VERSUS n. 129: Call for papers

Call for papers
VERSUS n. 129

On the Reader’s side: Lector in Fabula, Forty Years Later
Edited by Isabella Pezzini

This issue of Versus has its roots in the 40th anniversary of the publication, in 1979, of the Italian version of Lector in fabula. La cooperazione interpretativa nei testi narrativi, by Umberto Eco (the same year of the American edition, even if this presents many significant differences from the original version).

Among Eco’s complete works, Lector in fabula can be regarded as a fundamental cornerstone: it is both the culmination of previous researches and the starting point of their further developments. In this book, Eco’s semantic perspective confirms its textualist option, and broadens the notion of “text”, elaborated in a Theory of Semiotics among the modes of sign production, through a more accurate articulation based on C.S. Peirce’s formulation of an interpretative semiotics, combining it at the same time with the methodological tools derived from narratology, pragmatics, logic of possible worlds.

In this book, concepts and ideas already proposed in Opera aperta (1962) – when Eco was studying the new vanguard artistic movements of those years, in which the interpreter’s involvement dimension was crucial – come back in a revised version. Furthermore, contemporary research on popular literature was confirming the very same principle: in order to be understood, even before being interpreted, a text requires an active collaboration by its “user”. In the Lector in fabula, levels of progressive complexity in textual interpretative cooperation are accurately identified and articulated.

Read the full “Call for Papers” announcement here: call_vs_129_EN

ΠΡΟΣΚΛΗΣΗ ΣΕ ΟΜΙΛΙΑ – Ο Καλός, ο Κακός και ο Άσχετος: Οι απίθανοι χαρακτήρες και τα μοναδικά χαρακτηριστικά τους.

Το Εργαστήριο Σημειωτικής, το ΔΠΜΣ Σημειωτική, Πολιτισμός και Επικοινωνία και η Ελληνική Σημειωτική Εταιρεία σας προσκαλούν στη διάλεξη της Αναπληρώτριας Καθηγήτριας του Τμήματος Πολυμέσων και Γραφικών Τεχνών του Τεχνολογικού πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου Ασπασίας Παπαδήμα, για το συμβολικό περιεχόμενο στη σύγχρονη Οπτική Επικοινωνία με τίτλο:

Ο Καλός, ο Κακός και ο Άσχετος: Οι απίθανοι χαρακτήρες και τα μοναδικά χαρακτηριστικά τους.

  • Πόσο εκφραστικός μπορεί να είναι ένας χαρακτήρας;
  • Πώς ορίζονται ο λοβός και ο κόλπος στην ανατομία;
  • Είναι καθοριστικό το γενεαλογικό δέντρο στην εξέλιξη;
  • Γιατί είναι σημαντικό να κρατάμε τις αποστάσεις και να διατηρούμε τους τύπους;
  • Πού συναντάμε το συμβολικό περιεχόμενο στη σύγχρονη οπτική γλώσσα;
  • Τι κάνει τα Χριστούγεννα ακόμα πιο γιορταστικά;
  • Κι εν τέλει, τι σχέση έχουν όλα αυτά με τη γραφιστική;

Η διάλεξη θα πραγματοποιηθεί την Τετάρτη 5/12/2018, 18.00-20.00, στο χώρο του Εργαστηρίου Σημειωτικής στο Ισόγειο της Νέας Φιλοσοφικής Σχολής.

Σύντομο βιογραφικό σημείωμα

Η Ασπασία Παπαδήμα είναι Αναπληρώτρια Καθηγήτρια στο Τμήμα Πολυμέσων και Γραφικών Τεχνών του Τεχνολογικού Πανεπιστημίου Κύπρου. Στο παρελθόν εργάστηκε σε δημιουργικά και διαφημιστικά γραφεία στην Ελλάδα και ως καλλιτεχνική διευθύντρια στον τομέα της Διαφήμισης στην Κύπρο. Παράλληλα με το ακαδημαϊκό της έργο, εξασκεί τη γραφιστική ως σύμβουλος σε σημαντικές αναθέσεις σχεδιασμού και ως καλλιτέχνης με εφαρμοσμένο έργο το οποίο έχει διακριθεί σε παγκόσμιους διαγωνισμούς κι εκθέσεις. Έχει ιδρύσει και διευθύνει το Ερευνητικό Εργαστήριο για τη Γλώσσα και τη Γραφιστική Επικοινωνία ( Τα ερευνητικά της ενδιαφέροντα περιλαμβάνουν τον τυπογραφικό σχεδιασμό, την τυπογραφική απόδοση της Κυπριακής διαλέκτου, την καθημερινή (vernacular) τυπογραφία και το αστικό γραφιστικό τοπίο.

