Tartu Semiotics Summer School "Learning in Transformation" in Viljandi

The Department of Semiotics, Viljandi Culture Academy, Tallinn University’s Juri Lotman Semiotics Repository, and Estonian Semiotics Association invite you to the XV International Tartu Semiotics Summer School titled “Learning in Transformation”. The event will take place from August 28 to 31 in Viljandi, Estonia. The focus of the summer school revolves around themes related to learning, teaching, and schools (not least including the Tartu-Moscow school of semiotics). Registration is open until July 1st.

The summer school commemorates 60 years since the First Summer School of Secondary Modelling Systems, which played a pivotal role in the birth of the Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics. Confirmed guest speakers are:

Edna Andrews, Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. She combines neuroscience and semiotics to explore language acquisition and multilingualism. Her influential work includes “Conversations with Lotman: Cultural semiotics in language, literature, and cognition” (2003).

Grete Arro, Researcher at Tallinn University whose academic interests include educational psychology, especially the topics of conceptual change, motivation and self-regulation as well as environmental psychology. She has been acknowledged as a fruitful populariser of research into learning processes

Barend van Heusden, Professor of Culture and Cognition at the University of Groningen. His research focuses on brain-centered cultural studies. He has led a significant project called “Culture in the Mirror,” aimed at shaping Dutch cultural education curriculum.

Registration is open until July 1st. 


  • Regular participant 130 eur
  • Student 110 eur

 Please visit the summer school's website and Facebook event page for further information.

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