Alin Olteanu

Alin Olteanu

I am a postdoctoral researcher and publications coordinator at c:o/re. My main research interest falls at the intersection of embodiment and mediality, which I explore from a semiotic perspective.

I hold a PhD from Roehampton University (London) in philosophy of education and had postdoctoral grants at Kaunas University of Technology and the University of Tartu, besides other academic positions. Having taken a particularly semiotic approach to education, I became interested in multimodality, literacy, digitalization and multiculturalism, as topics of contemporary salience.

At the moment, I am pursuing research on the social and cultural consequences of digitalization. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how digitalization can foster opportunities for rethinking education and scientific practices that support sustainable development. While the extension of human societies onto the virtuality adds layers of representation to the construction of societies and results in new social and political challenges, digital media can also stimulate awareness of humans’ embodied condition and environmental situatedness. This can inspire a non-dualist philosophy, which I explore as a pathway to rethink sustainability.

I serve as Treasurer of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics, Organizational Assistant of the Nordic Association for Semiotic Studies and I represent Germany on the Executive Committee of the International Association for Semiotic Studies.

Selected publications

Olteanu, Alin. 2022. Learning as becoming conscious: a note on Jablonka and Ginsburg’s notion of learning. Biosemiotics, online first. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12304-022-09510-x.

Olteanu, Alin. 2022. Translation form a contemporary media perspective: avoiding culturalism and monolingualism. Social Semiotics 32(1): 143-161.

Olteanu, Alin. 2021. Multimodal modeling: brigding biosemiotics and social semiotics. Biosemiotics 14(3): 783-805.

Olteanu, Alin, Florian Rabitz, Augustė Nalivaikė. 2021. A Semiotic Comparison of Mass Media Representations of the Swine Flu and Covid-19 Pandemics: Observing Narcissus narcosis. Punctum 7(1): 45-65.

Lacković, Nataša, Alin Olteanu. 2021. Rethinking educational theory and practice in times of visual media: Learning as image-concept integration. Educational Philosophy and Theory 53(6): 597-612.

Olteanu, Alin, Cary Campbell and Sebastian Feil. 2020. Naturalizing models: New perspectives in a Peircean key. Biosemiotics 13: 179-197.

Olteanu, Alin. 2019. Multiculturalism as multimodal communication: A semiotic perspective. Cham: Springer.

Stables, Andrew, Winfried Nöth, Alin Olteanu, Sébastien Pesce, Eetu Pikkarainen. 2018. Semiotic theory of learning. London: Routledge.

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