Semiotics of wildlife warning signs

Semiotics is the study of signs, specifically how meaning is made by signs and symbols. Some symbols make sense, like a drawing of a tree. But you can have different drawings of trees, and yet it still conveys the meaning "tree." Alphabets themselves also act in this same way. By arranging these symbols that we... Continue Reading →

City colonialism

What do you think about when you hear the term colonialism? The Oxford dictionary defines colonialism as The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically. It's a system that humanity has used for millennia: aggressor conquers and then exploits the country's... Continue Reading →

The offense of clothes

Right now, the rights of Muslim women to wear niqabs in public here in Canada is under scrutiny. It's a contentious issue because one woman, Zunera Ishaq, chose not to take part in the Canadian citizenship ceremony because she would be required to show her face during the swearing in. According to this article by Raheel Raza,... Continue Reading →

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