November 14, 10.15, Jakobi 2-306 Gunther Kress (University College London) will give a guest lecture "A social semiotic account of meaning and meaning-making: getting beyond the past and its frames"
The renowned semiotician and social scientist Gunther Kress will give a public lecture on ‘A social semiotic account of meaning and meaning-making: getting beyond the past and its frames’ at the Department of Semiotic of the University of Tartu.
In his lecture, Professor Kress will discuss the traces of past frames and their continuing limiting effects on present understandings. His concept of ‘semiotic work’ expands the traditional understanding of learning and communication. The central thesis of the lecture is that communication is always also learning.
Gunther Kress is Professor of Semiotics and Education at University College London, University of London. His most important works include ‘Before Writing: Rethinking the Paths to Literacy’, ‘Literacy in the New Media Age’, and ‘Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design’, co-authored with Theo van Leeuwen.
The lecture will take place on 14 November 2018 at Jakobi 2-306. The lecture will be presented in English.
Everyone interested is welcome!
More information: kalevi.kull [ät] ut.ee
For Juri Lotman, lectures were an essential form of communication with students and colleagues. It was a way for exploring new ideas, therefore in addition to obligatory courses he often gave special courses – Lotman’s courses. New ideas were brought forth in dialogue and the dialogue was founded on respect for his audience. Remarkable for Lotman was his capacity to connect with any audience, be it students, members of different academic disciplines or a mass audience of his televised lectures.
JURI LOTMAN LECTURES is a series dedicated to his memory. The series calls for continuous dialogical inception of new ideas by inviting the scholars who are already in dialogue with Lotman’s legacy to elaborate their ideas in dialogue with those who value the semiotic tradition of Tartu-Moscow School.