INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
FOR SEMIOTIC AND STRUCTURAL STUDIES
Under auspices of the IASS/AIS to be held in Imatra, Finland, June 11 - 19,
This is an announcement of the research seminars and International Summer
School for Semiotic and Structural Studies of the Finnish Network University
of Semiotics and will be organized by the Finnish Network University of
Semiotics and International Semiotics Institute (ISI) at Imatra and open to
any semiotician interested in the topics given below. Director of the Summer
School, the Finnish Network University of Semiotics and the ISI is Professor
Eero Tarasti. This summer school is funded by the European Social Fund and
State Provincial Office of Southern Finland.
Dates and Place of the Seminars:
June 11 - 15, 2005, Hotel Valtionhotelli, an art nouveau castle in Imatra,
Eastern Finland (near the border of Russia and well-known for its tourist
attractions). June 16 - 19, 2005, Seminar in St. Petersburg
1) "Birth of Language" - The Semiotics of St. Petersburg
The seminar deals with the question of the emergence of different cultural
languages, i.e. sign systems, in general. The question is considered as
broadly as possible. The focus is, however, on the emergence of the myth St.
Petersburg and the so-called St. Petersburg text and, among other topics, on
the birth and early stages of the language of cinema.
Directors: Pekka Pesonen (Helsinki) and Tomi Huttunen (Helsinki)
Invited lecturers: Boris Uspenski (Roma/Moscow), Boris Gasparov (New
York)Yuri Tsivian (Chicago), Roman Timenchik (Jerusalem), Tatjana
Chernigovskaja (St.Petersburg), Georgi Leviton (St. Petersburg), Ilya
Utehin (St. Petersburg), Peeter Torop (Tartu), Mihail Lotman (Tartu),
Liubov Kiseleva (Tartu), Elena Hellberg-Hirn (Helsinki),
2) Global Semiotics
Director: Eero Tarasti (Helsinki),, Invited lecturers: Jeff Bernard
(Wien), Adrian Glimate-Welsh (Mщxico), Richard M. Lanigan
(Carbondale), Marcel Danesi (Ontario), John Deely (Houston),
You-zheng Li (PR China), Jean-Claude Mbarga (Cameroon), Josщ Maria Paz Gago
(Coruёa), Susan Petrilli (Bari), Roland Posner (Berlin), Gцran Sonesson
3) New Media, NewSemiotics, New Mediation?
Directors: Guido Ipsen (Dortmund), Dario Martinelli (Helsinki);
co-directors: Kristian Bankov (Sofia), Merja Bauters (Helsinki), Paul Cobley
(London), Peeter Schulz (Lugano), Mauri Yla-Kotola (Rovaniemi)
4) Finnish Summer School (in Finnish), June 9 -11
Director: Tomi Huttunen (Helsinki)
24th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of Finland, June 10 - 11 Papers
by Finnish and foreign scholars. Each seminar consists of lectures given by
the invited lecturers and papers given by the participants. The aim of the
summer school is to offer the participants both up-to-date research
information and an opportunity to discuss thoroughly their projects with
leading specialists in the various fields. The seminar correspond to two and
a half credit units for university students (according to the standards of
Helsinki University and Network University of Semiotics).
Duration of papers: 30 min.
The working languages of the seminars and congresses are English, French,
German and Finnish in seminar 6.
We recommend that all participants arrive in Finland latest on June 5th
because flight tickets are much cheaper when you stay over for a Saturday
night in Finland.
June 9 - 11 09.00-18.00 Workshop lectures and papers in Finnish
June 11 Opening of the Second International Summer School of the
Network University of Finland at the Cultural Centre
June 12 - 15 09.00-18.00 Workshop lectures and papers
June 16 19 Seminar in St. Petersburg
Conditions of Admission:
There are two categories of attendance:
1) Active: the participant will present a paper
2) Passive: the participant will follow the summer school without
presenting a paper
An active participant must send a short curriculum vitae and a 2-3 page
abstract of his/her paper together with the registration form.
These materials should reach the organizers no later than March 31, 2005.
The abstracts will be published as a booklet, and should be sent both as a
word-processing file (email attachment or saved to diskette) and in hard
A passive participant must send the registration form by April 30, 2005.
Participation fee: (The fee covers evening reception on June 11th and other
social program during the seminar) 50 EUR , Students 25 EUR
Payment of fees must be made before April 30th by bank transfer to the ISI
bank account with Sampo bank. The bank identifier code is PSPBFIHH. The
international bank account number is FI8780001802071697. In Finland, the
bank account number is Sampo 800018-2071697.
A Seminar and Excursion to St. Petersburg including a seminar and cultural
programs will be arranged for all attendants from Thursday, June 16 to
Sunday, June 19. Firm registration and payment to the excursion until April
Social activities will include various cultural events such as art
exhibitions, concerts, plays and film sessions.
For further information, contact: Maija Rossi (Secretary), International
Imatra Cultural Centre, Virastokatu 1, 55100 Imatra, Finland
tel. 358-5-681 6639
fax +358-5-681 6670
e-mail: [email protected], [email protected]
Finnish Network University of Semiotics
Virastokatu 1, FIN - 55100 IMATRA
tel + 358 (0)5 681 6700, fax + 358 (0)5 681 6700
email: [email protected]
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