News from the Communication and Semiotics Program
 of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo,  Brazil
 
    On May 10th, 2001, at the PUC amphitheatre, in São Paulo, Brazil,  we have the launching of GALÁXIA: REVISTA TRANSDISCIPLINAR DE COMUNICAÇÃO, SEMIÓTICA E CULTURA (Galaxy: transciplinary magazine of Communication, Semiotics and Culture, edited by Professor Irene de Araújo Machado, and the Postgraduated Studies in Communication and Semiotics, with the major presence of emerit Professor Haroldo de Campos, who made a brilliant speech.
    The name of the magazine is a tribute to the master of everybody, Professor Haroldo de Campos, and is also the name of one of his brilliant poetry book (Galáxias).
    The sumary of the first number are: editorial project , editorial, interview, forum: communication and/or semiotics?, dialogue, articles, review: books, audio, hypermedia, and submission rules.
 
 
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GALÁXIA – REVISTA TRANSDICISPLINA DE COMUNICAÇÃO, SEMIÓTICA, CULTURA.

Programa de Comunicação e Semiótica da Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo

São Paulo, Brasil

Irene Machado

Scientific Editor

 

 

 

Galáxia sections

FORUM

It is a section of thematic character which is intended for the debate of the statute of the semiotics field itself, communication and culture. Special treatment will be accorded to the thought around nature and the conditions of semiosis looked into as emergent themes in the areas involved, as immediate unfolding of this preoccupation. It is a space that is intended to essays which result from theoretical or artistical projects, asserting the semiotic principle of transversality in the manifestation of ideas and concepts.

ARTICLES

In order to respect the intersemiotic vocation of the studies on communication languages, this section will gather studies of applied analysis, discussions with guidance to analyses, criticism of languages, means, media and semiotic systems in general.

DIALOGUE

Space for the reproduction of conversations in present dialogue or those which happened via Internet, between discussion groups. This section was created to value the dialogue of Socratic aspect and the free transit of ideas which the speech of mediatic nets revived.

INTERVIEWS

Space that is reserved for the dialogue between researchers who are responsible for significant interventions to the realignment of the thought itself and action.

NEWS

Statements of analytical aspect on events (congresses, seminars, exhibitions, fairs, art, spectacles, performances, etc), national and international, which are significant to the areas that comprehend the revue. It is not a question of agenda (something which was outdone by communication on line). It is a question of evaluation a posteriori, able to update references as well as guide points of view on emergent matters in different areas of interest.

REVIEW

(Of books, theses, journals, CD-audio, CD-ROM, hypermedia etc)

More than the need for simple publicity, this section was created as a space to evaluate studies according to theoretical rules. In this sense, hopefully, contributions will not hesitate to advance in the discussion of ideas and in the essayistic character of produced metadiscourse.

 

PROJECTS

This is a space for experimentation which has been developed at the limit of art-science; art-technology; art-media; gathering the most radical interventions. These studies should serve as incentive to the understanding of the role of the arts of communication at our times, as well as the effectiveness and embezzlement of its languages.

 

 

Submission Rules

  1. The Editors of Galáxia invite submission of original and unpublished works such as articles (essays or communications), scientific news in the communication and semiotics area, artistic and communication products reviews. All of them will be submitted to Galáxia´s Editorial Board.

  2. To be considered for publication, works should be computer-generated with indications of the system and word-processing software used. They should be:

    1. Typed in Word in Times New Roman print, size twelve, double-spaced without a right margin at the end of the line;

    2. Sent on disk with a paper printout attached or by e-mail. The disk label should have: the author´s name, the name of the article´s file (preferably with author´s surname).

  3. It should be from 15 to 25 pages long for articles and from 3 to 5 pages long for reviews.

  4. The titles of the articles and reviews should be typed in capital and small print, size 14, in bold and centered in the line. The name of the author should be centered as well, accompanied with the institutional or organizational affiliation.

  5. The articles must enclosure two abstracts about 5 lines, typed in size 10: one in Spanish or Portuguese and one in English and, at least 3 key words.

  6. Quotations in the body of the text should be typed in italics and separated by quotation marks. The author´s surname, the year and publication pages should come at the end of the quotation, between parentheses and in size 10. Ex.: (Peirce 1987: 341-2).

  7. Quotations of more than three lines or sentences should be indented, whithout quotation marks, and typed in size 10. All quotations in the text must be listed in the References section at the end of the text. Complete bibliographical information is not cited in the text. Rather references should be made in the text by indicating as follows in parentheses the author´s surname, the date of the work referred to and the page numbers. Ex. (Eco 1974: 254).

  8. Footnotes should be used sparingly, and reserved only to substantial and absolutely necessary comments to the presentation of the ideas and not for citing bibliographical information, or referring to the bibliography.

  9. Reviews (of books, thesis, sound CD, CD-ROM, hypermedia etc) must have their own title which must be different from the one of the reviewed work. Its references must follow the title.

