Can Semiotics be Organized? Observations over a 40-year Period

Eero Tarasti
2012 Signata - Annals of Semiotics  
Any efort to portray the life of the semiotician since the gradual institutionalization of our discipline -with all its phases, turns, changes, stabilities -can be done only from a subjective point of view; all depends on who is viewing things and which position he/she occupies in the international semiotic movement. So, personally I have considered semiotics since the beginning, i.e the moment I could join it, a great intellectual challenge -and adventure. Administration of semiotic issues is
more » ... semiotic issues is never an easy project: how could one manage, master, control people who are proper specialists in these ields knowing in advance how anyone is manipulated or guided. However, science is always also a social enterprise including communities and interaction. It is not only cerebral activity, it does not mean that one is closed into a monastery to write the chronicle of the world, like the monk Pimen in Boris Godunov's irst act. Also, some scholars are more inclined than others to organize and administer things. Greimas once told me that my case was rare, since I tried to be active both in organizing and publishing. For a professor getting involved in administration, especially in our days, also can be dangerous. Almost all colleagues whom I know and have done this transfer have adopted another identity altogether. hey hardly say good morning to their former colleagues, they identify themselves with those politicians, administrators and businessmen who nowadays crowd the University Boards. Since my experience stems from a position as a professor in the European Union I guess it is the same elsewhere in this territory. Oten those colleagues are recruited to organization and administration whose cognitive forces have shrunk in science itself, and they want to show their competence instead by ruling others.
doi:10.4000/signata.883 fatcat:kioknk2aprcrtegudnwxh5bksu