Current Issues in Pictorial Semiotics

• What is the systematic nature and the historical origin of pictorial semiotics ?
• How do pictures differ from – and resemble – verbal signs ?
• What reasons are there for considering the picture to be a sign in the first place ?
• How can conventionalist theories of pictures and other iconic signs be demonstrated to be false ?
• What is the specificity of the picture sign within iconic semiosis ?
• How is pictorial meaning related to ordinary perception and to what extent can indexicality account for this relationship ?
• Can the different models for pictorial analysis account for all kinds of pictures, or are different models suitable for separate sub-categories ?
• Can visual rhetoric be amended in order to explain the relationship of pictorial meaning to the world of our experience, notably in terms of wholes and parts ?
• What is the peculiar semiotic nature of pictures depicting other pictures ?
• How are photographs — and digital pictures — different from hand-made pictures ?
• In what way do pictures function within society at large and in relation to cultures and subcultures?
• How can the history of art, notably the advent of modernism, be understood in semiotic terms?
• How are other visual signs — from the body to the landscape — different and similar to pictures ?