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University of Tartu, Estonia
April 22–24, 2015

The eighth conference of the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory invites researchers to reflect upon the dynamics between cultural theory and cultural practice. Live theory, as we understand it, is cultural theory that is carried out today, that is currently relevant to the effort to make sense of culture as it is lived – practiced and experienced by people – at a particular time and in particular socio-environmental conditions. Lived culture encourages us, as researchers, to understand how and why people do, and make sense of, things in a particular way. Like culture itself, live theory is not conclusively defined or finalised, although it may rely on existing ideas in cultural research. Live theory refers to our constant struggle to find a balance between attempts to interpret culture through analytical conceptualisations and open-ended imaginations, visions that aim to describe emergent cultural phenomena. Furthermore, we see cultural theory itself as part of cultural practice – by describing and explaining culture we also create it in different terms and imageries.

Different types of contribution of and collaborations between scholars from various disciplines are welcome. The topics of the panels are formulated around broad concepts that provide opportunities for different theoretical imaginations of the current research into how culture is being lived today as well as in the past.

Plenary lecturers:
Prof. em. Eileen Barker (Sociology of Religion, London School of Economics)
Who and what belongs where - and when and why? Boundary construction, maintenance and change in new religious movements

Prof. Charles L. Briggs (Folklore Chair, University of California, Berkeley)
Of bats, viruses, humans, trees, and chickens: Multispecies relations and the limits of knowledge

Prof. Hayden Lorimer (Chair of Cultural Geography, University of Glasgow)
Crafting cultural theory at the Gates of Heaven

Panel I: Time and space
Panel II: Nature and culture
Panel III: Borders and centres
Panel IV: Dominants and alternatives

Key dates and deadlines:
Abstracts due: December 12, 2014
Acceptance notification: December 19, 2014

A conference fee is not required but there will be no reimbursement of accommodation and travel costs for conference guests (except for CECT members). More information about accommodation choices will be provided after acceptance notification.

Conference poster and Facebook event

Organisers

The Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (EU, European Regional Development Fund), University of Tartu, Tallinn University

Contact
Conference administrator: Monika Tasa, CECT project manager
Email: cect@ut.ee
Phone: (+372) 737 6534
http://cect.ut.ee

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29.–31. oktoobril 2014 Tallinna Ülikoolis
Mare maja, ruum M-134

Kultuuriteooria tippkeskus võtab VII sügiskonverentsiga kokku ühe oma tööetapi ja annab ülevaate Eesti kultuuris toimivatest erinevatest protsessidest ja neid käivitavatest mehhanismidest.
Juri Lotman ja Boriss Uspenski märgivad oma artiklis “Kultuuri semiootilisest mehhanismist” (1971), et kultuuri põhiülesandeks on korrastada ümbritsevat maailma. Kultuurimehhanismi toimimise vältimatu tingimus on mitut tüüpi struktuuride (kultuurikeelte) eri korrastusastmete olemasolu, mille vahel toimuvad erinevad tõlkeprotsessid.

Kultuur on eriline tähenduseloome mehhanism, mis suudab eneseregulatiivselt toime tulla laviinina pealetungiva uue info kogumisega, säilitades samal ajal mälu ühtsuse ja identiteedi. Tähenduseloome protsess on kahetine. Selle algmeks on tähenduslik plahvatus: miski, mis seniajani oli arusaamatu, muutub ennustamatu nihke tagajärjel selgeks ja silmnähtavaks (kõik asetub oma kohale). Seejärel saab plahvatusest tekst, mis edastatakse kultuuriauditooriumile. Kultuuriteksti tuleb seetõttu käsitleda mitte tegelikkuse, vaid selle rekonstruktsioonina. Igasugune teaduslik uurimus ei ole vaid kultuuri uurimise instrument, vaid ka osa oma objektist, olles korraga nii kultuuritekst kui ka kultuuri metatekst.

Oma kestuse, mälu pidevuse kaudu loob kultuur enesekohase mudeli. Uurides mälumehhanismi, on teadmiste mahu kvantitatiivsel suurenemisel oluline valikuprotsess: missugused faktid/tekstid on kultuuri jaoks väärtuslikud ja väärt säilitamist ning mida tohib/peab unustama. Kollektiivse mälumehhanismi tardumine ning mälu ahenemine iseloomustab ühiskonna elujõu kahanemist ja taandarengut.

Pidev eneseuuendamise vajadus – jäädes teisenedes ikka endaks – on üks kultuuri põhimehhanismidest. Kultuuri dünaamikast arusaamiseks on vaja mõista ja kirjeldada mehhanisme, mis kultuuris pidevalt toimivaid protsesse käivitavad ja töös hoiavad. See mõistmine annab võimaluse protsesse kas suunata või suunamise eest kaitsta.
Sügiskonverentsi eesmärk on Kultuuriteooria tippkeskuse uurimisrühmade koostöös sündinud arusaamade sõnastamine ning nende üle arutlemine.

