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
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)
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
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, https://ejournals.lib.auth.gr/syn-theses). Το δέκατο τεύχος εκδίδεται από τον Τομέα Μετάφρασης.
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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 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” 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
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
Date: 20-Jun-2019 – 22-Jun-2019
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact Person: Sandra Petroni
Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2018
Multimodal digital communication is the main theme of this conference meant to attract multidisciplinary research on a wide range of issues from teaching and learning to analysing multimodal digital data appearing in multiple communication arenas. Drawing on the work related to the European project EU-MADE4LL, European Multimodal and Digital Education for Language Learning, the conference intends to bring together international scholars belonging to various fields of research sharing an interest in exploring recent developments in multimodal digital communication. We wish to tackle the complex arenas of digitality by reflecting on a broad range of multimodal texts, social practices and communities: content management systems, corporate web pages, institutional web pages, blogs, corporate videos, mashup, fanvids, social media, video-mediated interaction, digital broadcasting, digital performing arts, gaming, networking sites and media sharing platforms. We are keen to address this ever-increasing complexity of digital communication by adopting a broad range of multimodal, semiotic and educational perspectives.
Read the full announcement: CFP. Approaches to Multimodal Digital Environments
ΠΡΟΣΚΛΗΣΗ ΕΚΔΗΛΩΣΗΣ ΕΝΔΙΑΦΕΡΟΝΤΟΣ
Tα Τμήματα Γαλλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας, Ιταλικής Γλώσσας και Φιλολογίας της Φιλοσοφικής Σχολής, Δημοσιογραφίας και Μέσων Μαζικής Επικοινωνίας της Σχολής Οικονομικών και Πολιτικών Επιστημών και Αρχιτεκτόνων Μηχανικών της Πολυτεχνικής Σχολής ίδρυσαν και θα λειτουργήσουν από το ακαδημαϊκό έτος 2018-2019 Διατμηματικό Πρόγραμμα Μεταπτυχιακών Σπουδών (Δ.Π.Μ.Σ.), με τίτλο «Σημειωτική, Πολιτισμός και Επικοινωνία».
Αντικείμενο του Δ.Π.Μ.Σ. είναι η διερεύνηση φαινομένων και εξελίξεων σε κάθε σχεδόν τομέα του σύγχρονου πολιτισμού, σε θεωρητικό και εφαρμοσμένο επίπεδο, από τη λογοτεχνία, τη διαφήμιση, τα μέσα επικοινωνίας, τον οπτικοακουστικό πολιτισμό, την τέχνη και την πολιτισμική κληρονομιά, έως τη γλώσσα, την εκπαίδευση, την ιδεολογία, την δημοφιλή κουλτούρα και την πολιτισμική προσαρμογή αναδεικνύοντας τις αναλυτικές και ερμηνευτικές δυνατότητες της σημειωτικής στη μελέτη του πολιτισμού σε όλη την πολυμορφία, την πολυπλοκότητα και το δυναμισμό του. Πρόκειται για ειδικές θεματικές ενότητες των γνωστικών αντικειμένων του πρώτου κύκλου σπουδών των συνεργαζόμενων Τμημάτων στις οποίες καλούνται να εστιάσουν οι μεταπτυχιακοί φοιτητές με τελικό στόχο την κατάρτισή τους ως εξειδικευμένου επιστημονικού προσωπικού που θα μπορέσει να καλύψει υπάρχουσες και προβλεπόμενες κοινωνικές και αναπτυξιακές ανάγκες της αγοράς εργασίας στο χώρο της επικοινωνίας και του πολιτισμού.
Διαβάστε την ανακοίνωση εδώ: ΔΠΜΣ Σημειωτική, Πολιτισμός και Επικοινωνία