Keynote speakers


Prof. Dr. Eero Tarasti, Helsinki University, Finland -President of the IASS/AIS (International Association for Semiotic Studies) (CV)

Eero Aarne Pekka Tarasti (born September 27, 1948 in Helsinki), is a Finnish musicologist and semiologist, currently serving as Professor of Musicology at theUniversity of Helsinki. Married: spouse Eila Marita Elisabet Tarasti, pianist and musicologist.He received his Ph.D. degree at the University of Helsinki in 1978, writing his dissertation Myth and Music on Richard Wagner, Jean Sibelius, and Igor Stravinsky. Then, Tarasti served at the University of Jyväskylä between 1979–1984, where he was appointed Professor of Arts Education in 1979 and Professor of Musicology in 1983. In 1984 he took the position of Professor of Musicology in Helsinki, succeeding Erik Tawaststjerna. Tarasti has held posts as Director or President in several semiotic and musical societies and since the 1970s has written and edited numerous books encompassing a semiotic approach to music. He is the President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies (2004–current).


Prof. Dr. V. Doğan Günay, Dokuz Eylül University, Turkey (CV)

Je suis née en 1957 à Mersin. J'ai fait des études primaires et secondaires à Mersin Entre 1973 et 1976, j'ai fait des études de lycée et en 1978 je suis entrée dans le Département de Français comme Langue Étrangère à l'Université de Gazi. En 1988 j'ai obtenu le diplôme de maîtrise de programme de Langue et  Littérature Françaises de l'Institut des Sciences Sociales de l'Université de Cumhuriyet à Sivas. En 1993 j'ai terminé de thèse de doctorat, en ce qui concerne la sémiotique théâtrale, sous la direction de M. Zeynel Kıran, à l'Institut des Sciences Sociales de l'Université de Hacettepe à Ankara. En 1999 j'ai soutenu ma thèse d'habilitation qui m'a permis d'accéder au grade de maître de conférences. En 1999 j'ai été nommée à la Faculté de Pédagogie de Buca de l'Université de Dokuz Eylul où j'enseigne depuis. Actuellement je travaille comme professeurs des universités dans la même faculté de l'Université de Dokuz Eylul à Izmir.  Dans le domaine de la sémiotique, j'ai publié 5 livres, 5 livres à plusieurs auteurs, et des dizaines d'articles.


Prof. Dr. Massimo Leone, University of Turin, Italy (CV)

Massimo Leone is Research Professor of Semiotics and Cultural Semiotics at the Department of Philosophy, University of Torino, Italy. He graduated in Communication Studies from the University of Siena, and holds a DEA in History and Semiotics of Texts and Documents from Paris VII, an MPhil in Word and Image Studies from Trinity College Dublin, a PhD in Religious Studies from the Sorbonne, and a PhD in Art History from the University of Fribourg (CH). He was visiting scholar at the CNRS in Paris, at the CSIC in Madrid, Fulbright Research Visiting Professor at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, Endeavour Research Award Visiting Professor at the School of English, Performance, and Communication Studies at Monash University, Melbourne, and Faculty Research Grant Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. His work focuses on the role of religion in modern and contemporary cultures. Massimo Leone has single-authored three books, _Religious Conversion and Identity - The Semiotic Analysis of Texts_ (London and New York: Routledge, 2004; 242 pp.); _Saints and Signs - A Semiotic Reading of Conversion in Early Modern Catholicism_ (Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2010; 656 pp.), and _Sémiotique de l'âme_, 3 vols (Berlin et al.: Presses Académiques Francophones, 2012), edited eleven collective volumes, and published more than two hundred articles in semiotics and religious studies. He has lectured in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. He is the chief editor of _Lexia_, the Semiotic Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication, University of Torino, Italy and member of the jury that determines the Mouton d'Or Prize given to the best article published in the internationa journal _Semiotica_ (de Gruyter) in a year (2012, 2013, 2014, chair of the jury in 2014).


Prof. Dr. Farouk Y. Seif, PhD., AIA, Antioch University Seattle, USA (CV)

Farouk Y. Seif is Professor Emeritus of Whole Systems Design Graduate Program, Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle, and a visiting Faculty at Seattle University and Bainbridge Graduate Institute where he continues to teach design for initiating and leading meaningful social/cultural change. Prior to becoming an American citizen, Seif was born and raised in Egypt with a Coptic background, a descendent of ancient Egyptians. He is the founder and director of Isis Institute where he leads the intercultural program in Egypt: “Journey into the Dawn of Time.” received his Ph.D. degree from University of Washington, Seattle in 1990. His doctoral dissertation ”Semiotics and Urban Morphogenesis: Metaphysical Aspects of Ancient Egyptian Monumentality as a Theoretical Approach to Urban Form" designed to reinterpret the ancient Egyptian experience for thoughtful reflections on contemporary life. He has taught and published his work internationally and has contributed to semiotic congresses since 1999, and currently serves as a member of the Executive Board of Semiotic Society of America. Seif was the recipient of the 2010 Fulbright Specialists Program at University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski,” Sofia, Bulgaria.