Call for papers Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 17-20 August, 2019

Semiotic dimensions of spaces & literacies

Juri Lotman proposed that the primary semiotic dualism lies in the duplication of the world in language and the duplication of the human in space: „Genetically speaking, culture is built upon two primary languages. One of these is the natural language used by humans in everyday communication. […] The nature of the second primary language is not so obvious. What is under discussion is the structural model of space“ (Lotman 1992: 142). The organizers of the next Tartu Summer School of Semiotics find continuous inspiration in this statement and call for discussing the functioning of cultural languages as mediators of human and non-human environments and as developers of cultural competence.

Understanding culture via its spatial organization has been a characteristic of Tartu semiotics. The structural models of space facilitate making sense of nature, society and culture as living environments. The creation of such models is simultaneously creation of descriptive languages for conceptualising cultural experience and on a more essential level, cultural mediation. The latter affects both individual and collective capacity to interpret reality and underpins the formation and perception of cultural identity. On the one hand, the contemporary cultural dynamics has underlined the necessity of studying the cultural environment in relation to the technological advancement: from the digitalization of (everyday) culture to cultural polyglotism, including improved foreign language skills, digital literacy and emergence of transmedial spaces of communication.

Read the full announcement here: CFP, Tartu Summer School, 2019

Call for Papers Multimodality in Education Special issue of Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics

Call for Papers: Multimodality in Education
Special issue of Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics
Editors: Maria Papadopoulou and Maria Avgerinou

Since the mid ‘90s when Gunther Kress introduced the term Multimodality in the context of the seminal Multiliteracies project, new educational discourses have emerged, evolved and impacted both theory and practice. Multimodality foregrounded the notion that learning is not only a linguistic accomplishment, but linked to the dynamic interrelationship among the different semiotic modes of meaning, such as the linguistic, the visual, the gestural, the spatial or the audio mode, which individuals can draw on to derive and produce meaning.
During the last years, there has been an ongoing interest in applying multimodality in educational practice. Developing multimodally literate students has gradually been introduced in the school curricula in the areas of language, history, arts, maths and sciences education, as it encompasses nearly all subjects and areas. It has been used as a framework for the analysis of textbooks, learning resources, and student’s multimodal productions, as well as for the understanding of classroom interaction and many others. However, as learning occurs not only in educational settings but in many other instances of everyday life, exploring the ways people learn multimodally is not restricted in school classrooms. In formal and informal educational contexts, from pre-primary to tertiary education, the attempts to change the dominant linguistic paradigm and adopt a multimodal perspective produced especially fruitful and even fascinating results.

Read the full announcement here: CFP Multimodality in Education, Punctum 5 (1)

Cross-National Seminar: Branding Nations, Products, and Sensory Experiences: How is it all Perceived by Customers and Tourists?

Branding Nations, Products, and Sensory Experiences: How is it all Perceived by Customers and Tourists?

Venue: Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol
Time: Friday, October 26th 2018

The Semiotics and Visual Communication Research Lab (SVC Lab)
Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

Mission Statement: The seminar brings together two research environments from the utmost South of Europe (Cyprus and Greece) and one close to the utmost North (Denmark). What unites them is a combined research interest in multimodal communication, national identity and branding, and consumer marketing and research. A key aim is to establish new proactive synergies between these fields in targeting such specific areas of practice and research as place branding, tourism, and food innovation and marketing. The seminar will exemplify the application of this overall agenda to a selection of current topics and types of data as implemented in ongoing research in the respective environments and provide a forum for generating new research ideas and exploring possible areas of common interest and perhaps possible future collaboration.

Read the full announcement here: Cyprus Seminar Program

Πρόσκληση υποβολής άρθρων: Syn-Τhèses 10

Το περιοδικό Syn-Thèses είναι η ετήσια, ηλεκτρονική, επιστημονική έκδοση του Τμήματος Γαλλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας του ΑΠΘ και συνιστά μετεξέλιξη της ομότιτλης έντυπης έκδοσης (2008-2012). Στο Syn-Thèses φιλοξενούνται, κατόπιν ανώνυμης αξιολόγησης, πρωτότυπες, αδημοσίευτες εργασίες σχετικές με τα γνωστικά πεδία που καλύπτονται στο Τμήμα Γαλλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας από τους τρεις τομείς του, Γλώσσα και Διδακτική, Λογοτεχνία, Μετάφραση, στα Ελληνικά, Αγγλικά, Γαλλικά, Γερμανικά, Ιταλικά, Ισπανικά και κατά περίπτωση και σε άλλες γλώσσες (e-ISSN: 2585-2647, Το δέκατο τεύχος εκδίδεται από τον Τομέα Μετάφρασης.

