Sign Systems Studies 2023-01-17T20:04:24+02:00 Kalevi Kull Open Journal Systems <p>An international journal of semiotics and sign processes in culture and living nature.</p> Editors’ preface: Lotmaniana and semiotic publications from Tartu 2023-01-17T20:04:24+02:00 Ott Puumeister Kalevi Kull <p>Editors’ preface: Lotmaniana and semiotic publications from Tartu</p> 2022-12-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) Semiotics and dialectics: Notes on the paper “Literary criticism must be scientific” by Juri Lotman 2023-01-17T20:04:24+02:00 Pietro Restaneo <p>The present paper is an introduction to and analysis of the article “Literary criticism must be scientific”, presented here for the first time in English translation. The original was published by Lotman in 1967 in the journal Voprosy Literatury. The article by Lotman is a part of a wider debate, started in 1963, that saw structuralists and their opponents dispute the validity and heuristic value of structuralist methodology in literary criticism. The aim of the introduction is to explore Lotman’s engagements with his intellectual context as they emerge in his 1967 article. The first part of the paper discusses the wider context of the debate, and explores the positions of the opponents of structuralism and the ways in which Lotman relates to them. The second part of the paper analyses how Lotman and his structuralist colleagues related to the official Soviet ideology, the diamat. In both cases, it will be seen how Lotman engaged certain aspects of his opponents’ ideas, as well as the official ideology, in order to further his goal of reconciling structuralism and historicism.</p> 2022-12-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) Literary criticism must be scientific 2023-01-17T20:04:23+02:00 Juri Lotman <p>Literary criticism must be scientific</p> 2022-12-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) Lotman in the Anglophone world: General trends, two new anthologies and a Companion 2023-01-17T20:04:23+02:00 Daniele Monticelli <p>This article reconstructs the main foci and changes in the reception of Juri Lotman’s work and Lotman-related scholarship in the Anglophone world. The first part of the article presents a brief critical overview of the history of the translations of Juri Lotman’s works into English and of Anglophone scholarship on Lotman from 1973 to the present. The second part of the article considers more closely three volumes entirely dedicated to Lotman’s work which have most recently been published in English: the anthologies of translated texts by Lotman <em>Culture, Memory and History: Essays in Cultural Semiotics</em> (2019, ed. Marek Tamm) and <em>Culture and Communication: Signs in Flux. An Anthology of Major and Lesser-Known Works by Juri Lotman</em> (2020, ed. Andreas Schönle) as well as <em>The Companion to Juri Lotman: A Semiotic Theory of Culture</em> (2022, eds. Marek Tamm and Peeter Torop).</p> 2022-12-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) Acta Semiotica Estica 2023-01-17T20:04:22+02:00 Silvi Salupere <p><em>Acta Semiotica Estica</em> is an annually published peer-reviewed Estonian-language journal of semiotics based in Tartu, that has been published since 2001. This article gives a brief overview of the history and development of the journal.</p> 2022-12-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) Hortus Semioticus 2023-01-17T20:04:22+02:00 Eleni Alexandri Tuuli Pern <p>The article takes a retrospective look on the history of the online periodical <em>Hortus Semioticus</em> from its inception in 2005 to the present day as the journal celebrates the publication of its tenth issue. We draw on the editorial staff members’ reflections on their experiences while contributing to the publishing of <em>Hortus Semioticus</em>, as well as their hopes and aspirations for the journal’s future.</p> 2022-12-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) Dissertationes Semioticae Universitatis Tartuensis 2023-01-17T20:04:21+02:00 Kalevi Kull <p>Doctoral dissertations in semiotics have been defended at the University of Tartu since 1999; since the year 2000, these theses have been published as the series <em>Dissertationes Semioticae Universitatis Tartuensis</em>. The present paper provides an up-to-date bibliography of the dissertations.</p> 2022-12-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) Book series on semiotics in the world and Tartu Semiotics Library 2023-01-17T20:04:21+02:00 Kalevi Kull Silvi Salupere Eva Lepik <p>We publish a worldwide list of 33 recent semiotics book series, and describe the volumes published in the Tartu Semiotics Library series that was established in 1998.</p> 2022-12-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c) Fifty volumes of Sign Systems Studies 2023-01-17T20:04:20+02:00 Kalevi Kull Ott Puumeister <p>The article gives a brief overview of the publication of the journal <em>Sign Systems Studies</em>. Throughout its publication period that started in 1964 the journal has been edited by a group of Tartu semioticians; the publisher has been the University of Tartu Press. While the first 25 volumes mainly contained articles in Russian, the next 25 volumes have predominantly been given out in English. We provide a list of thematic issues and a complete bibliography of the articles that have appeared in the journal during its entire publication period from 1964 to 2022.</p> 2022-12-31T00:00:00+02:00 Copyright (c)