Actants, Actors, Agents - A Comparison Between Languages and Theories of Action

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Lexia (New Series) is a semiannual journal edited by the semioticians of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Turin, Italy, and published by Aracne, Rome.

The second issue of 2009 will be devoted to the theme "Actants, actors, agents: a comparison between languages and theories of action". Part of the volume will contain the proceedings of the roundtable about this topic organized in Turin on December 3, 2008 (with contributions by Marina Sbisà, Ugo Volli, Guido Ferraro, Maurizio Ferraris, etc.). The second part of the volume will contain essays and articles sent to the editor, and selected through a double blind peer review process.

The next issue of Lexia aims to foster multi-disciplinary reflection on the concept of agency, broadly conceived as the way in which an ability to act is attributed to some elements of reality. In particular, articles are expected to predominantly but not exclusively focus on the following questions:

1) Through what semio-linguistic structures are some elements or aspects of reality conceived as characterized by agency?
2) What links obtain between attribution of meaning and attribution of agency?
3) How are inanimate beings considered as capable of agency, through what language and with what ideological consequences?
4) How do different epistemologies and disciplinary languages conceive, describe, and explain agency and action? (linguistics, semiotics, philosophy, law, sociology, economy, history, etc.)?
5) In particular, in the domain of Greimasian and post-Greimasian semiotics, how can a textual element feature as an "actant"? What relation obtains between the actantial and the actorial level? What relation obtains between the concept of narrativity and that of agency?

2. Schedule.

Articles are due by June 15, 2009.
The reviewers' feedback will be transmitted to potential authors by July 15, 2009.
Articles that need revision will have to be sent with the appropriate modifications by September 15, 2009. Modified articles that according to the scientific committee do not meet the requirements set by the reviewers will not be published.
The publication of the next issue of Lexia is expected by December 15, 2009.

3. Refereeing.

Every author who submits an article to Lexia commits to anonymously review up to three articles, sent to Lexia for the next issue or for the following ones.

4. Reviews

Lexia invites reviews of published works on semiotic matters. Published works on semiotics matters that authors would like to be reviewed by Lexia can be sent at any time to the following address:

Massimo Leone
Università di Torino
Dipartimento di Filosofia
Via Sant'Ottavio 20
10124 Torino

5. Format and style sheet

Acceptable length: 25.000 – 30.000 characters, including blanks

Language: English, French, Italian, or Spanish. Other languages will be accepted if appropriate peer reviewers can be found.

Images: maximum 10, to be provided separately in high resolution (600 dpi), indicating the place where images must be displayed within the body of the article; when applicable, copyright must be acquired before publication

Abstract and key-words: every text must be sent with a 250-500 word English abstract and five keywords in English

Sending: Microsoft Word files must be sent in attachment to the following address:

Copyright: Lexia leaves the copyright of published articles to authors.

Style sheet: Please use MLA formatting and style