Spring school "Semiotics of Conflict" taking place June 5-7 2019 is inviting applicants (by May 6)
The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts invites doctoral students and other interested candidates to participate in a three-day spring school Semiotics of Conflict. During the event the participants will have the opportunity to explore and learn about the dynamic nature of conflicts through a series of engaging lectures and workshops as well as gain insight into diverse cultural contexts. With this school we encourage interdisciplinary discussions regarding cultural, social, and environmental conflicts involving concrete case studies, practical applications and universal theories that together will help us reach a more profound understanding of the semiotic nature of conflict.
5-7 June 2019
Kopra farm holiday centre (Viljandi parish)
Application deadline: May 6th
Anastasiya Astapova (University of Tartu) is a research fellow at the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore with focus on topics such as political jokes, rumors, and conspiracy theories and populism (https://www.flku.ut.ee/en/folk/anastasiya-astapova).
Boris Stamenić (Documenta - Center for Dealing with the Past, Zagreb) is the coordinator of the cultural memory program at the Documenta NGO (https://www.documenta.hr/en/30.html), with a strong background in the role of symbols, visual representations, and narratives for conflict.
Zvi Bekerman (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) teaches anthropology of education and some of his main research interests include intercultural and peace education, social justice, and integrated education (http://cfccs.org/dr-zvi-bekerman).
Debra Ramsay (University of Exeter) is a Lecturer in Film Studies and her research interests lie in investigating the relationship between war, memory and different media (https://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/film/staff/ramsay/).
Jonathan Luke Austin (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva) is a political sociologist exploring the global ontologies of political violence. His expertise focuses on social theory and philosophy, the possibility and prevention of political violence, Middle Eastern politics, and related topics, as well as art, literature, and world politics (https://jonathanlukeaustin.com/).
Tõnno Jonuks (Estonian Literary Museum, Estonia) is an archeologist and a researcher of religion and mythology. His main focus lies on topics such as earlier religion in Estonia and natural sacred sites.
The lectures and workshops will be held in English. In addition to international guests from various disciplines, we also invite students to present their papers (20 minutes) on topics that include (but are not limited to):
- applying semiotics to the analysis of conflicts;
- developing models for the analysis of conflicts;
- representations of conflict in culture;
- cultural and environmental boundaries and conflict;
- education and conflict;
- transmediality and conflicts in the digital age;
- environmental conflicts;
- memory and conflict;
- language, translation and conflict.
In order to participate in the spring school (both with or without a presentation) please fill out this form no later than 6th of May. The students will be notified of their acceptance by 6th of May.
The number of participants is limited and it is assumed that the student will participate in the full programme. Students who participate in the spring school can obtain 1,5 ECTS and those who are also presenting a paper 3 ECTS. The acceptance will be based on the order of registration, the graduate school membership, and motivation.
Participation costs for the members of GSCSA and GSLPS (meals, travel, accommodation) are covered by the graduate school. The event location, exact programme and transport will be specified in the beginning of May.
For additional questions and information, please write to: semioticsofconflict [ät] gmail.com
Merit Rickberg (Doctoral student at the Department of Semiotics)
Lona Päll (Doctoral student at the Department of Semiotics)
Katarina Damčević (Doctoral student at the Department of Semiotics)
The event is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA).