Estonian Graduate School of
Culture Studies and Arts
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).
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
Prof Dr Detlef Pollack (University
Dr Paul Heelas (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Dr Abby Day (University of Kent)
the initial program of the conference, please see http://orns.ut.ee/program
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maximum number of participants is 16. You will be notified of your
participation by March
in the course is free of charge; accommodation and travel costs of the
students of GSCSA will be reimbursed. Working language of the seminar
material (both obligatory and suggested) is made available with the
note of acceptance by the student coordinator.
event is supported by the European Union through the European Social
Fund (Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts).
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:
(University of St. Andrews, School of
Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies) specializing in
cosmopolitanism and liberalism, individuality, universalism, humanism
(University of St. Andrews, Centre of Cosmopolitan
Studies) specializing in cosmopolitanism and modernity, urbanism,
creolization, selfhood, adventure and imagination.
(University of Manchester, Granada Centre of
Visual Anthropology) specializing in cosmopolitanism and phenomenology
and issues of health and embodiment.
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
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.
Interested graduate students can apply for the seminar by sending a
short introduction specifying their education and research interests to
email@example.com by December
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).
19–20, 2014, Tallinn University
course of the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts
by the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, and
Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts
seminar invites Ph.D. (and advanced M.A.) students in various fields of
cultural research to discuss together with Prof. Carlo Ginzburg, one of
the most original and influential historians of our time, the current
issues of cultural history and culture studies. The seminar, consisting
of lectures and discussions, addresses more specifically the complex
relationship between truth and proof, both in historical and
aim of this seminar is an interdisciplinary discussion of current
research topics methodologies in culture studies, the enhancement of
international cooperation in scholarship, and the involvement of young
researchers or graduate students in an academic exchange of ideas that
would go beyond the usual conference or lecture outline. The
participants will include, in addition to prof. Ginzburg, five
established Estonian scholars and about twenty-five doctoral students.
(born in Turin in 1939) is a Professor Emeritus at the University of
California, Los Angeles, author of a considerable oeuvre, comprising
about twenty books. He has ranged very widely in his scholarly work,
but his main and major contributions have been made as an historian of
early modern Europe. A pioneering work of microhistory, Il formaggio e
i vermi (The Cheese and the Worms, 1976) remains one of the most
successful and widely-imitated examples of the genre. As well as being
a highly imaginative and productive historian, Professor Ginzburg has
been a methodological innovator of wide influence. He has written about
the nature of historical evidence in Miti emblemi spie (1986; Clues,
Myths and the Historical Method, 1989), and about the idea of
historical proof in History, Rhetoric and Proof (1999). He has also
reflected in his historical works on the nature of his own practice,
highlighting in particular the importance of the connections between
anthropology and cultural history.
September 19, 2014 (open
Tallinn University (Uus-Sadama 5), M-134
Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)
Schema and Bias: A Historian’s Reflection on Double-Blind Experiments
em. Carlo Ginzburg (University of California, Los Angeles)
Tallinn University (Uus-Sadama 5), Atrium (3rd floor)
presentation of the Estonian translation of Carlo Ginzburg’s book No
Island is an Island (Tallinn University Press, 2014)
September 20, 2014
(for registered participants)
Tallinn University (Uus-Sadama 5), M-648
Dr. Marek Tamm
On Small Differences: Ekphrasis and Connoisseurship
em. Carlo Ginzburg (University of California, Los Angeles)
History as Amplification
Hent Kalmo (Université Paris X-Nanterre)
Going Vernacular, or On the Benefits of Distance and Peripheral Vision
Tiina Kirss (Tallinn University)
Lunch for registered participants
What Does the Estonian Werewolf History Tell Us About the Thiess’
Merili Metsvahi (University of Tartu)
Towards the Semiotics of (In)sincerity
Mihhail Lotman (Tallinn University / University of Tartu)
Towards a History of Truth: Some Theoretical Reflections and Medieval
Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)
graduate students (maximum 25) can apply for the seminar by sending a
letter of motivation (ca 100 words) to Tuuli Piirsalu
(firstname.lastname@example.org) by September 5, 2014.
