Current Research Projects
Semiotics of multispecies environments: agencies, meaning making and communication conflicts
Personal Research Funding (PUT) project 1363
January 2017 - December 2020
Team Leader: Timo Maran
The goal of this project is to study how different species use semiotic means for engaging in shared environments, how species’ Umwelten allow for relations with other species and environments, how shared sign repertoires emerge and what semiotic and cultural properties of humans influence these processes. Specifically, the project focuses on problems and potentials in multispecies urban nature, cultural representations of interspecies relations and theoretical-conceptual basis for treating multispecies semiosis.
Semantics of Estonian verse from the perspective of cultural semiotics
Personal Research Funding (PUT) project 1231
1.01.2016 − 31.12.2019
Team leader: Mihhail Lotman
The proposed project is interdisciplinary, drawing from semiotics, verse theory, history of literature and translation studies. The project will center on the unstudied sphere in Estonian poetry: the relationship between verse rhythm and semantics. The main focuses of the project are: 1) relations between semantics and rhythm in the chronological-esthetic framework, 2) comparative analysis of semantic structure of Estonian iamb and trochee, 3) autometadescription in verse structure, 4) problems of semantics and rhythm in translations. Research will proceed from the concept that different semantical mechanisms are related to meter and rhythm. Meter is generally conventional, but may be also indexical and even iconical. Rhythm can be iconical as well, there are also symbolic signs, while iconic signs are rare in poetic rhythm. The methodological basis of the study is generative method, followed by a modified form of component analysis with the subsequent statistical data processing.
Semiotic modelling of self-description mechanisms: Theory and applications
January 2013 - December 2018
Team Leader: Kalevi Kull
Semiotic analysis of discourses of e-Estonia (PHVFI16937)
1.04.2016 - 31.03.2018
Principal investigator: Andreas Ventsel
The project will focus on the formation of different discourses of e-Estonia articulated viavarious formal and alternative media texts and explain the specifics of their meaningmakingas well as values on which they are based. The practical outcome of our projectwill lie in developing a more diverse understanding of e-Estonia (the perspectives of ecitizen,e-consumer, etc., will be outlined) and opening up alternative perspectives.
Animals in changing environments: Cultural mediation and semiotic analysis
September 2013 - December 2016
Team Leader: Timo Maran
The goal of this project is to study how humans perceive animals in changing environments, how human cultural mediation of animals contributes to environmental change and how environmental change influences human-animal relations. Specifically, the project focuses on problematic cases of human-animal relations (including wild, domesticated, and captive animals) and their cultural representations and analyses these from semiotic, especially from biosemiotic and zoosemiotic perspectives.