TSSS 2024


Tartu Summer School of Semiotics is a series of gatherings that brings together representatives of semiotics and related disciplines with the aim to provide an environment to converse about core issues in semiotics that are of disciplinary as well as transdisciplinary relevance. It revives the tradition of Kääriku Summer Schools of Semiotics held by Tartu-Moscow School of Semiotics. As its forerunner, the Tartu Summer School of Semiotics is a gathering that aspires to promote dialogue between scholars and synthesis between approaches.


TSSS 2023: Coming Soon

Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2023 took place August 24-27 in Tartu. The topic of TSSS 2023 “Coming Soon” was the future – semiotics of the future and the future of semiotics. Central questions were: what – and how – do we know and acquire knowledge about the future? What is the link between the past, present, and future? Read more …

TSSS 2021: Semiotic horizons: time, memory and future(s)

In 2021, TSSS was organised in smaller scale due to covid. The event took place 13–16 August 2021, Sammuli, Estonia. 

Inspired by Lotman’s idea that “consciousness appears to be carried backwards to the moment which preceded the moment of explosion, retrospectively interpreting all that has occurred” (2009[1992]: 16), the conference looked into the relationship between the past, the present and the future. Read more ..

TSSS 2019: Semiotic dimensions of spaces & literacies


Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2019 – Semiotic dimensions of spaces & literacies –  took place August 17-19, 2019 in Tartu. The topic of TSSS 2019 was inspired by Juri Lotman’s proposition that the primary semiotic dualism lies in the duplication of the world in language and the duplication of the human in space. The discussion was on perception of space and spatial metalanguages – how models of space facilitate making sense of nature, society and culture as living environments. 

Read the full CFP here.

TSSS 2019 Book of Abstracts

TSSS 2017: Generalising Gently


Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2017 took place August 15-18 2017 in Tartu. The topic of TSSS 2017 was “Generalising Gently”, which addressed the central and problematic nature of generalisations in semiotic and semiosic processes. 

TSSS 2017 Book of Abstracts

Photos from TSSS 2017 are available here.

TSSS 2015: Semiotic (Un)predictability


Tartu Summer School of Semiotics 2015 took place in Tartu, August 17-20, 2015. The TSSS 2015 was also hosting the IX Conference of Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies and included extended school for BA and MA students interested in the semiotic (un)predictability.

The book of abstracts and the program can be downloaded here.

TSSS 2013: Autocommunication in Semiotic Systems


Dedicated to 40th anniversary of the Thesis on the Semiotic Study of Cultures. A five-day event that took place from August 18 to 23, 2013 in a Kääriku Sports and Leisure Centre in South-Estonia. Program can be downloaded from here. Book of abstracts can be downloaded from here.

TSSS 2011: Semiotic Modelling

Palmse manor

A five-day event that took place from August 22 to 26, 2011 at the secluded Palmse manor in North Estonia.

Book of abstracts can be found here.