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When: 2016-06-10 10:00,2016-06-10 17:00

Where: Room MA 796, CBEES, on the seventh floor in the main building, Södertörn University, Campus Flemingsberg

Organiser: The Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Södertörn University.

Event language: English

Research linked to the Baltic region and Eastern Europe: Ja

Semiotic After-Lives

The Tartu - Moscow School and its Legacy Today

2016-06-10 10:00,2016-06-10 17:00
This colloquium seeks to contribute to a critical discussion of the legacy of the Tartu – Moscow school. We find it especially relevant to discuss its theoretical premises in a comparison with other cultural theories, with special emphasis on the philosophy and theory of language.

Om konferensen

Soviet semiotics is one of the grand narratives of Soviet culture; a scholarly trend, a theoretical movement, and a cultural phenomenon of great significance for the intellectual and political climate in the Soviet Union under late socialism. During the 1960-70s, it challenged Marxism-Leninism in its capacity of the one and only, universal method in the social sciences and humanities. The Tartu – Moscow school was an early project of trans-disciplinary knowledge production, a trend propelled by the technocratic romanticism of the post-war generation.

Seeking an inspiration in the great intellectual revolution in the USSR of the 1920-30s, semiotics, in fact, also became its final shockwave. However, even in its post-socialist afterlife, the Moscow-Tartu school exerts a far-reaching influence. On the one hand, it has profoundly affected epistemologies in the study of culture, both past and present, especially in Russian, (post)-Soviet, and East European area studies. On the other hand, its philosophies of technology, language, and history have continued to inform the intellectual debate in what concerns cultural memory, identity, and belonging. Still on the other hand, Soviet semiotics provided tools for the construction of the post-Soviet symbols and narratives of identity and memory.

This colloquium seeks to contribute to a critical discussion of the legacy of the Tartu – Moscow school. We find it especially relevant to discuss its theoretical premises in a comparison with other cultural theories, with special emphasis on the philosophy and theory of language. A critique of Soviet semiotics’ original concepts of (Russian) culture is especially relevant nowadays, when the heritage of Soviet semiotics finds new uses outside of the academia in social organization and in political practices: on the one hand, in the emancipatory practices of social movements, on the one hand, in the invention of new technologies of power, in the commercialization and weaponization of meanings.

The colloquium includes a key note lecture, presentations by invited scholars, and a general discussion.

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Please register by sending an email to irina.sandomirskaja@sh.se

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