  10. Complete bibliographical details should be listed by alphabetical order of authors and typed in size 10, according to standard scientific norms and practices accepted by the journal as follows:

    1. Books: surname in capital letters, name, the year of publication in parentheses and followed by italicized titles. The place of publication and the publisher must be after all. Ex.

SEBEOK, Thomas A. (1979). The Sign and its Masters. Austin: University of Texas Press.

SANTAELLA, Lúcia & NÖTH, Winfried (1998). Imagem. Cognição. Semiótica. São Paulo:

Experimento.

    1. Chapter in a book or in a collective volume:

      JAKOBSON, Roman (1990). Brain and Language. On Language (ed. by L.R. Waugh & M.M.-Burston). Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

      IVANOV, Viatcheslav (1976). The Role of Cybernetic Study of Man and Collective. In: LUCID, Daniel P. (ed.). Soviet Semiotics. An Anthology. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

    2. Articles in journals:

      MACHADO, Arlindo (1995). As comunicações sob o impacto da informática. Comunicação e Educação, São Paulo, n° 2, jan.-abr., pp. 14-20.

    3. Translations:

      GREIMAS, A. J. e COURTÉS, J. (1983). Dicionário de semiótica (trad. Alceu Dias Lima et al.). São Paulo: Cultrix

    4. Texts in the Internet:

CHANDLER, Daniel. An Introduction to Genre Theory. http://www.aber.ac.uk/~dgc/intgenre.html

August 23, 2000 [acess date].

  1. Required illustrative materials must be supplied by authors who are responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions to publish. Illustrations and photo should be processed in tif or eps, with 300 dpi.

  2. A short (5 lines) academical biography should appear at the end of the article.

  3. Galáxia holds the right to process any changes regarding grammar correction, technical preparation of the original texts.

  4. Galáxia will appreciate submissions in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and in English.

  5. Please send all submitted articles to the Director and Editor-in-Chief at the journal´s mailing and e-mail address

Submission Mailing Address

Galáxia. Revista Transdisciplinar de Comunicação, Semiótica, Cultura.

c/o Irene Machado (e-mail: [log in to unmask])

Programa de Estudos Pós-Graduados em Comunicação e Semiótica – PUC-SP.

Rua João Ramalho, 182, 4o andar - 05008-000 - São Paulo - SP - Brasil.

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Galáxia Presentation

 

 

The appearance of a scientific journal, in general, introduces itself in a maturiting process of a domain of knowledge.

Galáxia appears in a particular moment of the development of Semiotics: the review of its own statute. After the acknowledgement and development of various theoretic lines, we now experience a period that reviews the conceptual bases of the sign, significations and semiosis itself. The situation of a knowledge field that has the commitment to suggest ways to think, even about science, could not be any different. In this sense, what does semiotics present so that we may think about this moment of technoscience domain in what is called technoculture?

There is a lot to do in order to answer the questions asked by the cognitive sciences or the computer sciences, by biology and physics, the same way in which semiotics unveiled ways to analyse the sign and significations when the sciences of communication conquered their place in the culture. The one that concerns semiotics more directly is the problematic of representation, which questioning falls on the measurement of semiosis itself. That is the context of the review of semiotics statutes, or at least part of it.

The scientific preoccupations are gradually displaced to spaces of knowledge of different configurations. It is no longer a question of measuring products and cultural processes, art and science, before the discovery that the universe is plunged in a profusion of signs. The challenge that emerges in the technoculture environment is the understanding of unusual and emergent relations between different semiotic systems in view of which routes of significations and signs of another quality are activated, or even, as Santo Agostinho would suggest, a proliferation of objects with a signs’ role. In that context, how can semiotics contribute so that we can rethink the rules of sense and those of interaction in this mediatic scenery of unfinished relationship? That is another aspect, which takes semiotic investigation to re-examine its statutes, expanding the extent of its epistemologic field.

Galáxia intends to focus on the many matters which remain diffuse in this new planetary order. That is the reason why it has come.

Galáxia is a journal of confluences and connections in the communication and semiotics fields. It is dedicated to those who have adopted any semiotic perspective as a way to think about art, science, and culture as communication phenomena in a world of unfinished relationships. It is also a journal that opens new paths and creates thoughts about practices that, without knowledge, follow the course of semiotic exercise. That is how Galáxia announces its intervention strategy in the culture.

Galáxia is committed to the mobilising preoccupations of its time and, consequently, to the diversity of focuses from which it is possible to seize unfinished semiosis. Galáxia appeared to understand the passage, transformations, the fluidity of signs; to show how speech and social practices, the situations and conditions of interaction between subjects, introduce themselves, more and more, in a semiotic environment, demanding thus a semiotic approach. The centring of languages of communication, arts, culture systems is an elementary strategy to confront the movement of signs inside a broad ecosystem. That is why Galáxia makes every effort to understand and defend the semiodiversity, in the sense formulated by the poet Antonio Risério: the preservation of signs species, of languages, of sign systems in culture at the most various realms and spheres of pulsatory life on the Planet.

