Keynote speakers

  • Andrew Stables, Professor of Education and Philosophy and Head of Research in the School of Education, University of Roehampton.

    Andrew Stables is Professor of Education and Philosophy and Head of Research in the School of Education. His interests are mainly in pragmatic philosophy of education, and particularly in semiotics. He has taken a leading role in the development of semiotic philosophy of education, and inaugurated the International Network for Semiotics and Education. His publications include the books Living and Learning as Semiotic Engagement (Mellen, 2005), Childhood and the Philosophy of Education: an anti-Aristotelian perspective (Continuum 2008/2011), Be(com)ing Human: Semiosis and the Myth of Reason (Sense, 2012) and Edusemiotics (Routledge, 2015, with Inna Semetsky). He has edited special editions and journal sections of Educational Philosophy and Theory, Studies in Philosophy and Education, The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy and Journal of Philosophy of Education and has published over 100 journal articles.

    Andrew also has experience of empirical research. He is currently Co-Director of the AHRC Design Matters? Project (with Daniels at Oxford) and is interested in lay and professional understandings of key educational concepts such as 'effort' and 'ability' (funded by British Academy).

    Andrew has successfully supervised MPhil, PhD and EdD students across a range of areas, in curriculum studies and language/literacy as well as philosophy and theory of education, and is keen to meet potential research students in these areas.

  • Dario Martinelli, musicologist and semiotician, Director of the International Semiotics Institute and Professor at Kaunas University of Technology.

    Prof. Dr. Dario Martinelli (1974)is also affiliated to the University of Helsinki and the University of Lapland (adjunct professor in both cases). Currently he is also CRO for the Lithuanian Research Council for a 3-year project on Music and Politics, that will be implemented until December 2016.

    He published 8 monographs, 7 edited collections, 2 guest-edited journal issues, 4 entries in scientific encyclopaedias, 6 journal issues as editor-in-chief and about a hundred of scientific articles in refereed journals and collections. His most recent monographs include: Lights, Camera, Bark! (Technologija, 2014), Authenticity, Performance and Other Double-Edged Words (Acta Semiotica Fennica, 2011), A Critical Companion to Zoosemiotics (Springer, 2010), Of Birds, Whales and Other Musicians (University of Scranton Press, 2009). He also wrote a monograph of the “popular philosophy” type, entitled Lettera a un futuro animalista (Mursia, 2014).

    He is member in various scientific and editorial boards, including the doctoral committee for art research at Kaunas University of Technology. He has also served as Guest-Professor at the Finnish Network University of Semiotics, the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and the Academy of Fine Arts in Bari (Italy).

    His academic interests include Musicology, Popular music studies, Film studies, Semiotics, Animal studies, and he is currently developing a new research path called “Numanities”, devoted to the rethinking of the role and paradigm of humanities in nowadays society.

    In 2006, he was knighted by the Italian Republic for his contribution to Italian culture. He is also the youngest winner of the Oscar Parland Prize for Prominent Semioticians, awarded by Helsinki University (2004).

  • Paul Cobley, professor in Language and Media at Middlesex University, London and President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies.

    He is the author of a number of books, including The American Thriller (2000) and Narrative 2nd edn (2014). He is the editor of The Communication Theory Reader (1996), Communication Theories 4 vols. (2006), The Routledge Companion to Semiotics (2009), Realism for the 21st Century: A John Deely Reader (2009), “Semiotics Continues to Astonish”: Thomas A. Sebeok and the Doctrine of Signs (2011) among other books, co-edits Social Semiotics, and is associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing.

    Paul Cobley is co-series editor (with Kalevi Kull) of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition (de Gruyter Mouton) and co-editor (with Peter J. Schulz) of the multi-volume Handbooks of Communication Sciences (de Gruyter).

    He was elected President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies in 2014, was made 9th Thomas A. Sebeok Fellow of the Semiotic Society of America in the same year and is secretary of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies.

  • Frederik Stjernfelt, professor at Aalborg University Copenhagen, awarded with the prestigious Research Prize of Dansk Magisterforening.

    His research areas of interest include semiotics, intellectual history, philosophy of science, and political philosophy.

    Recent publications: Democratic Contradictions of Multiculturalism (with JM Eriksen, 2012), Natural Propositions (2014).