David Graeber Philosophical Series: Peirce, with Federico Montanari

13 October, 2022 20:00 (London time)

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The David Graeber Philosophical series will resume after the holidays with a lecture about Charles Sanders Peirce, which will be presented by Federico Montanari and is entitled ‘Peirce, Semiotics, back to David Graeber. Perspectives for a revolutionary study of signs?’.

In this seminar I would like to explore the interest and possible path linking David Graeber’s thought to semiotics, and to Peirce (since Peirce is considered among Graeber’s philosophers of reference). But is it also possible to identify, in perspective, a “radical” use of semiotic analysis of sense and meaning making, in the directions Graeber’s anthropology left us? (For example, with the concepts of “experience,” or “relation” typical of pragmatism? Or perhaps with the same idea of sign, and Semiotics, moreover also taken up by Deleuze and Guattari?) And, in this regard, what links with the other philosophers he considered as sources and interlocutors?

The lecture will take place on 13th October at 8pm (London Time)

The session is open to everyone but registration is required.

Federico Montanari, PhD, is associate professor of Sociology of Cultural and Communication Processes, at the University of Modena Reggio Emilia, after having taught in other universities, such as Politecnico di Milano, Bologna, Iulm Milano, and visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego. He works mainly on socio-semiotic analysis of war and conflicts, on the study of urban spaces and technologies, also in relation to cultural studies and visual and media studies. He also works on the philosophy of post-structuralism (Deleuze and Guattari and their sources in Spinoza’s thought). He has written several books and articles on these issues, including: Immagini coinvolte (2016); Morphogenesis and Individuation (2014, with A. Sarti and F. Galofaro); Actants, Actors, and Combat Units, a semiocultural viewpoint (2012); Linguaggi della guerra (2004). And he has participated with Franco Berardi Bifo, Sarti, Pasquinelli and others to the 2001 Genoa and Seattle anti-globalization movement experience also with workshops and collectives based in Bologna. 

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