Guestlectures by Dr. Uldis Balodis
An Introduction to the Yuki Language and the Native Languages of California

University of Tartu
September 23-24, October 16-17, 2019
Jakobi 2, Tartu


September 23 (Monday)

14:00-16:00 Jakobi 2-103;
16:00-18:00 Jakobi 2-103

September 24 (Tuesday)

15:00-16:00; Jakobi 2-106;
16:00-18:00 Jakobi 2-423

October 16 (Wednesday)

14:00-16:00 Jakobi 2-103;
16:00-18:00 Jakobi 2-423

October 17 (Thursday)

14:00-16:00 Jakobi 2-428;
16:00-18:00 Jakobi 2-428

Yuki was spoken in Round Valley located in Mendocino County in Northern California until the mid-20th century, though individual speakers of Yuki are still known to have lived as late as the 1980s. Yuki presents a fascinating case study as, due to extended language contact, it shows many features similar to its surrounding languages, though it is not related to any of these languages. This course will introduce students to the Native languages of California and then provide a description of Yuki phonology, morphology, and syntax. As it is particularly relevant for Yuki and any discussion of Northern California languages, information will also be included in lectures as to how each aspect described for Yuki compares to its contact languages. This course is based on the instructor’s grammar on the Yuki language, which he wrote based on hundreds of pages of archival notes collected by linguist Alfred Kroeber in the early 20th century as well as later documentation gathered by other linguists up through the 1970s. The event is organized by the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics and the Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics.

Additional information: ann.veismann@ut.ee

The event is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA)

Seminar by Prof. Raili Marling and Rebeka Põldsam
Doctoral Seminar in Gender Studies

University of Tartu
September 23, October 21-25 and November 25-29, 2019

The seminar is an introduction to and preparation for the 9th Winter School “Troubling Gender: Theory and Method” of the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA) and the Estonian Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics (GSLPS), February 3-7, 2020 at the University of Tartu . The course introduces students to the research and writings of the upcoming Winter School’s keynote speakers. The participants develop intersectional academic thinking that takes into account gender, sex, geopolitics, national discourses, age, class and other social variables. While the course focuses on European perspectives, owing to our range of speakers, all other additions are warmly welcome!

The course is a seminar in which reading the assigned texts and preparing for each session is crucial. Bring your marked text to each session, to facilitate discussion. Course assessment is based purely on seminar discussion.  All texts will be made available to participants upon registration.

We will meet in the first session to decide on the specific date in the proposed date range, to ensure that all interested students can participate.

September 23, 16:15-18:00
Introduction. Gender and culture production
Jakobi 2-114

What is the history of sex and gender studies? How did sex become gender? In this first introductory seminar we first take a look at the key terms in the history of gender studies and then focus on recent gender studies methods used in the analysis of creative industry and the labour market. (We will focus on the works of Angela McRobbie and Gabrielle Griffin)

October 21-25
Ethnographies of gender and sexualities

What has been written on gender expressions, sex practices and language by ethnographers of sex and gender? What are the ethical challenges? How to choose language? (We will focus on the works of Don Kulick and Susanna Paasonen)

November 25-29
Queer theory, subculture, pop culture

What is queer in Eastern Europe and what is considered queer in different locations, subcultures and languages? How is queer shaped by nationalism and East-West power relations? What is radically queer? How to see pop culture queer? (We will focus on the works of Roberto Kulpa and Jack Halberstam)

You are welcome to attend one or two seminars of the course.
Please register here 
Contact: Rebeka Põldsam, rebekap@gmail.com

The event is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA).


The challenges of information society: A Japanese perspective
University of Tartu
25-26 September 2019

Ülikooli 18, Senat Hall

Globalization and the growing connectedness/ interdependence of the world have challenged Japan in reshaping its institutions and practices during the last decades. The country faces similar challenges as many European countries – globalization and economic competitiveness, declining demography, digitalization, changing needs on the employment market which all have a deep impact on the organization of education. Japan faces the challenges to adjust to global trends, but, at the same time, to retain its unique culture and identity in the changing world of the 21st century.

With the new EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in background which entered into force in February 2019, our conference/ doctoral seeks to strengthen and expand the dialogue between Japan and Estonia/ Europe and discuss the contemporary societal challenges and solutions with experts from and on Japan.  

