CFP: SPACTION – Spaces in action, actions in space. International Conference – University of Palermo, 14th – 16th, 2014

Call for papers


Spaces in action, actions in space

 International Conference

University of Palermo, November 14th, 15th, 16th, 2014


How do we define space? How do we define action? During this conference, rather than thinking of them separately, we would like to consider space and action jointly, starting with the ways in which they appear to limit or enhance one other. We ask ourselves and the participants the following questions: how are space and action expressed/structured in relation to one another? In what way is an action situated in a given space, thereby orienting it, and to what extent can a type of space contain, condition and develop an action? The idea is to combine the reflections derived from the spatial turn with the reflections of those who work specifically on the definition of agency. Participants are encouraged to allow the perspectives to interact freely, using the approach, format and tools that they deem appropriate. In addition to the contribution of anthropology (on space, daily life, language, etc.), we consider the analytical models deriving from linguistics, geography, cultural studies, textual semiotics and cultural semiotics to be indispensable. Both theoretical papers and case studies are welcome. By way of example, below is a list of potential research topics:


Space and image/imagination

Space and power/knowledge

Space and places/non-places

Space and languages

Space and landscape

Space and agency

Space and subjective positioning

Space and fieldwork

Space and inclusion/exclusion

Space and textualisation

Space and temporal/aspectual dimension



Keynote speaker:

Carlo Severi (E.H.E.S.S., Paris)



Department of Cultures and Societies

University of Palermo

Viale delle Scienze, 90128, Palermo, Italy


Proposal submission and information:

Matteo Meschiari (

Stefano Montes (


Practical Information:

Deadline for paper proposal submission: October 5th, 2014.

Proposal summary and title: 250-300 words.

Duration of paper presentation: 25 minutes.

Conference languages: Italian, French and English.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. Travel, lodging and meals will be at the participants’ expense.

The conference proceedings will be published.

Roundtable “Existential Semiotics” at 12th World Congress of Semiotics

Roundtable “Existential Semiotics” directed by Eero Tarasti and Zdzisław Wąsik at the 12th World Congress of Semiotics: New Semiotics. Between Tradition and Innovation, Sofia 16-20 September 2014.


The PDF document of Existential Semiotics Tarasti & Wasik Roundtable
Semio2014, (in the attachment) to be downloded, is avaialble here:

CFP: METAMIND’2014 The Order in Destruction and the Chaos of Order. Freedom.


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Riga, September 25 – 28, 2014. National Library of Latvia/

Campenhausen’s Manor house/Gut Orellen/

Researchers from European countries and abroad are kindly invited to take part in the 2014 international research conference METAMIND’2014 The Order in Destruction and the Chaos of Order. Freedom. The international research arts project MetaMind highlights innovative interdisciplinary approaches to the theoretical, artistic, and social aspects of Western culture. Interplays of science, art, and other forms of human creativity figure prominently in this venture. The conference is organized by Foundation MetaMind, in cooperation with several Latvian institutions of higher education. It will take place September 25 – 28, 2014 in the brand new building of the National Library of Latvia and in Campenhausen’s Manor house. This is already the fifth conference of the project, and this year it will be part of the events scheduled in Riga as 2014 European Capital of Culture.

The official languages of the conference are English, French, German, Spanish and Latvian, and simultaneous translation will be provided. The proceedings of the conference will be published in English in an edited volume.



In the centenary of World War I, which both ruined Europe and let it revive, as well as made the birth of Latvia possible, MetaMind is dedicated to the handicap of chaos and the potential of order destruction, with special attention to the pre-programmed and pre-constructed nature of changes, destruction, and chaos in the space of European thought and being. The processes concerning order and disorder as well as the axiological potential of both constellations deserve equal attention.  The theoretical topicality of the theme is underpinned by the fact that our key value freedom with all its countless faces also resides in the destructiveness hidden in order and in the orderliness of chaos.


The  Order in Destruction and the Chaos of Order

Order and chaos are not phenomena that have existed in the world from the very beginning. Since the time of Ancient Greece, they have served as two thought constructions referring to the world and the states of its existence. Chaos is the prime matter of the world, its original potential and infinite, dark world abyss – open primordial space, depth first of all. Cosmos as a natural philosophical concept was contrasted with chaos, implying decoration, arrangement, and splendor – surface first of all.

A similar configuration can be found in the Biblical tradition, where chaos as darkness and spatial indefiniteness imply a potential for orderliness. However, when orderliness emerges, chaos does not cease to exist.

Over the years, both chaos and order have been constitutive concepts not only for the understanding of the universe, but also for each of its elements and processes. Actually, the history of Western thought conserves them as opposite, mutually exclusive states. However, already in the myths of ancient cosmogonies they determined each other as elements of one construction. Thus, transition from one state to the other as well as the necessity for the alteration of these states is programmed into them.  Chaos is a “spin-off” created by culture and married to order – it can be viewed as the process of “unfolding” order, just as insanity is a kind of sanity or silence is a form of sound. To put it simply, chaos is a different kind of order.

Primary thought concerning chaos and order prestructures their later use in the national strategies of different complexity, where order starts with arrangement. Arrangement in its ontic sense results from deliberate relational structuring of objects and events.  All schemes of rationality require transparency and succession. Arrangement, first and foremost, means to begin from something, to turn to the beginning, to some source; it acquires the modalities of the beginning of some particular world and temporality. The source becomes the guarantor of order although it is just one type of order. It is supplemented by the principle of logos, which is articulated as naming in its more modern version. The model version of naming as the origin of order was given by Genesis in the Old Testament. The performative utterance of the creator, “let there be…”, resulted in the production of real phenomena, where a-spatial chaos transformed into ordered spatial division. The demand for harmony coming from Pythagoreanism insists on clothing order in a mathematical outfit, and the latter has to refer to the universe as a whole.

