Semiotics, Pop Culture, Animals and the Environment

On-site in Tartu July 31 - August 10, 2023

This course will examine how the relationships and meanings associating humans, animals, and the environment are mediated, constructed, and perceived within pop culture. Animals, environments, and ecosystems – and their relationship to humans – will be examined within the context of spectacles, transmediality, participation culture, atmosphere, rationalization, 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 animals, environments, and pop culture. Moreover, students will be able to identify key concepts and terms, and theoretical processes.

Students will be required to demonstrate their knowledge through a presentation at the end of the course, in which they must examine an object of study by making use of a combination of theories discussed in the course. They may gain an extra credit by submitting, in addition to the presentation, a 300-500 word page explaining a key concept discussed in the course.

Focus area: Semiotics and Culture Studies Coordinating unit at UT

Department of Semiotics

Study Field: Semiotics, Culture Studies, Nonhuman Studies, Media Studies Course Leader Andrew Mark Creighton
Format Mixed: lectures, independent work Location Tartu, Estonia
Course dates: 31 July - 10 August 2023 Apply by: 30 April 2023
ECTS: 3 Fee: 500 €
Study group MA/PhD and advanced BA  Language English


Eleni Alexandri, PhD student in University of Tartu

Andrew Mark Creighton,  PhD student in University of Tartu

Alexandra Milyakina, PhD

Nelly Mäekivi, PhD

Lona Päll,  PhD student in University of Tartu

Application is closed.


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.

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