Jay Mootz, "Semiotics after Structuralism -- From Dialectics to Rhetoric".
Leticia Saucedo, "The Metaphors of Mexican Immigration: An Introduction to Cultural Metaphors".
Jay Mootz and Leticia Saucedo, "The (Un)Ethical Surplus of the War on Illegal Immigration".
Jan Broekman, “So Self, So State –The Semiotics of Political Theory”
In addition, Charles Volkert presented “Can Words Really Set a Man Free?” Fragments from his 2011 Prize Winning essay were presented and followed by a discussion about his experiences of writing a semiotic paper.
The corporation, like the state from which it preceded and to some extent superseded, can be understood in its triadic sense—as sign, interpretant and object. Like the state, it serves as an incarnate abstraction, an object, the sign and interpretant which shimmers with meanings that from a distance appear solid and yet which, on closer inspection, dissolve into a dynamic complex of interlocking and interacting signification. This polycentricity, and its functional effect in law, was at the center of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. This paper closely examines Citizens United as an expression of a complex polycentric semiosis. After an introduction, Part II examines the case closely. Part III then draws together the semiotic elements together. The incarnation of the corporation, and its representation as simultaneously political person and property, that is, as person and instrument, signifies both the entity and the person it now simultaneously signifies in ways that suppress and transform both. Citizens United illuminates the object of the corporation as a site of primacy and purpose and also as the place without place or meaning. This tension among meaning, place and purpose is teased out in a critical analysis of Mitt Romney's recent "corporations are people" colloquy. Within this space of simmering meaning law assumes as fictive a solidity as the enterprise it means to capture through its own craft. What is left is primacy (of the corporation) and purpose within disorder and the absence of meaning, a state of affairs well illustrated in the aftermath of the decision, in the context of the foreign owned corporation, in the transparent corporation, and the regulatory environment of the corporation, treated in Part IV.