Social Semiotics and Cultural Analysis
This doctoral level sociology seminar is intended to provide participants with an introduction to semiotics and cultural analysis. We will look at modes of expression and expressiveness; explore how culture manifests numerous modes of expressiveness, and how they are also embedded within culture. We will discuss the process through which cultures develop meaningful links in terms of sensibility, understanding, and meaning making. Our discussions will be associated with an in-depth analysis of the role of semiotics in culture and society and in doing so we will analyze the parallel between the function of the sign and the function of the signifying objects.