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Semiotica del corpo


On the Corposphere: Semiotics of the body


Anno accademico 2019/2020

Codice attività didattica
INT 1396
Corso di studio
Corso SSST
A scelta dello studente
5 (20 ore)
SSD attività didattica
M-FIL/05 - filosofia e teoria dei linguaggi
Tipologia esame
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On the Corposphere: Semiotics of the body

Professor Dr. José Enrique Finol



Thursday May 15/2020 – Friday June 12/2020

Hours: 8:00 a. m. – 11:00 a. m.

Palazzo Nuovo. Room: 5


Inaugural session Thursday 15 May: La voltosfera / The Facesphere

Plenary talk in the framework of the ERC seminar “DEEP FACETS”


  1. a) Acknowledgements and thanks
  2. b) Subjects to be exposed
  3. c) Participation
  4. d) Home work

- Video: The Big Bang Theory.

- Presentation 1: On the Corposphere: Semiotics of the body.


3) First session Thursday 21 May: Discussant of the Plenary Talk by Jacques FONTANILLE “Le visage au miroir” / “The Face in the Mirror” (9:00 – 11:00)


6) Second session Friday 22 May: Imaginaries, boundaries and limits of the body

Presentation: imaginary boundaries and limits of a Semiotics of the body

Discussant of the Plenary Talk by Simone ARCAGNI “L’occhio della macchina: Computer e vision” / “The Eye of the Machine: Computer and Vision” (9:00 – 11:00)


9) Third session Thursday 28 May: Body trajectories

Presentation: On the Corposphere: Body trajectories: from silencing to body voices.


12) Fourth session May Friday 29: Body, absence and meaning

Presentation: On the Corposphere: Body, absence and signification.

Discussant of the Plenary Talk by Cristina VOTO “Che cosa sono le nuvole? Errori e affezioni algoritmiche / What are Clouds? Algorithmic Errors and Affections” (9:00 – 11:00)


15) Fifth session June Thursday 4: Prolegomena to a Semiotics of Experience.

 Presentation: Prolegomena to a Semiotics of Experience: Memory, text and context.

Home work: Comment on the following paragraph, in relation to a Semiotics of Experience:

“Meaning is always in suspension, there is no moment when it would be given positively, a meaning is not a positive idea, but exclusion of some possibilities, a negative delimitation of a complete “scheme”, which is open at all times”. (Ajvaz, 2007: 82)

Ajvaz, Michal (2007). “Maurice Merleau-Ponty: An Attemp at a Synthesis of Phenomenology and Structuralism”, in Dynamic Structures. Language as an Open system. Johannes Fehr & Petr Kouba (Editors). Prague: Litteraria Pragensia.


18) Sixth Session June Friday 5: Robots, Cyborgs, Avatars

Presentation: On the Corposphere. Mechanical Body, Digital Body:

 From Robots, to Cyborgs, to Avatars

Home work: Answer the following questions:

  1. How does the body operate in the digital world?
  2. What transformations does it undergo?
  3. How is digital corporeity defined?
  4. What are the meat and bones of the physical corporeity of rites transformed into when this is transferred to the digital?


HERE ENDS the program for the School of Superior Studies, University of Turin

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