Perception and the senses are, for all sentient species, the gateway to the environment and to other organisms and individuals. As such, they are instrumental in comprehending and constructing the world as experienced and lived, and in many respects indistinguishable from semiosis and meaning. This makes their study in semiotics a necessary task.

As a constitutive element of experience and signification, perception and the senses are also an important element in media, cultures, worldviews and histories. Perception and the senses can be construed as a pliable conductor for intermediality, for our imaginaries, and for our bonds to environments and other sentient and sensitive beings as well as ourselves.

This conference focuses on how theories of meaning are positioned vis-à-vis perception and senses. We welcome papers investigating the relations between perception and the senses and a broad range of semiotic concepts – from representation and semiosis to language, signification, modalities and modelling.

NASS XII is hosted by the A. J. Greimas Centre for Semiotics and Literary Theory at the Faculty of Philology of Vilnius University. The conference has been supported by the Lithuanian Research Council and the Vilnius University Research Fund.

Organizing Committee
Paulius Jevsejevas (,
Alin Olteanu (

Scientific Committee
Øyvind Eide (University of Cologne), Sara Lenninger (Lund University), Lauri Linask (Tallinn
University), Juha Ojala (University of Oulu), Alin Olteanu (RWTH Aachen University, Kaunas
University of Technology), Tiit Remm (University of Tartu), Inesa Sahakyan (Grenoble Alpes
University), Morten Tønnessen (University of Stavanger)