Students who are not members of GSCSA are required to add a short CV to
specify their education and research interests. You will be notified of
your participation by September
are expected to do preparatory reading in order to participate in the
discussions. Upon full participation in the study programme and
completion of a 2000-word essay (in Estonian or in English) in
connection to Carlo Ginzburg’s work (deadline November 30, 2014)
students will be awarded 2 ECTS points.
language of the seminar is English.
in the course is free of charge; the accommodation and travel costs of
the students of GSCSA will be reimbursed.
director: Marek Tamm
Student coordinator: Tuuli
More information here
See Carlo Ginzburg's lecture here
March 2, 2012
University of Tartu
Graduate course of the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and
Arts (GSCSA) 2 ECTS credits (1 without presentation)
Organized by the Department of Semiotics of the University of Tartu;
Estonian Semiotic Association; Estonian Graduate School of Culture
Studies and Arts (European Social Fund); Centre of Excellence in
Cultural Theory (European Regional Development Fund)
The seminar focuses on strategies of communication and interpretation
that appear with cultural polyglotism. The aim is to analyse
intertextuality and cross-mediality as well as other notions from this
terminological field as parameters of cultural polyglotism. The course
takes place in parallel with the conference “Cultural polyglotism”
dedicated to Juri Lotman's 90th anniversary (Tartu, Feb 28 - March 2,
2012). Students’ attendance at the conference is recommended.
The seminar includes three sessions, each 90 minutes. First session is
for discussion on topics brought up from preparatory readings; this is
coordinated by professors Boris Uspenski (Moscow), Margherita De
Michiel (Bologna), Katalin Kroó (Budapest), Indrek Ibrus (Tallinn) and
Peeter Torop (Tartu). Second session is for presentations by doctoral
students and discussion on presentations. Third session is dedicated to
general discussion as well as drawing conclusions from perspectives of
methodology and applications.
Interested graduate students can apply for the seminar by e-mail by
January 20, 2012, specifying a preferred way of participation
(with/without presentation). Students who are not members of GSCSA are
required to add a short CV to specify their education and research
Reading material (obligatory and additional) is made available with the
note of acceptance by January 27, 2012.
The abstract for student presentation (2500-3000 characters, related
with the topic of the seminar and PhD thesis) is due to February 10.
Program of the seminar will be confirmed by February 17.
Maximum number of participants is 15. The program includes 4-5 student
E-mail address: email@example.com The language of the course is English.
Participation at the seminar will be free of charge for the confirmed
participants (including accommodation and food). More information about
accommodation choices will be provided for the participants.
Program director: Peeter Torop
Seminar assistant: Andreas Ventsel, Tiit Remm
Student coordinator: Helen Kästik, firstname.lastname@example.org
information on GSCSA homepage http://www.ema.edu.ee/ktkdk/?s=187
December 9-10, 2011
Degree Course of the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and
Organized by the University of Tartu; Estonian Graduate School of
Culture Studies and Arts; ESF Grant “Analysis of Knowledge Production
in the Context of (National) Heritage Scholarship“; Centre of
Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT)
2 ECTS credits
The seminar on knowledge production proposes to look at sources and
practices of ’knowledge production’ that could be largely termed as
cultural heritage studies. This inquiry proceeds from a reflexive
investigation of disciplinary histories of scholarship embedded in and
shaping the nation-building processes (e.g. ethnology, history,
literature, etc). The making of archives and museums, the formation of
depositories for past repertories, and for records of past cultural
practices or artefacts – all backed by the establishment of relevant
academic programmes – has inherently served the purpose of creating a
national cultural heritage.
With a view of unraveling the institutionalization and social
dissemination of scholarly knowledge, we propose to explore the
politics of institutions, the knowledge legacies of seminal figures in
the field and the identification of their object of research from a
historical perspective and in relevant socio-political context, while
taking into account particular rhetoric and political contingencies.
