CECT



Tartu semiootika suvekool
Tartu Ülikool
17.-20. august 2015

Tartu semiootika suvekooli seekordseks teemaks on semiootiline ennustatavus/ennustamatus. Ootame ettepanekuid temaatilisteks sessioonideks ja ümarlaudadeks 15. detsembriks 2014 ja ettekanneteks 16. veebruariks 2015.
Tartu semiootika suvekool on semiootika ja sellega seotud distsipliinidega tegelejate juba traditsiooniline kogunemine, mille õhustik soodustab erinevate valdkondade omavahelist läbikäimist. Seekordne suvekool võõrustab Põhjamaade Semiootikauuringute Assotsiatsiooni IX konverentsi.

Täpsem teave suvekooli teemast ja muust koduleheküljel.
Kontakt: semiotics@ut.ee

Suvekooli korraldab Tartu Ülikooli semiootika osakond koos Põhjamaade Semiootikauuringute Assotsiatsiooni ja Eesti Semiootika Seltsiga.
Konverentsi toetab Euroopa Liit läbi Euroopa Regionaalarengu Fondi (Kultuuriteooria Tippkeskus).

Work in the Arctic: Arctic workshop of the University of Tartu
University of Tartu
29–30 May, 2015

Ülikooli 16, room 212
Department of Ethnology

Life in the Arctic is often depicted as a place where people fight for survival, struggling with the harsh climate, long distances and the limited choice of consumables. Simultaneously, the Arctic is a resource frontier where circumpolar countries develop extraction industries by constructing or maintaining large-scale infrastructure with settlements. A narrative of heroic work under hard conditions is part of the image of life in the Arctic, exploited enthusiastically both by people who live in the region and outside of it. Sometimes the gains of that struggle are measured in high northern wages, sometimes hard work in the Arctic proves the extraordinary toughness of “Northerners”, sometimes modern industry is presented as a symbol of progress.
This workshop will focus on different aspects and interpretations of work in the Arctic. Our goal is to assemble a truly interdisciplinary collection of presentations that will focus upon the cultural and social side of working in the Arctic, contributing to a better understanding of the economic, political or ecological aspects in general.
For more information please contact: Aimar Ventsel, aimar.ventsel@ut.ee

PRELIMINARY PROGRAMME

Friday, May 29

10.00 Art Leete (University of Tartu): Welcome note
10.05 Aimar Ventsel (University of Tartu): Introduction
10.10 Mart Laanemäe (Ministry of Foreign Affairs): Keynote speech: Estonia and the Arctic?
10.40–11.00 Coffee break
11.00 Maura Hanrahan (Memorial University, Canada): The Arctic in the Western Mind
11.30 Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger (University of Vienna, Austria): Living in a workers` camp: gated communities in the Sub-Arctic´s extractive industries – Yukon and Siberia
12.00 Nikolai Vakhtin (European University at St Petersburg, Russia): Work in the Yupik Eskimo Society before and after the Russian Influx
12.30 Nafisa Yeasmin (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland): Interaction of Cross-border Immigrants Communities in the Barents Region: Promoting Sustainable Muslim Entrepreneurships
13.00–14.30 Lunch (for registered participants only)
14.30 Panu Itkonen (University of Helsinki): Changing work patterns in the Skolt Sami reindeer herding community of Sevettijärvi
15.00 Olena Podvorna (Ostroh Academy National University): Foreign And Security Policy Of Russia Towards The Arctic
15.30 Andrian Vlakhov (European University at St. Petersburg, Russia): Working in Barentsburg: modern changes in Soviet town?
16.00 Olga Riabchenko (Kharkiv): Memories of professor B.P.Ostashshenko-Kudriavtsev about the participation in polar expeditions in 1899-1900

Saturday, May 30

10.00 Alla Bolotova (European University at St. Petersburg, Russia): Pride and fear: Belonging to the ‘town-forming’ enterprise in the Russian North
10.30 Yuri Danilov, Mikhail Nikoforov, Egor Egorov (North West Federal University, Yakutsk): Paradigm of the development of Artic peoples in Yakutia for the third millennium
11.00 Elena Liarskaia (European University at St Petersburg, Russia): Indigenous people and migrants (the situation on the labour market of Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Oblast)
11.30–12.00 Coffee break
12.00 Sigrid Schiesser (University of Vienna): Entangled Socialities and Materialities: Sakha Architecture in the 21st century
12.30 Anna Varfolomeeva (Central European University in Budapest): Mining as a Part of Environment:Indigenous people and extractive industries in Karelia
13.00 Pilvi Vainonen (Museum of Cultures, Helsinki, Finland): Ethnographic exhibition and publication on the Arctic
13.30-15.00 Lunch (for registered participants only)
15.00 Nikolai Kulik (Chukotka Branch of North-Eastern Federal University): Chukotka settlement's labour market: a look through magnifying glass
15.30 Valeria Eboli (University of Pisa, Italy): The Arctic legal regime and its specificity
16.30–18.00 Final discussion

