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

Approaches to Multimodal Digital Environments: from theories to practices

Date: 20-Jun-2019 – 22-Jun-2019
Location: Rome, Italy
Contact Person: Sandra Petroni
Web Site:
Call Deadline: 31-Oct-2018

Meeting Description:
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



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

11th conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS XI)

«Anticipation and Change» The 11th conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies

First Call for Papers

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»

Theme 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: Call for papers. 11th conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies

2nd Seminar and Symposium of the Academy of Cultural Heritages

2nd Seminar and Symposium of the Academy of Cultural Heritages to be held in the island of Syros, Ermoupolis, Cultural Center (Ritsos Hall) and Apollo Theater, Greece (Cyclades) on Oct. 2-7, 2018


1st Oct, traveling day via Athens, Piraeus by ferry boat (or flight Athens-Syros)

2nd -3rd Oct. Seminars on:
Foundations of Existential Semiotics prof. Eero Tarasti
Introduction to Musical Semiotics
Basic Concepts of Semiotics and Culture  prof Alexandros Lagopoulos
Greimassian Narrative Analysis prof. Karin Boklund-Lagopoulos
Semiotic Approach to Visual Arts prof. Altti Kuusamo
Literature from Ancient Greece to Modern Times prof. Hannu Riikonen
Semiotics and Translation prof Pirjo Kukkonen

3rd Oct in the evening: concert at Apollo Theater: soprano Laura Pyrrö and Eila Tarasti (piano); ensemble of the Music Society of the University of Helsinki

4th Oct. Excursion to the island of Delos (close to Syros) or excursions on Syros island

5th – 6th Oct. Symposium on Cultural Transfers: Europe and Other World, (motto: ….heitere Verknüpfung von West und Ost” Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe)

7th Oct  return, travelling day


Participation fee for seminar and symposium: 200 euros to be paid to the Academy of Cultural Heritages: Nordea FI40 1544 3000 0285 84, BIC: NDEAFIHH

Registration by Sept 1st, 2018   to Lazaros Papoutsis sfinas3@gmail.com

Enrollment to the course: name, affiliation; to the symposium: name, affiliation, title of the speech, abstract (1/2 – 1 page); length of papers: half an hour with discussion; languages: English, French, German

Organization of the event: director prof. Eero Tarasti , University of Helsinki eero.tarasti@helsinki.fi; assistants Paul Forsell paul.forsell@helsinki.fi and Lazaros Papoutsis (email see above)

About activities of the Academy see www.culturalacademy.fi

Δημοσίευση Διάλεξης στο Εργαστήριο Σημειωτικής ΑΠΘ

Την Πέμπτη 22/3/2018 έλαβε χώρα στο Εργαστήριο Σημειωτικής της Φιλοσοφικής Σχολής ΑΠΘ διάλεξη και ανοιχτή συζήτηση με θέμα “Coheence and Truthfulness in Communication: Intracommunicational and Extracommunicational Indexicality”

Προσκεκλημένος ομιλητής του Εργαστήριου Σημειωτικής της Φιλοσοφικής Σχολής ΑΠΘ και της Ελληνικής Σημειωτικής Εταιρείας ήταν ο Lars Elleström, Καθηγητής Συγκριτικής Λογοτεχνίας του Τμήματος Κινηματογράφου και Λογοτεχνίας της Σχολής Τεχνών και Ανθρωπιστικών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου Linnaeus της Σουηδίας και Διευθυντής του Κέντρου Διαμεσικών και Πολυτροπικών Σπουδών του Πανεπιστημίου Linnaeus (IMS) και Πρόεδρος της Διεθνούς Εταιρείας Διαμεσικών Σπουδών (ISIS).

Συντονίζει ο Ευάγγελος Κουρδής, Αναπληρωτής Διευθυντής του Εργαστηρίου Σημειωτικής ΑΠΘ. Η μαγνητοσκόπηση έγινε από το Κέντρο Ηλεκτρονικής Διακυβέρνησης ΑΠΘ.

Μπορείτε να παρακολουθήσετε μαγνητοσκοπημένη τη διάλεξη στον ιστότοπο: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi79OWdQf_8

Call for Papers: Semiotics of Selfies Special issue of Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics

Call for papers: Semiotics of Selfies
Special issue of Punctum. International Journal of Semiotics
Editor: Gregory Paschalidis

In Camera Lucida Roland Barthes suggests that the “age of Photography corresponds precisely to the explosion of the private into the public, or rather into the creation of a new social value, which is the publicity of the private: the private is consumed as such publicly”. What he had in mind was the aggressive invasion of the privacy of celebrities by press photographers. The advent of digital technology took the “age of Photography” to new heights, while simultaneously fostering the “explosion of the private into the public” to an unprecedented scale. This time, however, the paparazzi were virtually everyone. In the last decade selfies have become perhaps the most widespread genre of the newly born digital culture. At the same time, it is certainly the most notorious, being regularly associated with rampant narcissism and addictive self-promotion. Having unmistakable continuities with the timehonoured tradition of the self-portrait, both in painting and in photography, selfies became an arena where new visual vocabularies and strategies of self-representation have developed, bringing a new urgency to Peirce’s idea of “the self as a sign”.

Read the full announcement: Punctum 4.2 (December 2018) – CfΡ




The advent of the internet and digital technologies in general wrought deep changes to the socio-cultural tissue in almost every part of the world. There is an entire global generation of young people called “digital natives”, which recognizes that the impact of new communication technologies is comparable to the function of one’s mother tongue. Semiotic research has slowly begun to move in that direction.

Read the full announcement here: Call_EFSS_2018_DigitASC_II