About Us-The European Mind Project Leaders

University of Lapland

Eero Tarasti

Research Director at Lapland University; 
Professor of Musicology at Helsinki University;
Director of the International Semiotics Institute (ISI) at Imatra, Finland;
President of the IASS/AIS (International Association for Semiotic Studies, since 2004)

I have been actively participating to the semiotic movement in the world since the 1970s. I have seen how this new discipline has grown into a new successful  scientific paradigm closely linked to the essence of our globalized media- and technosemiotic  time.  Having educated many doctors of semiotics all over the world, I can only  welcome this paneuropean programme as the most serious effort so far  to establish semiotic studies all over the Europe as a part of its academic syllabus.

In semiotics my special fields are the general theory of semiotics and music, in which fields  I have by now published 32 books  in English, French,  Italian, Finnish, and Bulgarian (the first one in Chinese appearing this year); I am also running the international publishing  series Acta semiotica fennica (in English, some volumes together with Indiana University Press) ; in  the field of musical semiotics I am chairing the international research project Musical Signification (nowadays 600 members) since 25 years.

Suvi Ronkainen

Vice-rector, Professor in Research Methodology, Faculty of Social Sciences

Originally I am a doctor in social psychology, but after several years teaching and researching research methods in multidisciplinary surroundings, my key competence area is in epistemological and methodological practices within human and social scientific research. During the last six years I have been organizing and planning research method education and doctoral education for the University of Lapland.

This background has been important within
the European Mind –project. Semiotics is itself epistemological and methodological approach usable for different disciplines, and a research field – some might like to say a discipline - of its own. To form a systematic doctoral programme based on the innovations of semiotics, and combine the different structures of doctoral studies in four European countries, is a challenging task. This far it has also been intellectually enjoyable!"

Kimberly Cornfield

Project Manager, Finnbarents Project Unit

My educational background is in tourism and business. However, during the last year of my tourism studies I anticipated the importance of project management knowledge in my future career; therefore I decided to complete a one year specialisation programme in project management.

I have been working in EU funded projects at the University of Lapland throughout the past year and a half since my graduation, and my main responsibilities include the projects funded by the lifelong learning programme.  

Aside from managing the European Mind curriculum development project, I was a Project Assistant on the EMACIM curriculum development project, I planned and now manage the RUCHIN curriculum development project and I assist in planning various other projects at the University of Lapland when needed.

The European Mind Project has been challenging and enjoyable! It is a pleasure to work with such great people and have the opportunity to learn something new every day!

New Bulgarian University

Kristian Bankov

Associate Professor and  Head of the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies at New Bulgarian University

I have been a professor in Semiotics at the New Bulgarian University (NBU) since 2006. Before that I was a PhD and assistant professor for more than 10 years. Since February 2007 I have been the head of the Southeast European Center for Semiotic Studies – a department in the same university.  From 2007 I have been the director of the PhD program. I worked in numerous international projects and have been the main organizer of the International Early Fall School in Semiotics (EFSS) since 2006. I have published four books and many articles in general semiotics, semiotics of identity and sociology of consumption.

University of Tartu

Tiit Remm

I am a researcher in semiotics and a PhD student with a research field in semiotics of space and spatial models in social sciences, semiotics of the city. Besides research and lecturing, I have managed local and international youth projects and organisations.

University of Torino

Federica Turco

I have successfully completed a PhD in Semiotics at the University of Torino. After my degree in Science of Communication, with a graduation thesis about the relationship between media events, urban image and semiotics of space, I conducted doctoral research concerning the representation of women in Italian serial TV fiction and put forward my own model for a gender-oriented analysis of audio-visual products.

I have collaborated, as a researcher, with several Research Centres at the University of Torino and with local cultural associations: SCCO (Social Communication Campaigns Observatory), CIRSDe (Research Center for Women’s and Gender Studies), OPET (Local Government Policies Observatory) and OMERO (Olympic and Media Event Research Observatory) where I have  conducted researches on: social communication campaigns, communication strategies of local governments, equal and gender studies, mega event communications, media and public opinion.

Currently I am responsible for communication at CIRSDe and I teach in courses of Semiotics and Communications for public and private Universities in Torino.


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