Intensive graduate seminar “Old religion and new spirituality: Continuity and changes in the background of secularization”

Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts
May 26-29, 2015
University of Tartu

The seminar will be held in conjunction with the conference “Old religion and new spirituality: Continuity and changes in the background of secularization” (May 26–29, 2015).
The seminar invites PhD students from various disciplines to discuss the historical roots and characteristics of the current religious situation in Estonia characterized by de-institutionalization and de-Christianization. Discussion topics may include the historical process of secularization, its specific features in different countries; combinations of religion and nationalism, effects of nationalism on public religion; changes in the traditional religious groups and churches in the 21st century; atheism and nonreligion, their organized and individual manifestations; and new spirituality, “New Age” and individual religiousness, mixed forms of organized and individual religion.

Invited speakers:

Prof Dr Detlef Pollack (University of Münster)

Prof Dr Paul Heelas (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
 

Dr Abby Day (University of Kent)

For the initial program of the conference, please see http://orns.ut.ee/program

The seminar consists of participation in the full conference program and a discussion conducted and moderated by the conference keynote lecturers Paul Heelas and Abby Day on May 29.

Requirements for participation
Interested graduate students can apply for the seminar by e-mail by March 13, 2015. Students who are not members of GSCSA are required to add a short CV to specify their education and research interests. E-mail address: ktkdk@ut.ee. Maximum number of participants is 16. You will be notified of your participation by March 30, 2015.
Participation in the course is free of charge; accommodation and travel costs of the students of GSCSA will be reimbursed. Working language of the seminar is English.
Reading material (both obligatory and suggested) is made available with the note of acceptance by the student coordinator.

The event is supported by the European Union through the European Social Fund (Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts).

Teaduse ja Religiooni Kolleegiumi XII kevadkool
15.-16. mai 2015
Põltsamaa kirikla (Allika 1)

Kevadkooli teemaks on „Kliima muutus looduses, kultuuris ja religioonis“.
Esinevad Rein Ahas, Piibe Piirma, Meelis Münt, Alar Kilp, Ain Riistan, Roland Karo, Erki Lind, Markus Vihma, Anne Kull.

Buss Tartust väljub reedel kell 8.00 Vanemuise alumisest parklast, tagasi Põltsamaalt buss laupäeval kell 14.00.
Üliõpilastel, kel on vaja ainepunkte, võivad registreeruda ainele „Religioon ja loodus“ 2. osa, USUS.02.055. Ainepunktide saamiseks on vaja aktiivset osalust ning kuulamispäeviku pidamist.
Oodatud on ka muidu huvilised, ent kindlasti palun ette teatada oma osavõtust!

Lisainfo: Anne Kull, anne.kull@ut.ee, mob. 511 7698

Folkloristika külalisõppejõudude loengud

Lecture by Dr Dmitriy Antonov on Russian demonology on April 20

On April 20 at 12.15 Dr Dmitriy Antonov (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow) will deliver the lecture "Influence of folk demonology on Old Russian iconography and literature".
The lecture will be held at 12.15 Ülikooli 17 (Paabel) – 322.

Lecture and seminar by Prof Charles Briggs on April 20 and 21

On April 20 at 16.15 Prof Charles Briggs (University of California, Berkeley) will deliver a seminar on fieldwork methodology. It will be held at Ülikooli 16 – 215.

On April 21 at 12.15 he will give the lecture "Rethinking Folkloristic Perspectives on Contemporary Health: Towards a Poetics of Pandemics".
Venue: Ülikooli 16 – 212.


Additional reading for the seminar and the lecture can be found at the web site http://www.ut.ee/folk/index.php/en


Lecture by Dr Sandis Laime on Latvian Folk Belief on April 27

On April 27 at 12.15 Dr Sandis Laime (Latvian Folklore Archives, Riga) will deliver the lecture "Raganas (night witches) in Latvian folk belief".

The lecture will be held at 12.15 Ülikooli 17 (Paabel) – 322.

