On spatiality in Tartu–Moscow cultural semiotics: The semiotic subject

  • Anti Randviir Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Tiigi St. 78, 50410 Tartu


The article views the development of the Tartu–Moscow semiotic school from the analysis of texts to the study of spatial entities (semiosphere being most well known of them). It comes to light that ‘culture’ and ‘space’ have been such notions in Tartu–Moscow School to which, for instance, the ‘semiosphere’ does not add much. There are studied possibilities to join Uexküll’s and Lotman’s basic concepts (as certain grounds of Estonian semiotics) with Tartu–Moscow School’s treatment of culture and space through the notion of ‘semiotic subject’. Such an approach allows to see transdisciplinarity, which has come to issue only during the last decade, already in the first conceptions of Tartu–Moscow School where transdisciplinarity revealed itself in the symbiotic use of ‘culture’ and ‘space’.


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Randviir, A. (2007). On spatiality in Tartu–Moscow cultural semiotics: The semiotic subject. Sign Systems Studies, 35(1/2), 137-160. https://doi.org/10.12697/SSS.2007.35.1-2.05