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This is the official webpage of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies (NASS). NASS home area is constituted by Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden.

The purpose of the Association is to promote the advancement of semiotics as an academic discipline and research domain in the Nordic countries and within the international semiotic community, fostering academic cooperation and highlighting Nordic contributions to the field. For this aim, to endorse contact and cooperation between its members, to provide information on Nordic and international academic activities within the field of semiotics, and to facilitate the development of research collaboration and projects across institutional and national borders. We organize a regular, biennial conference circulating in the Nordic region.

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“Aklas Edipas” by Vincas Kisarauskas (licenced under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Our last conference, the 12th conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies, titled “Meaning in Perception and the Senses” took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, 5–7 November, 2021.

THE XII NASS CONFERENCE was hosted by the Algirdas Julius Greimas Centre for Semiotics and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Philology of Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The conference addressed perception and the senses. Perception and the senses are, for all sentient species, the gateway to the environment and to other organisms and individuals. As such, they are instrumental in comprehending and constructing the world as experienced and lived, and in many respects indistinguishable from semiosis and meaning. This makes their study in semiotics a necessary task.

As a constitutive element of experience and signification, perception and the senses are also an important element in media, cultures, worldviews and histories. Perception and the senses can be construed as a pliable conductor for intermediality, for our imaginaries, and for our bonds to environments and other sentient and sensitive beings as well as ourselves.

This conference focused on how theories of meaning are positioned vis-à-vis perception and senses. The conference papers investigated the relations between perception and the senses and a broad range of semiotic concepts – from representation and semiosis to language, signification, modalities and modelling.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS were Irina Melnikova (Vilnius University), Frederik Stjernfelt (Aalborg University), Irene Mittelberg (RWTH Aachen University), Jacques Fontanille (University of Limoges), and Kay O’Halloran (University of Liverpool).

More information on “Meaning in Perception and the Senses” is available here.


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