Konverentsi töökeeleks on eesti keel.
Kõik huvilised on oodatud!

Info konverentsi kohta:
Monika Tasa, Kultuuriteooria tippkeskuse projektijuht, monika.tasa@ut.ee, 737 6534

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University of Tartu, Estonia
October 30 – November 1, 2013

The Sixth Autumn Conference of the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT) focuses on the issues of embodiment, personhood, subjectivity, and experience, as well as on the connection of these concepts with the understanding of cultural identity. The notion of identity is often treated in the framework of controversial efforts of dialogic interpretation. Recognising the individuality of the studied subjects, it becomes tricky to merge a variety of self-understandings into a coherent whole. Identity appears to us as an interconnected play of superficial and fundamental, ideological and physical, essentialised and dialogic. The conceptual initiative of our conference is inspired by these controversial cognitive dimensions. We encourage our colleagues to develop theoretical and empirical approaches through a conceptual matrix that focuses primarily on the proposed concepts of understanding and interpreting cultural identity.

Plenary lecturers include:
Prof. Billy Ehn (Umeå University)
Making the familiar strange. Autoethnography and reflexivity in the cultural analysis of home
Interview in Sirp
Dr. Chris Fowler (Newcastle University)
Death as the transformation of personhood: Relationality beyond the grave
Interview in Sirp
Dr. John Wylie (University of Exeter)
Eye-opener: The phenomenologies of landscape drawing
Interview in Sirp
Dr. Katharine Young (independent scholar, visiting lecturer at UC Berkeley)
The mimetic series of the body: Narrative, memory, and time in somatic psychology
Interview in Sirp
 
Panel I: Revisiting key issues in the methodology of studying culture: reflexivity, representation and experience
Panel II: Negotiating embodied experiences
Panel III:
Learning landscapes: stories, senses and sensitization
Panel IV: Dynamics between public and private
Panel V: Death as the transformation of personhood

Key Dates and Deadlines:
Abstracts Due: June 1st, 2013; Extended Deadline: June 18th, 2013
Acceptance Notification: July 1st, 2013
Registration Deadline: September 15th, 2013
Full Paper Submission: October 15th, 2013

A conference fee is not required but there will be no reimbursement for accommodation and travel costs for conference guests (except for CECT members). More information about accommodation choices will be provided after acceptance notification.

Organisers
Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (EU, European Regional Development Fund), University of Tartu, Tallinn University

Contact
Conference administrator: Monika Tasa, CECT project manager
Email: cect@ut.ee
Phone: (+372) 737 6535


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Tallinn University, Estonia
October 17–19, 2012

The V Autumn Conference of the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT) focuses on the issues of border dynamics in culture. Culture is structured through multiple borders, visible and invisible, making the culture comprehensible and understandable. Borders facilitate communication – as well as block it. Culture b/orders itself against the background of otherwise organised cultures. The functioning of culture can be approached as a continuous negotiation of borders, as an attempt to define itself and its surroundings, to create meaning and translatability. Therefore, temporal, geographical and symbolic borders in culture are never static but in continuous change. Borders are the areas of sharp activity substantially contributing to the dynamics of culture: shifting and moving borders are the basic processes of cultural innovation.

Plenary lectures
Prof. Anssi Paasi (Department of Geography, University of Oulu)
“Border studies on the move: Going beyond territorial-relational divide"
Read the interview with prof. Anssi Paasi in Sirp.

Prof. Stephen Wolfe (Border Poetics research group, University of Tromsø)
“Memoryscapes into borderscapes: Notes on progress towards a border aesthetics”

Read the interview with prof. Stephen Wolfe in Sirp.



Panel I: B/ordering Ruptures: The Dynamics of Self-Description
Panel II: Drawing Borders: (Re-)materialising Ideologies in Landscape and in Practice
Panel III: Imagining and Representing Boundaries of Believable Realities
Panel IV: Silence in Cultural Practices: Agency, Power and Ideology on the Border of Language
Panel V: Movement of Humans and Animals: Freedom, Limits, Margins

Key Dates and Deadlines

Abstracts Due: June 1st, 2012 
Acceptance Notification: July 1st, 2012
Registration Deadline: September 1st, 2012 
Full Paper Submission: September 20th, 2012

A conference fee is not required but there will be no reimbursement for accommodation and travel costs for conference guests (except for CECT members). More information about accommodation choices will be provided after acceptance.

See the poster.

