The Biosemiotics of Owning a Cat

Reading Time: 8 minutes By Thorolf Johannes Van Walsum I started to understand cats around seven months ago. It happened in the days immediately prior to leaving Canada for Tartu, Estonia. Up in Ottawa saying goodbye to my friends at home, I was high in a concrete apartment building. Josh and his girlfriend were arguing about expenses. Luna, Josh’s […]

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The Meaning of Christmas

Reading Time: 6 minutes By Thorolf Johannes Van Walsum As I stepped into the room, a wholesome set of eyes swivelled, turned, peered and glimpsed out from their lounging perches amid the chairs and couches. The first material I was impressed with by the December 16th holiday party of philosophers and semioticians was their magnificent collection of held breaths. […]

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Birds of a feather: An interview with Pauline Suzanne Delahaye on researching crows and other corvids.

Reading Time: 6 minutes Pauline Suzanne Delahaye and Andrew Mark Creighton Pauline Delahaye is a Zoosemiotician and post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Tartu, author of, A Semiotic Methodology for Animal Studies[1], and General Secretary for the Société française de Zoosémiotique[2]. In the following interview, Delahaye discusses her current research on corvids, including methodological issues she has encountered, […]

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Reading Time: 4 minutes What Is a “Thick Description”? Margo Begun | December 22, 2021 Clifford Geertz (1926–2006), American anthropologist, stated that culture is a context. This idea prompted him to develop a method of “thick description” in ethnographic research. A thick description of human behavior can be used to explain not only conduct but also the context. That is […]

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hortus semioticus

Hortus Semioticus is a peer reviewed online journal of semiotics featuring new generation of semiotic researchers.

Hortus Semioticus on eelretsenseeritav semiootika võrguajakiri, mis on pühendatud uue põlvkonna semiootilistele uurimustele.


Our blog is a digital resource where everyone passionate about semiotics can share their knowledge, questions and experience on stuff that matters.

Meie blogi on koht, kus semiootikahuvilised saavad vahendada mõtteid ja infot kõigest, mis loeb.