Researching Semiotic Landscapes: New Directions, New Methods

Tuesday 01 May 2018

Supported by funding from CUSO (Conférence universitaire de Suisse occidentale), we are pleased to offer a limited number of places to international doctoral researchers interested in joining Swiss doctoral researchers in a one-day workshop exploring issues of methodology in linguistic/semiotic landscapes. The workshop is deliberately scheduled the day before X-SCAPES begins.

This one‐day workshop is designed for emerging scholars whose work touches on the intersections between language/communication and space/place. Participants may be approaching the study of language and space from the perspective of sociolinguistic and discursive approaches, or from the perspective of literary or cultural studies. In either case, this workshop will be pointedly forward-looking, offering participants a chance to learn about some of the most cutting-edge work being done today in the fields of linguistic and/or semiotic landscapes.

During the course of the day, participants will engage in two applied “master classes” lead by internationally regarded scholars in the field of linguistic/semiotic landscapes and especially for their innovative teaching and research methods:

Dr David Malinowski
Yale University, USA

Prof. Tommaso Milani
University of Gothenburg, Sweden

These hands‐on sessions will be organized around a short presentation‐demonstration, applied exercises (e.g. various multimodal, text‐based analyses), and student‐oriented discussions about conceptual and methodological issues. Students will be required to read in advance of the workshop at least one indicative paper by each of the guest instructors, preparing some initial research notes and talking points. They will, of course, be asked to start thinking about how their work engages – or might engage – linguistic/semiotic landscapes.

The workshop is designed to last one full day, ending with a small apéro.

09:00 to 12:00
Master class: David Malinowski


13:30 to 16:30
Master class: Tommaso Milani

16:30 to 17:30
Reflection/discussion with Crispin Thurlow

Costs for local members of CUSO are covered. The registration fee for non-members is partly subsidized by X-SCAPES and set at CHF20 (including both lunch and the post-workshop apéro). This workshop fee should be paid along with your conference registration fee, please.

If you have any questions about the one-day workshop, please send an email to Maida Bilkic ( rather than to the main X-SCAPES organizers.