Cultural Polyglotism: From Intertextuality to Cross-mediality

Cultural Polyglotism: From Intertextuality to Cross-mediality
Graduate course of the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA)

University of Tartu, Jakobi 2-306

March 2, 2012

2 ECTS credits (1 without presentation)

Organized by the Department of Semiotics of the University of Tartu; Estonian Semiotic Association; Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (European Social Fund); Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (European Regional Development Fund)

Seminar will take place as part of the International Conference “Cultural Polyglotism” dedicated to Yuri Lotman’s 90th Anniversary (University of Tartu, 28.02.-02.03.2012):

The seminar focuses on strategies of communication and interpretation that appear with cultural polyglotism. The aim is to analyse intertextuality and cross-mediality as well as other notions from this terminological field as parameters of cultural polyglotism. The course takes place in parallel with the conference “Cultural polyglotism” dedicated to Juri Lotman’s 90th anniversary (Tartu, Feb 28 – March 2, 2012). (Tartu, Feb 28 – March 2, 2012). Students’ attendance at the conference is recommended.

The seminar includes three sessions, each 90 minutes. First session is for discussion on topics brought up from preparatory readings; this is coordinated by professors Boris Uspenski (Moscow), Margherita De Michiel (Bologna), Katalin Kroó (Budapest), Indrek Ibrus (Tallinn) and Peeter Torop (Tartu). Second session is for presentations by doctoral students and discussion on presentations. Third session is dedicated to general discussion as well as drawing conclusions from perspectives of methodology and applications.

Requirements for participation

Interested graduate students can apply for the seminar by e-mail by January 20, 2012, specifying a preferred way of participation (with/without presentation). Students who are not members of GSCSA are required to add a short CV to specify their education and research interests.

Reading material (obligatory and additional) is made available with the note of acceptance by January 27, 2012.

The abstract for student presentation (2500-3000 characters, related with the topic of the seminar and PhD thesis) is due to February 10. Program of the seminar will be confirmed by February 17.

Maximum number of participants is 15. The program includes 4-5 student presentations.

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The language of the course is English. Participation at the seminar will be free of charge for the confirmed participants (including accommodation and food). More information about accommodation choices will be provided for the participants.


10:00-11:30 Discussion on preparatory readings

Moderators: Katalin Kroó (intertextuality), Indrek Ibrus (crossmediality), Peeter Torop (intermediality)

11:30-12:00 coffee pause

12:00-14:00 Presentations by students and discussion

Marju Himma-Kadakas (University of Tartu, PhD student) “Alternative way of constructing reality in online journalism”

Jorge G. Rodriguez (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, PhD student) “Beyond Appearances”

Tyler Bennett (University of Tartu, MA student) “Aesthetics of reflexive modeling”

14:00-15:00 lunch (University Café, Ülikooli 20)

15:00-17:00 General discussion and conclusions

Moderators: Magherita De Michiel (University of Bologna), Boris Uspenski (University of Naples, Moscow University for the Humanities), Katalin Kroó (University ELTE, Budapest), Indrek Ibrus (Tallinn University), Peeter Torop (University of Tartu)

Program director: Peeter Torop

Seminar assistant: Andreas Ventsel, Tiit Remm

Student coordinator: Helen Kästik,