Organisers
Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (EU, European Regional Development Fund), University of Tartu, Tallinn University

Contact
Conference administrator: Monika Tasa, CECT coordinator
Email: cect@ut.ee
Phone: (+372) 737 6535


IV Autumn Conference of the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory
THINGS IN CULTURE, CULTURE IN THINGS

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University of Tartu, Estonia
October 20–22, 2011

Things in culture, cultures in things and lest we forget, all that stuff in between. Objects, artefacts and matter, even sometimes the immaterial, have been comprehensively theorised and contextualised through a number of intriguing case studies. Since the groundbreaking publication of The Social Life of Things in 1986 to the launch of the Journal of Material Culture ten years later, the material world in its cross-cultural, multi-temporal and interdisciplinary study could never quite be the same again. Indeed, the very concern for the effects and affects of the ways in which materiality changes over time is the one that this interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (CECT) seeks to address.

A well known adage in this field of enquiry is that things make people as much people make things. The relationships we develop and share with a tangible arena of artworks, buildings, infra-structures, monuments, relics and everyday objects varies from the remote to the intimate, from the fleeting to the durable, from immediate to mediated, from the passive to the passionate, from the philosophised to the commonsensical. Within the practices of creative processes and their use or non-use of the physical world, things gain meaning and status. They become endowed with agency, symbolism and power. Our journeys through the world of things generate a multitude of emotions: pleasure, attachment, belonging, angst, envy, exclusion, loathing and fear. They also feed into the propagation of on-going myths, narratives and discourses which oscillate between the robust and the ever shifting.

Plenary lectures
Dr. Elizabeth Crooke (Museum and Heritage Studies, University of Ulster)
„Bullet holes bring reality“: The significance of things in the context of the Northern Ireland conflict
Prof. Dr. Ruth-E. Mohrmann (Seminar für Volkskunde/ Europäische Ethnologie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) 
“Research into the history of material culture”
Prof. Stephen H. Riggins (Department of Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
“The natural order is decay: The home as an ephemeral art project”
Dr. Joanna Sofaer (Department of Archaeology, University of Southampton)
“Pots and stories”

Key topics
(i) Dynamics – Changing of meaning, practices, functions and modality in time and space
- displaying / collecting (museums, galleries and institutions);
- archaeological practice / how objects are made meaningful through their use;
- naming and renaming; assembling and dismantling;
- modality, mediation, remediation; (sources of) knowledge of things;
- innovation and technologies;
- biographies of things / life stories;
- recycling, reuse, waste, entropy, heritage.

(ii) Identity – Ways we relate to and use things
- identification / objectification;
- memory (memorials);
- cultural autocommunication;
- symbolic usage of things – heritage, monuments, rituals;
- consumption, consumerism / commodification;
- naming, narrating and silencing (or censoring) things;
- embodiment and things.

(iii) Methodologies – How we study things
- objects and subjects of research;
- material aspects of research / materiality of research;
- disciplinary and interdisciplinary methodologies;
- historiographical approaches;
- what things are - genres and types of things in different disciplines;
- historical epistemologies.

Key Dates and Deadlines
Abstracts Due: June 1st, 2011
Acceptance Notification: July 1st, 2011
Registration Deadline: September 1st, 2011
Full Paper Submission: October 1st, 2011
Conference: October 20th–22nd, 2011

A conference fee is not required but there will be no reimbursement for accommodation and travel costs for conference guests (except for CECT members).

Organizers
Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (EU, European Regional Development Fund), University of Tartu, Tallinn University

Contact
Conference administrator: Monika Tasa, CECT coordinator
Email: cect@ut.ee


Kultuuriteooria Tippkeskuse III sügiskonverents "Aeg kultuuris: vahendamine ja esitamine"

Tartu
28.-30.10.2010

Küsimused minevikust, olevikust, tulevikust ja aja(loo)kultuurist on meie ajastule sümptomaatilised. ‚Aeg‘ kui inimese tegevust ja olemust igati puudutav kategooria võimaldab erinevate kultuuri uurimisega tegelevate teadusdistsipliinide mitmeperspektiivilist vaadet.