The reduction of musical intervals to the mathematical ratio, which has been attributed  to Pythagoras, an apparently non-existent authority but the one confirming the legitimacy of the idea, had a most consequential impact both on Greek philosophy and the development of Western culture.   The number (arithmos) has become the constitutive principle of all things.  All the phenomena that are used in accordance with the numerical principle create a new atemporal reality. Within the context of the conference, World War I has to be mentioned, which started the period of the potential  war reality.

Chaos has been played anew in modern scientific, poetic, and artistic languages. On the one hand, these are negative forms rejecting the old; on the other hand, the old fills the new with content and makes it meaningful. The given contradiction goes through two phases: 1) the destruction of the old for the sake of the new order, 2) the destruction of the new order due to its excessive orderliness. The role of rubble in the deliberate creation of meaning as the orderability of significance was understood by such antagonists as the surrealists and classical Marxism. Frequently, the aim of rubble practice in the 20th century was to verify the legitimacy of existing knowledge.

However, the features of order and chaos can be traced not only in modern languages, but also in the disciplines of scientific and technological thought, which have often been constructed as a modelling of the deviations from the norm, as a certain anti-world.  One may think here of medicine, forensic science, law, some political theories, and military practices. In the training of medical professionals, the point of departure is not the healthy body and spirit, but various potential functional disorders – unhealthiness and sickliness. The designation of deviations is also symptomatic – “something is out of order”, i.e., out of the right system.

For instance, the treatment of mental disorders demonstrates the breakout of chaos, whereasin its ancient mythological understanding it is the deepest layer, to the surface – the surface of mental clarity. Thus, the reconstruction of consciousness is possible on the rubble of subconsciousness.

Legal orders, on the other hand, provide for all the possible deviations from the norm and all the aggravating and mitigating circumstances of the offence.  In the practice of legal languages, which envisage the order through which punishment is imposed on the offender of social order, the point of departure for all the arrangement is the provision for all the possible transgressions of law which have to be applied according to the algorithm: if…, then… .

Political destruction as a new condition for the world order was once demonstrated in the practice of the Great French Revolution, while Karl Marx, formative thinker of revolutionary catastrophism, presumes the dominance of two dual impulses – order and disorder.  Order, which manifests itself in the form of a socio-economic formation, is always determined by pre-occuring revolutionary chaos, whereas any new order that is built on the rubble of the previous one immanently presupposes self-negation and self-destruction, which will result in a new revolution.

Interestingly, the modelling of these transitions perfectly corresponds to the understanding of chaos in Ancient Greece – as an empty, obscure abyss between spaces. Thus, world order refers to the arrangement of two distinct separate orders.

The division of chaos and order is everything but clear and unambiguous.

Due to various adopted prejudices or ethical considerations, we live with a complex of untouchable themes, untouched so far or cut out of the cultural historical context, concerning both older and more recent history of Europe. In the recent past, phenomena can be found where rationality beyond the control of reason has reached its utmost, sometimes even perverse limits. This could be seen in different models of social cleansing elaborated by various totalitarian regimes.

Finally, another difficulty arises which prevents the thematization of chaos and order: namely, the word chaos travels from one language to another with little or no  translation, whereas order or cosmos – just partly so, since there also exist its Latin form and translations. As a result, the notion of order turns diffuse. Cosmos or order modifies into various other forms, which, for instance, can be seen in the rich variety of forms this word has in the Latvian language: kārtot, sakārtot, piekārtot, pārkārtot, uzkārtot, aizkārtot, nokārtot, iekārtot, izkārtot, sakārtot.


In view of the preceding considerations, we invite you to consider the overall theme of MetaMind’2014 when planning your contribution focusing on the following topics:

  1. Mathematical and musical rationality.
  2. Versions of linguistic ordering.
  3. The ordering of knowledge.
  4. Modelling of disorder or catastrophes as

strategies for mainteining thoughts of order.

  1. Tabooised orders of chaos.
  2. New artistic normativities.
  3. Different kinds of order.


Submission of Abstracts

The length of the presentations will be 20-25 minutes, plus 5-10 minutes for questions and discussion. Presenters are requested to submit an abstract (about 300 words) and the Application Form by May 30, 2014 and send it by e-mail:

Early submission of abstracts is highly recommended. An Acknowledgment of receipt of your abstract will be sent to you within two weeks from the date of receiving your submission. Electronic letters of acceptance will be sent to the selected participants by June 30, 2014.



Special events

The MetaMind conference will consist of presentations accompanied by a series of special events, which will illuminate and enrich the conference. On September 28, we intend to go on an excursion to the cosy Latvian town Cēsis and the most enchanting town Sigulda.


Registration and fees

The registration fee is 130 Euros, payable by July 30, 2014. The late registration fee is 170 Euros. The registration fees include admission to all open sessions of the conference, coffee breaks, the conference dinner, a copy of the proceedings, and an excursion. Payment should be made by bank transfer to the Foundation MetaMind, Baznicas iela 45-14, Riga, LV-1010, registration number 40008165345, Swedbank, Swift: HABALV22, IBAN account number LV07HABA0551029288459, Participation fee MetaMind’2014.


We would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to take part in the conference with a presentation. We anticipate that the MetaMind project and conference will count among the most important scientific events in Latvia in 2014, and we hope that you will choose to be part of this unique endeavor.

Should you require any further information about the above event, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to welcoming you in Riga.

On behalf of the MetaMind Team

Prof. Daina Teters


Conference: Applying Peirce 2 (Tallinn and Helsinki, 21-23 April)

We are happy to announce that the second “Applying Peirce” conference will take place at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia (21 April) and the University of Helsinki, Finland (22-23 April). This second edition brings together scholars and researchers to explore and discuss Charles S. Peirce’s thought and applications in diverse fields.

The year 2014 marks the centenary of Charles S. Peirce’s death. Research in Peirce’s thought has grown both within and outside the arena of philosophy on the global level. Peirce’s pioneering contributions to philosophy, pragmatism, logic, the theory of signs, philosophy of science and to numerous other fields are currently being explored not only in philosophy but also in other sciences and in art studies.

