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CFP: Conference ‘Folklorists are Fallible’ on June 9-10, 2017

The Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore announces a call for papers for a conference entitled ‘Folklorists are Fallible’ to be held on June 9th-10th, 2017.

Folklorists, just like anybody else, are fallible. This event aims to draw out the patterns of fallibility that folklorists show, and to explore what we might learn from this. The keynotes will be delivered by Carl Lindahl (University of Houston) and Karina Lukin (University of Helsinki).

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New Course on Icons and Devotion in Russian Tradition in September 2016

A new course Icons and Devotion in Russian Tradition (HVKU.04.002; 3 ECTS) by Dr Dmitriy Antonov (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow) can be taken as an optional course by all PhD, MA and BA students. Lectures will be held from 9th to 23th September 2016. 
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CFP: Conference "Religion and Nation(alism): Entanglements, Tensions, Conflicts" on November 10-11, 2016

The Estonian Society for the Study of Religions announces a call for papers for the conference titled "Religion and Nation(alism): Entanglements, Tensions, Conflicts" at the University of Tartu, Estonia, 10-11 November 2016.

Recent developments throughout the world have shown that the connections between ethnic and religious identity have not lost their actuality. The relationships between religion and nationalism are multifaceted and interactive; their dynamics is influenced by social and political conditions. The politisation of religion may support ethnic and national unity, whereas religion may lead to particular forms of political activism. The concurrence of ethnic and religious identity (or the lack of it!) may result in nation building or the shaping of an ideology of the ‘chosen people’. Moreover, religious identities may offer possibilities for the formation of communities that cross national borders.

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New Course on Political Folklore and Nationalism in autumn 2016

A new course Political Folklore and Nationalism; 6 EAP can be taken as an optional course by all PhD, MA and BA students. Anastasiya Astapova (University of Tartu) will give lectures from September to December. Everybody is welcome to attend!

Timetable: 09.09.2016 at 12.15 Introductory lecture. Political folklore: definitions and genres (Ülikooli 16-214)

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Library of the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore is closed from 15th to 31st of July

From 15th 31st of July 2013 it is not possible to check out books from the Library of Folklore Department. We are sorry for the inconvenience!

If the books that you have borrowed have a barcode, loans are visible on the Ester library webpage and you can renew due dates in the My ESTER area of the e-catalogue: https://tartu.ester.ee/patroninfo/top

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Classes of Folkloristics in English

Since 2010 the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore has offered regular classes of folkloristics in English, mainly oriented towards MA and PhD students but open to all. In case you are interested in these courses, please contact Liilia Laaneman, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , phone +372 737 5304.

During the autumn semester 2016 the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore will offer the following classes in English:

HVKU.04.001 Political Folklore and Nationalism (3 ECTS) Anastasiya Astapova

 Time: Fridays at 12.15, week 2-16; place: Ülikooli 16-214; First lecture: Sept 9th, 2016

Timetable: 09.09.2016 at 12.15 Introductory lecture. Political folklore: definitions and genres (Ülikooli 16-214)

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