Semiotics X Translation, 13-14 December 2022

13th and 14th December 2022
Pinni B, 1030B (Olohuone), Tampere University

Semiosis and translation are irremediably linked to each other. Any translatory effort has to account for the semantic contents, contexts, and interpretative habits that define the meaning of the matter being translated. On the other hand, translation, with its many nuances, is a key concept in many semiotic theories and approaches, often described as a mechanism underlying all forms of communication.

With this event, we wish to encourage dialogue and reflection on the relations between the two, as well as closer collaboration between the disciplines of semiotics and translation studies.


Seminar – 13th December 2022

The seminar will be articulated around one keynote presentation by Douglas Robinson, and presentations by Sari Helkala-Koivisto and Mattia Thibault.

Participation is free and open to all. Participants are required to register at the following link:



09:30-10:00 Sari Helkala-Koivisto (Secretary of the Finnish Semiotic Society)

Musical signs in bodily experience, spoken language, and translated texts.

10:00-11:00 Douglas Robinson (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen)
Reading Translational Semiotics Hermeneutically: Juri Lotman’s Культура и взрыв and Wilma Clark’s Culture and Explosion Imagined Icotically as a Single Translingual Text.

Coffee break

11:30-12:00 Mattia Thibault (Tampere University)
New challenges and frontiers for Semiotics and Translation.


Doctoral Consortium – 14th December 2022

In connection with the Semiotics X Translation seminar, Tampere University and Plural will host a Doctoral Consortium open to PhD students working on related topics from the fields of translation, semiotics, media, communication sciences and more.

At the consortium, doctoral students will have the opportunity to present their research and receive feedback on it from other participants as well as our mentors, including Douglas Robinson and J. Tuomas Harviainen.

A Doctoral Consortium is a perfect venue to develop one’s PhD research and to receive feedback and suggestions both from peers and from experienced mentors. It is also a splendid occasion for networking and entering in contact with colleagues working on related topics.



09:00 – 09.10 Introduction of DC and Mentors

09:10 – 10:10 Presentation and discussion of PhD projects

Coffee break

10:25 – 11:25 Presentation and discussion of PhD projects

11:25-11:45 Final Discussion


To participate in the consortium, please look at the Call for Participants.



The seminar will be organised by Plural, the Multidisciplinary Research Centre for Languages and Cultures of Tampere University.

If you have any questions regarding the doctoral consortium or the seminar, please don’t hesitate to contact the organisers:

Mattia Thibault –

Riku Haapaniemi –