We are happy to present the programme of Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2023 "Coming Soon" (PDF) and the Book of Abstracts (PDF). (Updated 23.08.2023)

Conference venue: Jakobi 2-337, Tartu.

Reception Venue: Struve 2, Tartu.


DAY 1 – Thursday, August 24

9:00–10:30 Registration
10:00–10:30 Opening

10:30-12:00 Plenary talk – JAAK TOMBERG – On the Contemporary Realisation of Science Ficiton

12:00–12:30 Break
12:30-14:00 Session 1

Rahul Murdeshwar - Developing a ‘spectral chronotope’ for analysing hauntological utopias
Mie Mortensen - City of the Sun, city of the world to come
Naira Baghdasayan‘Love of my life’ with (out) Freddie Mercury: unravelling new meanings through translation

14:00-15:30 Lunch break
15:30-17:00 Session 2

Alexandra Milyakina – Learning without a plan: multimodal pedagogy for designing the futures
Nina Kozachynska – Not knowing by heart what to expect: the present of the future and folk songs listeners
Ott PuumeisterDance without organs: the time-image of Memoria

18:00 Reception

DAY 2 – Friday, August 25

9:00-10:30 Session 3

Reet Hiiemäe – What future prospects are more relevant, the end of the world or a successful marriage?
Mari-Liis Madisson, Tatjana Menise
– “1984" analogies in conspiracy theories about the Baltics: The Russian Case
Sebastian Moreno Barreneche – The future as a textual construction. Examples from literature, audiovisual fiction, politics and everyday life

10:30–11:00 Break

11:00–12:30 Plenary talk – Alexandra Robert – Semiotics in the field of speculative design: Reshaping future visions for data-driven innovation

12:30–14:00 Lunch break
14:00–15:50 Session 4

Alec Richard Kozicki – Why the world needs semiotic consulting
Lyudmyla Zaporozhtseva – Culture anomaly as a sign: trend hunting as a future forecasting tool
Ülle Pärl, Triin Padonik – Developing a communication model to analyze and improve the operation of management information systems: a case study approach

15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-17:30 Session 5

Israel Chavéz Barreto – Notes for a diachronic semiotics: on some aspects of the mechanisms for change in sign systems
Ekaterina Velmezova – On the future of language in the categories of (bio)semiotics: Jan Niecisław Baudouin de Courtenay
Kalevi KullOne moment in time: prospects for general semiotics


DAY 3 – Saturday, August 26

9:00–11:00 Session 6

Thierry MortierOur semiotic future past: a diagrammatic investigation into the visual depiction of a sign to uncover hidden keys to future models
Tiit Remm – Interventions into semiotic spaces

Pauline Delahaye Semiosphere Mapping and Interspecific Umwelt: Perspectives on the Study of Cohabitation
Stefano Carlini – Umwelt and cities: explanatory utility and pragmatic guidelines

11:00-11:30 Break

11:30–13:00 Plenary talk – REET AUS – Changing the world with design

13:00–14:30 Lunch break
14:30–16:30 Workshops

– On the future of teaching semiotics
– Semiospheric analysis of cultural innovations
– Umwelt change scenarios in urban planning


DAY 4 – Sunday, August 27

09:00–10:30 Session 7

Mark MetsComputational cultural semiotics: semiosphere, text embeddings and ousiometrics
Anna Dobrosovestnova – Peircian semiotics as an inspiration for different imaginaries of human-robot futures
James Augustus Bacigalupi IV – Sentient technics: from a cybernetic to a biosemiotic mode of growth

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00–12:30 Plenary talk and workshop – MATTIA THIBAULT – Speculative semiotics

12:30–14:00 Lunch break
14:00–15:30 Session 8

Andrey Gavrilin – The “no-future” regime of historicity: how presentism affects the representation of major historic events
Oscar Miyamoto – Habits of the future: episodic memory as virtual memory
Silver Rattasepp – The endless same of accelerationist futurology

15:30-… Intro to the future