Galáxia is an enterprise of the Post-Graduation Program on Communication and Semiotics – PUC-SP in order to publish both national and international research of its theoretical field. It is open to different approaches of semiotic aspect, either in the theoretic domain, in applied research or in artistical creation. Galáxia’s great challenge is to establish methodological solutions in a context of which epistemologic bases are equally in transit.

The name of the journal reflects its aspirations, in a certain way. Although the name Galáxia clarifies the great preoccupation of semiotic research in repositioning the understanding of signs and significations in the context of planetary communication and technoculture, there is a much deeper reason for this name to identify this moment of semiotic research. The name Galáxia is connected to the semiotic tradition which the poet, essayst, translator and professor Haroldo de Campos – honorable professor of the Post-Graduation Program on Communication and Semiotics – PUC-SP – had introduced after creating Galáxias, a poem which was published when many of the current professors were still his pupils. That is a tradition that has introduced the problem of the semiotic diversity.

Long before the net of planetary communication gave identity to technoculture, Haroldo had offered a poem for us on the entangling of linguistic diversity in interaction on the planet. Haroldo’s poem presents a great intersemiotic adventure of galactic signs, idioms and languages that live over the borderlines. Galáxia, the journal, took that adventure as a pattern to deal with the overlaping of semiotic approaches, guaranteeing thus the coexistence of semiotic diversity in a sole system, just as in the universe-island of a galaxy. The journal’s name also became a way to render sincere homage to the poet and master.

Editorial Project

In a moment of confluences, there is nothing better than suggesting some guidance, so that the ways may be found more securely. With the exact purpose of clearing spaces to guide the flows of thought, Galáxia took the responsibility to disclosure research of theoretical character, critical studies and creation projects which, coherent with the purposes of domain and its scientific competence, place themselves as a way of intervention.

In order to be spaces that enclose a variable range of interventions, its sections were anticipated to provide the reader with the slightest guidance in the transit of the ideas gathered in each issue. The same counts for its graphic design which passes between objects, images, figures, in short, signs, which have various degrees of legibility.

In every issue, Galáxia will be open to receive work which will be then enclosed in sections as follows:

FORUM

It is a section of thematic character which is intended for the debate of the statute of the semiotics field itself, communication and culture. Special treatment will be accorded to the thought around nature and the conditions of semiosis looked into as emergent themes in the areas involved, as immediate unfolding of this preoccupation. It is a space that is intended to essays which result from theoretical or artistical projects, asserting the semiotic principle of transversality in the manifestation of ideas and concepts.

ARTICLES

In order to respect the intersemiotic vocation of the studies on communication languages, this section will gather studies of applied analysis, discussions with guidance to analyses, criticism of languages, means, media and semiotic systems in general.

DIALOGUE

Space for the reproduction of conversations in present dialogue or those which happened via Internet, between discussion groups. This section was created to value the dialogue of Socratic aspect and the free transit of ideas which the speech of mediatic nets revived.

INTERVIEWS

Space that is reserved for the dialogue between researchers who are responsible for significant interventions to the realignment of the thought itself and action.

NEWS

Statements of analytical aspect on events (congresses, seminars, exhibitions, fairs, art, spectacles, performances, etc), national and international, which are significant to the areas that comprehend the revue. It is not a question of agenda (something which was outdone by communication on line). It is a question of evaluation a posteriori, able to update references as well as guide points of view on emergent matters in different areas of interest.

REVIEW(Of books, theses, journals, CD-audio, CD-ROM, hypermedia etc)

More than the need for simple publicity, this section was created as a space to evaluate studies according to theoretical rules. In this sense, hopefully, contributions will not hesitate to advance in the discussion of ideas and in the essayistic character of produced metadiscourse.

 

PROJECTS

This is a space for experimentation which has been developed at the limit of art-science; art-technology; art-media; gathering the most radical interventions. These studies should serve as incentive to the understanding of the role of the arts of communication at our times, as well as the effectiveness and embezzlement of its languages.

 

Evidently, those are the sections which have already been drawn. Others should come thanks to the uncontrollable proliferation of galactic signs after the explosion of the galaxy of Gutemberg.

Hopefully, Galáxia will not be a mouthpiece of scientific research only, but also a real interlocutor; one that reaches its readers and always keeps them integrated and active in the dialogic net. In this sense, Galáxia sets its commitment to teach semiotics in the various fields of knowledge. Much more than a revue, Galáxia wants to be a notepad to those who are hit with semiotic questions.

That is an invitation, so that researchers become readers, and, consequently, collaborators of Galáxia. The great challenge for the support of this editorial protocol is to guarantee this flow.

 

 

Irene Machado

Scientific Editor



   

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