Can Semiotics Make the Affective Turn?

March 14, 2017

Gary Genosko & Ian Angus

Tuesday, March 14, 6:00PM–8:00PM, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities

In his recent book Critical Semiotics: Theory, from Information to Affect, Genosko argues that the resources of post-structuralism are valuable tools in reorienting semiotics towards affect, intensity, and force in semiotic relations. Affect theorists should not count signs and structures out as inhibitors of change and movement.


Gary Genosko is a Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Toronto.


Ian Angus is currently Professor of Humanities at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Recent books include Identity and Justice (2008) and The Undiscovered Country: Essays in Canadian Intellectual Culture (2013). Love the Questions: University Education and Enlightenment (2009) has been widely excerpted and reviewed on the Internet. He is currently writing a manuscript on Husserl and Marx.