The detailed program as well as practical and contact information are available on the website of the conference at:

CFP: 2nd International Conference & Exhibition on Semiotics and Visual Communication

Call for Papers
2nd International Conference & Exhibition on Semiotics and  Visual Communication
24-27 October 2014
University of Northampton, United Kingdom

The 2nd International Conference & Exhibition on Semiotics and Visual  Communication themed Culture of Seduction [the seduction of culture] will take  place from the 24th to the 26th of October 2014 at the University of Northampton,  and is being organised by the Cyprus Semiotics Association together with the School of The Arts at the University of Northampton. The conference will be accompanied  by an Art and Design exhibition with the theme ‘Culture of Seduction (the seduction of culture)’. This inclusive conference and exhibition aims to investigate the broad subject field of semiotics in its widest context, celebrating the exploration of connections, tensions, contradictions and complementarity between the diversity of outputs.

The event seeks to bring together researchers, scholars and practitioners who study, evaluate and reflect upon the means by which semiotic theories can be analysed, perceived and articulated within the context of the various forms of theoretical and practice based visual communication. The conference welcomes papers from a broad interdisciplinary and theoretical spectrum, such as different semiotic
paradigms, post-structural and postmodern approaches, social semiotics, theories of culture and visual communication. Papers will be accepted in English.

Culture of Seduction [the seduction of culture]

Culture of Seduction [the seduction of culture], not necessarily from a sexual perspective, but as a mechanism of attraction and appeal has often been the case in many communication strategies and approaches of mass and popular culture. In a  ‘seduced’ post-economic crisis environment, the Semiotic aspects and power of ‘seduction’ within visual communication, persuading the viewer to act by positive, negative or perhaps manipulated and directed means, open up a space where extremes become apparent and occasionally pose ethical problems.
According to Hegarty (2004), «[f]or Baudrillard, seduction stands for play, the play of appearances which has always prevented the existence of a transparent reality, which would be free from the traps of illusion, while allowing simulation of truth to operate…seduction implies sexuality, but eroticism and play have given way to visibility and omnipresence, everything is now sexualized, [in Baudrillard’s words] ‘register[ing] an explicit demand for seduction, but a soft seduction, whose weakened condition has become synonymous with so much else in this society-the ambience, the manipulation, the persuasion, the gratification, the strategies of desire’».

From the avant-garde era to our contemporary period, there is a spectrum of activity where artists and visual designers are obliged to live and create in a situation of great ambivalence. Seduction has historic and increasing agency in visual communication – the requirement to entice/persuade viewers is ever more powerful in difficult economic times, in an increasingly hyper-real world-and designers
become ever more complicit in its strategies. The purpose of this conference is to explore from a semiotic perspective how verbal
(text/typography), non-verbal (images), sound and motion signs work in synergy to construct ‘seductive’ messages in visual communication, as well as raising questions about who are the seducers and who are the seduced? The field of Graphic Design and Visual communication creates outcomes which can be de-coded or critiqued through semiotics and the growing area of design theory. Proposals for individual papers, approximately 20 min. long, are invited on the following main themes:

1. Current strategies of economic visual communication (any products or commercial/social services promoted to consumers). A comparison to seduction techniques and strategies of the ‘old’ industrial period of capitalism would be especially interesting.
2. Current seductive Strategies of political propaganda and visual communication.
3. Current enticing advertising strategies using women’s or men’s sexuality. Can we speak about a ‘dramatic’ re-evaluation of the Post-industrial era’s libido? How is ‘aspiration’ codified? How is psychology used within visual communication? What do we learn from this and does it/should it affect future practice?

Important Dates
Call for Papers: 28th of February 2014
Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 14th of May 2014 (you will receive an
acknowledgment by email)
Notification of Acceptance: 14th of June 2014
Deadline for registration-authors: 14th of July 2014
Deadline for registration-participants: 14th of October 2014
Early Bird Booking Deadline: 30th of June 2014
Conference: 24-27 October 2014

Contact details
University of Northampton
St George’s Ave, Northampton
NN2 6JD, United Kingdom
+44 1604 735500
Conference web page:

Teheran Semiotic Circle



Villa Lante Symposium: Semiotics of Cultural Heritages

Villa Lante Symposium: Semiotics of Cultural Heritages

International Research Project

Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, Passeggiata di Gianicolo, 10,  Roma

Monday    April 7, 2014    10-12    

Opening  by the Chair:  Eero Tarasti

Invited guest lecture:  Stefania Guerra Lisi & Gino Stefani  (Rome):  Roma barocca – semiotica di una tradizione


Altti Kuusamo (Turku, Finland):  I primi angeli custodi e primi ’angeli attivi’ al inizio di seicento. Una problema della interpretazione

Roberto Mastroianni  (Turin):   Philosophical Anthropology and Anthropo-semiotics


lunch  12-14


14-15.30       Theory continued…

Kristian Bankov (Sofia) :   Cultural heritages in the consumption world


                  Zeynep Onur, Tanalt Ziya, Onur Ayse Ece (Ankara):  Effects of the Republic (1923) and its reflection in architectural tectonics in Turkey; Turkish Modern Architecture Movement.

