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Contacts of UT units

Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5341
Faculty address: 
Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5341
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 116–121, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of History and Archaeology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5651
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5221
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5314
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 2, rooms 309–352, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Cultural Research
    Faculty phone: 
    (+372) 737 5223
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 16, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Theology and Religious Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5301
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18–310, 50090 Tartu
  • College of Foreign Languages and Cultures
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, 51003 Tartu
  • Viljandi Culture Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 435 5232
    Faculty address: 
    Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5957
Faculty address: 
Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    + 372 737 5900
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Education
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6440
    Faculty address: 
    Salme 1a–29, 50103 Tartu
  • Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5582
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36–301, 51003 Tartu
  • School of Economics and Business Administration
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6310
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 4, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Psychology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5902
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 2, 50409 Tartu
  • School of Law
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5390
    Faculty address: 
    Näituse 20–324, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Social Studies
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5188
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 36, 51003 Tartu
  • Narva College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 740 1900
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 2, 20307 Narva
  • Pärnu College
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 445 0520
    Faculty address: 
    Ringi 35, 80012 Pärnu
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5326
Faculty address: 
Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5326
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Biomedicine and Translational Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4210
    Faculty address: 
    Biomeedikum, Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Pharmacy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5286
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Dentistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 731 9856
    Faculty address: 
    Raekoja plats 6, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Clinical Medicine
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5323
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 8, 50406 Tartu
  • Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4190
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 19, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5360
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 5–205, 51005 Tartu
Faculty of Science and Technology
Faculty phone: 
+372 737 5820
Faculty address: 
Vanemuise 46–208, 51005 Tartu
  • Dean's Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5820
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46–208, 51005 Tartu
  • Institute of Computer Science
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5445
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Estonian Marine Institute
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 671 8902
    Faculty address: 
    Mäealuse 14, 12618 Tallinn
  • Institute of Physics
    Faculty address: 
    W. Ostwaldi 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Chemistry
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5261
    Faculty address: 
    Ravila 14a, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Mathematics and Statistics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5860
    Faculty address: 
    J. Liivi 2, 50409 Tartu
  • Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5011
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23, 23b–134, 51010 Tartu
  • Tartu Observatory
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4510
    Faculty address: 
    Observatooriumi 1, Tõravere, 61602 Tartumaa
  • Institute of Technology
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4800
    Faculty address: 
    Nooruse 1, 50411 Tartu
  • Institute of Ecology and Earth Sciences
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5835
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Institutions
  • Library
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5702
    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Youth Academy
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5581
    Faculty address: 
    Uppsala 10, 51003 Tartu
  • Institute of Genomics
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 4000
    Faculty address: 
    Riia 23b, 51010 Tartu
  • Museum
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5674
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 25, 51003 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6076
    Faculty address: 
    Vanemuise 46, 51003 Tartu
Support Units
  • Administrative Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5606
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6339
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • University Office in Tallinn
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 6600
    Faculty address: 
    Teatri väljak 3, 10143 Tallinn
  • Estates Office
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    +372 737 5137
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Finance Office
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    +372 737 5125
    Faculty address: 
    Jakobi 4, 51005 Tartu
  • Grant Office
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    +372 737 6215
    Faculty address: 
    Lossi 3, III floor, 51003 Tartu
  • Information Technology Office
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    +372 737 6000, IT-help: +372 737 5500
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Human Resources Office
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    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 302 and 304, 50090 Tartu
  • Internal Audit Office
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    Ülikooli 17–103, 51005 Tartu
  • Marketing and Communication Office
    Faculty phone: 
    +372 737 5687
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, rooms 102, 104, 209, 210, 50090 Tartu
  • Office of Academic Affairs
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    +372 737 5620
    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Procurement Office
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    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18a, 51005 Tartu
  • Rector's Strategy Office
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    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
  • Student Council
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    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18b, 51005 Tartu
Other Units
  • University of Tartu Academic Sports Club
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    Faculty address: 
    Ujula 4, 51008 Tartu
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    Faculty address: 
    Narva mnt 25, 51013 Tartu
  • Tartu Students’ Club
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    Faculty address: 
    Kalevi 24, 51010 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Press
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    Faculty address: 
    W. Struve 1, 50091 Tartu
  • Tartu University Hospital
    Faculty address: 
    L. Puusepa 1a, 50406 Tartu
  • University of Tartu Foundation
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    Faculty address: 
    Ülikooli 18, 50090 Tartu
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Conferences and seminars in association with Department of Semiotics

Videos of guest lectures and seminars are available for viewing here: https://www.flfi.ut.ee/en/videos

Semiotics of hybrid natures: Anthropogenic ecosystems, multimodalities, transformed umwelts

Semiotics of hybrid natures:

Anthropogenic ecosystems, multimodalities, transformed umwelts

8–10.11.2018

University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia

Conference presentations can be viewed here.

