Welcome to the homepage of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies!

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.

NASS also publishes a Newsletter with upcoming semiotics related events, new books and journals from both the Nordic countries and beyond.

To get in contact with NASS, please write to post@nordicsemiotics.org

We have a Facebook page and a Twitter account.

Our last conference, the 13th conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies, titled “Feeling – Skill – Knowledge” took place in Helsinki, Finland, 7–9 June 2023.

Photo: Helsinki Music Centre

The conference focused on the epistemologies and ontologies of signs and minds and how the processes of signification entail different aspects of feeling, skill, and knowledge. Connecting to the systemic relationality of the subject and the world, these viewpoints on doing and being, discourse and development have been at the heart of semiotics through the diachrony in various contexts. Now, in the rapidly, even brutally changing world, understanding signs, signification and their dynamics seems more crucial than ever, as it may affect securing how the human and their practices, their social systems and societies, cultures and the environment may flourish in whatever way the future will unfold. We warmly welcome theoretical and empirical papers investigating the relations of this trio or any of the three concepts that are central to semiosis.

Keynote speakers
• Prof. emer. Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen
• Prof. Dario Martinelli, Kaunas University of Technology
• Prof. Kristiina Ilmonen, Sibelius Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki

Eight graduate students presenting a paper at NASS XIII were supported financially by NASS. Two prizes along with a diploma for the best graduate student presentation were awarded at NASS XIII to Siiri Tarrikas and Hongjin Song.

The conference was organized by the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies with local collaboration of the Semiotic Society of Finland and researchers from the University of the Arts Helsinki, University of Helsinki, Tallinn University, and Aalto University. The conference was held at the Sibelius Academy of the Uniarts Helsinki. The 40th-anniversary symposium of the Semiotic Society of Finland was held in conjunction with NASS XIII.

See Call for Papers and more information about NASS XIII here.


Webmaster: Lauri Linask (post@nordicsemiotics.org)