Conferences and seminars in association with Department of Semiotics
UT Summer University: "Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture" July 3-14.2017
The Ecosemiotics Summer Seminar July 9.-11.2016, Muhu, Tamse
UT Summer University: "Juri Lotman and Semiotics of Culture" 4-15.7.2016
Semiofest Tallinn 2016, 1-4.6.2016
The 8th Annual Lotman Conference at Tallinn University. Coorganized with the Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, 27-29.05.2016
Tartu Semiotics Summer School 2015 and Nordic Association of Semiotic Studies IX conference "Semiotic (un-)predictability" August 17-20, 2015, in Tartu.
The paradoxical co-presence of predictability and unpredictability is a fundamental aspect of the dynamics of the semiotic world. Abduction, habit, explosion, (artistic) modelling, code, interaction, meaning-making, signification, innovation, uncertainty, change, order and disorder, entropy, translation, interpretation – there are numerous concepts that reflect this tension in different kinds of semiotic systems and processes.
Predictability and unpredictability are processual notions that have been used for the description and analysis of different forms of creativity and freedom on both the psychological and the social level. They were also key concepts for Juri Lotman. He considered every act of communication and understanding as involving elements of unpredictability, and every dialogue as being not only about language use, but involving language creation as well. From the perspective of cultural dynamics, every revolution, but also every new fact or event within culture and society is an explosion – a tension between predictability and unpredictability. Underlying these conceptions is an understanding of predictability and unpredictability as it pertains to the different models we use for conceiving and changing reality: scientific as well as artistic. In order to sustain itself, every society needs both.
The conference will explore the functioning of semiotic mechanisms that mediate order and change in cultural, social, and biological systems from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. (Un-)predictability is also of utmost practical value incognition – for simpler forms of life, for human everyday life, for scientific inquiry, and in practically oriented applications of semiotics.
We invite presentation and session proposals that investigate the processes and structures that facilitate predictability and unpredictability in meaning-making, their particular forms, mechanisms and functions, as well as the role, value and nature of (scientific) predictability in the object domain and disciplinary tasks of semiotics. Proposals that approach the issues of predictability and unpredictability from theoretical as well as applied perspectives are welcome.
Plenary speakers will be Mihai Nadin, Stuart Kauffman, Jordan Zlatev, Ilya Utekhin.
15th Ecosemiotics Summer Seminar: Semiotics of anticipation, July 6-8, 2015
Place: Lihula Parish, Paali-Tõnise turismitalu, Estonia
Panel discussion – “Current trends in the world of biosemiotics” (D. Favareau, K. Kull, T. Maran)
Kalevi Kull - "Semiosis and phenomenal present"
Riin Magnus - "The normal and the pathological in ecosystems: A Canguilhemian approach"
Marta Limmert - “Anticipation in human–animal communication: The example of feeding situation”
Timo Maran - "Towards a Typology on Environmental Signs"
Katre Pärn - “A few remarks on the concept of ecosystem in information systems modeling”
Luke Cui - "Anthropophagi"
Donald Favareau (National University of Singapore) - "Creation of the Relevant Next: How Living Systems Capture the Power of the Adjacent Possible through Sign Use"
Kaur Einasto - “Symbol grounding: Biosemiotic aspects”
Silver Rattasepp - "Ontology of others"
Tyler Bennett - "Signs of the natural imaginary"
Tiit Remm - "Spacialization and anticipation"
Paris/Tartu – Barthes/Lotman. Le reve du science nouvelle/Unistus uuest teadusest
Conference "Creative Continuity" is part of the anniversary events of Sign Systems Studies
Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu continues the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the world oldest international journal of semiotics - Sign Systems Studies - with the international, bilingual conference "Creative Continuity" taking place in December, 5-6, 2014 in Tartu, Ülikooli 18-232.
Within the framework of the conference the first Juri Lotman Lecture given by Edna Andrews (Duke University, USA) titled "The importance of Lotmanian semiotics to sign theory and the cognitive neurosciences".
Jesper Hoffmeyer "Cassirer's challenge: On semiosis and systems"
The anniversary events are supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (Center of Excellence in Cultural Theory CECT).
Lecture series celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Sign Systems Studies"