Prof. Dr. Niculae Mihăiţă, The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania (CV) (CV)

I am a professor of Quantitative Methods in Market Research, eMarketing, Quantitative Methods in Marketing, Fundamentals of Statistics, Business Statistics. 
Thanks to the Romanian academicians M.C. Demetrescu, Edmond Nicolau and British professor Stafford Beer I am cybernetician but I was always fascinated by the wonderful role of statistics for studying quantitative aspects of qualitative findings to bring out aspects of the diversity of phenomena and also by the discovery of essential variables of a process and their strong or weak relationships, real or illusory appearances, hidden or spurious combination, their positive or negative interactions. 

But my current research interests  are foccused  on the theoretical essence of semiotics, as well the actual situation of ‘culture’ in the entire world, cyberspace, virtual realities etc. I do believe that semiotics offer some new aspect, new ‘point’ of new world phenomena. My motivation is  that it can constitutes a new theory and approach to all cultures. Culture certainly is a set of behaviours, all relative, similar and justified, to be observed from outside, but also lived-in-realities with their own goals and aspirations. 
The Cultural Globalization may be a New Paradigm Challenge: for the Informational Statistics Approach Considering Analitical-Holistic Synthesis approach one methodology very promising for analyzing any communication that has a form of a conversation, this approach is in making statistics useful in dealing with conversation analysis. Using it to map out other conversations, or real life situations, real life reports,  pieces of literature etc. Just to see what outcomes one gets. Applied in Poetry for example or in short plays of EUGÈNE IONESCO also, it looks as a great tool for analysis of literary dialogs to show the writers' genius of skillfully weighing characters' in a whole. 
My briefly map of interests: Systems Theory, Social Cybernetic, Informational Statistics, Fuzzy functions, Absurd Theater, Analytic and Holistic Approach, Paradigm Synthesis Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalization of Culture 
So I’d like to work with academics that equally love mathematics and poetry, statistics and literature, geometry and art; to find and measure the value of narratives behind or hidden by antenarratives.


Prof. Dr. Driss Ablali, Lorraine University, France (CV)

Driss Ablali est né le 20 Janvier 1972 à Salé (Maroc). Après avoir obtenu une maîtrise en Langue et littérature françaises, Option Linguistique, à l'Université Moulay Ismail de Meknès (Maroc) avec un mémoire de recherche sur Un captif Amoureux de Jean Genet qu'il analyse du point de vue de la sémiotique de l'énonciation, il soutient un DEA et une thèse de doctorat à l'Université de Paris 10 Nanterre sous la direction de Michel Arrivé. Sa thèse de  doctorat soutenue en novembre 2001, publiée chez l'Harmattan sous le titre La sémiotique du texte. Du discontinu au continu, est un travail d'épistémologie sémiotique. De 2002 à 2012, il est  Maitre de Conférences à l'Université de Franche-Comté. En 2010, il soutient son Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches, sous le parrainage de J.-F. Jeandillou, intitulée: genres, discours, corpus. Contribution à une sémiotique des textes. Depuis septembre 2012, il est Professeur des Universités à l’Université de Lorraine-CREM, où il enseigne la sémiotique des textes et des discours au sein du département de sciences du langage. Son domaine d’activité concerne l'analyse des discours sur corpus et l’histoire des théories sémiotiques. Dans le cadre d’une approche textuelle qu'il appelle SÉmiotique des Genres sur COrpus (SÉGECO), il examine, depuis quelques années, les caractérisations multi-sémiotiques de différents genres de discours en considérant que les corpus sont aujourd’hui les seuls moyens d’accès à une telle entreprise. 
Il a co-dirigé, entre autres, le premier Vocabulaire de la sémiotique (Champion 2009), Linguistique et littérature. Cluny, 40 ans après (PUFC 2010), Sémiotique et communication (Semen 23, 2007), et Textes, documents, Oeuvres. Perspectives sémiotiques (en collaboration, à paraître fin 2103 aux PUR).



Dr. Lutz Peschke, Çankaya University, Faculty of Architecture, Turkey (CV)

Dr. Lutz Peschke is a media scientist and chemist. He studied chemistry in Heidelberg and Bonn. He had his PhD degree in Heidelberg and in the Research Center Jülich. He is involved in the process of Public Understanding of Science and Humanities (PUSH) in Germany since the beginning of 1998. He produced a lot of scientific online portals, science festivals as well as educational science movies and magazines.

Currently, he has been working as the head of the department of digital and print media in the agency for science communication “iserundschmidt” in Bonn. Besides, he is giving lectures at the Institute of Linguistics, Media and Sound Studies, Department for Media Studies of the University of Bonn. Since 2013, he is working as a lecturer at the Faculty for Interior Architecture of Çankaya University Ankara.

His research areas are visual culture studies, science communication, social media, mediatized worlds, online communication and online games.