Jean-Marie Jacono (Aix-Marseille) :  Du moyen âge à la mondialisation musicale : les troubadours et la nouvelle chanson occitane en France

coffee    15.30-16.00

16.00- 17.30     Festivities

                  Rahiyla Geybullaeva (Baku) :  Cultural traditions which are considered as a substantial part of modern-day  national identities

Bujar Hoxha (Skopje):   Identity and Cultural Heritage: Experiencing the Albanian Context


Lazaros Papoutsis, Ifigeneia Vamvakidou, Anastasia Christodoulou, Andromachi Solaki (Florina, Greece):  Athens Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, 2004. The Semiotics of the Ancient Greek Spirit.

concert    18-20   Eila Tarasti (piano), Tero Halonen (tenor), Quartet of the  Helsinki University Music Society  (Petrus Laitinmäki, Mikko Metsälampi, Holger Kaasik, Eero Tarasti)


dinner   20—


Tuesday    April 8, 2014    10-12        Finland:  between the North and the Kalevala

                   Pirjo Kukkonen (Helsinki):  Translation Transferring Cultural Heritage in Scandinavian Countries                

Juha Pentikäinen (Helsinki/Rovaniemi) : The Heritage of  Marina Takalo: the Long Memory of Kalevalaic Songs

Vesa Matteo Piludu (Helsinki):  The Heritage of Finnish Bear Incantations: Symbolism in Literature, Arts,  Design and Advertising, Political Propaganda


lunch  12-14

14-16     Finland continued…Czech and Baltic

                   Heidi Wirilander (Jyväskylä, Finland):  Semiotic Dimensions of Collective Memory and Destruction of Heritages – a Finnish Approach

Martin Polak (Brno):   Czech and Finnish National Movement

Holger Kaasik (Helsinki):  A cultural heritage lost – The Baltic German intellectuals and national  polarization in the second half of the 19th century

coffee  16-16.30

16.30- 17.30       Finland continued –   Learning and ceremonies

Tero Halonen (Helsinki):  Independence Day Reception and Conferment Ceremony for Masters. Finnish Ceremony Tradition and Four Categories of Signs in Ceremonies

Niclas Sandström (Helsinki):  How to Speak about Heritages in School teaching


                      Altti Kuusamo (Turku):  Tradition, the Work of Art and New Discoveries in Interpretation: Whose Signs are the revived meanings?

coffee     17.30-18  ….and final discussion on the future of the project


Conference in Tartu 6th Dec 2013- Estonian Semiotics Association

The Estonian Semiotics Association is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a one-day conference in Tartu on the 6th of December, 2013. The conference will focus on the analysis on Estonian current and future culture, society and environment, and also the developments and future of the discipline of Semiotics in Estonia. The conference includes presentations on musical semiotics, digital humanities, semiotic enterprises, perspectives of semiotical cultural analysis, criticism of Jakob von Uexküll by Martin Heidegger, and others. The conference presentations will be in Estonian.

II Congreso del GESC – Madrid 20 y 22 de noviembre.

More information: PROGRAMA II CONGRESO GESC_Page_1


School of Semiotics in Cyprus – June 2014


Aktuelle Veranstaltungen 2013 ab Oktober





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Congreso Internacional – Università di Torino


Program of the Early Fall School of Semiotics (“Food and Cultural Identity”)

Organized by the South East Center for Semiotics (New Bulgarian University) in cooperation with CIRCE (University of Torino).

See and download the program: EFSS_2012_Food_&_Cultural_identity_program

Final programme of the XL Congress of the Italian Association for Semiotic Studies: Turin, 28-30 September 2012

Download the programme: Programma congresso AISS 2012

WATS – the World Association for Theoretical Semiotics: “2012 Symposium”

WATS – the World Association for Theoretical Semiotics

“2012 Symposium” – in conjunction with

IASS-2012 at Nanjing Normal University; October 5-9, 2012


Major Theme: Recent Results in Theoretical Semiotics




1.         Roundtable # 47; Abraham Solomonick, Organizer

            Topic: “General” vs “Branch” Semiotics

2.         Submitted Papers #1: The Role of Experimental Semiotics in Developing Semiotic Theory

1. Donna West: “How Experimental Results Affect the Design of Semiotic Theory”

2. Charls Pearson: “How Instrumental Parameters Affect the Interpretation of Semiotic Theory”

3. TBA

3.         Submitted Papers #2: Progress in Peircean Semiotic Theory

1. William James McCurdy: “Triadic Relational Networks in Peirce’s Semeiotic”

2. Charls Pearson: “Logic and the Structure of the Peircean Sign”

3. Søren Brier: “Peircean Philosophy of Mind: Is a Theory of Mind Possible?”

4.         Roundtable # 46; Charls Pearson, Organizer

Topic: “The Status of Theoretical Semiotics”


Charls Pearson; American Semiotics Research Institute; Atlanta

Gu Jia-zu; Nanjing Normal University; Nanjing

Göran Sonesson; Lund University; Lund

Søren Brier; Copenhagen Business School; Copenhagen

5.         Submitted Papers #3: More Progress in Semiotic Theory

1. Göran Sonesson: “The Mind in the Picture and the Picture in the Mind”

2. Carlos Vidales: “Building Communicology”

3. TBA

6.         Business Session


1. Election of Officers

2. Call for next Symposium

3. System for Member Communication

4. New Business

5. Discussion

7.         Dinner at a Local Restaurant (Dutch treat)

VII Congreso Venezolano Internacional de Semiótica

CFP – Michel Tournier and Otherness. Literature, Myth, Photography

Call for papers

Michel Tournier and Otherness.

