Semiotics of conflict
Exploring the dynamic nature of conflicts through interdisciplinary & cross-cultural dialogues.
Merit is a PhD student and a junior researcher at the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu. In her research, she examines ways how history education adapts to the rapidly changing environment of the global world and explores possibilities of tackling new cultural and social challenges through teaching about the past. She is a member of the Transmedia Research Group that develops educational environments on the platform Education on Screen devoted to investigating new approaches to cultural literacy. Her research interests are closely connected to topics such as memory conflicts, Russian minority in the Baltics, and historical culture.
Katarina is a PhD candidate and a junior researcher at the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu. She works as a teaching assistant at the Center for Academic Writing and Communication, and as a writing retreat facilitator and event coordinator at the University’s Graduate School. Katarina’s research focuses on hate speech and contested symbols in post-conflict societies and narratives of nation-building. In the context of academic writing research, her interests revolve around writing and emotional well-being, writing groups and peer-feedback, and writing retreat facilitation. As for her doctoral research, her interests revolve around topics such as language and conflict, taboo, memory politics, and futures studies.
Lona is a PhD student in the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu and a junior research fellow in the place-lore research group at the Estonian Folklore Archives. In her research, she is interested in the transformations of semiotic relations between environmental and cultural spheres during conflict discourses and more specifically, how place-lore is incorporated into official, political and public discourses during heated environmental discussions. Her research addresses different topics through several case-studies, e.g. wetlands protection, sacred natural sites and politics of memory, as well as the role of social media in local conflicts. In addition to her academic research, she has been participating in various practical fieldwork and folklore collecting actions and nature protection projects. She is also a wilderness guide.