Humanities Grad School

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Welcome to the shared official page of two Estonian graduate schools: Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, and Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics. Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts is a joint venture of Tallinn University (coordinator), University of Tartu, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, and Estonian Academy of Arts. Graduate School of Lingu

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Our winter school closes with a lecture from Stefan Berger (Ruhr University Bochum) at 13:30 titled „Memories of Violent Conflict in Europe – towards agonistic perspectives?”. In this talk, Prof. Berger will introduce theories of agonistic memory and ask how the memory of violent conflict in Europe, wars, civil wars, ideological conflicts, social upheaval, might be affected by moving towards more agonistic perspectives. Building on the work by Anna Cento Bull and Hans Lauge Hansen on agonistic memory, the lecture will work with various examples to underpin how agonistic perspectives might be usefully employed in memory studies across a variety of different themes. Come end your work week with an engaging talk! See you on Zoom!


The last day of the winter school is here! Luckily, we still have two great lectures ahead. The first talk of today will be given by Mette Louise Berg (University College London) at 9:30. Intensified globalization, growing inequality, and upheaval and conflict are creating new patterns of migration and mobility in the 21st century. In her talk, Prof. Berg will address questions such as What differences make a difference in diverse neighbourhoods? Who is rendered deserving of inclusion in the welfare state and its services, and who is not? What forms of hospitality and welcome, as well as hostility and exclusion, are constructed, mobilised, and contested in diverse urban spaces? Join us and Prof. Berg in Jakobi 2-226 or on Zoom!


Universal basic income (UBI) has been a topic of discussion for many years and the concept has gained increasing support over the years. According to some analysts we are in the middle of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’ in which Artificial Intelligence will take over many existing forms of work, creating mass unemployment. Is UBI the best response to this crisis in employment? Find out today at 13:30, when Jonathan Wolff (University of Oxford) will give his talk “The Future of Work”. Join us on Zoom:


As today our participants are enjoying a change of pace on our workshops day, let us introduce the first lecture of tomorrow. At 9:30 tomorrow, Lionel Ruffel (Université Paris 8) will delve into the essence of literary genres: a concept that we usually take as something given and stable. Prof. Ruffel argues that this is not the case, and literary genres are fluid in nature as he discusses a non-binary approach to literature (trans)formations. Join us and Prof. Ruffel in Jakobi 2-226 or on Zoom!


Timo Maran (University of Tartu) will give a lecture today at 14:30 on the degrowth movement: a societal movement which argues against the rapid growth in economy which we have seen over the past years. Prof. Maran will analyse the movement from a semiotic perspective. “To support the degrowth transformation, I propose the view of the semiosis of the living as an understanding that significance arises foremost from the semiotic participation in the specific lived (cultural, social, and natural) ecologies.” Join us and Prof. Maran in Jakobi 2-226 or on Zoom!


At 9:30 today, Laurajane Smith (Australian National University) will give a talk “The emotional politics of heritage” where she will discuss how heritage is mobilized for political gain, both in obvious populistic ways and in a more subtle manner. Laurajane Smith has been the Director of the Centre of Heritage and Museum Studies at the Australian National University since 2014. Her research interests include understanding the way heritage is used as a cultural tool in the process of remembering, forgetting and identity construction and the re-theorisation of heritage. Join us on Zoom!


At 4 o’clock today, William Croft, a world-renowned linguist most known for his work on construction grammar, will give a lecture entitled “Mechanisms of language change (and cultural transmission)". In his talk, Croft will introduce an evolutionary framework for understanding language change for a theory of how linguistic variation is generated and then propagated through a speech community. Join us on Zoom!


Our first lecture will be by Rebecca Braun (National University of Ireland Galway), who will talk about exploring literary texts as tools for social transformations. In her own words: “I show how literary texts allow their readers to reposition themselves in relation to multiple possible worlds and sketch out distinct plans of action, for both themselves and others, that are informed by powerfully imagined lived experience.” Join us on Zoom at 9:30!


