On June 30, 2021, the International Center for Semiotics and Intercultural Dialogue (State Academic University for the Humanities – GAUGN, Moscow), under the leadership of Associate Professor Inna Merkoulova, came up with an initiative to establish on this date the first International Day for Students of Semiotics #STUDSEMIOTICDAY. The event is held with the informational support of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, the Romance Federation of Semiotics, the Hellenic Semiotics Society and the Center for Franco-Russian Studies in Moscow.
This year, #STUDSEMIOTICDAY in the format of a virtual exhibition on the GAUGN University website is attended by 1st and 2nd year master’s students of the Faculty of History – listeners of the special course “Historical semiotics”, as well as foreign guests from France (Jacques Fontanille, Didier Tsala Effa, Michele Montanha – University of Limoges), Italy (Franciscu Sedda – University of Cagliari), Spain (Miguel Martin –
Complutense University of Madrid), Greece (Evangelos Kourdis – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).
They answer the questions: what is the purpose of semiotics, how is it related to other humanities, what are their favorite authors and quotes on semiotics. Among their favorite authors on semiotics, the #STUDSEMIOTICDAY participants cite the names of Yuri Lotman, Algirdas Julien Greimas, Umberto Eco, Ferdinand de Saussure. According to the author of the #STUDSEMIOTICDAY project and of the special course
“Historical semiotics” Inna Merkoulova, this international action will attract more attention of young academics working in the field of humanities in Russia and in other countries to semiotics as an interdisciplinary science.
The virtual exhibition is available here: