.
dr hab. Monika Banaś
dr Elżbieta Wiącek
mgr Karolina Kosyna-Fuja
mgr Joanna Dziadowiec
mgr Tomasz Marcin Wrona
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