Järgmisel esmaspäeval algab kultuuriteaduste ja kunstide doktorikooli raames korraldatav 11. talvekool, mille keskseteks teemadeks on sotsio-kultuurilised muutused ja siirded. Loengud ja doktoriõppe reformile keskenduv ümarlaud on jälgitavad ka veebis.
Have you already checked out the programme for the 11th Winter School of the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts? The Winter School, entitled “Transformations, Transfers, Transitions” starts next Monday, 31.01. The full programme with links is available here:
See you there!


Jäänud on viimane nädal registreerumiseks!

Enesejuhtimise koolituse eesmärgiks on luua doktorantidele ja juhendajatele võimalus isikliku efektiivsuse, motivatsiooni ja loovuse teemasid analüüsides mõista paremini enda ressursse efektiivsemaks enesejuhtimiseks. Koolitus tutvustab enesejuhtimise võtteid isikliku efektiivsuse suurendamiseks. Koolitajateks on Kadri Kõiv ja Mari-Liis Järg (DevelopDesign OÜ).

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18. jaanuar toimub enesejuhtimiskoolitus. Enesejuhtimise koolituse eesmärgiks on luua doktorantidele võimalus isikliku efektiivsuse, motivatsiooni ja loovuse teemasid analüüsides mõista paremini enda ressursse efektiivsemaks enesejuhtimiseks. Koolitus tutvustab enesejuhtimise võtteid isikliku efektiivsuse suurendamiseks. Koolitajateks on Kadri Kõiv ja Mari-Liis Järg (DevelopDesign OÜ)

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Graduate Schools GSCSA and GSLPS invite you to participate in the 11th Winter School “Transformations, Transfers, Transitions” (January 31 – February 4th 2022).

The COVID-19 crisis of 2020-2021 provides us with an opportunity to envision diverse transitions and transformations. This Winter School invites you to embark on a critical reflection on the agency of transformation, its pivotal actors, the possible pathways of empowerment, but also the unintended changes. What does historical research say about the transformation of societies after epidemics and other cataclysms? Do crises encourage cultural conservatism and nostalgia? What kinds of utopian and dystopian narratives do crises engender? Do they force us to re-consider our relationships with other cultures or the non-human? What kinds of cultural and linguistic transfers and translations emerge? How do we live ethically in the post-crisis world? What insights can the humanities provide to the discussion of climate change and circular economy?

Online registration closes December 20.

More information here:

What is the Scholars Programme? (Shorter version) 10/11/2021


The Europaeum Scholars Programme ( is a world-class training programme. Scholars attend eight modules, taken over two years, alongside their existing doctoral studies. Being multi-locational and multi-institutional the programme draws upon the resources of all 18 of the Europaeum university members. Talks and training are provided by Europaeum affiliated academics together with a wide range of external experts and leading thinkers.

More information on the programme and eligibility & applications on Europeaum homepage ( Online information sessions in November are open for registration.
For queries, please write to the programme director, Dr Tracey Sowerby, [email protected].

What is the Scholars Programme? (Shorter version) Former scholars and members of the Europaeum give a brief overview of the Programme


Ülikool kutsub kõiki doktorante ja viimase aasta jooksul väitekirja kaitsnud noori teadlasi 5. novembril Tartu Loodusmajja kolme minuti loengute konkursile, et oma teadustööd avalikkusele tutvustada. Tegemist on Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia eestikeelse konkursi „Teadus kolme minutiga“ eelvooruga, mille neli parimat esindavad TÜ-d veebruaris Tallinnas toimuval lõppvõistlusel.

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Anastasiya Astapova I Mitut keelt oskab Lukašenka? 20/10/2021

In the November edition (2.11.2021) of junior researcher luncheon, Anastasiya Astapova will lead the discussion on the following topic: Language Proficiency and Multilingualism in the Academia: English? Estonian? Or the Language of Your Research? More information here:

Anastasiya Astapova is a board member of the Estonian Youth Academy of Sciences and an Associate Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Tartu. See also video about Anastasiya's research topic.

