Tartu, Estonia

Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture: Main Theoretical Views and Concepts

online course
when 5 April 2021 - 31 May 2021
language English
duration 8 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 350

Program description

Juri Lotman is a distinguished semiotician, literary scholar and cultural historian, versatile and innovative thinker whose ideas have had extensive impact on semiotics and humanities in general. Lotman and his fellow members of the Tartu Moscow School of Semiotics founded the semiotics of culture as a study of the semiotic structures and mechanisms that constitute culture as a dynamic semiotic system. The aim of this program is to give an introduction to Lotman’s semiotic theory of culture, its theoretical background and context, core concepts and approaches as well as new developments and applications of his theory in current semiotics and cultural sciences. The program offers a deeper understanding of semiotic mechanisms of culture and a set of tools for practical analysis of culture that would afford new insights into contemporary cultural dynamics.

E-course, 5 April – 31 May (2 ECTS)
This course gives an overview of the theoretical foundations of the semiotics of culture developed by Juri Lotman and the Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School. The focus is on the main theoretical views and concepts of Juri Lotman’s semiotic theory of culture.
The 8-week program is for those who want to introduce themselves with the core ideas of Juri Lotman’s cultural semiotics and their theoretical context.

This e-course is a part of a blended programme Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture. Although we encourage our participants to take part in the full program, it is also possible to participate only in the e-course.

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 overview of the theoretical foundations of the semiotics of culture developed by Juri Lotman and the Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School. The focus is on the main theoretical views and concepts of Juri Lotman’s semiotic theory of culture.

Fee info

EUR 350: Programme fee for the e-course.

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