Punctum is a blind peer-reviewed, on-line journal dedicated to the semiotic study of contemporary cultural texts, practices and processes, published under the auspices of the Hellenic Semiotic Society. Aspiring to provide a venue for the advancement of international semiotic scholarship, the journal is published twice a year (July & December) in English, although submissions in French and German will be accepted as well. Punctum’s Editorial Board reflects both its international scope and the diversity of contemporary semiotic research and theory. Punctum invites submissions (original papers, review articles, book reviews) across this wide range of semiotic fields and methodologies on an on-going basis, and regularly puts out calls for special issues with guest editors.

Volume 2, Issue 1 (2016)

Art as Concept and Institution:

Semiotics of an Evolving Category

Special issue editor: Lia Yoka

Table of Contents


Introduction (1609 downloads)

Lia Yoka

Acting with pictures (1670 downloads)

Klaus Sachs-Hombach

About looking and looking away: Performance art, visuality and the vision of excess (1415 downloads)

Irene Gerogianni

The meanings of monuments and memorials: toward a semiotic approach (14338 downloads)

Federico Bellentani & Mario Panico

Compulsive Scribblers. A Semiotic Challenge Based on the Works of Kunizo Matsumoto (11934 downloads)

Bruno Surace

Brutalist image as humanist form: Reyner Banham, Erwin Panofsky and the turn to spatio-temporal structures in 1950s histories of (modern) art (1269 downloads)

Assimina Kaniari

‘Curiouser and Curiouser’, said Ellen (or was it Viktor?). Art in-between Modernism and Prehistory (1955 downloads)

Göran Sonesson

Book Review (1347 downloads)

Stratis Pantazis

Conference Report

“Art History for Artists. Interactions between scholarly discourse and artistic practice in the 19th century“, Technische Universität Berlin, 07 July – 09 July 2016 (1179 downloads)

Merten Lagatz

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