Universität Wien

132028 SE Close reading and presentations (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work

Update 24.03.2021: Die Unterrichtseinheiten nach Ostern finden bis Semesterende digital statt.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 50 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 10.03. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 17.03. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 24.03. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 14.04. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 21.04. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 28.04. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 05.05. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 12.05. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 19.05. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 26.05. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 02.06. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Wednesday 09.06. 12:00 - 13:30 Digital
Friday 11.06. 10:00 - 18:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar has two objectives. It aims to teach students theoretical concepts that can be effective for their respective projects. The focus of this seminar will be on texts by Juriy Lotman, the founder of the legendary Tartu School. The seminar will focus on its theory of semiotic space. It will make use from the method of Close Reading, which is to open up the text through intensive in-depth reading and the concentration on key concepts. The main text is The Universe of the Mind. A Semiotic Theory of Culture. Tauris, London/ New York 1990. In a second step, we want to ask ourselves how the theory can be applied in concrete terms.
The second objective of the course is the presentation of the respective projects of the students. It is important that the response is not only provided from the seminar leader, but also from the students. The presentation will take place in the context of a small conference probably in June. This seminar is organised by the Institute for European and Comparative Linguistics and Literature/Department of Finno-Ugristics, students from other institutes and subjects are welcome.

Assessment and permitted materials

Credits: Presentation and a Close Reading Paper (max. 5 pages)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Association in the course directory

MAHF01, MHu 103, MHu 202

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:16