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Aleksanteri Conference







The Archaeologies of the Cold War's Metalanguages

The Cold War polarisation of the world political order was accompanied with two dreams. One was that of neutral language and another one of knowledge-based governance that would be immune to political shifts. The panel session offers an interdisciplinary perspective to address the emergence of this approach to language and governance. Both, of course, predate the Cold War; however, we will argue that it was the Cold War context which strongly influenced the ways language and governance were formulated in the 1950s-1980s. Focusing on the new techno-scientific developments in the fields of cybernetics and systems approach, the session examines the influence of the concepts of information and self-generated order in the discourses of Soviet linguistics and semiotics. The papers will examine the history of Tartu-Moscow Semiotic School and its socio-political and scientific context; the uses of cyber-discourses in Soviet management and policy-making; the scientific cooperation and the travel of Conceptualism in the arts across the Iron Curtain.

Friday 30 Oct 9.00-11.00 Session 4