Tartu Ülikool

The Semiotics of Pop Culture and Human and Other-Than-Human Relations

On-site in Tartu 1 - 12 August 2022

This course will examine how the relationships and meanings associating human and other-than-humans are mediated, constructed, and perceived within pop culture. Other-than-humans – here referring to A.I., robots, machines, nonhuman animals, and environments and ecosystems – and their relationship to humans will be examined within the context of spectacles, transmediality, and participation culture, rationalisation, and various perspectives in semiotics, including zoo and ecosemiotics.  

Students can expect to gain a general overview and working knowledge of different semiotic and culture study views on other-than-human relations and pop culture. Moreover, students will be able to identify key concepts and terms, and theoretical applications.

Focus area: Semiotics and Culture Studies Coordinating unit at UT

Department of Semiotics

Study Field: Semiotics, Culture Studies
Other-than-human Studies, Media Studies
Course Leader Andrew Mark Creighton
Pauline Suzanne Delahaye
Format Summer courses Location Tartu, Estonia
Course dates: 1-12 August 2022 Apply by: 19 June 2022
ECTS: Fee: 500 €
Study group all students on the level of BA and MA Language English


  • Eleni Alexandri – PhD Student
  • Andrew Mark Creighton – PhD Student
  • Pauline Suzanne Delahey – Research Fellow in Semiotics; General Secretary - Société française de Zoosémiotique
  • Nelly Mäekivi – Research Fellow in Semiotics
  • Alexandra Milyakina – Research Fellow in Semiotics
  • Mehmet Emir Uslu – PhD Student

Application period has ended. See you in 2023!

Two weeks prior to the start of the programme an information file will be sent to all participants. This file contains the daily schedule and relevant contact information of the programme managers.

Students are responsible for their travel, accommodation and travel insurance (visa arrangements if needed) from their home country to Tartu and back to their home country. It is recommended to visit the Tartu Welcome Centre website and arrival and housing section to find accommodation opportunities.

There are tuition waivers for citizens of Ukraine. They cover the course fee and cultural programme. Accommodation and daily expenses are not included.

In order to apply for the scholarship please submit your application form and upload a motivation letter (no longer than approx 1 A4 page).

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