Call for papers: Semiotics of Selfies
Special issue of Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics
Editor: Gregory Paschalidis
In Camera Lucida Roland Barthes suggests that the “age of Photography corresponds precisely to the explosion of the private into the public, or rather into the creation of a new social value, which is the publicity of the private: the private is consumed as such publicly”. What he had in mind was the aggressive invasion of the privacy of celebrities by press photographers. The advent of digital technology took the “age of Photography” to new heights, while simultaneously fostering the “explosion of the private into the public” to an unprecedented scale. This time, however, the paparazzi were virtually everyone. In the last decade selfies have become perhaps the most widespread genre of the newly born digital culture. At the same time, it is certainly the most notorious, being regularly associated with rampant narcissism and addictive self-promotion. Having unmistakable continuities with the timehonoured tradition of the self-portrait, both in painting and in photography, selfies became an arena where new visual vocabularies and strategies of self-representation have developed, bringing a new urgency to Peirce’s idea of “the self as a sign”.
Read the full announcement: Punctum 4.2 (December 2018) – CfΡ