Dr. phil.

Alin Olteanu

Adjunct Researcher

Alin Olteanu
Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Linguistik und kognitive Semiotik


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Thursday 12pm to 1pm
Friday 12pm to 1pm
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Alin Olteanu holds a PhD in Semiotics of Education, which he completed at Roehampton University (London), 2015. Among other academic roles, he conducted postdoctoral research on literacy at the Department of Semiotics of the University of Tartu (Estonia) and on multiculturalism at the International Semiotics Institute, based at Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania).

His research on education and multiculturalism, particularly from a semiotic perspective, led him to seek out ways of bridging learning and communication theories. He is interested in the study of language as a medium and in the medial aspect of learning. His current work aims to develop a media semiotic framework that overarches environmental and digital literacies, as an educational requirement for sustainability. To this purpose, he aims to bridge biosemiotics and cognitive semiotics, and the multimodality and trans-mediality approaches to learning and communication.


Academic Roles and Memberships

  • Journal of Social Semiotics - Book reviews editor
  • Numanities: Arts and Humanities in Progress (Springer book series) - vice-editor
  • Nordic Association of Semiotic Studies - Board member
  • International Association for Semiotic Studies - Member
  • International Association for Cognitive Semiotics - Member


Peer reviewed articles

Olteanu, A., Rabitz, F., Nalivaikė, A. 2021. A semiotic comparison of mass media representations of the swine flu and Covid-19 pandemics: Observing Narcissus narcosis. Punctum, 7(1): 45-65.

Olteanu, A. 2021. “Cultural pluralism and communication.” Oxford Bibliographies in "Communication". Ed. Moy, Patricia. New York: Oxford University Press, 22 September.

Campbell, C., Lackovic, N., Olteanu, A. 2021. A “Strong” Approach to Sustainability Literacy: Embodied Ecology and Media. Philosophies 6(14), DOI: 10.3390/philosophies6010014.

Rabitz, F., Olteanu, A., Jurkevičienė, J., Budžytė, A. 2021. A Topic Network Analysis of the System Turn in the Environmental Science. Scientometrics 126.

Campbell, C., Olteanu, A., Feil, S. 2021. Peircean anti-psychologism and learning theory. Chinese Semiotic Studies 17(1): 175-197.

Lacković, Nataša, Olteanu, Alin. 2020. Rethinking educational theory and practice in times of visual media: Learning as image-concept integration. Educational Philosophy and Theory. DOI 10.1080/00131857.2020.1799783.

Olteanu, A ., Campbell C., Feil, S. 2020. Naturalizing models: New Perspectives in a Peircean key. Biosemiotics 13(2):179–197.

Olteanu, Alin. 2020. Translation from a Contemporary Media Perspective: Avoiding culturalism and monolingualism. Social Semiotics, DOI: 10.1080/10350330.2020.1714204.

Campbell, C., Olteanu, A., Kull, K. 2019. Learning and knowing as semiosis: Extending the conceptual apparatus of semiotics. Sign Systems Studies 47(3/4): 352-381.

Olteanu, A., Rabitz, F., Jurkevičienė, J., Budžytė, A. 2019. The case for a semiotic method in Earth system science: Semantic networks of environmental research. Sign Systems Studies 47(3/4): 552-589.

Olteanu, Alin. 2019. Schematic enough to be safe from kidnappers: the semiotics of Charles Peirce as transitionalist pragmatism. Journal of Philosophy of Education 53(4): 788-806.

Olteanu, Alin, Campbell, Cary. 2019. Education, Signs, and the History of Ideas: An interview with Alin Olteanu. Chinese Semiotic Studies, 15(2): 275-288.

Olteanu, Alin, Stables, A. 2018. Learning and Adaptation from a Semiotic Perspective. Sign Systems Studies 46(4): 409–434.

Feil, S., Olteanu, A. 2018. Abduction, Hermeneutics and the Interpretation of Interpretations. Human Arenas 1(2): 206-222.

Olteanu, A., Campbell, C. 2018. A Short Introduction to Edusemiotics. Chinese Semiotic Studies, 14(2): 245-260.

Olteanu, Alin. 2016. The Implications for Education of Peirce’s agapist principle. Semiotica 212: 59-80.

Olteanu, A., Kambouri-Danos, M., Stables, A. 2016. Predicating from an early age: Edusemiotics and the potential of children’s preconceptions. Studies in Philosophy and Education 35(6): 621-640.

Olteanu, Alin. 2014. The semiosic evolution of education. Journal of Philosophy of Education 48(3): 457-473.


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

Olteanu, Alin. 2015. Philosophy of Education in the Semiotics of Charles Peirce: a Cosmology of Learning and Loving. Oxford: Peter Lang.

Stables, A., Nöth, W., Olteanu, A., Pikkarainen, E., Sebastien, P. 2018. Semiotic Theory of Learning: New Perspectives in the Philosophy of Education. New York: Routledge.

Book chapters

Olteanu, Alin. 2021. A proposal for a Biosemiotic Approach to Digitalization: Literacy as Modelling Competence. In: Pagni, E., Simanke, T. R. Eds. Biosemiotics and Evolution : The Natural Foundations of Symbolism, pp. 65-85. Cham: Springer.

Olteanu, Alin. 2021. An overlooked episode in the history of semiotics: The iconoclast controversy and its relevance of the iconic turn. In: Boom, J.C. van, Põder, T.-A. Eds. Sign, Method and the Sacred: New directions in semiotic methodologies for the study of religion , pp. 126-145. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Olteanu, Alin. 2019. Multimodal propositions and metaphors in the movie Submarine: an application of Peirce’s doctrine of Dicisigns. In: Meaning & Co.: The Interdisciplinarity of Communication, Semiotics and Multimodality, eds. Olteanu, A., Stables, A., Borţun, D. 105-126. Cham: Springer.

Olteanu, Alin. 2018. Semiotics as a proposal for a Numanistic educational programme. In: Readings in Numanities: Volume 1, eds. Andreică, O., Olteanu, A. 3-17. Cham: Springer.

Olteanu, Alin. 2017. Reading History: Education, Semiotics and Edusemiotics. In: Edusemiotics – A Handbook, ed. Semetsky, I. 193-205. New York: Springer.

Olteanu, A., Kambouri-Danos, M. 2017. Experiential nature: learning by living. In: Philosophy as Interplay and Dialogue, eds. Strand, T., Smith, R., Pirrie, A., Gregoriou, M., Papastephanou, M. Berlin: Lit Verlag.

Edited Volumes

Olteanu, A., Stables, A. Eds. 2018. Learning and Adaptation: Semiotic Perspectives. Sign Systems Studies, Special Issue 46(4).

Olteanu, A. Stables, A., Borţun, D. Eds. 2019. Meaning & Co.: The Interdisciplinarity of Communi-cation, Semiotics and Multimodality. Cham: Springer.

Andreică, O., Olteanu, A. Eds. 2018. Readings in Numanities. Cham: Springer.


Olteanu, A. 2016. Review of Edusemiotics: Semiotic Philosophy as Educational Foundation. Social Semiotics 26(5): 582-586.