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Videoloengud argikultuuri muutumisest

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2016. aasta sügisel salvestati UTTVs kümme folkloristika ja etnoloogia alast videoloengut, mille eesmärk on tutvustada meie erialasid gümnaasiumiõpilastele. Videoloengud on seotud Tartu Ülikooli Moodle kursusega "Argikultuuri muutumine" (HVKU.TK.004).


Lona Päll was awarded the second prize for her master's thesis at the Estonian national contest for university students

15. detsembril tunnustati 2016. aasta üliõpilaste teadustööde riiklikul konkursi parimaid. Eesti ja võrdleva rahvaluule magister Lona Päll pälvis oma magistritööga "Ökosemiootiline vaade keskkonna modelleerimisele eesti kohapärimuses Kakerdaja rabaga seotud pärimuse näitel" ühiskonnateaduste ja kultuuri valdkonnas II preemia. Tööd juhendas dotsent Ergo-Hart Västrik. Palju õnne!


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:

Dr. Tuulikki Kurki (University of Eastern Finland, Adjunct Professor, Principal Investigator of the project "Traumatized Borders: Reviving Subversive Narratives of B/Order, and Other");

Dr. Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London, Professor, Director of the Research Centre on Migration, Refugees and Belonging).

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 (6 ECTS), Ülo Valk, Margaret Lyngdoh. 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.


Workshop "Changes and Continuities in the Religious Landscape of Northeast India" on January 19-21, 2017

Venue: Don Bosco Institute, Kharghuli, Guwahati, India

This workshop explores the rapidly changing religious landscape of Northeast India through 1) examining how 'traditional' belief systems are being restructured to give rise to 'new' indigenous religions; and 2) analysing how vernacular indigenous myths and legends have influenced the practice and ritual processes of mainstream religions of the area (Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism). It aims to illuminate and comprehend the motivations behind such changes and their effects on practitioners' daily lives; to discover the linkages and correlations among emerging religious movements; and to determine the impacts that these contemporary forms of expression have on identity formulations within these ethnic communities. Examining these topics in context provides new ways to view and understand the methods by which societies in Northeast India strive to meet the demands of modernity, contributing to the scholarly analysis of post-colonial indigenous peoples. For more information, contact Margaret Lyngdoh at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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).