Literature, Myth, Photography


International Conference

University of Tallinn, May 18-19, 2012

Deadline for receiving abstracts: April 20, 2012


How can Otherness be conceived? How can we define our relationship with our distant and near Others? We could simply say that Otherness is conceived of as a process through which the Other acquires a connotation of the Unknown and the Foreign. We could equally affirm that Otherness is defined by the culturally established opposition between Oneself and Another. In this conference, rather than ask these questions in an abstract and general manner, we intend to resort to the medium of literature and closely interrogate all of the possible ways through which a writer inscribes, reformulates and reorganizes the notion of Otherness in his work. For this purpose, we want to focus on the author Michel Tournier who had constantly explored the multiple dimensions of Otherness and took a fresh anthropological look at the Other through literature, photography and (the rewriting of) myth. Tournier himself has often explained that his method is based on the selection of a subject and its rewriting (the most famous example is Robinson Crusoe), in order to wear out its narrative potential and to reverse its mythical power. In this perspective, be it a travel book (Le Vagabond immobile), a novel on the vicissitudes of a foreigner in France (La Goutte d’or), or a book of photography with Boubat (Vues de dos), any work by Tournier is representative of his tendency to reconfigure Otherness through literature, photography and myth. Furthermore, what has to be pointed out is that Tournier’s work of rewriting and reinventing begs the equally important question of translation. For Tournier, are his ways of reconfiguring and transforming stereotyped forms of myth equivalent to a real and true process of recodification, comparable to the work of a translator who, by translating, receives some features and refuses some others from the original text? Similarly, can we affirm that the rewriting by Tournier of an original myth and text corresponds to some kind of philosophical deconstruction and/or anthropological reversal of cultural values? Ultimately, this conference on Michel Tournier is meant to be a favourable occasion to reflect on the different theoretical and methodological perspectives concerning the ways literary texts, myths and cultures can be constructed and studied. In this light, interdisciplinary viewpoints and applications of different theoretical perspectives are particularly welcome to discuss the cultural features and epistemological foundations of methodologies, rewritings and analyses.

Scientific Committee:

Larbi Djeradi, Stefano Montes, Ülar Ploom, Licia Taverna


Institute of Romance and German Languages and Culture of the Tallinn University in collaboration with the University of Palermo.

Practical Information:

Deadline for submitting abstracts: April 20, 2012.

Abstract: 250-300 words.

Working languages of the conference: English and French.

Communications: 30 minutes.

Participation is free.

Travel costs, accommodation expenses and meals are covered by participants or their institutions.

A book publication is planned.


Send proposals to:

Licia Taverna ( and Stefano Montes (

CFP – XL Congress of the Italian Association for Semiotic Studies

XL Congress of the Italian Association for Semiotic Studies

Turin, September 28-30, 2012


Semiotics of Subjectivities

In an époque when the meaning of subjectivities seems to be both blurring and confounding in the anonymity of social formations, the automatisms of technology, the fragmentation of networks, and the impotence of hierarchies, but also in the extolment of new narcissisms, the new games of media inter-subjectivity, the recklessness of consumerism, or the detachment of silence, it is urgent that semiotics reflects on the meaning of subjectivities, that is, on the semio-linguistic dynamics that continuously create, undo, and recreate the role of subjects in the internal forum of individualities, in social arenas, and in the mesh of texts.

In its tradition and development, semiotics has variously tackled the issue of subjectivity, progressively re-elaborating its notion in the framework of its more general assumptions. Saussure’s subject seems to hang in the balance between the social pressure of langue and the individual freedom of parole, that of Peirce to be innervated by a tangle of concatenations of signs and inferences, that of Barthes to dangle between the yoke of language and the creativity of reading, that of Greimas to be intertwined with the purchase of value, that of Eco to be embedded in texts through an interplay of simulacra, that of Benveniste to be a shadow in the light of enunciation, that of Lotman to be outlined through bordering and trespassing, and so on. The subject builds language and is simultaneously built by it; it configures value and is also configured by it; it expresses discourse and at the same time hides within it. Hence, the subject mutates not only in individual destinies but also with the changing of historical periods and cultural contexts: conceptions of subjectivity change, and with them, the intertwining of signs around the meaning of self and the other, the subjective and the objective, the individual and the collective.


The congress will be articulated in plenary sessions with invited keynote speakers, workshops, roundtables, and thematic panels of papers submitted by members, on the basis of the following themes:


1. Enunciation and subjectivity.

Papers will deal with the way in which subjectivity turns into discourse and with the switch of enunciation and the different readings of it: the theoretical ones — some of which are strongly ‘subjectivizing’ —, the more classical ones, or those that insist upon the changes in the inscription of subjectivity that are linked to new technologies of communication and textual forms (social networks, the ‘I’s — I-phone, I-pad, I-cloud, etc.), blogs, memorial débrayages, etc.). Papers will moreover deal with the discursive construction of subjects, the semio-linguistic techniques for their production and modification, the semiotic technologies of internal discourse (meditation, prayer, dream, self-persuasion, etc.), the space of silence, and inter-subjectivity.


2. Textual forms of subjectivity.

Papers will deal with the inscription of subjectivity in texts, from aesthesis to self-reference and from the interplay of attantial syncretism between actors and enunciator to ‘interior’ texts, such as dreams. They will also deal with the aesthesis and the anesthesia of textual subjects, the semiotic construction of the textual subject (or rather, of textual subjects, also with reference to the theme of the 2011 AISS Congress), starting from its modalities and strategies of inscription and hence focusing also on the complexity of the textual manifestation of subjectivities (therefore, also the unsaid, the implicit, the omitted, etc.), with the textual genres of subjectivity (including the various forms of interior treatment), and with catalysis and presupposition in the semiosic(?) processes of subjectivity.


3. Theories and cultures of subjectivity.

Papers will deal with historical/cultural constraints of the ways of both construing and perceiving the self, along the lines of some of the works of Foucault but also of Lotman, and with the localization of subjects in semiospheric topologies. They will furthermore deal with the gender dimension of subjectivity, the dialectics between subject and object, the constantly changeable positioning of the distinction between what is subject and what is not in political struggles, ethical reflections, in the artistic and aesthetic elaboration, etc.



