Summer School 2013 is five-day event taking place from August 18 to 23 at the Kääriku Leisure and Sports Center in
Southern Estonia. This year's Summer School is dedicated to the 40th anniversary from the publication of the Theses on the Semiotic Study of Cultures,
which first appeared in 1973.There lies a quintessential coincidence between cultural semiotics, Tartu-Moscow school, and the Theses which
places this triplet amongst both the important and the amusing in the story of humanities. Taking the example of Theses from the past,
and reflecting over it together with its influences across times to today, the semiotic circles might take up reflective autocommunication in
order to set future steps in organising both the paradigm of semiotics and communicate the institution of semiotics to neighbouring paradigms.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Theses on the Semiotic Study of Cultures, we call for reflections on the context and co-texts
leading to and from that milestone in semiotic studies.
For more information, see the Summer School's home page.
23. mai kl 19, NÃ¤lg (RÃ¼Ã¼tli 8)
Counter-Hegemonic Discourse Practice and Post-World Electronic Music.
Abstract: Counter-hegemonic discourse practice consists in the
destabilization of entrenched ideological superstructures with the aim of
opening space in contemporary thought for subjugated knowledges. Hegemony
as the monopolization of possible cultural mobility in thought forms and
practices (or dominant discourse) is grounded in the thought of Antonio
Gramsci. Counter-hegemonic practices are those which achieve autonomy from
within dominant discourses by upsetting those discourses. Dominant
discourses are upset in a variety of different ways, but for our purposes,
art-as-deautomatization of sign relations serves as the exemplar of
counter-hegemonic practice. This functionality of art is grounded in the
archaeological discourse method of Michel Foucault.
The synthetic model of counter-hegemonic discourse practice is applied to
the work of Grey Filastineâ€™s new musical production Loot. The model
construes Filastineâ€™s work as employing deautomatization at three nested
levels: that of venue, genre, and the politico-economic. Disruptions at
the first two levels feed into and crystallize disruption at the third
level such that the work cannot be tied to particular political movements.
The post-Marxian theoretical descriptive lens avoids the vulgar Marxist
trap of attributing economic determinism to the work, while maintaining
labor and currency relations as prominent factors in the constitution of
hegemony. It shows how Filastineâ€™s work opens discourse at the more
fundamental semiotic level, such that new sign relations proliferate in
the space of the music, the trajectory and configuration of which remain
Prof. Patrick Seriot (University of Lausanne, Switzerland) will give three
lectures in the Semiotics Department of the University of Tartu:
(Jakobi 2 aud. 306)
May 8, Tuesday 14-16
- R. Jakobson's structuralism and L. Berg's nomogenesis
May 9, Wednesday 10-12
- German Naturphilosophie and Russian structuralism
May 10, Thursday 16-18
- Form and Content: the discussions on the (non) arbitrariness of the sign
in the Eastern European world from the iconoclast dispute to Stalin's
May 9. 19:00, NÃ¤lg (RÃ¼Ã¼tli 8)
Daniel Edward Allen
Observations on Painting and Photography
"It started when I tried to discover something about photography in order
to produce some pictures that looked like PÃ¤Ã¤suke's pictures from 100
years ago. When I looked at his pictures, and other photographs from the
same period, some similarities to paintings became obvious, then I
realised that many phtographs and other images, like TV and films, have
some of the same elements, so the talk is really about this. What I
noticed on the journey to taking a photograph."
On Friday, April 27, 15:00 Jakobi 2-336
Stuart Kauffman :
From physics to semiotics
Stuart Kauffman is a world leading scholar in complex system studies. He is a founding member of Santa Fe Institute.
See his lecture "The end of a physics worldview"
Lecturer: Morten TÃ¸nnessen, PhD candidate
Credit points: 2 AP / 3 EAP/ECTS
Class meeting time April 11-13 and May 16-18:
April 11 and 12 and May 16 and 17 at 16.15-18.00
April 13 and May 18 at 10.15-12.
Location: Tiigi 78-311
Target group: The course is an elective subject in the master level curriculum of Semiotics and Culture Studies. Other interested students are also welcome.
