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Dr Maria Ines Palleiro´s Lecture on the Rhetoric of Threat in Belief Narratives: From Personal Experiences to Political Folklore, on the December 15, 2016

On Dec 15th at 12.15 Dr Maria Ines Palleiro (National Council for Scientific Research, Buenos Aires University, Argentina) will deliver lecture "Rhetoric of threat in belief narratives: from personal experiences to political folklore". The lecture will take place in von Bock Building (Ülikooli 16) room no. 214. All are welcome!

The aim is to identify the distinctive features of such rhetoric of threat, dealing with metaphoric identifications with political leaders and with a synechdotic logic of external or global dangers caused to individuals or local identities, that can be identified both in personal narratives, in urban legends and in political discourses. I will examine a personal narrative dealing with cancer which affects common citizens, an urban legend dealing with AIDS, and virtual narratives regarding cancer that has affected Latin American political leaders. My main hypothesis is that there is a thread that connects all these narratives, connected with a synechdotic logic which is a distinctive feature of "rhetoric of infection" connected with conspiracy theories.


CFP: 7th International Conference of Young Folklorists "Negotiations of Belonging" in Narva, October 4-6, 2017

Call for Papers: 7th International Conference of Young Folklorists “Negotiations of Belonging”

October 4-6, 2017 (Narva, Estonia)

Keynote speakers: TBA

The 2017 Conference of Young Folklorists is the seventh of its kind, following previous meetings in Estonia (2011, 2013, 2015) and Lithuania (2012, 2014, 2016). The conference aims to foster academic communication, collaboration and research in the field of folklore by bringing together advanced students and young scholars from different countries and giving them an opportunity to present their research to an international audience. The forthcoming event will also be used to introduce plans for a new English-language MA-programme "Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies" at the University of Tartu.


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 spring semester 2017 the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore will offer the following classes in English:

FLKU.04.044 Demonology of Folk Religion (3 ECTS), Ülo Valk. The course can be taken as an optional course by all PhD, MA and BA students. Time: Mondays at 16.15, week 25-37; place: Ülikooli 16-214; first lecture: Feb 13th, 2017: Legend and belief.

FLKU.04.111 Folklore: Textualization and Textology (3 ECTS), Jonathan Roper (for MA and PhD students). Time: Thursdays at 16.15, week 25-38; place: Ülikooli 16-209. First lecture: March 2nd, 2017: Editing Folklore.

HVKU.04.004 Migration and Refugees (3 ECTS), Anastasiya Astapova. The course can be taken as an optional course by all PhD, MA and BA students. Time: Tuesdays at 16.15; place: Ülikooli 16-215; weeks 24-32, 34. First lecture : Feb 7th: Migration: theories and practices.


CFP: Conference "Deities, Spirits and Demons" on November 9-10, 2017

Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore University of Tartu in co-operation with the Department of Department of Asian, African and Mediterranean Studies, "L'Orientale", University of Naples announces a call for papers for the workshop

Deities, Spirits and Demons in Vernacular Beliefs and Rituals in Asia

9-10 November 2017 – Tartu, Estonia

The study of religions in Asia has been increasingly expanding its spectrum of inquire into the kaleidoscopic realm of local traditions that are specific to a village or a lineage of transmission. Tradition-bearers and ritual experts master the heterogeneous corpus of vernacular beliefs and ritual practices about deities, spirits and demons as an essential part of the foundations of their authority in the community. Local classes of supernatural beings have often been marginalized, sometimes even demonized by institutionalised religions, yet they are alive in daily life in Asia and engage with social and political changes in their respective local and national contexts. Also, narratives about such beliefs transform, all the while evolving with the context wherein they emerge.


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).