Epistemology & Semiotics



The Association of Ancient Greek Philosophy ‘syn Athena’ in collaboration with the Laboratory of Semiotics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is organizing the 4th Conference on Epistemology ‘Epistemology & Semiotics’, which will take place virtually in 3-5 December 2021.

After the 1st conference ‘On the unity of knowledge’ (2015), the 2nd conference ‘Didactics of science’ (2017) and the 3rd conference ‘Science & ideology (2019), this year’s conference focuses on the relation between Epistemology and Semiotics, in particular between information and signs, since it is the signs and sign systems, most frequently symbols and symbolic systems (among which also natural languages) that are the main carrier of knowledge and information transmission.

The goals of the conference are

  1. to update our perspective regarding tendencies in the history of signification and in the history of the study of signification
  2. to re-estimate the value of signification and in particular of symbolic systems in the understanding and description of reality and
  3. to examine potential alternatives or novel directions that may serve the purpose of understanding and description of reality in improved ways.

Researchers are invited to submit abstracts in English or Greek related to all epistemological fields and in particular this year on one or more of the following topics.

Semiotics & the sciences (natural/social sciences & health sciences)


Semiotics & the arts (music, visual arts, dance, theater)

 Semiotics & metaphysics

 Semiotics & modern technology

Plenary speakers

Anna Anastassiadis-Symeonidis
Anna Anastassiadis-SymeonidisEmerita Professor of Linguistics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Vassilis Dalkavoukis
Vassilis DalkavoukisAssociate Professor, Ethnography of Greece, Democritus University of Thrace
Vincenzo Fano
Vincenzo FanoProfessor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of Urbino
Pinelope Kampakis-Vougiouklis
Pinelope Kampakis-VougiouklisProfessor of Applied Linguistics, Dean of the School of Classics and Humanities, Democritus University of Thrace
Alexandros Ph. Lagopoulos
Alexandros Ph. LagopoulosEmeritus Professor of Urban Planning, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens
Ioannis Lazaratos
Ioannis LazaratosProfessor of Philosophy: Ontology, Epistemology, Aesthetics, Ionian University
Kyriakoula Papadimitriou
Kyriakoula PapadimitriouProfessor of New Testament: Language, Interpretation, and Hermeneutics, School of Social Theology and Christian Culture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Grigoris Paschalidis
Grigoris PaschalidisProfessor of Cultural Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Fabio Rambelli
Fabio RambelliProfessor of Japanese Religions and Cultural History Department of Religious Studies University of California
Göran Sonesson
Göran SonessonEmeritus Professor of Cognitive Semiotics, Lund University
Panagiotis Sotiropoulos
Panagiotis SotiropoulosPhD in Epistemology & Semiotics, European School of Brussels III, Greek Ministry of Education
Claudine Tiercelin
Claudine TiercelinProfessor of Metaphysics and Philosophy of Knowledge, Collège de France
Zdzisław Wąsik
Zdzisław WąsikProfessor of Linguistics at the Wroclaw School of Banking and Emeritus Profesor senior Adam Mickiewicz University