13th Winter Conference of Folklorists "Does gender matter?" on March 8-9, 2018
8-9th of March 2018 in Nelijärve (http://www.nelijarve.ee/en/).
The 13th conference of Estonian folkloristics which is titled “Does Gender Matter?” will explore topics related to gender that are in connection with the themes which have been discussed a lot in recent times. In Estonian mainstream media and in different channels of social media the topics of gender inequality, sexual harassment etc have been in the foreground more than ever before. Unfortunately, the historical-cultural dimension has been absent in these debates in most of the cases. This is one among several reasons why those disputes have been sometimes too impetuous and have created sharp oppositions.
That is why it is the ideal time to address questions regarding the history of gender relationships, gender roles, gender stereotypes and other topics related to gender. It is important not only because it helps to diminish the polarization in the society, but also for the purpose of identity building.
The conference “Does Gender Matter?” will be interdisciplinary. The presenters will mostly consist of folklore scholars and others who study culture, but we will also listen to presentations by historians. Most of the participants are from the University of Tartu and the Estonian Literature Museum, but Tallinn University is represented as well. In addition to Estonian approaches there are papers that cover range of topics that deal with a gender issues among a variety of ethnic groups of the world. Many presenters of these papers are the students of the M.A. program in Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies of the University of Tartu. Among those participants who come straight from abroad and do not study at the Estonian universities nor work at the Estonian Literature Museum, are papers presented by researchers from Belarus, Israel, Macedonia and Finland.
The conference is full and the registration is closed. It is possible to add yourself to the waitlist by emailing Merili Metsvahi.
More information: Merili Metsvahi, Senior researcher at the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu, merili.metsvahi [ät] ut.ee, phone + 372 5136244.
The conference is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA) and Gambling Tax Council.