Maurizio Bettini

Omar Calabrese

Jean-Claude Coquet

Umberto Eco

Paolo Fabbri

Bruno Latour

Giovanni Manetti

Peter Sloterdijk

Patrizia Violi


Please submit abstracts (500 words maximum) by May 15, 2012, to:

Please consider that speakers will have to enroll as AISS members:

Cult in Religion and Beyond: Cultures, Languages, and Media of Ritual Efficacy – Università di Torino

CIRCe Segreteria scientifica e organizzativa – Via Po 18 – 10123 – Torino

tel.+390116702750 e-mail: – www.unito/

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Tourist Spaces Between Practices and Theories – International Conference

University of Palermo

 Department of Historical-Archaeological, Socio-Anthropological and Geographical Heritage

Tourist Spaces

Between Practices and Theories 

International Conference

University of Palermo, July 7-8-9, 2011

Viale delle Scienze, Palermo

Thursday & Wednesday: Polo Didattico, Aula 6

Saturday: Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Aula Seminari



 9:30 Opening
Mario Gandolfo GIACOMARRA (Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy)
Girolamo CUSIMANO (Head of the Department of Heritage)

9:45 Conference presentation
Stefano MONTES (University of Palermo)

Chair: Licia TAVERNA

Girolamo CUSIMANO, Maurizio GIANNONE (Università di Palermo)
I nuovi spazi del turismo culturale a Palermo

Gloria Bosch Roig, Francisca Roca (Universitat de les Illes Balears)
The Bay of Palma as a Locus Horribilis or Non Place

11:00 Coffee break

Alessandro Lutri (Università di Catania)
− Nuove forme della patrimonializzazione turistica nel “Val di Noto”: dallo spettacolo dei luoghi del Barocco al barocco come spazio per altri tipi di spettacoli

Maria Luiza Souca, Codrin Chiru (“Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; The Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)
Traditional Heritage in Maramures region, Romania, a Tourism Enhancer from a forgotten time

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Gaetano SABATO

Stefano CARLUCCI Università di Bari)
Presunzioni interpretative

Lorena Bătăgan (Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania)
Smart city in a smart planet

Maria Paola ALTESE (Università di Palermo)
In oblivionem patriae”: distanze mitiche e itinerari postmoderni da Joyce a Carrigan

15:30 Coffee break

Paola Bortolin, Richard W. Hallett (Northeastern Illinois University)
‘History in its place’: A linguistic investigation of tourist spaces on the official tourism website for Buenos Aires

Donruetai Kovathanakul (Khon Kaen University, Thailand)
Chiang Khan Tourists’ Spaces: Municipal Legal Instrument, Is This the Value for the Community?

16:45 Discussion


Chair: Girolamo CUSIMANO

Gianfranco Marrone (Università di Palermo)
L’osceno del villaggio: autoriflessività indotta e marasma corporeo

Leonardo Mercatanti (Università di Palermo)
Il turismo dei Centri Commerciali in Sicilia

Tătar Corina, Ilieş Dorina Camelia, Herman GRIGORE, Baias ȘTEFAN (University of Oradea, Romania)
The Moți and Their Place Identity as a Tool for Tourist Promotion and Alternative to Mining Activity in the Apuseni Mountains

11:00 Coffee break

Alice Giannitrapani (Università di Palermo)
Istruzioni per l’uso degli spazi del viaggio. Il caso di Valencia nelle guide turistiche

Andreea Teletin (Centre de Linguistique de Porto)
Regards croisés sur l’espace dans les publicités touristiques au Portugal et au Brésil : marques énonciatives et représentations culturelles

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break

Chair: Gianfranco MARRONE

Dario Mangano (Università di Palermo)
Modello Mondello

Gaceu Ovidiu, Ilieş Dorina Camelia, Josan Ioana, Ilieş Alexandru (Université d’Oradea, Roumanie)
Le potentiel climato-touristique de la station balnéo-climatique Stana de Vale (Monts Apuseni, Roumanie). Une alternative viable pour le développement du tourisme dans une aire défavorisée des ouvrages minières

Zina Ouaglal (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense)
Tourisme des racines en Kabylie

15:30 Coffee break


Mariangela Albano, Gaia Vanella (Università degli studi di Palermo)
Spazio, interazione e testualità: il caso del centro storico di Palermo

Licia Taverna, Stefano Montes (Université de Tallinn ; Université de Palerme)
Camus et Sartre à New York

16:45 Discussion


Chair: Stefano MONTES

Gaetano Sabato (University of Palermo)
Cruise tourism spaces between experience and representation

Elena Di Liberto (Università di Palermo)
Etica del turismo e spazi artistici

Damir Demonja, Vesna Meštrić (Institute for International Relations, IMO, University of Zagreb; Museum of Contemporary Art, MSU, Zagreb)
The “Richter Collection” in Zagreb (Croatia): an example of cultural and tourism revitalization of the city

11:00 Coffee break

Stephanie Carretero, Jorge Garcés, Mireia Ferri (Polibienestar Reserch Center, University of Valencia)
Accessible social tourism in tourist spaces

Arindam Saha (The University of Illinois at Chicago)
Tourist Spaces and Technology: Modernity, Neo-liberalism and Beyond

12:30 Closing remarks


Languages of the conference:
Italian, English and French.

For further information, please contact: Stefano Montes (

1st International Conference on Semiotics and Visual Communication

1st International Conference on Semiotics and Visual Communication

Date: 25-Nov-2011 – 27-Nov-2011

Location: Limassol, Cyprus

The department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of
Technology is organizing the 1st International Conference on Semiotics and
Visual Communication themed ‘From Theory to Practice’ (25-27 November
2011). The conference aims at exploring the broad subject of semiotics in a
wide sense, aspiring to bring together researchers and practitioners who
study and evaluate the ways that semiotic theories can be analyzed,
perceived and applied in the context of various forms in visual communication.

Keynote Speakers:

-Theo van Leeuwen, Professor, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

-Gregory Paschalidis, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, School of
Journalism and Mass Communications, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Thematic areas

The conference is categorized into 6 main thematic areas, under the scope
of Semiotics and:

– Design for Print applications
– Design for Screen based media
– Design for three-dimensional products
– Pedagogy of Visual Communication
– Architecture and Spatial design
– Visual Arts

Some indicative issues include, but are not limited to Semiotics and:

– Typography, Editorial design, Publishing, Advertising, Packaging and
Information design.
– Interface and web design, Multimedia design and interactive applications,
Animation, Motion graphics and Kinetic-typography.
– Product design, Jewelry design, Fashion and Textile design.
– Architecture, Interior design, Landscape architecture, Scientific mapping
and mental maps.
– Photography, Illustration, Painting, New-media art, Video, Film, Cinema
and Television.

