International Summer University course "Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture" taking place July 4-15 in Tartu
The aim of the course is to give an intensive introduction to Lotman’s semiotic theory of culture, its theoretical background and context as well as new developments and applications of his theory in current semiotics and cultural sciences.
More specific aim is offer deeper understanding of cultural mechanisms and a set of tools for practical analysis of culture – cultural texts as well as cultural processes – that would afford new insights into contemporary cultural dynamics.
Juri Lotman has been considered one of the most innovative cultural theorist in 20th century. He established the Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics – international group of scholars with diverse background from literary studies, linguistics, mathematics to orientalistics, unified by common interest in semiotics. Their collectively written Theses on the Semiotic Study of Cultures (1973) was the programmatic work initiating semiotics of culture as a field of studies.
Educated under renown Russian literary scholars like Vladimir Propp, Boris Tomashevsky, Grigory Gukovsky and others, Lotman combined in his works the rich tradition of Russian literary and art theory with the then emergent fields of semiotics and structuralism. Yet his approach never remained limited to either literature and arts nor structuralism. His extensive knowledge on cultural history, influence of cybernetics and information theory, led to his intellectual movement towards more holistic, organic and dynamic modelling of culture as complex, self-organizing system. All these rich influences allowed him to create highly original theory of culture.
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