Eikon


Eikon is an Open Access journal on Semiotics and Visual Culture edited with a continuous publishing flow, supporting both thematic and general calls for papers, that accepts articles written in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. A call for reviewers is permanently open.
Open to a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches, Eikon welcomes original research articles in the field of semiotics, understood as the systematic study of signifiers, meanings, and its effects. This study can take up many forms and objects: the significance constructions at the individual subject level; the outside world objects; and the inter-subjective relationship with others. In the first case it intersects with logic and theory of knowledge. In the second, taking care of physicalities, sensitive objects, touches both discourse analysis, and image scrutiny, in the various languages that the two comprise: literature, narrative, media text and framing, photography, film, advertising, art, and forms of expression emerging in these and other languages. Semiotics dealing with intersubjectivity is mainly concerned with the pragmatic dimensions of the production of meaning, and in this sense, it crosses paths with rhetoric and discourse ethics, advertising and political communication.
Eikon interprets the growht of globalized Western culture as a gradual transition from a logocentric world - focused on the rational use of the word as it emerged in Greece in centuries VI and V b.C - to an increasingly visual culture builded around image and its use, so well expressed today in the diversity and ubiquity of screens. This passage from a logocentric world to a visual universe represents also a movement from logos towards pathos, speech towards impulse and action. The transition from discourse (symbol) to imagery (icon), tends today to be perceived as a section, a real epistemological cut that would mark the shift between paradigms. Instead, Eikon chooses to emphasize the continuities and dependencies of the coexistence between the two regimes, and the intimate link on which both depend.
Eikon is interested in semiotics and its objects, starting with man’s most basic question about meaning: "What does all this mean?". Id est, it is interested in "how" and "why" things mean, and in "what do certain things mean", how do they bespeak those who used them to mean something. These issues are terribly old, and sparkingly new: they have been changing and evolving as new and different media are becoming available for man to signify.
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