The official languages of the conference are Greek and English.

Speakers are invited to engage with the above thematic areas, and should
describe original work, either completed historical or theoretical research
or significant work in progress. Individual papers will be allocated 30
minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion).

Submissions will be reviewed on the basis of extended abstracts between 400
and 600 words, to be received by e-mail no later than the 2nd of May 2011.

Abstracts must include the thematic area, the title of the paper, the full
name/s, together with author/s brief c.v. of no more than 200 words,
institutional and e-mail addresses of all authors and a telephone number
for at least one contact author. Authors will be notified by the 6th of
June 2011 about review results for their submissions. Publication
opportunities of extended versions of a selected range of papers will be
considered in the form of an edited book.

For abstract submission and proposal inquiries please contact:

Evripides Zantides, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus, Department of
Multimedia and Graphic Arts, e-mail:

The abstract proposals can be in Greek or English and should include the
following information:

– Thematic choice
– Title of paper
– Author/s name/s, institution/s and country/ies, email address/es, one
telephone number
– Abstract (between 400 and 600 words)
– Brief CV (of no more than 200 words)

Conference site:


The conference fee for all three days is 50 Euros. Registrations are made
Deadline for registration-authors: July 15th, 2011
Deadline for registration-participants: November 1st 2011

Scientific Committee:

Savvas Christodoulides, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Arts,
Frederic University
Anastasia Christodoulou, Assistant Professor in Semiotics, Department of
Italian Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Antonis Danos, Lecturer, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts, Cyprus
University of Technology
Matthew Hobson, Senior Lecturer, Graphic Design, London Metropolitan University
Marianna Kafaridou, Associate Professor, Department of Design and
Multimedia, University of Nicosia
Evangelos Kourdis, Lecturer, Department of French Language and Literature,
Section of Translation, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos, Professor Emeritus, Department of Architecture,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Corresponding Member of the Academy
of Athens
Jeff Leak, Course Leader, Graphic Communication, University of Wolverhampton
Paul Middleton, Dean, School of the Arts, University of Northampton
Arafat Al Naim, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art and Design, Zarqa
Grigoris Paschalidis, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and
Media, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Marios Phocas, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, University
of Cyprus
Evripides Zantides, Assistant Professor, Department of Multimedia and
Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology

Organizing Committee:

Monika Herodotou, Special Teaching Staff, Department of Multimedia and
Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology
Eleftheria Iasonos, Graphic Designer
Theseas Mouzouropoulos, Special Teaching Staff, Department of Multimedia
and Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology
Aspasia Papadima, Lecturer, Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts,
Cyprus University of Technology
Ioanna Tymbiotou, Special Scientist, Department of Multimedia and Graphic
Arts, Cyprus University of Technology
Evripides Zantides, Assistant Professor, Department of Multimedia and
Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology
Panayiotis Zaphiris, Associate Professor, Department of Multimedia and
Graphic Arts, Cyprus University of Technology


CALL FOR PARTICIPANCE: Tartu Summer School of Semiotics

CALL FOR PARTICIPANCE: Tartu Summer School of Semiotics

Tartu Summer School of Semiotics is a new series of gatherings that brings together representatives of semiotics and related disciplines with the aim to provide an environment to converse about core issues in semiotics that are of disciplinary as well as transdisciplinary relevance.

Summer School 2011 is five-day conference taking place from August 22 to 26 in a secluded Palmse manor in North Estonia. On August 22 will be one-day conference on the secondary modelling systems approach of the Kääriku Summer Schools.

Topic for this year’s summer school is modelling in semiotics / as semiotic phenomena.

Extended deadline for abstract: April 20, 2011

For more information visit:

Organisers: University of Tartu, Department of Semiotics; Center of Excellence in Cutural Theory; Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics; Estonian Semiotics Association

Conference: Spectacle vivant et interdiscipline – 28, 29 April 2011

“Spectacle vivant et interdiscipline”
28, 29 April 2011
Royal Sciences, Literature and Arts Academy of Belgium
Collège Belgique

Organised under the auspices both of Erasmus Mundus program and of theInternational Association for Semiotics of Performing Arts.


to be held in Imatra, Finland, June 5 – 8, 2011

We are pleased to announce the research seminars and International Summer School for Semiotic and Structural Studies. The seminars will be organized by the International Semiotics Institute (ISI) at Imatra and open to any semiotician interested in the topics given below. The director of the Summer School and ISI, is Professor Eero Tarasti.

Dates and Locations of the Seminars:

June 5 – 8 2011, Hotel Valtionhotelli, an art nouveau castle in Imatra, Eastern Finland (near the border of Russia and well-known for its historical, natural, and cultural attractions)


1) Interrelationships of Arts: Narrativity and Representation in Music,Literature, Cinema, Theater and Opera; chair: Altti Kuusamo, University of Turku, Finland. The 30th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of Finland  (open also for international scholars)

2) Semiotics of Body; chair: José Enrique Finol (Maracaibo, Venezuela)

3) How One Becomes a Semiotician  – Teaching  and Studying Semiotics All Over the World.

A Roundtable. Scholars from the EU project SEMKNOW (Paneuropean doctoral program in semiotics) and others (open for papers and reports); chairs Kristian Bankov, New Bulgarian University, Sofia, and Massimo Leone, University of Turin.

4) Between Authenticity and Inauthenticity: Nature and Culture in Tropics and Arctics ;

scholars from the University of Lapland, and Africa, India, and South America; chair Eero Tarasti

5) 7th International Imatra Symposium on Semiotics and Translation

Directors: Pirjo Kukkonen and Ritva Hartama-Heinonen, University of Helsinki)


Each seminar consists of papers presented by both invited lecturers and participants. The aim of the summer school is to offer the participants both up-to-date research and an opportunity to discuss thoroughly their projects with leading specialists in the various fields.

