The City: History and Semiotics

Any City possesses its own semiotics. The Interest towards the City and the desire to cognizeits intellectual environment remainsunabated as time goes by. Facts, events, peopletransform into signs and meanings that unifyurban communities. Put otherwise, the City produces its semiosphere by turning the facts of his history into signs. Hence, it turns out that any City becomes the owner of his own specific semiotics.Factors affecting the city semiotics stretch from its proper name(s)(e.g. the names of Molotov and Perm), its geographical locationto the city’s body and its tangibilityincluding architectural body, economic development etc.

The dominant factor in the case of Perm isthe Name. The Name constitutesan ancient image. The very fact of the 900th anniversary celebration of the name of Perm emphasizes its semantic saturation and peculiarity.The city's locationas aborder city of Perm onthe Great river Kamaheavily influencesthe urban semiotics.

But the body or the city tangibility does not seem that saturated, as the city does not have a rich architecture and has a relatively weak infrastructure. Thus,one mightpositthat the semiotic field of Perm has its polarities and even voltage.

Prof. Vladimir Abashev - Doctor of Philology, Head of the Journalism Department, Chairman of the Yuryatin foundation and author of numerous publications.