Brief course description: This course offers an account of the fundamental relation between semiotics and phenomenology, with the Umwelt theory of Jakob von UexkÃ¼ll used as a focal point. Major topics include semiotic aspects of phenomenology, phenomenological aspects of semiotics, the threshold of these two fields, the role of semiotics and phenomenology respectively for the empirical sciences/academia in general, and their place in the scheme of sciences/academia; ontology and epistemology with regard to the whole more-than-human vista of phenomenal creatures, the perceptual capacity of various living beings, and the distinctiveness of the specifically human world-relation. The course provides historical accounts, particularly of the reception of Husserl and UexkÃ¼ll, but also has a view to contemporary and future theoretical developments.
Course objectives and learning outcomes:
The objective of the course is to offer an account of the fundamental relation between semiotics and phenomenology.
MondayÂ April 11 16.15-18.00 lecture: Peirce and Husserl.
Tuesday April 12 16.15-18.00 lecture: Semiotic Husserl reception.
Wednesday April 13 10.15-12.00 lecture: UexkÃ¼llian phenomenology. Semiotics of being.
MondayÂ May 16 16.15-18.00 lecture: Heidegger and UexkÃ¼ll.
Tuesday May 17 16.15-18.00 lecture: Merleau-Ponty and UexkÃ¼ll.
Wednesday May 18 10.15-12.00 lecture: Naturalism. What is semiotic causation?
On tuesday, 29. March 2011 at 12.15 in University of Tartu main building Ãœlikooli 18 room 232.
Kati LindstrÃ¶mi (PhD (semiotics and culture theory)) theses "Delineating Landscape Semiotics: Towards the Semiotic Study of Landscape Processes".
Supervisor: professor Kalevi Kull
Opponents: prof. Patrick Laviolette, PhD, University of Tallinn;
prof. Guido Ipsen, PhD, University of Witten-Herdecke and University of Applied Sciences MÃ¼nster;
The present doctoral dissertation aims at delineating landscape semiotics and discussing some of the main topics that arise in the semiotic study of landscape processes. First, the Introduction gives a definition of landscape, its potential for semiotic analysis and introduces the most important semiotic themes developed in the following articles. The methodology of the thesis is mostly based on the semiotic theory of Tartu-Moscow school and most of the analysed material comes from the Japanese culture, including, for example, /hanami/, ecological landscape ideals and traditional ecosystems, rice cultivation, Eight O-mi Landscapes, traditional landscape representations, haiku poetry, and others. The articles incorporated into this thesis deal with seven major semiotic themes: (1) The boundaries of self/other, public/private and the relation of internal and external conceptualisation of landscapes; (2) Communication and autocommunication in landscapes; (3) Temporality; (4) National landscapes; (5) Memory and landscape change; (6) Representation; (7) Landscape protection and management policies. The author finds that the concept of â€˜landscapeâ€™ could contribute to the quest for integrated ecosemiotics, which would unite the advantages of the biological and cultural definition of ecosemiotics.
Professor Ahtti-Veikko Pietarinen from Helsinki University gives in Tartu an intensive course Introduction to Peirce's Philosophy and Logic
Mondays (March 14 and 28) lectures 14.15 - 18.00 Ãœlikooli 16 - 214.
Tuesdays (March 15 and 29) lectures 16.15 - 18.00 Tiigi 78 - 311
Additional information about the professor: www.helsinki.fi/~pietarin/
Charles S. Peirce, 1877. The Fixation of Belief.
Charles S. Peirce, 1898. How to Make Our Ideas Clear.
Charles S. Peirce, 1885. On the Algebra of Logic: A Contribution to the Philosophy of Notation and On the Algebra of Logic [Continued] (available through Tartu University Library)
Charles S. Peirce, 1894. What Is a Sign?
Charles S. Peirce, 1892. The Law of Mind.
Charles S. Peirce, 1893. Evolutionary Love.
Charles S. Peirce, 1905. What pragmatism is?
03 February 2011
On the eve of the 93rd anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the President of Estonia, Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves will acknowledge 99 people with state awards, among them Mr. Peeter Torop, UT professor and semeioticist.
"Estonia wishes to thank those who have done much to make our country secure; to make Estonian science, culture, and its economy known at home as well as abroad; to make Estonia successful yet mindful of its people," said the Head of State.
President Toomas Hendrik Ilves signed a decree to award 99 people from both Estonia and abroad with state awards to recognise the service they have rendered to the Republic of Estonia.
The award ceremony will take place on 23rd of February.
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