Juri Lotman: A Basic Introduction and Contemporary Applications

On-site in Tartu 31 July - 10 August 2023

In the year 2022, Juri Lotman would have turned 100 years old, and on this occasion, many conferences, exhibitions, publications, courses, and so forth, were dedicated to him. Lotman was known as a leader (if not the leader) of the Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School (TMSS), one of the co-founders of the semiotics of culture, and, as an individual thinker, the creator and developer of the semiosphere concept. Part of this course is  dedicated to differentiating these three aspects of Lotman’s life story.

The relevance of this course lies in the celebration of Lotman’s centenary and the subsequent demonstration of how his ideas have continued to remain vital, even after his passing. The aim of this course in general is to give a basic introduction to Lotman, and then describe how Lotmanian ideas have found contemporary application. 

Focus area: Semiotics Coordinating unit at UT

Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics

Study Field: Arts and Humanities Course Leader
Erik Kõvamees, University of Tartu 
Format Summer Course Location Tartu, Estonia
Course dates: 31 July - 10 August Apply by:

30 April 2023

ECTS: 4 Fee: 700 €
Study group all students on the level of BA and MA, PhD Language English


Application is closed.


The students will engage in seminars, group-works, and individual assignments under the guidance of our best professors.

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.