Antonino Bondì

Antonino Bondì is junior postdoctoral fellow at the Polish Institute of Advanced Studies PIASt and research associate at Institut Marcel Mauss/EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris, France, and Ecole Normale Supérieur de Lyon (France).

Antonino Bondì obtained his PhD in Philosophy of Language and Philosophy of Mind at the University of Palermo, Italy. His work concerns the morphodynamic models of meaning, the enactive theories of language and the history of phenomenological and Gestalt models of symbolic activity.

Recently, Dr. Bondì has been postdoctoral fellow at LabEx ASLAN (Advances Studies in Language and Complexity) at CNRS/ENS (Ecole Normale Supérieure) of Lyon, France.

Research project: Semiogenesis, social cognition and forms of life. Between the ecology of experience and economy of semiotic values

The project’s aim is to centralize and advance language sciences, social sciences and cognitive sciences. The main purpose is to make compatible two fundamental characteristics of meaning (perceptibility and sociality within symbolic human activities) on a theoretical level as well as on an analytical and empirical level. In particular, the notions of expression, semiogenesis, and social cognition are interweaved in order to deepen the theoretical role of a phenomenological and semiotic anthropology. The point of departure of a semiotic anthropology is the idea of a primacy of perception, scientifically captured in terms of genetic theories of fields and forms.

Within this theoretical frame, we will develop an approach according to which the relationships between different levels or ways of expression can be reconsidered. Such levels are: i) the perception of 'mute things' (i.e., the expressivity of feeling and senses and an early semiotic perception), ii) the expressive commitment of speaking subject and its manifestation in language activity (i.e., an institutional semiotic and linguistic level); iii) the socio-cultural ways of stabilizing expressive flows by instituting habitus, practical norms and institutional rules.

In doing so, one can switch from expression to semiogenesis, as a broader key concept to redesign social cognition and in particular the production of semiolinguistic values. Hence, social cognition has to be described not only in terms of a shared attention guiding behavior and ontogenesis. It has also to be understood in terms of semiotic participation of subjects, socialization and subjectivation as simultaneous processes of expressivity and elaboration and the construction of environments.

Dates of stay: 01 October 2018 - 31 July 2019