Journal: Sign Systems Studies 45 (3/4) 2017

Journal: Sign Systems Studies 45 (3/4) 2017

Sign Systems Studies 45(3-4), 2017

We are happy to announce the publication of the new issue of Sign Systems Studies, this time a Special Issue: Semiotics and history: Boris Uspenskij 80, guest edited by Marek Tamm.

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An international journal of semiotics and sign processes in culture and living nature, the journal Sign Systems Studies was established in 1964 by Juri Lotman (initially as Труды по знаковым системам – Σημειωτικη), and is thus the oldest international semiotic periodical. Originally (until 1992) a Russian-language series, it is now published in English, and has become a central institution in the semiotics of culture.

Starting from 1998, Sign Systems Studies is published as an international peer-reviewed journal on the semiotics of culture and nature. Issued regularly, one volume per year, it is indexed in major scientific databases. Since 2009, each volume includes four issues.

Vol 45, No 3-4 (2017)

Table of Contents

Marek Tamm, Introduction: Semiotics and history revisited

Boris Uspenskij, Semiotics and culture: The perception of time as a semiotic probleem

Carlo Ginzburg, Civilization and barbarism

Mihhail Lotman, History as geography: In search for Russian identity

Ilya Kalinin, The figure of the impostor to the throne in Russian political culture: Between sacralization and mitmesis

Tzvetan Todorov, Two approaches to the humanities: Claude Lévi-Strauss and Germaine Tillion

Peeter Torop, Semiotics of cultural history

Mikhail Trunin, Semiosphere and history: Toward the origins of the semiotic approach to history

Elżbieta Hałas, The future orientation of culture and the memory of the past in the making of history

Taras Boyko, Reading Uspenskij: Soviet ‘semiotics of history’ in the West

Taras Boyko, Boris Uspenskij in English: Bibliography

Ekaterina Velmezova, Kalevi Kull, Boris Uspenskij on history, linguistics and semiotics

SIGN SYSTEMS STUDIES. ISSN 1406-4243 (print), 1736-7409 (online). E-mail: Postal address: Sign Systems Studies, Dept. of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Jakobi St. 2, 51014 Tartu, Estonia

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