Prof. Eero Tarasti

Professor, University of Helsinki
Research Director, University of Lapland
Director of the International Association
for Semiotic Studies (IASS/AIS)

Prof. Kristian Bankov
Vice-rector for international affairs and public relations and Head of the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies at New Bulgarian University
21 Montevideo str.; office 126, 1618 Sofia, BULGARIA
Tel: +359 2 8110126
Fax: +359 2 8110171

Tiit Remm
Research fellow
Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu
Tiigi 78, 50410 Tartu

Prof.Massimo Leone

University of Turin
Dipartimento di Filosofia
Via Sant'Ottavio 20
10124 Torino, Italy
Tel. 1: +39 011 670 2750
Tel. 2: +39 011 670 3289




European Mind Project Partners


European Mind project is a partnership between four universities in Finland, Bulgaria, Estonia and Italy with close ties to other public and private organizations associated with semiotics. Each partner university is considered a center for semiotics with high levels of expertise and influence.


The University of Lapland offers the possibility to study in an inclusive international learning environment within the faculties of Art and Design, Education, Tourism and Business, Social Sciences, and Law. It is the only university in Finland where you can study Tourism as a major subject, and the Faculty of Art and Design is one of only two in Finland that offers courses in art education, audiovisual media culture, graphic design, industrial design, and textile and clothing design..

The University of Lapland is also part of the Finnish Semiotic Network University. For this project the university works closely with the International Semiotics Institute (ISI), which is an associate partner of this project.


The New Bulgarian University (est.1991) determines its academic profile in the sphere of human sciences and humanities, natural sciences and new technologies, and arts.

Since1991 there have been semiotic courses in various programmes at the university. From 1995 onwards NBU has been organizing the annual international Early Fall School in Semiotics (EFSS) with 100 world-wide participants.
In 1998 NBU established the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies (SEECSS), offering all levels of semiotic education (BA, MA, PhD). The semiotic center works in close collaboration with the Laboratory of Sociology and Cognitive Science, managing together an interdisciplinary Master’s programme on Advertising and Lifestyles.


The University of Tartu (est.1632) is one of the oldest and most venerable universities in the Baltic countries and is a member of the Coimbra Group.

Approximately 17,500 students are enrolled, including almost 600 international students representing 30 countries. At the University of Tartu, currently more than 3,300 scientific publications are produced every year. About half of all publications are by Estonian scientists in journals (SCI Expanded, SSCI or A&HCI) and are written by Tartu authors. According to the university administration, the most remarkable recent research achievements in socio-cultural sphere have been in the fields of psychology, computational linguistics and semiotics.


The University of Torino is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities.
It has a remarkable tradition of research in traditional subjects such as history, philosophy, law, economics and medicine but it is actually branching out into modern and important sectors, such as food science, social politics, IT, performing arts and communication sciences.
Concerning semiotics, there are courses in various programmes of the university and a PhD Programme in Sciences and Project of Communication and Language, in which semiotics is studied at a high level. The main aim of this three year programme is to promote an interdisciplinary education in the field of scientific research on communication sciences.

CIRCe, the Interdepartmental Centre of Research on Communication (est. 2002) aims is to promote, plan and accomplish interdisciplinary researches on communication and communication applications






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European Mind - Links

International Semiotics Institute (ISI)

New Bulgarian University (NBU)

South Eastern European Center for Semiotic Studies (SEECSS)

University of Tartu (UT)

University of Torino (UNITO)

Interdepartmental Centre of Research on Communication (C.I.R.Ce)

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