The Seventeenth Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Circle of California will be held in the Faculty Club, on Saturday and Sunday, January 26-27, 2002. As customary, the meeting is an open-topic research paper meeting.


  • 8:45 am: Registration (coffee/tea breaks, luncheon, closing pastry / wine): students $20; others $40

Morning Session: Winfried Kudszus (UC Berkeley), Chair

  • 9:00 am Denis J. Brion (Washington & Lee Law School): “Illegitimate Politics in Bush v. Gore”
  • 9:30 am Richard John Ascarate & Tonya Kim Dewey (UC Berkeley): “Cracking the Nut: The Translation of Prose to choreography and Gesture in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Tales”
  • 10:00 am Scott Simpkins (Univ. of North Texas): “The Romantic Pause” 10:30 am William A. Pencak (Penn State Univ.): “Q. ‘Who’s the Illegal Alien, Pilgrim?’ –A.’The Man who Shot Liberty Valence’”
  • 11:00 am Werner Abraham (UC Berkeley: “Sociopathology and Bateson’s ‘Double Bind’” 11:30 am Alain J.-J. Cohen (UC San Diego): “Semiotics of the Filmic Dissolve in Scorsese’s ‘Taxi Driver’”


Afternoon Session: Alain J.-J. Cohen (UC San Diego), Chair

  • 1:00 pm Ellen McCracken (UC Santa Barbara): “Argentina is Burning: Ostensive Communication and Semiotic Struggle in the Current Socio-Economic Crisis”
  • 1:30 pm Norbert Wiley (UC Berkeley): “The Linguistics of Inner Speech”
  • 2:00 pm Llana Barber (UC Berkeley): “Framing the Avant-Garde: White Oak’s Reconstruction of the Work of the Judson Dance Theater”
  • 2:30 pm Sasha Krivonosov (Penn State Univ.): “Eh-wa-ua-wau-aoooow! The Post-World War II USSR: A Tarzan Generation”
  • 3:00 pm William Watt (UC Irvine)”Writing is a parasitic Representation of Speech, Write?”
  • 3:30 pm Jean-Jacques Boutaud & Pascal Lardellier (Information Science & Communication, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon): “A Semiotic Approach to the Rituals of ‘Commensalité’”