5th International Conference of Young Folklorists in Viljandi
University of Tartu Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore and Native Crafts Department of the Viljandi Culture Academy, together with Tartu Nefa Group and the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore (Vilnius), will host the 5th International Conference of Young Folklorists, “Folklore of Connections, Folklore of Conflict”, on October 7-9, 2015, at the Viljandi Culture Academy.
The conference aims to foster academic communication, collaboration and research in the field of folklore by bringing together advanced students and recently graduated scholars from different countries and giving them an opportunity to present their research to an international audience. The forthcoming conference will be the first one held at and in cooperation with the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy, following previous meetings in Tartu (2011, 2013) and Vilnius (2012, 2014).
The three-day programme of the 2015 meeting features around 50 presenters from 17 countries in Asia, Europe, North and South America and two keynote lectures delivered by Dr Alexander Panchenko (Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences/St. Petersburg State University) and Dr William Westerman (New Jersey City University).
Dr Westerman will additionally hold a public pre-conference lecture in Tartu on museums as a space for the inclusion of refugees. The lecture will take place on October 6 at 2:15 pm in Ülikooli 16-212.
The topic of this year’s meeting "Folklore of Connections, Folklore of Conflict" focuses on the role of folklore in the formation of relationships and attitudes, as well as confrontations. Folklore bridges and connects individuals and groups, providing them with means to construct, reinforce, display, or question identities and cultural patterns. As numerous examples from history show, however, folklore serves also as an instrument for exclusion and othering. The same stories, gestures, patterns and objects can be invested with different meanings in varying contexts.
The meeting is made possible through generous support from the following organisations and institutions: the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Embassy of the United States in Tallinn, the Gambling Tax Council, the Ministry of Education and Research (national sciences programme), and the Estonian Research Council (Institutional Research Project "Tradition, Creativity and Society: Minorities and Alternative Discourses" (IUT2-43)).
Conference programme is available at: http://www.ut.ee/folk/index.php/en/events/436-young-folklorists-2015
All are welcome!
Information: Elo-Hanna Seljamaa (elo-hanna.seljamaa [ät] ut.ee) and Ave Matsin (ave.matsin [ät] ut.ee)