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LINGUIST List 17.63

Wed Jan 11 2006

FYI: Semiotics in Imatra; SpecGram January 2006 Online

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        1.    Anna Mennola, Semiotics in Imatra 2006
        2.    Trey Jones, All-New SpecGram (January 2006) Online

Message 1: Semiotics in Imatra 2006
Date: 11-Jan-2006
From: Anna Mennola <anna.mennolaisisemiotics.fi>
Subject: Semiotics in Imatra 2006


to be held in Imatra, Finland, June 10 - 15, 2006


We are pleased to announce the research seminars and International Summer
School for Semiotic and Structural Studies of the Finnish Network University of
Semiotics. The seminars 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. The director of the Summer
School, the Finnish Network University of Semiotics, and the ISI is Professor
Eero Tarasti, and the summer school is funded by the European Social Fund and
State Provincial Office of Southern Finland.

Dates and Locations of the Seminars:

June 10 - 15, 2006, Hotel Valtionhotelli, an art nouveau castle in Imatra,
Eastern Finland (near the border of Russia and well-known for its historical,
natural, and cultural attractions)

Seminars (by topic):

1) Existential Semiotics

Director: Eero Tarasti

Forum for papers and commentaries on this new theory, as well as its
parallel and further developments (see E. Tarasti: Existential Semiotics,
Bloomington: IU Press 2000 and Degrés 116 [hiver 2003]: "Sémiotique existentielle")

2) Greimas retrouvé / Greimas rediscovered

Director: Eero Tarasti (Helsinki)

Invited speakers: Jacques Fontanille (Limoges), Gianfranco Marrone
(Bologna/Palermo), Isabella Pezzini (Rome),Peter Stockinger (Paris), Saulius
Zukas (Vilnius), Kestutis Nastopka (Vilnius)

3) The Current State of Literary Semiotics

Director: Harri Veivo (Helsinki)

Invited speakers: Jörgen Dines Johansen(Odense), Christina Ljungberg (Zurich),
Louis Armand (Prague)

During the past 10 years, literary semiotics has entered into a new phase of
development. The pragmatic theory of semiotics is increasingly applied to the
analysis of literary texts, thus giving shape to new forms of research. At the
same time, interdisciplinary approaches such as research on iconicity, queer
studies, and cognitive studies focus on questions of signification and sign.
There is also continuity, however, since a great many of the analytical concepts
currently in use are derived from (post)structural research. The time is thus
ripe for a reflection on the current state of literary semiotics. Are we
witnessing the emergence of a new paradigm? Is it time to transcend divisions
and to look for a synthesis in literary semiotics? Which elements in
(post)structural research are still valuable? We invite all scholars interested
in literary semiotics to reflect on the current state of the art according to
the lines of inquiry proposed by these and related questions. The issues can be
addressed from a theoretical or a methodological point of view. Readings of
individual texts that exemplify different paradigms are also welcome.

4) Semiotics of Music and Mediation

Directors: Erkki Pekkilä (Helsinki), Rick Littlefield (Michigan), Susana
Gonzáles Aktories (Mexico), and Heloísa de Araújo Duarte Valente

Invited speaker: David Neumeyer (University of Texas-Austin, USA)

The mediation of music has become a major issue and challenge to music
research. Music has become a global phenomenon in that musical pieces and
styles either "travel" from one country to another or appear everywhere at
once. This happens via radio, television, cinema, the Internet, and other
means of transmission. Mediation is here defined as the act that transfers
something from one place to another. Mediation is closely connected to
issues such as representation, connotative meanings, and ideology of myths.
On a more cultural level, musical mediation is unavoidably connected to mass
media -- a universal phenomenon of our time, of which all music has inevitably
become a part.

The purpose of the seminar is to shed light on the following and similar
phenomena: (1) mediation in film and television, (2) mediation and the
Internet, (3) mediation and musical migration in a global context, and (4)
theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of musical mediation.

5) Diversity, Asymmetry, Resistance

Directors: Merja Bauters (Helsinki), Dario Martinelli (Helsinki), Kaie Kotov
(Tartu), Kalevi Kull (Tartu)

Invited speakers: Franco Fabbri (Torino), Jaan Valsiner (Worcester, MA)

6) 25th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of Finland, June 9 - 10

Papers by Finnish scholars, seminar in Finnish

Each seminar consists of papers presented by both invited lecturers and
participants. The aim of the summer school is to offer the participants
both up-to-date research and an opportunity to discuss thoroughly their
projects with leading specialists in the various fields. The seminar
corresponds to two and a half (2.5) credit units for university students,
according to criteria set by Helsinki University and the Network University
of Semiotics.

Duration of papers: 30 min. The working languages of the seminars and
congresses are English, French, German

Preliminary program:

June 9 -10 25th Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of Finland

June 10 Opening celebration: Cultural Centre of the International Summer
School of the Network University of Finland

June 11 - 15 09.00-18.00 Seminar lectures and papers

Categories of Participation and Conditions of Admission:

There are two categories of participation:

1) Active: the participant will present a paper.

2) Passive: the participant will audit the summer school without presenting a

An active participant must send a short curriculum vitae and a one-page
abstract of his/her paper together with the registration form to the address
given at the bottom of this letter. These materials should reach the organizers
no later than March 31, 2006. The abstracts will be published as a booklet for
the congresses, and should be sent both as a word-processing file (email
attachment or saved to diskette) and in hard copy to the address given at the
bottom of this letter.

A passive participant must send the registration form by April 30, 2006.

Participation Fee: 125 EUR (The fee covers lunch and two coffees a day from 11.
-15.6. and an elegant evening reception and buffet on June 10th.)

Payment of fees must be made before April 30 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.

Social Programs:

Social activities will include various cultural events such as art
exhibitions, concerts, plays, and cinema.

You are also encouraged to visit the ISI Internet website (address given
below) for the most up to date information as it becomes available.

For further information and / or to register, please contact:

International Semiotics Institute
Virastokatu 1
55100 Imatra

tel. +358-5-681 6639
fax +358-5-681 6696
e-mail: Maija.Rossiisisemiotics.fi

Internet: www.isisemiotics.fi

Linguistic Field(s): Not Applicable
Message 2: All-New SpecGram (January 2006) Online
Date: 01-Jan-2006
From: Trey Jones <TreySpecGram.com>
Subject: All-New SpecGram (January 2006) Online

Greetings Linguists, and Happy New Year!

The January 2006 ''Yet Another Mega Quote Issue'' Issue of Speculative
Grammarian--the premier scholarly journal featuring research in the
neglected field of satirical linguistics--is now available online for your
browsing pleasure.


Included in this issue: the infamous Canadian critique of the US's
''wrathful dispersion'' controversy, a frightening re-telling of 2005's
under-reported linguistics wars, and more mischief from Metalleus, along
with the usual high-quality collection of articles, letters from our
readers, and more.

Next time (Feb. 2006), we will begin reproducing the classic satirical
linguistics journal ''Lingua Pranca''.


-Trey Jones
Managing Editor, Speculative Grammarian

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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