Call for Papers
Semiotics of hybrid natures:
Anthropogenic ecosystems, multimodalities, transformed umwelts
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
Nathalie Blanc (CNRS / Université Paris Diderot -Paris 7, France), Morten Tønnessen (University of Stavanger, Norway) and Kati Lindström (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden).
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:
To submit a proposal, interested scholars should e-mail an abstract (up to 500 words) and a bionote (up to 50 words) for the 20 minute presentation to the address: hybridnatures [ät] gmail.com. The abstract should be sent as a separate one-page file (.docx or .rtf; please download template from here). The deadline for the abstracts is May 31, 2018.
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 Agency (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
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Location and venue
Conference “Semiotics of hybrid natures: Anthropogenic ecosystems, multimodalities, transformed umwelts” will take place at the Campus of Humanities and Arts of the University of Tartu, Jakobi St. 2.
There is wireless internet connection at the Conference venue. Most of the cafes in the centre of Tartu have wireless internet connection (look for the sign WiFi on the door).
The seminar provides necessary equipment for presentations (blackboard, computer, PP-projector). If you need any other equipment, please let us know in advance.
TRAVELLING TO TARTU
For up-to-date information, use tourist information site Visit Tartu.
By plane: Tartu is situated in Southern Estonia and is directly accessible by plane via Helsinki. Helsinki-Tartu flights are operated by Finnair seven days a week. Flight time is 50 minutes. Tickets for the flights leaving from Tartu Airport can be bought only on the Finnair website and from travel agencies. You can also Travel to Tartu through Tallinn and Riga. Tallinn Airport is located just outside the city centre, on the road to Tartu. From the airport it is comfortable to rent a car, take a bus or use Airport Shuttle service. Riga International Airport is connected to Tartu trough Lux Express buses.
By bus: The trip from Tallinn to Tartu takes around 2.5 hours, with buses leaving Tallinn every half an hour or so from 5:40 to 23:59. On the hour, every hour from 7:00 to 20:00 comfortable Lux Express buses depart on the Tartu-Tallinn-Tartu route. You can use power outlets, free WiFi, listen to music or watch movies and enjoy free hot drinks such as tea, coffee and cocoa. All Lux Express buses stop at Tallinn Airport in both directions. Find tickets and times at Tpilet or Lux Express.
There are also international bus connections with Rīga in Latvia and St Petersburg, Moscow and Pechory in Russia. More information: Lux Express website and other carriers, such as Eurolines or Ecolines.
By train: Eight times a day you can take a train on the line Tallinn-Tartu-Tallinn. Fast, comfortable diesel trains take you to your destination in two hours. All trains offer free WiFi. The line to Valga also provides opportunities for connections to Riga. For more information and schedules see Elron and Pasazieru vilciens. Another international route is Tallinn-St Petersburg-Moscow, operated by AS GoRail.
Spending the night in Tallinn
If you arrive late in the evening you will have to spend the night in Tallinn. There are different hotels and hostels where you can find accommodation in Tallinn, see also: www.tallinn.ee/eng.
Please check the schedule of Tallinn public transport here.
You will find the interactive map of Tallinn here.
Nationals of the member states of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) and any third-country national who is a holder of a residence permit of a Schengen state do not need a visa to enter Estonia. If this does not apply to you, please check the website of Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for possible restrictions and visa regulations.
Weather in Tartu
You can check the weather forecast for Tartu before arrival here.
Estonia’s currency is Euro. Please note that in small shops, buses etc. it is advisable to use smaller banknotes than 50 EUR as there may not be enough change for larger bills.
You can pay with VISA, VISA ELECTRON, MASTERCARD and MAESTRO in almost all shops, cafes and restaurants (though not at the bus station or in the buses!). ITIC and ISIC cards will give reduced fare in some buses, as well as several bookshops and some cafes in Tartu (notice the sign on the door!).
Additional information about Tartu
You can find a lot of practical information visiting the following websites.
Tartu tourist information
Estonia tourist information
There is a wide selection of accommodation facilities in Tartu from four stars-hotels to B&B and hostels.
Organizers of the Conference have made limited preliminary reservations with fixed prices to the following hotels (use keyword “Hybrid Natures” for booking, preliminary reservations are kept up to 30.09.2018):
“Academus Hostel”. Pepleri Str. 14, Tartu.
Single room 28€, double room 36€, discount -10% for ISIC/ITIC/IYTC card owners.
“Hektor Design Hostel”. Riia Str. 26, Tartu.
Single room (with breakfast) 38€, double room (with breakfast) 57 EUR, make reservation in sales [ät] hektorhostels.com.
“London Hotel”. Rüütli Str. 9, Tartu.
Single room (with breakfast) 77€, double room (with breakfast) 93 EUR.
”Art Hotel Pallas”. Riia Str. 4, Tartu.
Single room (with breakfast) 58€, double room (with breakfast) 69 EUR.
In addition, there is a wide variety of choice available at the Visit Tartu website.