CFP: Semiotics of Selfies. Special issue of Punctum: International Journal of Semiotics

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 time-honoured 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”.
This special issue of Punctum aims to contribute to the investigation and understanding of the selfies as
a semiotic practice by encouraging the examination of its cultural dynamics in all its diverse forms and
contexts, from its vernacular versions in social networks and celebrity webpages, to the ever expanding
range of its appropriations by marketing and branding, artists and educators, social and political
Prospective authors should submit an abstract of approximately 300 words by mail to Gregory
Paschalidis ( including their affiliation and contact information. Acceptance of
the abstract does not guarantee publication, given that all research articles will be put through the
journal’s peer review process.

Deadline for abstracts: June 20, 2018
Notification of acceptance of the abstract: June 30, 2018
Deadline for submission of full papers: September 15, 2018
Reviewers’ report: November 1, 2018
Final revised papers due: December 1, 2018
Publication: Volume 4, Number 2 (December 2018)