Plenary speakers:

Nathalie Blanc  (CNRS / Université Paris Diderot -Paris 7, France)– “At the crossroads of senses and meaning, socio-environmental communities”

Morten Tønnessen (University of Stavanger, Norway) - “Current human ecology in light of Umwelt theory”

Kati Lindström (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden) - “Generating value in protection policies: Challenge of the Anthropocene entanglements”

Global and all-encompassing human impact has brought along many new types of relations between humans and other biological species. These interactions change animal ecologies but also bring along new forms and aggregations of umwelts (animal personal worlds, after J. v. Uexküll). In this context, human technology both alienates and reconnects — media technologies have created new ways of becoming related with the environment (development of citizen science and augmented realities), and there are new technological capacities for restoring and shaping environments (geoengineering). Correspondingly, the human-animal-environment configurations have a hybrid nature: they are based on ecological relations, make use of the technologies and artificial environments and at the same time are represented and framed by human culture.

Achieving better knowledge on the dynamics and expressions of “hybrid natures” is essential for mitigating environmental conflicts and enhancing biodiversity in environments under human impact. The aim of the conference is to exchange knowledge on various manifestations of hybrid natures as well as to elaborate suitable research methods in ecosemiotics and beyond in other environmental humanities. Semiotics appears to have good potential for developing methods with prognostic value — for instance, analyzing umwelts and communication for estimating what species can reach stable co-existence and what adjustments may be needed for new natures to persist. 

Possible topics for contributions include, but are not limited to:

  • new types of interactions in interspecies relations;
  • semiotics of techno-natures;
  • human-induced changes in animal umwelts;
  • changes of human perception in hybrid environments;
  • recognizing and reacting to environmental change;
  • methodologies for studying hybrid natures;
  • semiotics of multispecies environments

Download CFP.

Organisers

The conference “Semiotics of hybrid natures: anthropogenic ecosystems, multimodalities, transformed umwelts” is organized by The Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu, Estonia and by the Estonian Semiotics Association under the auspice of International Society of Biosemiotic Studies. The conference is supported by the Estonian Research Council (Grant PUT1363) and The Faculty of Humanities and Arts at the University of Tartu.

Organising team: Nelly Mäekivi, Riin Magnus, Silver Rattasepp, Timo Maran

E-mail: hybridnatures [ät] gmail.com

Semiosalong 2018 "Excavations in the Esoteric" 31.10., 14.11.2018

Oct. 31: Mehmet Emir Uslu: "When the Hunt Goes Wild: Cynegetic Relationships with Nature" and Sugata Bhattacharya: "Visual Hunting and Gathering"

Nov. 14. Israel Chavez: "An Exoteric Image and Its Esoteric Semiotics" and Kyle York "Approaching Buddhism Through Analytic Philosophy"

Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2019 (17-20 August): Semiotic dimensions of spaces & literacies

Official homepage: http://tsss.ut.ee/

Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture, 2-14 July, 2018

Homepage: https://jlsc.ut.ee/

Semiosalong: Order In/From Chaos: Self-Organizing Systems, 19.03.,2.04.2018

19.03.2018 Andres Kurismaa, Israel Chavez

02.04.2018 Peeter Tinits, Oleg Sobcchuk

16.04.2018 Alexander Davies, Mihhail Lotman & Kalevi Kull

Seminar "Multispecies City: diversity, communication, conflicts" 1.-2.12.2017

Tartu Loodusmaja (Lille, 10 Tartu)

Seminar homepage: https://www.flfi.ut.ee/et/semiootika-osakond/seminar-multispecies-city-diversity-communication-conflicts

Urban environments are inhabited not only by humans but by a number of species, including our pets, plants introduced by humans, commensals taking advantage of human resources, and also native species of the given area. Different species are related by manifold of relations: food chains, behavioural co-adaptations, interspecies communication, use of shared environments, and also cultural representations in case of human culture. A lot of this diversity is, however, concealed and the existence of other species in urban environments becomes often noticed only in the case of problematic and conflictive encounters. The unfolding interactions between species also depend heavily on spatial arrangements: urban planning, allocation of resources, migratory routes of birds and mammals and so on.