Anastasiya Astapova I Mitut keelt oskab Lukašenka? Eesti ja võrdleva rahvaluule doktorandi Anastasiya Astapova üheks suurimaks uurimisobjektiks on poliitiline huumor. Eriti paelub teda huumor, mida arvatakse ...

"Plekktrummi" külaline on Kristin Kuutma 04/10/2021

"Plekktrummi" külaline on Kristin Kuutma Esmaspäeval, 4. oktoobril on ETV2 saate "Plekktrumm" saatekülaline Tartu Ülikooli UNESCO õppetooli hoidja Kristin Kuutma, kellega tuleb juttu rohepöörde mõjudest kultuuripärandi hoidmisele.

Events 09/09/2021

Juba täna toimub 1. aasta doktorantide infopäev. Oodatud on kõik valdkonna doktorandid, doktoriõppe eksternid ja juhendajad!

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The information day for 1st year doctoral students is taking place today. All doctoral students and external doctoral students of the Faculty, as well as supervisors, are welcome!

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Events DOCTORAL STUDIES IN THE FACULTY OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES Orientation session for the 1st year doctoral students of the Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesUniversity of TartuSeptember 9, 2021Online in MS Teams


Neljapäeval, 09. septembril 2021 korraldavad Tartu Ülikooli humanitaarteaduste ja kunstide valdkonna dekanaat ning doktorikoolid oma doktorantidele infopäeva.

Oodatud on kõik valdkonna doktorandid, doktoriõppe eksternid ja juhendajad!

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On Thursday, September 09, 2021, the Dean's Office and graduate schools of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Tartu, hold an orientation session for their doctoral students.

All doctoral students and external doctoral students of the Faculty, as well as supervisors, are welcome!

More information here:


University of Tartu and Estonian Business School invite PhD students and interested counterparts to the multidisciplinary conference on the economic relations and cultural influence factors between the EU and Japan on October 14-15, 2021.
🟢The conference aims to celebrate the 100 years of communication and relations between Japan and Estonia, and to discuss future perspectives of the economic relations between the aforementioned counterparts, while specifically concentrating on the importance of culture and communication.

🟢There are a few slots for PhD students to present their research regarding Japanese culture, economy, and their connections. Deadline August the 30th. Looking forward to your ideas!

🟢For more information, please check our webpage -


Hea doktorant!

19. mail kell 10:00-16:00 toimub Zoomis teaduseetika õppepäev. Leia aega ja tee läbi teaduseetika õppepäev! See on oluline, sest eetilised küsimused puudutavad iga teadlast iga päev. See on põnev, sest osalejad pannakse praktiliselt lahendama probleeme, mis on reaalses elus ette tulnud, ja seejärel antakse võimalus nende üle arutleda.

Õppepäeva viib läbi Tartu Ülikooli eetikakeskus, õppepäeva töökeel on eesti keel.

Registreeri end üritusele:!

Registreerimine on avatud 17. maini.
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Head doktorandid!

Tartu Ülikool palub teil osaleda küsitluses, millega analüüsitakse, kuidas on ülikoolis rakendunud Euroopa teadlaste harta ja teadlaste töölevõtmise juhendi põhimõtted.

Küsitlus korraldatakse Eesti Teadusagentuuri tellitud projekti „Euroopa teadlaste harta ja juhendi põhimõtete järgimine Eesti teadus- ja arendusasutustes“ raames, mille partnerid on Tartu Ülikool, Tallinna Ülikool, Tallinna Tehnikaülikool ja Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia.

Küsitluses uuritakse ülikooli töötajate ja doktorantide arvamust harta põhimõtete rakendumise kohta. Küsimustikule vastamine võtab aega 15–20 minutit. Vastuseid töödeldakse anonüümselt, üldistuste tegemise eesmärgil. Vastuseid ootame kuni 11. maini 2021.

Uuringus osalemine on vabatahtlik. Küsimustikule saab vastata siin:

Projekti kohta annab rohkem teavet projektijuht Kiira Parre ([email protected]).

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