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6th International Conference of Young Folklorists 2016 "Us and Them: Exploring the Margins" in Vilnius, June 1-3, 2016

Place: The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Antakalnio 6, LT-10308 Vilnius, Lithuania
Date: June 1-3, 2016
Organizers: The Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore in Vilnius, Lithuania; Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu, Estonia.
Lithuanian folk culture center

This conference is an international academic event, which annually brings together advanced students and recently graduated scholars from different countries to come to Estonia or Lithuania, and gives them an opportunity to present their research to an international audience. The conference aims to foster academic communication, collaboration and research in the field of folklore.


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.


Dates for Defences of BA and MA theses at the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore in Spring Semester 2016

Eesti ja võrdleva rahvaluule osakonnas toimuvad bakalaureuse- ja magistritööde kaitsmised 31. mail algusega kell 10.15 Kaitsmised toimuvad von Bocki õppehoones (Ülikooli 16-214). Lõputööd tuleb osakonda esitada nii köidetud väljatrükina kahes eksemplaris kui ka PDF-vormingus failina: 23. mai on bakalaureuse- ja magistritööde esitamise tähtaeg.

Enne kaitsmisele lubamist peab õppekava olema täies mahus täidetud. Neil, kel on plaanis kevadel lõpetada, palume vaadata ÕIS-ist üle oma õppekava selle pilguga, et seal oleks olemas kõik vajalikud ained ja ainepunktid (ÕIS: Isikuandmed - Üliõpilase valikud õppekavas - Õppetöö tulemused õppekava kontekstis). Kui tekib küsimusi, siis võtke ühendust Liilia Laanemaniga e-posti aadressil  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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

FLKU.04.097 International Folkloristics (3 ECTS) Ülo Valk, Jonathan Roper

Time: Tue at 12.15-14; week 24-37; place: Ülikooli 16-104

Feb 9th first lecture - On the Concept of Folklore

The following areas will be covered: analytic perspectives and concepts; genres and communicative media; folklore as action and cultural performance (customs, rituals, etc), folk religion and world view.