Summer University Program – Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture

Summer University Program – Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture

Intensive course Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture, 2018 – International Summer University Program at the University of Tartu

July 2-13 2018, Tartu

The aim of the course is to give an intensive introduction to Juri Lotman’s semiotic theory of culture, its theoretical background and context as well as new developments and applications of his theory in current semiotics and cultural sciences. More specific aim is offer deeper understanding of cultural mechanisms and a set of tools for practical analysis of culture – cultural texts as well as cultural processes – that would afford new insights into contemporary cultural dynamics. Central topics are textuality of culture, different types of textual communication and forms of textual analysis, semiotic modelling systems and processes of (total) translation in culture, inter- and transmediality, as well as cultural semiotic approaches to new media, and cultural autocommunication and cultural memory. All these aspects lead to fuller, more holistic understanding of culture as semiosphere.

The programs includes lectures, seminars, fieldwork and practical assignments, and is accompanied by diverse social program. Lecturers include Peeter Torop, Mihhail Lotman, Elin Sütiste, Tiit Remm, Maarja Ojamaa, and others.

Application deadline: May 13, 2018

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