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Upcoming issue
Exhibition and communication

Under the direction of Nanta Novello Paglianti and Eléni Mitropoulou

A vast number of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities are interested in contemporary issues of exhibition, ranging from the history of art to archeology, philosophy, law, sociology, communications, anthropology, cultural studies, education, and design.
This special issue (number 42) of MEI, devoted to the theme of exhibition, is an invitation to think of both the production and reception of exhibitions as a communication mechanism with fundamentally “semiotic” stakes. We would like the proposed approaches to deal with current exhibition practices from a semiotic or semiological angle (both theoretical and methodological), as they are manifest in institutional or other settings. They should be attentive to observing the relationship between the potential of a collection (of contemporary art in particular, but not exclusively) and the mediation assured by exhibition(s) held in dedicated spaces (museums, art centers, etc.) and places of privilege (universities, art schools, etc.). The main focus of the issue is thus not the work of art itself, but rather the means of communication (human, material, spatial, temporal, etc.) used to disseminate, make known, promote, and/or interpret a given collection, artist, area of knowledge, or concept.

Under the direction of Nanta Novello Paglianti & Eléni Mitropoulou :


– Nanta Novello Paglianti : nanta.novello-paglianti[at] u-bourgogne [dot] fr
– Eléni Mitropoulou : eleni.mitropoulou [at] unilim [dot] fr)

Deadline : November 30, 2015


Call for authors completed
Public Health and Communication

Under the direction of Michael Rinn and William Sherlaw

Research on public health seeks to save, to protect and to improve the well-being of the population. To do so, research follows two goals: 1. to study health issues in order to understand their epidemiological and sociocultural origins. 2. To intervene with the population at large and with vulnerable people to promote medical attention, measures of protection and prevention. In public health, communication plays a role within the frame of the second goal. This role consists in conveying new behaviours adapted to health hazards, environmental hazards, to the prevention of accidents, to the education to “safer sex”, to the improvement of medical attention and living conditions, as well as to the implementation of new civic regulations. This issue of the MEI journal attempts to demonstrate how the interaction between public health and communication sets up propaganda of a new hygiene ideology promoting self-care and social government which benefits the entire community. Hinging on key concepts of contemporary liberalism such as self-responsibility, free will and non-discriminatory universalism, public health communication covers several dimensions: customs (different cultural practices, representations, and sensibility ), types (definition of the at-risk- population and vulnerable people), political (promotion of the hygiene ideology), and state dimension (adoption of new social regulations). This issue is inscribed in an interdisciplinary framework, embracing information sciences, visual semiotics, political science, and linguistics. The research corpus includes different Medias which are likely to influence public opinion: web sites, social networks, advertising TV campaigns, posters, adverts, leaflets, and brochures.


Call for authors
Communication and architecture

Under the direction of Patrizia Laudati and Hafida Boulekbache

To borrow a term from Lamizet (2007), a city is a polyphonic space, one which presents its particular architecture and therefore a number of systems of expression and meaning. The product of a variety of projects and the design expertise of a wide range of contributors from contrasting backgrounds, a city is founded on both individual and collective history, all of which is closely related to modes of appropriation and customs.
This issue of M.E.I. aims to provide an overview of research in communication applied to architecture and concerned with one or more of the following areas:

– Written plans for the urban environment. The design process (from the very first sketches up to actual implementation) implies spatial, social and cultural mediation.

– Technical and technological devices for representing spaces which take into account the exchange of information (normalized to varying degrees) between the various participants in the construction process.

– The reading of urban spaces by their users. The ontological characteristics and composition of urban spaces refer to a multitude of perceptions and representations which constantly readjust the meaning attributed to them

– The practices of and within urban spaces. Urban communication practices revolve around a mediation process which is twofold. It is both a spatial one, since the configuration of an urban space structures the practices associated with it, and a social one, because the social context gives meaning to the accepted common practice of the space.

– The methodological tools required to properly consider the urban phenomenon and the way users interact with it.

This issue comes within the scope of interdisciplinary research projects which call on communication and information sciences, urban architecture and engineering, spatial semiotics and cultural studies.


– Patrizia Laudati : Patrizia.Laudat [at] univ-valenciennes [dot] fr

– Hafida Boulekbache : hafida.boulekbache [at] univ-valenciennes [dot] fr


Call for authors
(Français) Geste énonciatif et numérique

Under the direction of Pierluigi Basso Fossali, Marion Colas-Blaise, Maria Giulia Dondero and Daniele Monticelli

Sorry, this entry is only available in French.


Call for editors
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Bernard DARRAS : bernard.darras [ at ] univ-paris1 [ dot ] fr


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