Posts Tagged: semiotics

Animal pragmatism

My contribution to the 2012 EAA session Animal agency? is now available in extended article draft form over at academia.edu. The paper is called Animal pragmatism. Take a look if you’re interested. It’s unlikely the paper will ever be published.

Animal pragmatism

My contribution to the 2012 EAA session Animal agency? is now available in extended article draft form over at academia.edu. The paper is called Animal pragmatism. Take a look if you’re interested. It’s unlikely the paper will ever be published.

Things in Action – Interpreting the Meanings of Things in Archaeology

The proceedings of the XII Nordic Theoretical Archaeology Group Meeting held in Oulu, Finland, two years ago is now out. My contribution can be found by following this link.

Things in Action – Interpreting the Meanings of Things in Archaeology

The proceedings of the XII Nordic Theoretical Archaeology Group Meeting held in Oulu, Finland, two years ago is now out. My contribution can be found by following this link.

Habit of acting as meaning – interpreting the meanings of things in archaeology

I dare to propose that archaeologists are slowly starting to realize that the social and the material are both aspects of the real and can not be separated. But one has to start from somewhere and what would be a

Habit of acting as meaning – interpreting the meanings of things in archaeology

I dare to propose that archaeologists are slowly starting to realize that the social and the material are both aspects of the real and can not be separated. But one has to start from somewhere and what would be a

Helsinki Metaphysical Club

In the 1860s Charles Peirce started a club called the Metaphysical Club. This is where pragmatism was more or less born. In 1997 a bunch of Finnish postgraduate students started a discussion group for people interested in pragmatism. Following Peirce,

Helsinki Metaphysical Club

In the 1860s Charles Peirce started a club called the Metaphysical Club. This is where pragmatism was more or less born. In 1997 a bunch of Finnish postgraduate students started a discussion group for people interested in pragmatism. Following Peirce,

Oscar day seminar

Any archaeologist interested in philosophy or semiotics should mark their calendar for the Oscar day seminar to be held this December in Helsinki. The deadline for paper abstracts was November the 1st, but I’m sure they are still accepting them.

Oscar day seminar

Any archaeologist interested in philosophy or semiotics should mark their calendar for the Oscar day seminar to be held this December in Helsinki. The deadline for paper abstracts was November the 1st, but I’m sure they are still accepting them.

BASE 5

The fifth BASE (Baltic Archaeological Seminar) seminar is supposed to be held in Tartu, Estonia in October. This time the topic is “Archaeology today: things to be changed”. I sent in a presentation proposal in April but have not heard

BASE 5

The fifth BASE (Baltic Archaeological Seminar) seminar is supposed to be held in Tartu, Estonia in October. This time the topic is “Archaeology today: things to be changed”. I sent in a presentation proposal in April but have not heard

Simulation and the hyperreal

Jean Baudrillard has stated that the postmodern culture is dominated by simulation. Objects have no firm origin, no referent, no ground or foundation (Baudrillard 1988: 1). This aspect of postmodernism is a very modern phenomenon. Postmodernism continues the modern condition

Simulation and the hyperreal

Jean Baudrillard has stated that the postmodern culture is dominated by simulation. Objects have no firm origin, no referent, no ground or foundation (Baudrillard 1988: 1). This aspect of postmodernism is a very modern phenomenon. Postmodernism continues the modern condition

Charles Peirce on photography

I will now be spending a few days working at the 25th International Summer School for Semiotic and Structural Studies (I wonder why they still keep calling it that…) organised by the International Semiotics Institute in Imatra in Eastern Finland.

Charles Peirce on photography

I will now be spending a few days working at the 25th International Summer School for Semiotic and Structural Studies (I wonder why they still keep calling it that…) organised by the International Semiotics Institute in Imatra in Eastern Finland.

Symmetrical archaeology and past meaning-making practices

Today there is a new field of archaeology emerging, called symmetrical archaeology (Olsen 2003: 88), which can be seen as a pragmatistic archaeology, where the material is again taken into account and the emphasis of study is not that much

Symmetrical archaeology and past meaning-making practices

Today there is a new field of archaeology emerging, called symmetrical archaeology (Olsen 2003: 88), which can be seen as a pragmatistic archaeology, where the material is again taken into account and the emphasis of study is not that much

Material culture as texts

According to Ian Hodder (1989) material culture texts are different from written text in three aspects. In written texts, the words are always largely arbitrary, since they are written in specific social contexts. This is called the arbitrariness principle. The

Material culture as texts

According to Ian Hodder (1989) material culture texts are different from written text in three aspects. In written texts, the words are always largely arbitrary, since they are written in specific social contexts. This is called the arbitrariness principle. The