Lectures at the department of semiotics December 3 and 4: Paul Cobley (Middlesex University) „Semiotics and Close Reading“ and Pauline Delahaye (Sorbonne) „Signs for saying it. A semiotics study of animals' complex emotions“
Next week the defence of three PhD theses brings many international guests to our department.
On 3rd of December at 10.15 (Jakobi 2 – 306) Paul Cobley (UK) gives a lecture on „Semiotics and Close Reading“.
Paul Cobley is known as an eminent semiotician as well as an influential narratologist. He is Professor of Language and Media at the Middlesex University London and also President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies. His books include “Cultural Implications of Biosemiotics” (2016), “Narrative” (2001, 2nd edition 2013) “The American Thriller: Generic Innovation and Social Change in the 1970s” (2000) and “Introducing Semiotics” (1997; in Estonian 2002).
On 4th of December at 10.15 (Jakobi 2-305) Pauline Delahaye (France) holds a guest lecture titled „Signs for saying it. A semiotics study of animals' complex emotions“
The lecture introduces a zoosemiotic model for the study of emotions in non-human animal species. This subject is complicated, firstly for the concepts it deals with (what is an emotion? what is a complex emotion?). Secondly, for the diverse knowledge it requires (semiotics of course, but also ethology, general biology, neuroscience, and also ethical or philosophical basis). And thirdly, for all the delicate and controversial points it touches concerning the debate about language, cognition, and emotion in non-human species.
Pauline Delahaye is assistant professor at Sorbonne University, France. She has a PhD in linguistics – language sciences, and is more specifically studying biosemiotics and zoosemiotics. She is a member of Société Française de Zoosémiotique (French Zoosemiotics Society) and of the editing committee of the zoosemiotics section at l’Harmattan Editions.
Everyone is welcome to the theses defences and lectures!
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