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From: Kristi Raudmäe 
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Sent: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 2:56 PM
Subject: Conference: Naming in Text, Naming in Culture - First Call

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you can forward the attached message about Conference: Naming in
Text, Naming in Culture organised by the Department of Semiotics (Faculty of
Philosophy) in the University of Tartu, Estonia to the interested faculties
in your university.

With best wishes,

Kristi Raudmäe
International Relations Office

University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18 50090 Tartu Estonia
phone +372 737 6109
fax +372 737 5508
kristi dot raudmae at ut dot ee


First Call

 Naming in Text, Naming in Culture

14.12.2007 - 15.12.2007, Department of Semiotics, Tartu, Estonia

Nomination through proper names connects - as compared with the general name
- with individual, unique kind of naming and separation of an object from
its background. Proper name is not attached to a conception, instead it
identifies and points to an object. Thus, proper name ought to be a less
important, if not a-semiotic, matter for semiotics. Yet diverse connotations
hook up with the proper name, and make it extremely meaningful. Proper names
form a kind of intersemiotic layer in language that is relatively
independent, though semiotically active in social situations. Theoreticians
of the Tartu-Moscow school ascribe importance to such questions as (i)
proper name as bearer of mythological consciousness, as a social sign that
casts light to covert social processes; (ii) naming and not naming, or
spheres named and spheres not named in culture, shifts of their boundaries
in time and across cultures (including taboo); naming in social identity
construction estrangement techniques bound to naming that are connected with
the creation of the semiotic reality; (iii) the semiotic essence of proper
and general names, their relations and transfer, i.e. - particularisation
and generalisation, identification and categorisation as cultural
mechanisms. A related field of study concerns proper name strategies in
artistic texts that suggest the following topics of special interest for our

  a.. the question of text of art as having the nature of a proper name; 
  b.. the question of meaning and referent of the proper name in order to
search the meanings of a text of art; 
  c.. the question if the proper names in a text of art function as
traditional proper names or the text of art shifts the ontological meaning
of onomastic names; 
  d.. the question if the circle of proper names is increased by the
allusions in and out of the text, quoting and the identification processes
connected with it. 
The study of nomination is heuristically novel and valuable, since it has,
lately, been shadowed by the approach that brings to front narrative or
predication in a more general sense.

Naming connects to the issue of understanding what the world consists of
after all, and with the topic of spatial signification on the metalevel.
Name and naming are not merely about the matter of how signification links
to language and the functioning of language in the semiological gist: the
topic of naming binds names with space and, through space and changes in
space, also with the category of time. Therefore, naming is the very spot
between the physical and the conceptual where semiotisation, or modelling,
takes place with a high probability of being executed with communicative
purposes. If names are elementary units of language, then the creation of
language and world are dynamically and elementarily bound. The creation of
language and the semiotisation of space go hand in hand: 'cultural space'
and units contained in it are essentially ideological - the use of language
and the naming, or the semiotic usage of what exists in space, ought to be
conceptually congenial. Naming binds the two spheres of concrete and
abstract reference as the origin of abstract referents is present in the
concrete ones. On the other hand, our discourse would touch upon the
semiotisation of environment via culture-genetic names. Through naming, we
can draw conclusions back to the structures of cultural areas as spaces of
more or less homogeneous culture traits and the conceptual background of the
latter. Some of the suggested highlight topics are:

  a.. existent items and their names in a cultural space; 
  b.. epochs, proper names, historical chronotopes; 
  c.. compression of descriptions into signifiers of the type of proper
name, helping to organise a cultural space; 
  d.. language, literature, and spatial signification in physical
  e.. naming and intercultural relations. 
 Dates: 15.08.2007 - Registration; Abstracts - 15.10.2007

Registration fee: EUR 40, paid at spot

Contact: Tiigi 78-307, Tartu, Estonia. Phone/fax: +372 7375933. E-mail:
ulle dot parli at ut dot ee

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