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Winter school "Survivance and Survival: Theory and Method“

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The Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Tartu invites you to participate in the 13th winter school for doctoral researchers, „Survivance and Survival: Theory and Method“ (January 29 – February 2, 2024, Tartu, 3 ECTS credits)

The topic of the survival of languages, cultures, or species has occupied the public imagination in different formats for centuries. We pit the discussion against the notion of survivance, proposed by the Anishinaabe writer Gerald Vizenor. Vizenor stresses the importance of not resorting to defeatist imagery and seeking dynamic, inventive, and enduring practices that allow us to envision a future. Inspired by the theme Tartu has chosen to pursue as the European capital of culture in 2024, humanities, especially, can help societies imagine strategies and methods of survival through different cultural practices, linguistic strategies, and critical vocabularies. We will discuss the issues and possible solutions in lectures, seminars, workshops, and roundtables.

The winter school takes place in English and is open to doctoral researchers from all Estonian universities focusing on the humanities and social science. Upon full participation in the study program, participants will be awarded 3 ECTS credits.  

All seminars and workshops require previous registration. Plenary lectures are open to the public.

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The lecturers of the winter school


Dr. Łucja Piekarska-Duraj

Łucja Piekarska has a Ph.D. in social sciences (Jagiellonian University). She is a social anthropologist working in European Studies and heritage on identity-related topics. Recently involved in research on populism (H2020 POPREBEL), she also works as an academic teacher and heritage interpreter with cultural routes and museums. Her monograph, The Invisible Hand of Europe, presents a way of approaching museums as agents of Europeanisation.

Dr. Magdalena Zolkos

Magdalena Zolkos is an associate professor in the Department for Social Sciences and Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). She works in critical memory studies, visual aesthetics and politics, and reparative and testimonial practices in art and activism. Her recent publications include Restitution and the Politics of Repair: Tropes, Imaginaries, Theory (Edinburgh UP, 2020). 

Prof. Petar Kehayov

Petar Kehayov was born and raised in Sofia but obtained his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD degrees at the University of Tartu. In 2016, he habilitated at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he worked from 2020–2021 as an associate professor of Finno-Ugric studies and, since February 2023, he has been a professor of Finnic languages at the University of Tartu. He has published two monographs on Finnic languages, co-edited a volume on complementiser semantics in European languages, and co-authored a textbook on language and society for high schools. He has studied evidentiality, modality, and complex sentences in Finno-Ugric languages and beyond.

Prof. Sonja Dümpelmann

Sonja Dümpelmann is Professor and Chair of environmental humanities at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, where she also co-directs the Rachel Carson Center. She was previously a Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Dümpelmann is a historian of urban landscapes and environments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her most recent award-winning books are Landscapes for Sport: Histories of Physical Exercise, Sport, and Health (ed., Washington DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2022) and Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin (Yale University Press, 2019).

Dr. Annie McClanahan

Annie McClanahan is an Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, where she is affiliated with the Culture & Theory program and the Critical Theory Emphasis. She is also a founding faculty of the UC Marxist Institute for Research and co-editor of the journal Post45. Her first book, Dead Pledges: Debt, Crisis, and 21st Century Culture, was published in 2017, and she is currently completing a new book titled Beneath the Wage: Tips, Gigs, and the Age of Service Work. Her work has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, boundary 2, Representations, theory & event, and elsewhere.

Prof. Julia Sallabank

Julia Sallabank is a Professor of Language Policy and Revitalisation at SOAS, University of London. She studies small, minority, and endangered languages, e.g., language revitalisation, language policy, and planning, mainly from a sociolinguistic perspective. She has played a key role in the international recognition of language revitalisation as a field of study. She also undertakes broader research in the fields of multilingualism, sociolinguistics, linguistic ethnography, and linguistic anthropology. Prof. Sallabank has also been interested in interdisciplinary studies, e.g., links between languages and development, language use and wellbeing, language and gender, and their implications for language policy.

The winter school is co-organised by the University of Tartu and the Europaeum network, bringing together 18 leading European universities.

Registration is closed.

Hosting institution: University of Tartu 
Organizers: University of Tartu Centre for Doctoral Studies in Humanities and the Europaeum Network
Programme Director: Professor Raili Marling (University of Tartu), Riho Altnurme (University of Tartu), Dr Miles Pattenden (Europaeum)
Coordinator: Lii Lang, 

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