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.

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