The study of knowledge making practices in cultural research sheds
light on disciplinary histories, the authoritative positions created,
and the establishment of institutionalized knowledge format.
The aim of this event is an interdisciplinary discussion of current
research methodologies, the enhancement of international cooperation in
scholarship, and the involvement of young researchers or graduate
students in an academic exchange of ideas that would go beyond the
usual conference or lecture outline. The participants will include nine
established scholars and twenty doctoral students.
The scholars participating at the seminar and their topics of interest
Prof. Simon Knell (University
Leicester) “Approaching the object“
Prof. Kristin Kuutma
Tartu) “Knowledge production and ethnographic representation”
Prof. Stefan Berger
Bochum/University of Manchester) “National archives, national museums
and national histories in nineteenth and twentieth century Europe”
Dr. Marek Tamm (Tallinn
“Afterlife of events: How past becomes historical?“
Prof. Dr. Regina Bendix
(Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) “One language, three research
cultures: German language Volkskunde after 1945”
Dr. Mikaela Fenske
(Georg-August-Universität Göttingen) “Narrating region, narrating
Dr. Monika Baar
Groningen) – the role of academies, learned and literary societies in
the foundation and institutionalization of the national heritage
(University of Helsinki) “Tradition and heritage as
lists and catalogues“
(University of Tartu) “Folklore archives and
The graduate school program consists of academic presentations and
The seminar will be carried out in 4 sessions. Each session will
include about 3 presentations of 20 minutes with a longer discussion to
follow, where the main discussants are expected to be the presenters
1. nationalism and ethnographic studies
2. nationalism and history (historical records)
3. heritage and literature (literary works)
4. knowledge production and heritage (conceptualization of heritage)
The essence of the session will be discussion. Each lecturer chooses
1-2 relevant articles/chapters for student assignment.
Students are proposed to give a 10 minute talk on their research topic
or write a reflection (1500-2500 words) on the seminar by December 29.
Student presentations are chosen by the organizers via abstracts sent
for application and assigned to a matching session.
Interested graduate students should send an abstract (500-600 words)
related to the key topics of the seminar by November 5, 2011. Students
who are not members of GSCSA are required to add a short CV to specify
their education and research interests.
notified of the acceptance of your contribution by November 12, 2011.
The literature of the seminar will be available by that time.
takes place in Tartu: Zaal, Raekoja square 10, III floor.
the course is English. Participation at the seminar will be free of
charge for the confirmed participants (this includes accommodation,
food). More information about accommodation choices will be provided
for the participants.
director: Kristin Kuutma
coordinator: Helen Kästik, email@example.com
Seminar is supported by the European Social Fund (GSCSA), European
Regional Fund (CECT), European Science Foundation (ETF Grant No. 7795).
Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA)
University of Tartu, Department of Semiotics; Under and Tuglas
Literature Center; Jakob von Uexküll Centre; Estonian Graduate School
of Culture Studies and Arts; Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory
school in environmental history aims to create a base for meetings and
discussions for young scholars working on topics concerning the
historical co-formation of cultural and natural environments.
Environmental history is a relatively new interdisciplinary field of
research that combines two lines of thought. Firstly, cultural and
historical changes are strongly intertwined with natural changes, and
historical research has to explain how the two influence each other.
Secondly, that our present attitudes and activities in and towards
nature have their own historical and cultural roots that should be
explored carefully in order to understand existing environmental
problems. Environmental history tries to link global environmental
discourses with place-sensitive studies by exploring local and regional
particularities in the development of the human-nature ties, thereby
overcoming nationally fixed approaches in history and culture studies.