Folkloristide kümnes talvekonverents "Mälu. Meenutamine. Muistend"
26.-27. veebruar 2015
Taevaskoja puhkekeskus

Talvekonverents on pühendatud Aino Laaguse 70. sünniaastapäevale

Konverentsi kava

Neljapäev, 26. veebruar

11.30 Tervituskohv ja konverentsi avamine
12.00 Tiiu Jaago “Mõisted “mälu” ja “piir” interdistsiplinaarse uurimisajajärgu folkloristikas”
12.30 Mall Hiiemäe “Võrdlevalt vaimolenditest Virumaa rahvausus”
13.00 Reet Hiiemäe “Mitteverbaalne kommunikatsioon kui usundilise jutuloome osa”
Lõunapaus
14.30 Pihla Siim “Soome kolinud eesti laste lugusid mobiilsusest”
15.00 Piret Voolaid “Folkloristlik pilguheit lapsesuuhuumorile: meenutamist väärt suulistest ütlustest kirjalikeks lugudeks”
15.30 Pille Kippar “Vanaisa Jäneda-lood. Kogemuse kujundamine sotsiaalseks kompetentsiks”
Tee- ja kohvipaus
16.30 Ülo Valk “Üleloomulikkus kui žanriomane ontoloogiline liminaalsus: meenutusi ja muistendeid libaloomadest”
17.00 Aado Lintrop “Šamaanikursus kui pärimusliku protsessi mudel”
17.30 Ergo-Hart Västrik “Maausk meedias: mõiste, teemade ja žanrite dünaamika”
18.00 Aino Laagust meenutades (Rutt Hinrikus, Tiiu Jaago, Birute Klaas-Lang jt.)

Õhtusöök ja Mooste rahvamuusikute kontsert

Reede, 27. veebruar

9.00 Merili Metsvahi “Eesti talurahva seksuaalelu kirjeldused August Wilhelm Hupeli teoses “Topograafilised teated Eesti- ja Liivimaalt””
9.30 Liisi Laineste “Teise maailmasõja sündmuste meenutamine koomiksivormis”
10.00 Liina Paales “Rahvaluule alased mõisted eesti viipekeeles”
10.30 Ell Vahtramäe “Eesti toit ja rahvustoit”
Tee- ja kohvipaus
11.30 Anastasiya Astapova “No Rules – No Trust: Democracy and Rumors about Surveillance”
12.00 Margaret Lyngdoh “On Why the West is a Taboo Direction among the Khasis”
12.30 Alevtina Solovyova “Gold Coins, Singing Monks and Restless Places: A Historical Memory of Mongolian Demonological Topics”
Lõuna
14.00 Väljaande “Uurimusi tänapäevasest kujundkeelest” (Reetor nr. 9, koostaja ja toimetaja Anneli Baran) esitlus
14.15 Paneel “Folkloori piirialad” (diskussant Piret Voolaid)
Mare Kõiva “Zoofolkloristika ja selle dimensioonid”
Renata Sõukand, Raivo Kalle “Etnobotaanika – teadus, mis uurib rahvaliku taimetundmist ja –kasutamist”
Andres Kuperjanov “Etnoastronoomia ja rahvaastronoomia”
Diskussioon
16.00 Talvekonverentsi lõpetamine ja tagasisõit Tartusse

Konverents toimub Eesti Teadusagentuuri projekti IUT2-43 “Traditsioon, loovus ja ühiskond: vähemused ja alternatiivsed dis­kursused” raames. Konverentsi korraldamist ja teesikogumiku välja­andmist toetab Eesti Kultuurkapital ja Euroopa Liit Euroopa Regionaalarengu Fondi kaudu (Kultuuriteooria tippkeskus).

Lähem info: e-post kristel.kivari@ut.ee, tel. 5111290, Ergo-Hart Västrik, e-post ergo-hart.vastrik@ut.ee, tel. 7376214.


5th Winter School of GSCSA "Circulation and Collaboration: Perspectives for/in Interdisciplinarity"
Degree course co-sponsored by the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA) and the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT)

University of Tartu, Estonia
February 2–6, 2015
4–6 ECTS credits

The Fifth Winter School of GSCSA invites you to explore and theorise circulation and collaboration which form essential aspects of scholarly, cultural or social activities. The conception of circulation in global transformations suggests an innovative approach to examine the stakes and implications of circulation, one of the overarching conditions of the increasingly integrated and interconnected world of the 21st century. Today we witness a growth of networks, of new infrastructures and channels that circulate knowledge, information and culture at previously unthinkable speeds, ranges and intensities. This calls for a renewed interest in how cultural forms and expressions are produced, retained, contested or consumed via these new circuits. We should consider how meanings are constituted and codified in the complexity of circulation as well as what is the relationship between cultural circulation and politics. Circulation presents an inspiring theme for interdisciplinary conversations in the humanities and social sciences as it reflects on the human condition, its constraints and its potential for creativity. The process of circulation is related to potential cooperation, or its subversion, a subject that requires further critical thinking. At the same time, with the new millennium has come along conceptual innovation, cross-disciplinary theorising, and vanguard technologies, which point to new theoretical and methodological spaces in which to explore collaboration. Such an approach clearly evokes wide-ranging prospects for interdisciplinarity in research.

