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Mimesis as Infection: Charlie Hebdo seen from the Indian Archive

Christopher Pinney, UCL Anthropology


The recent events in Paris have focused attention on the complex relationship between different varieties of Islam and the image. Historians will rightly point to a French tradition of anti-clerical satire that reaches back to Diderot’s Supplement to Bougainville’s Voyage of 1771, and which provides a frame through which Charlie Hebdo’s provocations make sense. I’ve taught Diderot’s brilliant critique of Christian missionary hypocrisy in an imaginary Tahiti over several years and remain fascinated how one needs to continually remind oneself that this is fiction, a mere “supplement”. Diderot’s central Tahitian character, Orou, is a powerful vindication of Diderot’s “foisting” technique in which he “takes over Bougainville’s Voyage shamelessly rewriting and falsifying it” inserting “speeches and arguments that for the ‘enlightened’ reader, seem to cry out so urgently to be spoken”.…

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CFP: Internet Memes and Visual Culture, Journal of Visual Culture

A themed Special Issue of Journal of Visual Culture

Issue Guest Editors: Laine Nooney (Stony Brook University) and Laura Portwood-Stacer (New York University)

Deadline for Proposals: 15 January 2013

The Editors are currently seeking proposed contributions for a Special Issue of the *Journal of Visual Culture* on Internet Memes and Visual Culture, to be published December 2014. The term *meme*, a portmanteau of * mimesis* and *gene*, was minted in 1976 by British ethologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins. Dawkins proposed the meme as a “unit of cultural transmission,” a self-perpetuating cultural phenomenon analogous to the gene as a replicator of biological data. Almost 40 years later, the term “meme” has become the coin of the realm within Internet subcultures, particularly on microblogging and social network platforms. In these contexts the designation “meme” identifies digital objects that riff on a given visual, textual or auditory form.…

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CFP: Archiving and Visualization of Intangible Heritage

NODEM 2012 Hong Kong
“Future Culture: [In]tangible Heritage | Design | Cross Media”
5 – 7 December 2012
A special session will be held as part of NODEM 2012, organised by DIHA (Digital Intangible Heritage in Asia).
The aim of this special session is to provide a platform for museum curators, educators, digital media specialists, linguists, designers and others in these related industries to present the challenges in their respective fields with a view to promote opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. We believe that collaboration at this level will spark major breakthroughs in highlighting awareness of intangible heritage in Asia.
Project abstracts are invited on all aspects from the following sub-fields including, but not limited to:
– curating intangible heritage in museums
– interface and design of digital media for the exhibition of intangible heritage
– meaning-making and the interpretation of intangible heritage exhibitions
– the role of language and cultural knowledge repositories in the conservation of intangible heritage
– innovative ways of accessing intangible heritage resources
Submissions are welcome from researchers, developers, curators and exhibition designers.…

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