This event is organized around lectures by different plenary speakers from Japan, Estonia:                                  

Prof. Komori Hiromi (Waseda University), Prof. Aizawa Shin´ichi (Sophia University), Prof. Annette Bradford (Temple University), Prof. Ota Hiroshi (Hitotsubashi University), Prof. Nakamura Kazue (Meiji University, Tokyo), Prof. Hashimoto Yorimitsu (Osaka University), Margit Juurikas (University of Tallinn), Prof. Sato Asuka (Tohoku Institute of Technology), Prof. Faith Hatani (University of Copenhagen), Prof. Ari Kokko (University of Copenhagen, University of Tartu), Prof. Yamakawa Ryuichi (University of Tokyo), Prof. Sekine Yuki (Kobe University), Johanna Vallistu (Expert of the Foresight Centre; Tallinn University of Technology, PhD student)


Wednesday, 25 September 2019
08:30-09:00 Registration




Introductory remarks by Dr Elo Süld, Head of University of Tartu Asian Centre
Welcome and greetings by Prof. Margit Sutrop (Dean of Faculty of Arts and Humanities)
Welcome and greetings by Prof. Raul Eamets (Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences)
Welco Welcome and greetings by Mr Haijme Matsumura (Chargé d'Affaires a.i, Embassy of Japan)

9:30–10:00 Keynote lecture by Prof. Komori Hiromi (Waseda University, Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Science)
History education on the verge of university entrance exam reform
10:00–10:30 Coffee break
10:30–12:30 Session 1 “Opening up of the higher education to the international market
Moderator: Eva Liias

Prof. Aizawa Shin´ichi (Sophia University)
“Human development and Higher education in Japan: Lessons from late-industrialization to globalization era”

Prof. Annette Bradford (Temple University)
“The role of English in internationalizing Japan's universities”

Prof. Ota Hiroshi (Hitotsubashi University)
"International students in Japan: changing policies and practices"

12:30–14:00 Lunch for registered participants
14:00–16:00 Session 2 “Modern Literature as a reflection of society on social problems”
Moderator: Ene Selart (University of Tartu)

Prof. Nakamura Kazue (Meiji University, Tokyo)
“The culture of erotic escapism: Enchi Fumiko as a prototype of "Boys Love" and the problem of women's sexual subjectivity in modern to contemporary Japan”

Prof. Hashimoto Yorimitsu (Osaka University)
How the Invisible Man Appears in Japan: Revelation and Subversion of the Gender Hierarchy”

Margit Juurikas (University of Tallinn)
"Japanese twiterature – the case of Wagō Ryōichi"

16:00–16:30 Coffee break



Workshops for students:

  1. “Opening up of the higher education to the international market
  2. Modern Literature as a reflection of society on social problems
18:30-20:00 Doctoral school dinner

Thursday, 26. September 2019

08:50–09:00 Opening (Dr Elo Süld, Head of UT Asian Centre)
09:00–11:00 Session 3 “Impact of the digital society on labour market”
Moderator:  Prof. Urmas Varblane (University of Tartu)

Prof. Sato Asuka (Tohoku Institute of Technology)
“Digital society and Japanese labor market”

Prof. Faith Hatani (University of Copenhagen)
“Japan’s challenge in the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI): opportunities and obstacles”

Prof. Ari Kokko (University of Copenhagen, University of Tartu)
“The EU-Japan Trade Agreement”


Coffee break

11:30–13:30 Session 4: “Impact of the Digital Society on Labour Relations and Law”
Moderator: Prof. Merle Erikson (University of Tartu)


Prof. Yamakawa Ryuichi  (University of Tokyo)
“Technological Innovation and Labour Policy”

Prof. Sekine Yuki (Kobe University)
“New technologies and robots in the care sector: their legal implications”

Johanna Vallistu (Expert of the Foresight Centre; Tallinn University of Technology, PhD student)
“Estonian future of work scenarios from the perspective of the atypical work”

13:30–15:00 Lunch for registered participants
15:00–16:30 Workshops for students:

3. “Impact of the Digital Society on Labour Market”

4. “Impact of the Digital Society on Labour Relations and Law”

After discussion, cake and coffee.

Deadline for registration by web-form is September 18th.

Reading material for the workshops will be made available for the registered participants by September 20th, 2019.