Δείτε ολόκληρη την ανακοίνωση εδώ: Syntheses 10, Ελληνικά

Second Call for Papers: «Anticipation and Change», the 11th conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies

Stavanger, Norway, June 13–15th 2019
Venue: Department of social studies, University of Stavanger

The 11th conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS XI) will be hosted by University of Stavanger (UiS) and is co-sponsored by Department of social studies (UiS) and «The Greenhouse: An environmental humanities initiative at University of Stavanger»

The overall theme of NASS XI is «Anticipation and change». Relevant topics include – but are not limited to – the semiotics of child development and human development in general, social change, cultural change, environmental change, ontogeny, and evolution. The anticipatory aspect implies that future studies and the power of imagination are also relevant topics, as are, potentially, learning and perception, expectation and prediction, foresight and preconception. We welcome abstract proposals that approach these topics from a semiotic perspective and encourage interdisciplinary relations between semiotics and other disciplines.

Read the full announcement here: Second call for papers NASS XI_Stavanger 2019

14th World Congress of Semiotics, Trajectories

14th World Congress of Semiotics of the International Association of Semiotics Studies /Association Internationale de Sémiotique -IASS/AIS organized by the Asociación Argentina de Semiótica -AAS-and the Universidad Nacional de las Artes -UNA

Buenos Aires, 9-13 september 2019


The word ‘trajectories’ has been chosen for the thematic proposal of this congress, taking on account of the remarkable wealth of meanings arising from its contemporary uses. The best example can be found in the trajectory of definitions of the very notion of semiotics.

Along this semiotic path, there is a manifold of narratives regarding its adoption as the name of a field of analytical research and of publications.

However, the term trajectories, in the plural, also suggests that the semiotic path is neither single nor linear. It does not hide, in short, the diversity of the paths followed to attain the perception of problems that are intrinsically diverse and mobile. Also, the variety of trajectories finds its reason for being in the multiplicity of media, devices and languages that today claim, dispute with each other, and compete for time and space.

Read the full announcement here: 14th World Congress of Semiotics, Trajectories

CALL FOR PAPERS “ILLUSTRATION AND ADAPTATION” | University of Burgundy, 10 & 11 October 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS “ILLUSTRATION AND ADAPTATION” International conference organised by TIL and ILLUSTR4TIO University of Burgundy, 10 & 11 October 2019

Keynote speakers: Kamilla Elliott (Lancaster University, UK) and Dave McKean (artist, UK)

Illustr4tio’s forthcoming bilingual international conference will deal with the relationship between illustration and adaptation. It aims to allow specialists from different disciplines to compare and exchange on practice, methodology, and theoretical frameworks. Indeed, several fields co-exist without necessarily acknowledging advances in their respective domains. If illustration is a legitimate object of study within intermedial studies (Gabriele Rippl, ed., A Handbook of Intermediality, De Gruyter Mouton, 2015), there are few works that investigate the status of illustration as adaptation, with the exception of works like Kamilla Elliot’s Rethinking the Novel/Film Debate (Cambridge UP, 2003) and Kate Newell’s Expanding Adaptation: From Illustration to Novelization (Palgrave, 2017). More generally, the conceptualisation of illustration introduces questions about the relationship between adaptation and intermediality. It can serve as a starting point for the intersection of the two domains, something Lars Elleström calls for in his essay “Adaptation and Intermediality” (Thomas Leitch, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies, Oxford UP, 2017).

Read the full announcement here: Call for papers. Illustration and adaptation

International Symposium: Sources of Creativity. From Local to Universal

International Symposium: Sources of Creativity. From Local to Universal

Mikkeli (Finland), 8-10 August 2018

An international symposium around Eero Tarasti’s work in the eve of his 70th birthday. Event organized by the Academy of Cultural Heritages and the Semiotic Society of Finland, in Mikkeli, Finland, 8-10 August 2018.

The symposium will be arranged at the place of genius loci of Eero Tarasti’s life, his second home and summer town Mikkeli. It is open for contributions on the fields of his scientific and artistic output and dealing with his ideas, theories and activities in the scholarly and cultural context. The convention will also include excursions to important places of his life.. There will be a concert and a festival gourmet dinner at Tertti Manor.

Read the full announcement here: International Symposium, Sources of Creativity, Program