SEBEOK SEMINARS

The International Association for Semiotic Studies (IASS-AIS) is proud to present ‘Sebeok’s millennium’ – a webinar series celebrating the work of Thomas A. Sebeok 20 years after his death and 101 years after his birth.

In 1999, John Deely telephoned Tom Sebeok at his Bloomington home to announce that the following year’s meeting of the Semiotic Society of America would be dedicated to and entitled ‘Sebeok’s Century’. To this, Tom replied with characteristic wit, “Why not Sebeok’s millennium?”

Why not, indeed? Sebeok regularly thought forwards, even as much as 10,000 years into the future. He saw the role of the international semiotics community as integral to the future of humanity and, in so doing, transformed semiotics, the academy and how humans at large see the world. This webinar series will celebrate that thinking with discussions featuring Sebeok scholars and colleagues.

The five webinars, each loosely focusing on areas where Tom Sebeok was particularly influential and revered, will be as follows:

SEBEOK AND FINNO-UGRIC SEMIOTICS organised by Anti Randviir

SEBEOK AND THE AMERICAS organised by Román Esqueda

SEBEOK AND BIOSEMIOTICS organised by Sara Cannizzaro and Timo Maran

SEBEOK, LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION organised by Susan Petrilli

SEBEOK AND EAST ASIA organised by Hongbing Yu




24 November 2021
SEBEOK AND FINNO-UGRIC SEMIOTICS
 
15.00-15.15: Paul Cobley, ‘Opening speech’
15.15-15.45: Kalevi Kull, Anti Randviir, ‘Sebeok and the Estonian connection’ 
15.45-16.15: Vilmos Voigt, ‘Th. A. Sebeok the Hungarian.  The road to semiotics’ 
16.15-16.45: Eero Tarasti, ‘A Life for Semiotics’ 
16.45-17.15: Zdzisłav Wasik, ‘Tom Sebeok’s way to the avant-garde: from project-designer to paradigm-creator’. 
17.15-17.45: Questions and comments. 

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