Estonia, Tartu

Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture

when 2 July 2018 - 13 July 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 900

Juri Lotman and the Semiotics of Culture 2-week programme gives comprehensive introduction to Lotman’s semiotic theory of culture and applications of his theory in current semiotics and cultural sciences. Main topics of the programme are:

- theoretical and philosophical background of Lotman and Tartu-Moscow School
- literature, cinema and art as modelling systems
- structure and functions of text
- translation, inter- and transmediality
- culture, semiosphere, cultural autocommunication

Participants of the course learn to:
- appreciate the historical and contemporary developments in the field of semiotics of culture in general and in the context of Lotman’s theory more specifically;
- understand key concepts and ideas in Lotman’s theory and is able to associate them with current cultural context;
- understand culture as semiotic system, its organization, central features, mechanisms and processes;
- identify and critically analyse cultural, historical and artistic phenomena from the perspective of Lotman’s theories;
- apply Lotman’s theories to the analysis of diverse cultural phenomena;
- compare different sign systems and analyse the processes of translation between them.

2 July – arrival to Tartu
3-6 July– lectures, seminars, culture programme
7-8 July – free days
9-12 July – lectures, seminars, culture programme
13 July – departure

Timetable

10:00-11:00 lecture
break
11.30-12.30 lecture
lunch time
14:00-15:30 seminar/discussion
15.45-17.00 study visit / fieldwork / cultral programme

* depending on a topic of the day, the study visits and/or cultural programme include fieldwork. Excursion and/or visits to the museum or film watching is connected with the theme of the lecture for practical analysis.

Course leader

Ms. Laura Roop, email: laura.roop@ut.ee

Target group

The programme is designed for students with study background in humanities and cultural studies, history, linguistics, creative and visual arts, communication science etc.

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 900: Fee includes registration, tuition, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme, the services of the host university; and the accommodation in double rooms at student dormitory. Students are responsible for their travel, travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country.
EUR 600: Fee includes registration, tuition, cost of the study visits, cultural and social programme and the services of the host university. Students are responsible for their travel, travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country.

Scholarships

Estonian Scholarship Programme for Short Courses https://www.ut.ee/en/admissions/estonian-scholarship-programme-short-courses
Estonian Development Cooperation Scholarships for Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus https://www.ut.ee/en/estonian-developmen