The diversity of species and their relations in urban environments makes multispecies city also a problematic object to study: it requires interdisciplinary co-operation and broad methodological approach. The aim of the current seminar is to bring together different disciplines working with the non-human species in cities to shed light upon differences as well as overlaps between approaches. This would include both theoretically-oriented approaches of semiotics and environmental history and more practically oriented approaches of urban planning and environmental education; natural science studies of plant and animal species in urban environments as well as humanities’ approaches to human discourses on and representations of other species. It is hoped that the seminar will open up new avenues and possibilities for future interdisciplinary cooperation.

Keynote lecture will be given by Ingvar Svanberg, Uppsala University, Sweden.

Abstract of the event.

Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2017 - Generalising Gently. August 15-18, 2017

UT Summer University: "Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture" July 3-14.2017

The Ecosemiotics Summer Seminar July 9.-11.2016, Muhu, Tamse

The ecosemiotics summer seminar ‘Ecological impoverishment as a collapse of sense’ takes place from the 9th to the 11th of July on the island of Muhu, in Tamse village. The language of the seminar will be English. Philosopher, biosemiotician and biologist Andreas Weber will be the keynote speaker of the seminar. The seminar will focus on environmental problems, which depart from and result in a shift in human  cognition; the role of various forms of human sense (arts, science, religion) in the preservation of natural diversity; the transformation of the existential condition of humans in connection with environmental change; the loss of perceptual worlds as a consequence of biodiversity loss.

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".

Francesco Bellucci "Peirce and Modern Semiotics: Locke, Leibniz and the 'Threshold of Pragmatism"

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).

 

(download the pdf of the programme)

(read the abstract book of the conference)

Lecture series celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Sign Systems Studies"

 

 

The lecture series, called "Loenguid märgisüsteemide alalt" (in English: lectures from the field of sign systems) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the journal "Sign Systems Studies". Mostly lectures are in Estonian, but several foreign guests will come also. 

The lecture series is supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (Center of Excellence CECT).

Igor Pilshchikov will speak on the topic of "The Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics in Transnational Perspective”.  His lecture will take place on the 17th of September, 2014, at 4 pm in Jakobi 2-306.

The lecture will focus on

the evolution of structural and semiotic approaches to languages, literatures and cultures in Estonia, and the role of "Sign Systems Studies";

the continuity and transfer of ideas and organizational forms between Russian formalism, Polish formalism, Czech interwar structuralism and, finally, post-WWII Estonian, Russian, Italian, and French structuralism and semiotics;

the influence of TMS on literary theory and semiotics of culture in Europe and worldwide, and the prospects for its recalibration in the context of contemporary cultural and literary theory. 

Watch the video of the lecture from here.

Carlo Ginzburg peab will speak on the topic "Dialogue as Fight, Dialogue as Challenge”. His lecture will take place on the 24th of September, at 4 pm at Ülikooli 18 - 232.

Abstract. For many years,  I have been trying to develop in many different directions Mikhail Bakhtin's  reflections on the dialogic dimension.  I would like  to  illustrate  this point,  focusing on a few case studies, related to my own research as a historian. 

Watch the video of the lecture from here. 

 

Intensive course "Commercial applications of semiotics"

All the lectures can be viewed at http://www.uttv.ee/otsing#teema=205

Conference "Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning", 29.04-3.05.2014

 

For videos made from the lectures please visit the UTTV web page.

 

Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2013 - Autocommunication in Semiotic Systems 18-23.8.2013


Read more on the Summer School website at http://www.flfi.ut.ee/summer_school/2013/index.html

Conference "Gatherings in Biosemiotics 2012", 17-22 July,2012

For more information:

Tartu Semiotics Summer School 2011 - Semiotic Modelling 22-26.8.2011