topics of the
Case studies in
Baltic environmental history in its different geopolitical contexts
(Baltic Sea region, Russian and Swedish Empire, Baltic states, Baltic
natural exchange between past and present marine and land communities
colonial powers and local environments
origins and formation of current environmental problems and solutions
(University of Lund) abstract
(University of Mannheim) abstract
(Univeristy of Tartu) abstract
(Yale University) abstract
(Tallinn University) abstract
(University of Versailles Saint Quentin) abstract
(University of Tartu) abstract
Ulrike Plath (Under and Tuglas Literature Center, Tallinn) abstract
SEE THE PROGRAMME
school program consists of plenary talks, graduate student
presentations, discussions, as well as a field trip. The summer
school is planned for 20 participants (8 plenary speakers, 12 graduate
All students are asked
to give a
20 minute talk on their research topic, which will be
by a 15-20 minute discussion led by two commentators (one plenary
speaker and one graduate student). The texts of the presentations will
be available for all participants 2 weeks before the seminar. The
plenary lectures will be 45 minutes each and will be supplemented by an
online compendium of basic texts in environmental history. After two
days of intensive discussions we will go for an environmental
historical field trip on Muhu island on the third day.
graduate students should send an abstract (300-600 words) of their talk
by the 14th of March 2011
the following mail addresses:
notified of the acceptance of your contribution by the 15th of February
2011. Participation in the seminar will be free of charge for the
confirmed participants (this includes accommodation, food, field trip).
The summer school will take place on Muhu island
(http://www.muhu.info/eng/) in Koguva village in Vanatoa tourist farm
GSCSA and CECT are financed by the European Union Structural
April 6-8, 2011
Semiotics, University of Tartu
framework of the international conference “Zoosemiotics and Animal
People live and
communicate with animals. There is a tremendous amount of pictures,
stories and myths about animals and human-animal relations in the
history of culture. Sharing the same physical space with other animal
species produces hybrid environments, zoos being an exemplary case.
There is even a certain amount of animality in our everyday perception,
thinking and communication, as a trace of our common evolutionary
heritage with other animal species. The aim of the intensive graduate
seminar is to make such subtle connections visible by using the methods
of zoosemiotics, visual semiotics and ecocriticism. Students are
encouraged to develop a fresh view on their own research objects by
“learning from animals” and using the perspective of animality.
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu.
Author of Emblema: Structure and Pragmatics (2001). Specialist in
visual semiotics and emblematics. Conducts study groups: What can we
learn from animals I, II.
Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, Tallinn University, zoologist
at the Tallinn Zoo. Author of Naturally Animal [Loomult loom] (2004);
Animals: From Ant to Whale [Loomad. Sipelgast vaalani] (2007). Conducts
study group: Animals in myth and culture.
Professor emeritus, Biological Institute, University of Copenhagen,
Denmark. Specialist in biosemiotics and in semiotics of evolution.
Author of Biosemiotics. An Examination into the Signs of Life and the
Life of Signs (2008), Signs of Meaning in the Universe (1996). Presents
a biosemiotic view in the lecture on the role of semiotic processes in
the evolution of animate nature, From genetic to semiotic scaffolding.
Professor of Philosophy and Music at the New Jersey Institute of
Technology, USA. Author of Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of
Sound (2008), Why Birds Sing: A Journey Into the Mystery of Bird Song
(2006), a. o. Specialist in animal philosophy and music. Presents a
view on music as a model for understanding complex animal communication
in the lecture Animal music, animal aesthetics.
Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures at University of
Leeds, UK. Author of Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Literature, Animals,
Environment (with H. Tiffin 2010), Extreme Pursuits: Travel/Writing in
an Age of Globalization (2009) a. o. Specialist in postcolonial studies
and literatures. Presents a postcolonial interpretation of the nature
documentary in the lecture, Attenborough, colonialism and the British
tradition of nature documentary.
graduate seminar invites Ph.D. students in various fields of cultural
research to participate in an interdisciplinary study group of 20
students. The intensive graduate seminar combines the workshops and
group work with access to the state of art research presented at the
conference “Zoosemiotics and Animal Representations”. The seminar
includes 3 lectures (by J. Hoffmeyer, G. Huggan, D. Rothenberg), 3
workshops (by E. Grigorjeva and A. Turovski) and 3 open round tables
(Titled: Futures of Zoosemiotics, Zoo as a Semiotic Environment,
Animals and Ecocriticism). Students are expected to do preparatory
reading in order to participate in the seminar. Upon full participation
in the study programme and completion of a 3000-word essay on the
applicability of the semiotic and cultural studies perspective of
animals in their own research topic (deadline May 15, 2011) students
will receive 4 ECTS points (if an essay will not be submitted, students
will receive 2 ECTS).
