April 5: Open lecture, seminar with Timo Maran “Ecosemiotics: Towards the Semiotic Understanding of Ecocultures”

Welcome to an open CEFO research forum lecture, seminar with Timo Maran “Ecosemiotics: Towards the Semiotic Understanding of Ecocultures”!

When: April 5 kl. 10.15-12.00 CET

Where: Baltic Sea Library, Geocentrum and Zoom: https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/64699763560

In Anthropocene, understanding and promoting healthy relations between human culture and ecosystems are essential for the sustainable development of culture as well as for the persistence of natural ecosystems. In recent decades, the integration of culture and nature has been studied from different perspectives and under various concepts: ecocultures, social-ecological systems, biocultural diversity, etc. As a part of this general movement, cosemiotics focus on semiosic or sign-mediated aspects of ecology (including relations between human culture and ecosystems). More specifically, ecosemiotics aims to bring out and analyze sign processes and semiotic mechanisms that contribute or inhibit connections of culture and nature. A problematic tendency is the dominance of closed and abstract symbol-based sign systems in modern human civilization. Promising analytical perspectives include the balance of different sign types (icons, indexes, symbols) in culture, biotranslation as interspecies translation between various Umwelten, ecological codes as interspecies communication conventions in ecosystems (that include humans). We could also think about the general semiotic concept to describe semiotically integrated nature and culture. Here the ecosemiosphere concept can be proposed. Ecosemiosphere is characterized by the diversity and heterogeneity of semiotic processes and multispecies communication (including humans and their culture) that is semiotically embedded into material support structures of the environment.

Timo Maran is Professor of Ecosemiotics and Environmental Humanities at the University of Tartu. His research interests are semiotic relations of nature and culture, zoosemiotics and species conservation, and semiotics of biological mimicry. His publications include “Mimicry and Meaning. Semiotics of the Biological Mimicry” (2017) and “Ecosemiotics. The Study of Signs in Changing Ecologies” (2020).


CEFO – The Center for Environment and Development Studies Research Forum, CEFO

Spring 2022 Schedule
The interdisciplinary seminar takes place Tuesdays 10:15-12:00 twice per month during term time via zoom or/and in the Baltic Library, at the Department of Earth Sciences, Villavägen 16. The first and last seminar each term includes planning discussions where PhD-students and researchers suggest future activities. The seminar is hosted by affiliated CEFO Members and supported by CEMUS, NRHU and the Climate Change Leadership Node at Uppsala University.

Time Title and speaker Location
Jan 25
Fouad El Gohary & Isak Öhrlund: “Demand Response – Why people do/don’t respond to price signals in the electricity market” Zoom / Baltic Library
Feb 8
Laila Mendy: “Incumbent-oriented intermediaries and Societal Transformation” Zoom / Baltic Library
Feb 22
Pascoal Gota: “Our history does not exist in the books – Forest patches framing new identities for heritage conservation” Zoom / Baltic Library
March 8
Paul Plummer: “Exploring the role of innovation systems within agro-food sustainability transitions – a case study of the Swedish wild berry industry” Baltic Library
March 22
David Langlet Baltic Library
April 5
Ola Persson: “Unpacking the tensions in a growing second-hand economy – The case of Sweden” Baltic Library
April 12
Jenny Helin Baltic Library
May 3
10:15 -12.00
Elin Boyer Baltic Library
May 17
10:15 -12.00
Sara Gottenhuber Baltic Library
May 31
10:15 -12.00
Sebastian Sobek: The Carbon footprint of hydropower Baltic Library

Who We Are
The Center for Environment and Development Studies Research Forum (CEFO) is a transdisciplinary research forum open to researchers and Ph.D. students at Uppsala University, SLU, and other universities in Sweden. CEFO activities focus on environment, development, and sustainability studies. We collaborate with other universities and departments to enrich research education through our transdisciplinary Sustainability Seminars, Ph.D. courses, workshops, lectures, and field trips. CEFO was initiated by Ph.D. students, staff, and students at CEMUS in 2002 as a research school between Uppsala University and Swedish Agricultural University (SLU).

CEFO is mainly driven by Ph.D. students from across Uppsala University, along with senior faculty support. Our affiliated members and other participants are from diverse departments and disciplines, bringing multiple perspectives to the discussions. We encourage conversations framed by problem, not by discipline.

What We Do
Twice per month we host a research seminar series featuring talks and workshops from CEFO members and invited speakers. We run skills workshops and organize field trips. We also initiate and run student-driven Ph.D. courses in collaboration with faculty and offer opportunities for getting feedback for your research from a wider audience. We welcome new members from all departments who hope to broaden their horizons. Seminars, workshops, and events are open to any interested Ph.D. students, researchers, master’s students, and the interested public.

Sounds interesting?
Below you find a schedule for our activities, you are of course welcome to join them. In addition to that, we would be happy to send you invites to our activities, if you are interested in that please send an e-mail to our recruitment coordinator – narrowcenter@tutanota.com

To become a formally affiliated Ph.D. student see the affiliation agreement and contact the recruitment coordinator (Ryan). If you are a master student or researcher we would be happy to include you in our group as a non-affiliated member. The more the merrier!

Supported by
Uppsala University Climate Change Leadership Node and NRHU Natural Resources and Sustainable Development Programme.

CEMUS Centre for Environment and Development Studies, an interdisciplinary center for education, outreach, and research at Uppsala University and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU).