Linguistic Landscapes: Using Signs and Symbols to Translate Cities

June 26-30, 2023

Call for applications: December 1, 2022 – February 28, 2023 via the VIU website

This course focuses on the growing interdisciplinary field of Linguistic Landscapes (LL), which traditionally analyses “language of public road signs, advertising billboards, street names, place names, commercial shop signs, and public signs on government buildings”, usually as they occur in urban spaces. More recently, LL research has evolved beyond studying only verbal signs into the realm of semiotics, thus extending the analytical scope into the multimodal domain of images, sounds, drawings, movements, visuals, graffiti, tattoos, colours, smells as well as people. 

Students will be informed about multiple aspects of modern LL research including an overview of different types of signs, their formal features as well as their functions.

Kurt Feyaerts, KU Leuven
Claire Holleran, University of Exeter
Eliana Maestri, University of Exeter
Michela Maguolo, Iuav University of Venice
Luca Pes, Venice International University
Paul Sambre, KU Leuven
Richard Toye, University of Exeter

Who is it for?
Applications are welcome from current final year Undergraduates (finalists, BA3), MA and MPhil/PhD Students in Linguistics, Sociology, Classical Studies, (Business) Communication Studies, History, Cultural Studies, Political Studies, Translation Studies or any other related discipline.

Learning outcomes for participants
This Summer School aims
– to familiarize students with the standard tools and concepts required for collecting, annotating and analyzing data in Linguistic Landscapes research;
– to make students familiar with the latest LL scholarship;
– to enable students to carry out and present LL research in situ in Venice;
– to make students aware of social, economic and political issues such as diversity, racism and discrimination, in- and exclusion, activism and glocal controversies, ideologies and justice, sexual identity, gender equality, etc.;
– to introduce students to discourses and research on LL impacting;
– the cultural profile of our cities (and Venice in particular) and affecting the way we interact with the urban environment; 
– to enable students to apply interdisciplinary LL approaches.

A Certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the course.
Number of ECTS credits allocated: 2

The Program will admit 20 participants.

Students of VIU member universities:
€ 350 incl. VAT.
Students of other universities:
€ 700 incl. VAT.

The fees will cover tuition, course materials, lunches in the VIU cafeteria and Social events.
Student participants will be responsible for covering their own travel expenses to and from Venice, accommodation and local transportation.
VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.

PhD candidates and post-docs from universities in EU universities may be eligible for Erasmus+ mobility grant support. Candidates should consult the International Office in their own university for information about the calls for applications for funding as well as for possible scholarships. VIU will provide any supporting documentation requested for such applications. Contact VIU Erasmus office:

Students will be notified by March 10, 2023 and asked to pay the tuition fee and accommodation fee (if applied for) by March 20, 2023.

Applicants must submit the application form, a letter of motivation – which should include a brief description of the candidate’s research interests, a curriculum vitae and a photo.

For further information, please download the brochure or write to:

Click here for further information and to apply.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, VIU will continue to monitor the situation; should it prevent international travel or the confirmation of the program on campus as scheduled, other practicable solutions will be evaluated. Applicants and confirmed participants will be informed of any changes.