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 next conference, the 14th conference of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies, titled Creativity – Complexity – Intelligence will take place in Tallinn, Estonia, 11–13 June 2025, along with the 15th Annual Lotman Days.

Drawing by Juri Lotman, © Tallinn University

The intricate interplay of signs with the processes of creativity, complexity, and intelligence are immersed in all varieties, modalities, and ecologies of meaning-making. Meaning-making is always creative, complex, and intelligent, in both its agreements, alignments, and continuums, as well as its incompatibilities, controversies, and contradictions.

The role of creativity in learning and development, be it in humans or non-humans, is integrative within patterns of emergence, reproduction, and decay in complex systems, such as nature, culture, or the individual mind. Intelligence – be it organic or artificial, individual or collective – manifests in various signs and sign systems and is in time creatively transformed through meaning-making.

We kindly invite proposals for conference presentations and sessions of presentations on the dynamic relationships between signs, creativity, complexity, and intelligence and their transformative impact within education, art or the arts, play, and scientific inquiry.

Plenary speakers and prospective deadlines will be announced in autumn 2024.

5-10 graduate students presenting a paper at NASS XIV will be supported financially by NASS. Furthermore, a prize along with a diploma for the best graduate student presentation will be awarded at NASS XIV.

The conference will be hosted by Tallinn University School of Humanities and Juri Lotman Semiotics Repository, and will take place June 2025 in Tallinn, Estonia. The official languages of the conference will be English and Russian. All participants are expected to be present on-site, and online participation is not available.

See more information about NASS XIV here.


Webmaster: Lauri Linask (post@nordicsemiotics.org)