The programme of the winter school consists of: 1) interdisciplinary lectures and discussions conducted by Estonian and guest lecturers; 2) seminars in smaller groups (previous preparatory work is expected); 3) one day of specialised and practical workshops outside the customary classroom environment.

All seminars and workshops require previous registration. Workshops have a quota of participants! Lectures are open to public.

Winter school lecturers include:

Prof. Regina Bendix (University of Göttingen)
Prof. Thomas A. DuBois (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
Prof. Penelope Harvey (University of Manchester)
Prof. Matti Sintonen (University of Helsinki)
Prof. Martin Stokes (King’s College London)
Prof. Beat Wyss (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design)
Prof. Alexei Yurchak (University of California, Berkeley)

Deadline for registration is November 24, 2014.

The language of the degree course is English. Accommodation and travel costs of GSCSA students will be reimbursed. Accommodation will be arranged by the organizers, travel details will be provided for the participants.

Programme Director: Prof. Kristin Kuutma, Head of the GSCSA Programme at the University of Tartu
Programme Manager: Laura Siragusa (University of Tartu), laura.siragusa@ut.ee
General Coordinator: Helen Kästik (University of Tartu), ktkdk@ut.ee

More information: here


Intensive graduate seminar/workshop
Cosmopolitan Anthropology
January 14–15, 2015, University of Tartu, Estonia

3–4 ECTS credits

Would it be possible to seriously think about a humanity without frontiers? This intensive seminar will introduce and contemplate the role of cosmopolitanism as a theory of human being, and as a methodology that cuts across disciplines engaged with the current issues of mobility, egalitarianism or free choice of identity. The cosmopolitan project seeks an alternative to constraining classifications and coercive communitarianism such as nationalism or ‘culturalism’. The proposed orientation to the world endeavours to emancipate the individual and the human from symbols and structures that collectivize, homogenize and totalize.
Paul Rabinow (1986): Let us define cosmopolitanism as an ethos of macro-interdependencies, with an acute consciousness (often forced upon people) of the inescapabilities and particularities of places, characters, historical trajectories and fates. The ethos of cosmopolitanism is highly attentive to and respectful of difference but also wary of the tendency for differences to become essentialized.
Pnina Werbner (2008): Cosmopolitanism is about reaching out across cultural differences through dialogue, aesthetic enjoyment, and respect; of living together with difference. Cosmopolitanism is something that emerges from cross-cultural debate: a dialogical, collective creation grounded in a sensibility of hospitality and openness to difference.
Nigel Rapport (2012): Cosmopolitanism offers an alternative to multiculturalism, a different vision of identity, belonging, solidarity and justice, that avoids the seemingly intractable character of identity politics: it identifies samenesses of the human condition that underlie the surface differences of history, culture and society, nation, ethnicity, religion, class and gender.
This seminar is tacitly building on the interrelationship between anthropology and other academic fields. Anthropological thought and its methodology have augmented manifold research but its methods are likewise challenged by new intellectual developments.
The forum is convened by Prof Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu) and Prof Patrick Laviolette (Tallinn University).


Invited speakers include:

Prof Nigel Rapport (University of St. Andrews, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies) specializing in cosmopolitanism and liberalism, individuality, universalism, humanism and freedom.

Dr Huon Wardle (University of St. Andrews, Centre of Cosmopolitan Studies) specializing in cosmopolitanism and modernity, urbanism, creolization, selfhood, adventure and imagination.

Dr Andrew Irving (University of Manchester, Granada Centre of Visual Anthropology) specializing in cosmopolitanism and phenomenology and issues of health and embodiment.

Initial programme

Seminar consists of lectures and discussions conducted by guest lecturers, and roundtable discussions (requires previous preparation). Students are expected to do preparatory reading, participate in the full study programme, and submit a symposium diary (this can be a reflexion or summary of presentations most relevant to the student, about 1500 words) by January 30th, 2015.

ECTS points will be awarded on the following conditions:
3 ECTS on participation in the full seminar programme and + 1 ECTS on completion of a short symposium diary.

Requirements for participation
Interested graduate students can apply for the seminar by sending a short introduction specifying their education and research interests to ktkdk@ut.ee by December 17th, 2014. The working language of the seminar is English. Participation in the course is free of charge; accommodation and travel costs of the students of GSCSA will be reimbursed.

The event is supported by the European Union Social Fund and European Regional Development Fund (Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts & Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory).



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