Conference 2016 – Call for papers: Lotman and Techne
Lotman and Techne
Traversing Natural and Social Sciences
The works of Juri Lotman (1922–1993) are not often discussed in North America, especially in French. Beyond the concept semiosphere, which is well-known, the range of Lotman’s thought has yet to receive critical attention. Possible applications of the sign system studies proposed by Lotman and his colleagues from the Tartu-Moscow School remain unexplored if not altogether absent from the dialogues currently preoccupying contemporary semiotics.
This conference is an opportunity to deepen and share knowledge on Lotmanian semiotics as well as to explore the diversity of its manifestations within contemporary semiotics and adjacent disciplines. Two central ideas underpin this scientific event. First, to consider semiotics as a technique (a skill, a method or an art) such as to emphasize the operationality of Lotman’s theories, either by following existing applications or by suggesting new ones. Second, to focus on the relation between semiotics and technology in order to reveal the implications of their mutual influence.
The conference is organized around five complementary dimensions: (1) the interrelatedness of natural and social sciences with respect to the concept of techne; (2) the way Lotman envisioned this relation and the legacy of his works; (3) concrete and possible applications that become possible through the conjunction of semiotics and techne, social and natural sciences; (4) theories and scaffoldings derived from Lotman’s thoughts and their integration within actual research trends in semiotics and adjacent disciplines; (5) persistence of Lotmanian theories within contemporary semiotic studies. Applicants should articulate their proposal in relation to one or more of the proposed dimensions.
Proposals should include:
- An abstract (max. 500 words) with a clear and suitable title and five keywords (excluding “Lotman” and “techne”).
- A short biographical notice (max. 100 words) including your full name, position or degree, university and department (if applicable), and contact information (at least a current email).
Proposals will be received by email at: email@example.com no later than February 1st, 2016.
- Proposals (title, abstract, keywords, bio note) will be received before February 1st, 2016.
- Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or refusal before February 15, 2016.
- Accepted participants should confirm their presence at the conference before March 1st, 2016.
- The conference will be held on April 21-22, 2016, at Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.
The official language of the conference is French; however, contributions in English are welcome. Participants should be able to understand French in order to fully participate in all activities.
There are no registration fees; participants must cover all expenses related to their stay in Montreal.
Maude Bonenfant (Professor, Department of Communication, UQAM)
Sylvano Santini (Professor, Department of Literature, UQAM)
Jonathan Hope (Lecturer, Department of Literature, UQAM)
Emmanuelle Caccamo (Doctoral candidate, Semiology, UQAM)
Simon Levesque (Doctoral student, Semiology, UQAM)
If you have any questions, please contact Simon Levesque at: firstname.lastname@example.org.