Tartu, Estonia

Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture: Contemporary Applications

when 28 June 2021 - 9 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 1150

Program description

The aim of the course is to give an introduction to 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. Our goal is to offer a deeper understanding of cultural mechanisms and a set of tools for practical analysis of culture that would afford new insights into contemporary cultural dynamics.

Participants of the course learn to:

* appreciate the historical and contemporary developments in the field of semiotics of culture;
* understand key concepts and ideas in Lotman’s theory and are able to associate them with the current cultural context;
* comprehend culture as a semiotic system and learn to distinguish its central features, mechanisms and processes;
* identify and critically analyse diverse cultural, social, historical and environmental phenomena from the perspective of Lotman’s theories;
* discover possibilities for interdisciplinary research and connections between semiotics of culture and various other research fields like media, translation, conflict and memory studies etc.
* understand the semiotic mechanisms of culture, the role of cultural self-models in cultural dynamics and intercultural relations.

Course leader

Ms. Mari Mäesaar, email: isu@ut.ee

Target group

The programme is designed for BA and MA level students with study background in humanities and cultural studies, history, linguistics, creative and visual arts, communication science etc. But we welcome applications from all adults including university students, professionals and other experts, regardless of educational background

Course aim

The aim of the course is to give an intensive introduction to 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.

Fee info

EUR 1150: Programme fee: 1150 € includes tuition, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, services of the host university with accommodation in double rooms.
EUR 700: Programme fee: 700 € includes tuition, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, services of the host university without accommodation.

Scholarships

TBS