Konverents kutsub kriitiliselt ja refleksiivselt arutlema aja kultuuris toimimise aktuaalsete tendentside üle ja teisalt selle üle, kuidas eri meediumid konstrueerivad ‚aega’, milliste privaatsete, institutsionaalsete, grupispetsiifiliste vmt huvide raamistikus. Küsimused suunatud järgmistele omavahel seotud aspektidele aja(lisuse) konstruktsioonis ja representatsioonis (kuid ei pea nendega piirduma):
 • aja mediaalsus ja intertekstuaalsus; aja vahendamise žanrispetsiifika ning selle sotsiokultuurilised, tehnilised jmt arengud;
 • tegusus (agency), privaatne ja avalik ajalisuse produktsioonis (loomes) ja retseptsioonis; võim (empowerment) ja domineerimine ajalisuse konstrueerimises;
 • institutsionaalsed (muuseum, arhiiv, kool jmt) ja grupispetsiifilised ajakäsitlused ja nende vahendamise viisid;
 • aja kategooriline väli sotsiaal- ja kultuuriteadustes; aja mõiste ja käsitlused eri distsipliinides ja uurimissuundades; kuidas me kasutame ajapõhiselt loodud mõisteid oma uurimisobjekti määratlemiseks, kuidas objektitasandi aeg suhestub metatasandi ajaga.

Konverentsi eesmärk on ühtlasi nihestada akadeemilise maastiku mugavat topograafiat ning – asetades keskmesse aja teadvustamise kultuuris – julgustab eriti välja tulema ettekannetega, mis kasutavad ära mitme distsipliini võimalusi uurimisprobleemi lahendamiseks.

Konverentsi formaat näeb ette plenaarettekandeid, ettekannete sessioone, ümarlauda ja lõpudiskussiooni (kokkuvõtted konverentsist). Teeside (200 sõna) tähtajaks 1. mai 2010. Teade ettekande vastuvõtmise kohta ning konverentsi esialgne programm saadetakse 15. juuniks 2010.
03.-04. septembril 2010 toimub konverentsi, peamiselt ümarlauda, ettevalmistav tippkeskuse seminar.


Kultuuriteooria Tippkeskuse II sügiskonverents "Ruum, mälu ja ilme looduskultuuris: teooriast

Tallinn
22.-24.10.2009

Kultuuriteooria tippkeskuse (CECT) rahvusvaheline sügiskonverents keskendub (kriitilisele arutelule tuginedes) humanistlikule lähenemisele, mis eitab või väldib kultuuri ja looduse ontoloogilist eristamist. Looduse ja kultuuri, looduslike ja kultuuriliste protsesside kui sõltumatute ja omavahel põimumata nähtuste analüüs on laialt levinud nii humanitaar-, sotsiaal-, kui ka loodusteadustes. Inimese ja keskkonna vaheliste suhete käsitlemisel on kaua kesksed olnud kaks mõistet - inimmõju ja kultuurmaastik -, mis on oluliselt kujundanud arusaamu inimese rollist Maal toimuvates protsessides. Paradoksaalselt on need mõisted aga hoopis rõhutanud inimkonna erilist väljaspoolsust ning edendanud inim- ja Euroopakeskset kultuurideterminismi. Esile tõstes ruumi tähendust ning arvestades, et kõik protsessid toimuvad mingis kindlas kohas ja ajal, eeldame, et maa(-ala) on meeleliselt tuntav, tajutav ja mäletatav ning et subjektiivsus teadvuse, tegevuse, moraali ja seaduse kujul on osa kõikidest elu vormidest ja kohtadest. Kombineerides antropoloogia, arheoloogia, folkloristika, geograafia, kirjandusteaduse, meedia-uuringute ja semiootika lähenemisi, on konverentsi arutelu eesmärgiks avada kultuuri ja looduse substantset olemust kindlates kohtades ja aegadel.

Ootame ettekandeid, mis pühenduvad mõistelistele, ontoloogilistele ja epistemoloogilistele probleemidele kultuuri ja looduse suhestamisel. Keskmes olev inimeste pühendumine maale, mis väljendub ajaliste ja ruumiliste tegevuste kaudu ning jätab omakorda füüsilise jälje või mälestuse, annab võimaluse arutleda nii teoreetiliste ja metodoloogiliste küsimuste üle, kui ka neid illustreerida erinevate empiiriliste näidetega. Palun saatke oma ettekande teesid (kuni 500 sõna) 15. aprilliks 2009 korraldustoimkonnale (monika_tasa@hotmail.com). Teeside sobivuse kohta konverentsi teemaga anname tagasisidet mai lõpuks, mil saadame laiali ka konverentsi esialgse kava. Lisainformatsiooni leiate meie jooksvalt täienevalt kodulehelt, kus saab alates maist ennast ka osalejaks registreerida.

Korraldustoimkond: Valter Lang, Kalevi Kull, Tiina Peil

Praktilistes küsimustes aitavad Monika Tasa (monika_tasa@hotmail.com) ja Eva Kruuse (evak@ehi.ee).



Kultuuriteooria Tippkeskuse avakonverents

21. - 22. novembril toimub Tartus Barklay hotellis Kultuuriteaduste Tippkeskuse esimene sügis-konverents, mille teemaks on "Kultuuri uurimise võimalikkusest".

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