semiootika osakond
professor of biosemiotics, head of the department

Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu
Tiigi 78
50410 Tartu

tel: +372 737 5933


main fields of research:
general semiotics, its theory and methodology
species, their co-existence, and evolution
theoretical biology (and its history)

recent book:

Emmeche, Claus; Kull, Kalevi (eds.) 2011. Towards a Semiotic Biology: Life is the Action of Signs. London: Imperial College Press.

selected publications:

Kull, Kalevi 2010. Ecosystems are made of semiosic bonds: Consortia, umwelten, biophony and ecological codes. Biosemiotics 3(3): 347-357.

Kull, Kalevi; Deacon, Terrence; Emmeche, Claus; Hoffmeyer, Jesper; Stjernfelt, Frederik 2009. Theses on biosemiotics: Prolegomena to a theoretical biology. Biological Theory: Integrating Development, Evolution, and Cognition 4(2): 167-173.

Kull, Kalevi 2009. Biosemiotics: To know, what life knows. Cybernetics and Human Knowing 16(3/4): 81-88.

Kull, Kalevi 2009. The importance of semiotics to University: Semiosis makes the world locally plural. In: Deely, John; Sbrocchi, Leonard G. (eds.), Semiotics 2008: Specialization, Semiosis, Semiotics. Ottawa: Legas, 494-514.

Pattee, Howard H.; Kull, Kalevi 2009. A biosemiotic conversation: Between physics and semiotics. Sign Systems Studies 37(1/2): 311-331.

Kull, Kalevi 2009. Vegetative, animal, and cultural semiosis: The semiotic threshold zones. Cognitive Semiotics 4: 8-27.

Kull, Kalevi 2009. Umwelt and modelling. In: Cobley, Paul (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Semiotics. London: Routledge, 43-56.

Kull, Kalevi 2009. Semiosic means alive: A Tartu view. In: Bundgaard, Peer; Stjernfelt, Frederik 2009. Signs and Meaning: 5 Questions. New York: Automatic Press, VIP, 113-120.

Kull, Kalevi 2008. Semiotic ecology. In: Jørgensen, Sven Erik; Fath, Brian D. (eds.), Systems Ecology. (Vol. 4 of Encyclopedia of Ecology, 5 vols.) Oxford: Elsevier, 3210–3214.

Emmeche, Claus; Hoffmeyer, Jesper; Kull, Kalevi; Markoš, Anton; Stjernfelt, Frederik; Favareau, Donald 2008. The IASS roundtable on biosemiotics: A discussion with some founders of the field. The American 24(1/3): 1–21.

K.Kull, C.Emmeche, D.Favareau (2008). Biosemiotic questions. Biosemiotics 1(1): 41-55.

Ööpik, Merle; Kukk, Toomas; Kull, Kalevi; Kull, Tiiu (2008). The importance of human mediation in species establishment: Analysis of the Alien Flora of Estonia. Boreal Environment Research, 13, 53 - 67.

Kull, K. (2007). A brief history of biosemiotics. Barbieri, M. (Eds.). Biosemiotics: Information, Codes and Signs in Living Systems (1 - 26). New York: Nova Science Publisher Inc.

Kull, Kalevi (2007). Biosemiotics and biophysics — the fundamental approaches to the study of life. Barbieri, Marcello (Eds.). Introduction to Biosemiotics: The New Biological Synthesis. (167 - 177). Berlin: Springer

Kull, Kalevi (2007). Semiosfera e a ecologia dual: Paradoxos da communicacao. Machado, Irene (Eds.). Semiotica da cultura e semiosfera (69 - 79). Sao Paulo: Annablume

Kull, K. (2007). Life is many: On the methods of biosemiotics. Witzany, G. (Eds.). Biosemiotics in Transdisciplinary Contexts (193 - 202). Salzburg: Umweb

Kull, K.(2007). Biosemiotic conversations: Ponzio, Bakhtin, Kanaev, Driesch, Uexküll, Lotman. Petrilli, S. (Eds.). Philosophy of Language as the Art of Listening: On Augusto Ponzio’s Scientific Research (79 - 89). Bari: Edizioni dal Sud
electronic copies of some publications

complete CV