WhenMay 05, 2017 - May 06, 2017 (All Day)
WhereTo be announced
Event Websitehttps://voices.uchicago.edu/semiotics/2016/04/26/michicagoan-schedule/
Contact InformationDepartment of Linguistics
Description2017 Conference Theme: The Writing's on the Wall
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Keynote address by Friederike Lüpke (SOAS, University of London)

The annual Michicagoan Conference focuses on the social and cultural analysis of semiotic forms centering on language, providing graduate students with an attentive forum in which to present their work and have it discussed by faculty and students. The conference promotes ongoing scholarly exchange and collaboration among students and faculty of the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, and regional affiliates. We welcome work from graduate students at all stages and encourage participants to submit formal conference papers as well as to present their proposals and research reports. Commentators for each panel are drawn from participating faculty.

This year’s Michicagoan theme addresses signs of inevitability and the inevitability of signs. Linguistic anthropologists have long emphasized the contingency and unpredictability of semiotic and sociohistorical processes. But what about when things just seem inevitable? Looking at symptoms of imminent language death, benchmarks of language development, or compulsive patterns of interaction — certain signs, sequences, and structures seem bound to repeat. Not only attuning to future-oriented acts of forecasting, predicting, and prophesizing, "The Writing's on the Wall" asks participants to investigate the pragmatics of backward-looking, told-you-so reconstructions of the past.

Inquiries, including questions concerning access for persons with disabilities, can be directed to michicagoan2017@umich.edu.
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