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Symposium - Facing Narratives: Tales of the Visage across Cultures

Facing Narratives: Tales of the Visage across Cultures
Wann 29.01.2021 um 08:45 bis
30.01.2021 um 13:30
Wo Zoom-Meeting
Teilnehmer Universitätsoffen/ open to university members
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Facing Narratives: Tales of the Visage across Cultures

Leone Symposium

Stemming from ERC Project FACETS (Face Aesthetics in Contemporary E-Technological Societies), led by FRIAS 2020/21 Senior Fellow Massimo LEONE, the symposium revolves on how the human face acquires specific cultural meaning in narratives, in literature, through visual means, and in present-day digital simulacra. The visage is the most important communicative interface of the human species; many of its features are determined by natural evolution. Yet, cultures constantly inflect the biological functioning of the face, along patterns of meaning that societies disseminate through narrativity and story-telling. Understanding the role of the face in narrative cultures is the main objective of the symposium.

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Meeting-ID: 827 5326 5393

Code: 624897


Massimo Leone -



Friday, January 29, 2021

8:45 – 9:00         

Welcome speech by the Director of FRIAS, Prof. Dr. Dr. Bernd KORTMANN

9:00 - 9:30

Massimo LEONE, University of Turin

9:30 - 10:00

Maria GIULIA DONDERO, FNRS – University of Liège

Forces in Portraiture: Between Sensation and Narrative

10:00 - 10:30

Javier Martínez TORRÓN – Complutense University of Madrid

The Face, the Veil, and the Law

10:30 - 11:00 Virtual coffee break and discussion
11:00 - 11:30

Simona STANO, University of Turin / New York University

Reading the Face across Cultures: Signs, Narratives, Ideologies

11:30 - 12:00

Mattia THIBAULT, University of Tampere

Cosmetic Cyberware and Iris Patterns: Transhuman Facial Aesthetics in Cyberpunk 2077

12:00 - 12:30 

Antonio SANTANGELO, University of Turin

Faces of our Times: Self-Made Women, Revolutionaries, and Wanderers between Cultures

12:30 - 13:00

Virtual lunch break and discussion

Saturday, January 30, 2021

9:00 - 9:30

Gabriele MARINO, University of Turin

The Semiotics of the Iconic Face

9:30 - 10:00

Silvia BARBOTTO, University of Turin

Façades of Faces in Transcultural and Dissonant Urban Facts

10:00 - 10:30

Remo GRAMIGNA, University of Turin

The Face as Cultural Text: A Semiotic Appraisal
10:30 - 11:00 Virtual coffee break and discussion
11:00 - 11:30

Elsa SORO, University of Turin

(Un)Masking the Face and (Dis)Covering the City: Facial Cartographies beyond #Selfiecity

11:30 - 12:00

Bruno SURACE, University of Turin

Agnès, JR and Tamasaburō: Cultural Semiotics of the Movies Visages, Villages and The Written Face

12:00 - 12:30 

Cristina VOTO, University of Turin

Archiving Faces, Performing Visages: A Peircean Perspective

12:30 - 13:00

Marco VIOLA, University of Turin

Face Pictures in Science: From Darwin to Contemporary Databases

13:00 - 13:30

Roberto GAMBONI, University of Turin

3D Interactive Exhibition