Portis-Winner, Irene. Professor of Anthropology (ret.), Massachusetts College of Art, holds an MA in Anthropology from Columbia University and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles and book chapters on the subject of cultural anthropology based on fieldwork in Slovenia and elsewhere in Eastern Europe, and among Slovene immigrants in Cleveland and other areas in the USA. In all her works she has investigated and applied semiotic concepts that are relevant for anthropological analysis, including the concepts of the Prague school and Jakobson in his American years, the Moscow-Tartu School, Bakhtin and Peirce. She has lectured widely in Europe and the USA and has taught at various universities, including Tufts, Wayne, Charles and Masaryk Universities, and the Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Her books include: Semiotics of Culture (Paris-The Hague. Mouton 1979); (ed.) The Dynamics of East European Ethnicity Outside of Eastern Europe: With Special Emphasis on the American Case. (Cambridge MA: Schenkman: 1983); (ed. together with Thomas G. Winner) The Peasant and the City in Eastern Europe: Changing Socioeconomic Structures and Symbolic Levels of Culture (Cambridge, MA: Schenkman 1984); Semiotics of Culture. “The Strange Intruder” (=BPX. Bochum Publications in Evolutionary Cultural Semiotics, 5; Bochum: Ruhr-Universität Bochum Press 1994); Semiotics of Peasants in Transition: Slovene Villagers and Their Ethnic Relatives in America (Durham NC: Duke UP 2002).
For a brief overview on her and her late husband’s work and publications see her contribution “Irene Portis-Winner and Thomas G. Winner; Partners in the Search for Semiotics” in Semiotix 2005 (http://www.semioticon.com/semiotix5/04-SemioticProfile-IrenePortisWinner.htm).
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