Sign Systems Studies <p>An international journal of semiotics and sign processes in culture and living nature.</p> University of Tartu Press en-US Sign Systems Studies 1406-4243 Editors’ preface: Lotmaniana and semiotic publications from Tartu <p>Editors’ preface: Lotmaniana and semiotic publications from Tartu</p> Ott Puumeister Kalevi Kull Copyright (c) 2022-12-31 2022-12-31 50 4 471 472 10.12697/SSS.2022.50.4.01 Semiotics and dialectics: Notes on the paper “Literary criticism must be scientific” by Juri Lotman <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> Pietro Restaneo Copyright (c) 2022-12-31 2022-12-31 50 4 473 483 10.12697/SSS.2022.50.4.02 Literary criticism must be scientific <p>Literary criticism must be scientific</p> Juri Lotman Copyright (c) 2022-12-31 2022-12-31 50 4 484 497 10.12697/SSS.2022.50.4.03 Lotman in the Anglophone world: General trends, two new anthologies and a Companion <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> Daniele Monticelli Copyright (c) 2022-12-31 2022-12-31 50 4 498 516 10.12697/SSS.2022.50.4.04 Acta Semiotica Estica <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> Silvi Salupere Copyright (c) 2022-12-31 2022-12-31 50 4 517 520 10.12697/SSS.2022.50.4.05 Hortus Semioticus <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> Eleni Alexandri Tuuli Pern Copyright (c) 2022-12-31 2022-12-31 50 4 521 529 10.12697/SSS.2022.50.4.06 Dissertationes Semioticae Universitatis Tartuensis <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> Kalevi Kull Copyright (c) 2022-12-31 2022-12-31 50 4 530 537 10.12697/SSS.2022.50.4.07 Book series on semiotics in the world and Tartu Semiotics Library <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> Kalevi Kull Silvi Salupere Eva Lepik Copyright (c) 2022-12-31 2022-12-31 50 4 538 545 10.12697/SSS.2022.50.4.08 Fifty volumes of Sign Systems Studies <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> Kalevi Kull Ott Puumeister Copyright (c) 2022-12-31 2022-12-31 50 4 546 598 10.12697/SSS.2022.50.4.09