Sign Systems Studies

An international journal of semiotics and sign processes in culture and living nature.

The journal Sign Systems Studies was established in 1964 by Juri Lotman (initially as Труды по знаковым системам - Σημειωτικη), and is thus the oldest international semiotic periodical. Originally (until 1992) a Russian-language series, it is now published in English, and has become a central institution in the semiotics of culture.

Starting from 1998, Sign Systems Studies is published as an international peer-reviewed journal on the semiotics of culture and nature. Issued regularly, one volume per year, it is indexed in major scientific databases. Since 2009, each volume includes four issues.

Periodicity: one volume (four issues) per year.
Official languages: English and Russian, Estonian for abstracts.

Kalevi Kull,  Peeter Torop,  Mihhail Lotman,
Timo Maran,  Silvi Salupere,  Ene-Reet Soovik, Remo Gramigna

Editorial board:
Myrdene Anderson, Professor in the Anthropology department at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Paul Cobley, Professor in Language and Media department at Middlesex University, London, UK

Marcel Danesi, Professor of semiotics and anthropology at Victoria College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Jesper Hoffmeyer, Professor emeritus in Biomolecular Sciences, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Gunther Kress, Professor of semiotics and education in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media of University College London, University of London, London, UK)

Julia Kristeva, Professor emeritus of the University of Paris 7, Paris, France

Winfried Nöth, Professor emeritus of English Linguistics and Semiotics at the University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany, and Professor of cognitive semiotics at São Paulo Catholic University, São Paulo, Brazil
Roland Posner, Professor of German and general Linguistics and Head of the Semiotics centre at the Technical University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Frederik Stjernfelt, Professor in the Department of Communication of Aalborg University, Copenhagen, Denmark

Eero Tarasti, Professor of musicology at the University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Boris Uspenskij, Professor in the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

Jaan Valsiner, Niels Bohr Professor of cultural psychology at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Former members of editorial board include

John Deely (...2017, Professor of philosophy at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, TX, USA)
Umberto Eco (...2016, Professor of semiotics at the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy)
Vyacheslav V. Ivanov (...2017, Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, and at the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia)

Published by

PRINT ISSN 1406-4243
ONLINE ISSN 1736-7409

Vol 46, No 1 (2018)

Table of Contents

The semiotics of models PDF
Winfried Nöth 7-43
The dual essence of pleasure: Willing, imagining and planning the Saussurean sublime and beautiful in surviving daunting nature and culture PDF
Jui-Pi Chien 44-63
The epistemic role of intermedial visual artworks: An analysis of the photobooks Palast der Republik and Domesticidades PDF
Letícia Vitral, João Queiroz 64-89
Surviving finitude: Survival as a constructed foundation of identity PDF
Ott Puumeister 90-116
Biology for linguists: An obstacle or a royal path to concept building? PDF
Patrick Sériot 117-125
Umwelt, Lebenswelt and Dasein seen through the lens of a subjective experience of reality PDF
Zdzisław Wąsik 126-142
Text dynamics: Renewing challenges for semiotics of literature PDF
Katalin Kroó, Peeter Torop 143-167

Reviews and Notes

On the analysis of power and politics from the perspective of Juri Lotman’s semiotics of culture PDF
Andreas Ventsel, Taras Boyko 168-177
A report on the symposium “Juri Lotman and sociosemiotics” (Elva, Estonia, 19–20 May 2017) PDF
Remo Gramigna 178-180