December 8–11, 2020, University of Tartu, Estonia


 We are happy to invite you to participate in the conference "Transmedial turn?" – the second conference in a series of academic gatherings dedicated to the studiey of intersemiotic processes in culture.

As the title of the conference indicates, the central topic of inquiry is the cultural shift from logocentric to increasingly intersemiotic, intermedial and transmedial processes and its impact on disciplines that study textual transfers, relations between semiotic systems or media, and new media practices. We foreground the notion ‘transmedia’ – with its prefix trans- meaning ‘across’, ‘beyond’, ‘through’ – to highlight the ubiquity of processes and phenomena of media crossovers. 

In view of such high concentration of transmedial practices and explorations currently underway in culture and particularly in academia, we wish to inquire whether the time is ripe to see this as a general ‘turn’ not to be ignored.

The conference aims at bringing together scholars from disciplines interested in textual transfers across languages, genres and media, among them Translation Studies, Semiotics, and Adaptation Studies, and to promote a more complex understanding of the transmedial processes and phenomena in culture, particularly of the diverse and novel theoretical perspectives, concepts and methods used in various disciplines for approaching these processes and phenomena.




  • Deadline for submission of proposals for workshops: 1 February 2020
    • Notification of acceptance of workshops: 15 March 2020
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 March 2020
    • Notification of acceptance of paper presentations: 15 April, 2020
  • Registration opens: 1 May 2020
    • Registration form for will be available on this site on 1 May 2020​​​​​​​