The plenary lectures and the conference sessions will be open to MA and PhD students. A series of closed roundtable discussion sessions are organized to help participants to deepen and refine their understanding of these topics through concentrated discussions.

1 ECTS points will be awarded for full participation in the program

We welcome participants from across disciplines at PhD and MA levels of study.

The working language of the seminar is English and participation is free of charge.

Info: Elo Süld (elo.suld@ut.ee).


The workshop is co-organized by the University of Tartu Asian Centre, the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, Doctoral School in Economics and Innovation, Doctoral School of Educational Sciences, Doctoral School of Behavioural, Social and Health Sciences, Institute of Cultural Research, College of Foreign Languages and Cultures, School of Law, School of Economics and Business Administration. The event is financed by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA (European Regional Development Fund), the Faculty of Social Science.

Introduction to the world of research funding
University of Tartu graduate/doctoral schools' orientation session

University of Tartu
October 3, 2019, 11:00-15:00
Jakobi 2-226, Tartu

University of Tartu graduate/doctoral schools hold an orientation session on October 3, 2019, that aims to give our doctoral students a better understanding of funding resources available after receiving their PhD as well as horizontal topics of ethics requirements and intellectual property rights.

The presenters are from the Estonian Research Council, UT Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UT Research Ethics Committee and UT Grant Office.

All interested doctoral students and supervisors are welcome!

Contakt: Merili Hansen, merili.hansen@ut.ee

Please register here.



Personal research funding and a postdoctoral research grant
Siret Rutiku (Estonian Research Council)

Introduction to Horizon 2020. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
Kristin Kraav (Estonian Research Council)

COST Actions
Katrin Kello (Estonian Research Council)

EURAXESS – European network supporting researcher's mobility and career development
Siiri Kolka (Estonian Research Council)

12:30–13:30 Lunch break


Intellectual property rights
Adrien Hanouar Renaudo (Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Tartu)

The requirements on ethics and approvals of the Research Ethics Committee
Kristi Lõuk (Centre for Ethics, University of Tartu; Research Ethics Committee) 

Support services by the Grant Office at the University of Tartu
Kadri Orula (Grant Office, University of Tartu)


The event is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA). Please note that photos will be taken at the event. The photos will be used by the UT graduate/doctoral schools on their homepages and social media to introduce their activities.

The Postdoc Grant-Writing Workshop: Tips from the Inside

University of Tartu
October 31, 2019
Jakobi 2-114, Tartu


In between the PhD and most successful academic careers is the critical timeframe sometimes described as the postdoc bottleneck. During this critical time, how do you make your profile stand out above the competition and what EU funding opportunities are available to early career researchers? This one-day workshop will provide insights into strategies for developing a strong academic profile and opportunities in the EU funding environment. This workshop is intended for nearly finished PhD students and new postdocs who are planning an academic career.


Welcome (+ What building a career can look like)

Tools for Surviving the Postdoc Bottleneck (CWD) (Group A)
EU Funding Landscape (GS) (Group B)

CV Workshop (CWD) (Group A)
Writing a Winning Proposal (GS) (Group B)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Tools for Surviving the Postdoc Bottleneck (CWD) (Group B)
EU Funding Landscape (GS) (Group A)

CV Workshop (CWD) (Group B)
Writing A Winning Proposal (GS) (Group A)

The Future: Experiences of Applying for EU Grants.

Workshop lecturers:


Gustav Sigeman

is a Senior EU Research Advisor at the Faculty Office for Social sciences and Humanities at Uppsala University. He specialises in EU research funding applications, international mobility and the political contexts of the funding environment. Gustav is appointed to represent the university in the Guild of European Research Intensive Universities, providing feedback to the European Commission on research programmes.

Corine Wood-Donnelly

is the 2019 SYLFF Research Fellow at Uppsala University. An interdisciplinary researcher in International Relations and political geography, she specialises in governance and policy of the Arctic region. She was previously a postdoctoral researcher, first at the Scott Polar Research Institute in the Geography Department at the University of Cambridge and then at Uppsala University. She is currently a research associate with the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge and is an affiliated researcher at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI). She coordinates the Arctic Justice Project at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University.

Additional info: Anastasiya Astapova (graduate school project manager) anastasiya.astapova@ut.ee

Please register here.

Registration is open until October 20th.



This event is supported by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA (European Regional Development Fund).