the seminar is English.
letter explaining why you wish to participate in this seminar (200-300
short CV (not
needed for GSCSA students)
2011, to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be notified of the acceptance of your
contribution by March 7, 2011.
the course is free of charge; the accommodation and travel costs of the
students of GSCSA will be reimbursed. Accommodation will be arranged by
the organizers, travel details will be provided for the participants.
School of Culture Studies and Arts and the Centre of Excellence in
Cultural Theory are funded by the European Union Structural Assistance.
information: student coordinator Helen Kästik, email@example.com
October 1.-3., 2010
seminar co-sponsored by the Estonian Graduate School
of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA), Centre of Excellence in Cultural
Theory (CECT) and Nordic Network of Narrative Studies (NNNS).
as a tool for thinking, orienting themselves in the
world and coping with the tremendous increase of information in modern
culture. New situations and new forms of communication often involve
new challenges and strains: in response, people tend to develop new
narrative and behavioral strategies to adapt themselves to constraints
the situation puts on them or to test new opportunities it offers. The
present seminar seeks to explore these strategies, particularly
management of subjectivity (identity, voice) in fictional storytelling,
online communication and the stituation of illness.
(University of Leicester,
UK). Voices and Identities on the
Web (Online Communities, Personal Blogs and Discussion Forums)
social media (such as blogs, wikis, social networking
sites) have enabled people to self-publish their life experiences and
to connect with online audiences with unprecedented measure. We will be
looking at the ways in which the autobiographical story fragments found
in these online contexts challenge canonical definitions of
'narrative', are shaped by their participatory discourse context and
perform crucial identity and interpersonal work for their authors.
Tartu, Estonia). Basic Concepts:
Stories, Identities and Voices
introduces basic narratological concepts (story, voice,
identity) used in the study of written and oral narratives and provides
background knowledge for other modules. Students are expected to read
and analyse excerpts from classical works on these concepts (Bakhtin,
Genette, Aczel, Lanser and others).
Jan Alber (University
Germany). Unnatural Voices and
to familiarize students with the wide range of
physically or logically impossible narrators and characters in
fictional narratives. More specifically, we will look at speaking
animals, 'omniscient' first-person narrators, and impossible
characters, and, in a second step, explore their potential functions.
Voices of Illness and Disability
will give an overview of the research on illness and
narrative, with a special emphasis on research about storytelling by
persons having some kind of communicative disability. Quite often
illness narratives are thought of as stories about illness. A more
difficult and maybe less studied area has to do with the ways diseases
affect the ability to tell stories, as for instance in patients with
brain injuries or Alzheimer’s disease. In these cases the disease
affects both cognitive and linguistic abilities making it difficult to
tell stories that adhere to the conventional narrative norms.
invites Ph.D. and M.A. students in various fields of
cultural research to participate in an interdisciplinary study group of
20-30 students. The seminar offers 4 workshops by invited lecturers.
Students are expected to do preparatory reading in order to participate
in the workshops. Upon full participation in the study programme and
completion of a 3500-4000-word essay (deadline November 5, 2010)
students will be awarded 2 ECTS points.
the seminar is English.
letter explaining why you wish to participate in this
seminar (200-300 words)
short CV (not
needed for GSCSA students)
June 14, 2010,
to firstname.lastname@example.org . You will be notified of the
acceptance of your contribution by June 25, 2010.
course fee is
not required; the accommodation and travel costs of the
students of GSCSA and NNNS will be reimbursed. Accommodation will be
arranged by the organizers, travel details will be provided for the
Additional information: Monika Tasa, email@example.com