Duration of papers: 30 min. The working languages of the seminars and congresses are English, French, and German

Preliminary program:

June 5 Registration and seminar 11.00–15.00

opening celebration of the International Summer School of Semiotic Studies,

June 6–8, 09.00-18.00 Seminar lectures and papers,

Categories of Participation and Conditions of Admission:

There are two categories of participation:

1) Active: the participant will present a paper.

2) Passive: the participant will audit the summer school without presenting a paper.

An active participant must send a short curriculum vitae and a one-page abstract of his/her paper together with the registration form to the address given at the bottom of this letter. These materials should reach the organizers no later than April 15, 2011. The abstracts will be published as a booklet for the congresses, and should be sent both as a word-processing file (email attachment or saved to diskette) and in hard copy to the address given at the bottom of this letter.

A passive participant must send the registration form by April 30, 2011.

Participation Fee: 200 EUR (The fee covers lunch and two coffees a day from June 5–9 and an elegant evening reception and buffet on June 5th.)

Payment of fees must be made before April 30 by bank transfer to the ISI bank account with Sampo Bank. The international account number is IBAN FI8780001802071697 and the BIC/SWIFT code DABAFIHH; Sampo bank, Unioninkatu 22, 00075 Sampo pankki

Accommodation 65 €/ person/ day/ in a double room, Castle hotel

Imatran Valtionhotelli: 60 € / person/ day/ in double room in Spa hotel

91 € / person/ day/ in a single room, Spa hotel

101 € / person/ day in a single room, Castle hotel

21 € / dinner/ day in the hotel

Accommodation will be reserved from Valtionhotelli before 15.5.11 by name Summer School

tel + 358 5 625 2000 or email:

Accommodation in Summer Hostel Mansikkala

Pilvikuja 2B, 55100, tel +358 44 797 5452

38 € /per person/day/in s single room

58 €/ day/ double room

Breakfast 6 €/per person/day, please inform the hostel beforehand if you take a breakfast

Accommodation will be reserved in Summer Hostel Mansikkala before 1.6. by name ISI Summer School, email:,

For further information and / or to register, please contact:

International Semiotics Institute, Virastokatu 1, 55100 Imatra, Finland

tel. +358-20 617 6639, fax +358-20 617 6696


You are also encouraged to visit the ISI Internet website (address given above) for the most up-to-date information as it becomes available.

Autour de la sémiotique existentielle Table ronde

Mercredi 21 avril de 14 h à 18 h

Autour de la sémiotique existentielle Table ronde

Eero Tarasti, l’un des leaders mondiaux de la sémiotique – pour reprendre les mots de l’Indiana University Press –, a publié l’été dernier chez l’Harmattan son nouvel ouvrage en français : Fondements de la sémiotique existentielle. Il s’agit d’une nouvelle phase de la théorie qu’il a entrepris d’élaborer durant ces quinze dernières années.
A l’occasion de cette parution, l’Institut finlandais organise, en collaboration avec Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne (Institut d’esthétique des arts et technologies), une table ronde internationale avec la participation de ses collègues et traducteurs – l’ouvrage a également été publié en italien, en bulgare et en anglais (pour la première version de 2000).

Eero Tarasti est professeur à l’Université d’Helsinki, directeur de l’Institut internationale de sémiotique à l’Imatra (Finlande) et président de l’Association internationale de sémiotique depuis 2004. Il a publié en français Sémiotique musicale (PULIM), Le secret du professeur Amfortas (roman, l’Harmattan), Mythe et musique (Michel de Maule) et La Musique et les signes (l’Harmattan).

Participants de la table ronde : Eero Tarasti (IASS/AIS/Université d’Helsinki), Anne Hénault (Paris IV),  Solomon Marcus (Académie de Roumanie, Bucarest), Costin Miereanu (Paris I), Eric Landowski (CNRS), Anne Cauquelin (Revue d´esthétique), Kristian Bankov (Nouvelle Université de Bulgarie, Sofia).

Entrée libre

Conference held by the Swiss Association of Semiotics in Zurich on 24 April at the Department of Philosophy

Vergessen L’art d’oublier

Leerzeichen des Denkens? Signes-vides de la pensée?

Jahrestagung der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Kulturtheorie und Semiotik SGKS


Datum: Samstag 24. April 2010
Veranstaltungsort: Universität Zürich, Ethikzentrum (Kutscherhaus), Zollikerstrasse 117, 8008
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3.7.–8.7.11 in Manchester – 12th International Pragmatics Conference.

12th International Pragmatics Conference.

Auskunft: Ann Verhaert, IPrA Research Center, University of
Antwerp, Stadscampus (S.D.222), Prinsstraat 13, B-2000 Antwerp
(E-Mail:, Internet:

4.4.–8.4.11 in Tartu – International conference of the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu

International conference of the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu.

Thema: Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations.
Auskunft: Timo Maran, Department of Semiotics, University of
Tartu, Tiigi 78, EST–50410 Tartu (E-Mail:, Internet:

17.11.–20.11.10 in Graz – Internationale Tagung an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.

Internationale Tagung an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz.

Thema: Unbegreifliches greifbar machen. Sondersprachenforschung
im Spannungsfeld zwischen Arkanem und Profanem.
Auskunft: Christian Braun, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Institut
für Germanistik, Mozartgasse 8/II, A-8010 Graz (E-Mail:, Internet:

3.12.–7.12.10 in Matrei – 36. Matreier Gespräche zur Kulturethologie

36. Matreier Gespräche zur Kulturethologie.

Auskunft: Bärbel Engelhart, Otto-Koenig-Gesellschaft, Malzgasse 3,
A–1020 Wien (E-Mail:, Internet:

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