Events


Film screening “Bosnian Muslim Women’s Rituals Bulas Singing, Reciting and Teaching in Sarajevo”
University of Tartu
February 19, 2020 at 18:00

Ülikooli 16-109
 

An educational film by Prof. Catharina Raudvere (University of Copenhagen) and Dr. Zilka Spahić-Šiljak (Sarajevo) presents some Bosnian Muslim women’s commitments as ritual leaders and their vocal performances. Much of what you will see is specific for Sarajevo in terms of the style of singing, outfits and ways of socializing. These rituals have been performed in the city for centuries and belong to the Muslim history of South-Eastern Europe. Sufi rituals and ways of devotion have influenced how Islam has been practised in the region over the centuries.

With formal or informal education, the bulas of Sarajevo have been in charge of the structure of mevlud and tevhid ceremonies for generations. Being familiar with the Quran and the literature that praises the Prophet, these women have the knowledge and authority to compose the framework of a gathering. Each mevlud and tevhid has its individual character where verses from the Quran, prayers, blessings and poems are to be chosen in interaction with the family or organizer, in accordance with the nature of the occasion.

Today young bulas learn through participating when they receive ritual assignments from the experienced bulas. In this way they learn to relate to the Ottoman legacy of the mevlud tradition. By connecting that legacy with the lives of modern women, they make it relevant to the present time.

The film is introduced by Prof. Catharina Raudvere and followed by discussion.
For more information: Helen Haas (helen.haas@ut.ee)
The participation is free of charge

 

The screening is co-organized by the University of Tartu Asian Centre, the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts and School of Theology and Religious Studies. The event is financed by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA (European Regional Development Fund) and Asian Centre.



Developing the research question(s): method-case-theory interaction in Religious Studies
University of Tartu
February 20, 2020
Ülikooli 18-307
 

The seminar focuses on the practical and theoretical aspects of ethnographic fieldwork in religious studies. Attention is also paid to different stages of the research process with it´s methodological, theoretical and ethical issues.

The main speakers are prof. Catharina Raudvere (University of Copenhagen) and dr. Tiina Sepp (University of Tartu). In addition to the lecturers, PhD students present the main challenges of their research and highlight their currently important issues through short presentations, wherein all participants are expected to actively participate in discussions.

The seminar will be preceded the day before by a documentary film Bosnian Muslim Women’s Rituals Bulas Singing, Reciting and Teaching in Sarajevo.

Doctoral students whose research is already related to fieldwork, as well as those who plan to do fieldwork in the future, are welcome to attend. Seminar requires previous work with reading materials (see required readings below).

Participation is free of charge. 

Prof. Catharina Raudvere

Catharina Raudvere is professor of the history of religions at Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies at the University of Copenhagen. Her research interests include contemporary Islam and Muslim women’s rituals with a special focus on Turkey and the Balkans. She has published the monograph The Book and the Roses. Sufi Women, Visibility, and Zikir in Contemporary Istanbul (2003) and Islam. An Introduction (2015), and edited the volumes such as Sufism Today. Heritage and Tradition in the Global Community, 2009; Rethinking the Space for Religion. New Actors in Central and Southeast Europe on Religion, Authenticity and Belonging (2012), Contested Memories and the Demands of the Past. History Cultures in the Modern Muslim World (2016) and Nostalgia – Loss and Creativity. Political and Cultural Representations of the Past in South-East Europe (2018). In 2016 she made a film documentary with  Zilka Spahić-Šiljak, Bosnian Muslim Women’s Rituals. Bulas Singing, Reciting and Teaching in Sarajevo.

She is currently directing the interdisciplinary research centre "The Many Roads in Modernity. The Transformation of South-East Europe and the Ottoman Heritage from 1870 to the Twenty-first Century” (modernity.ku.dk).

Dr. Tiina Sepp

Tiina Sepp completed her MA (Anthropology of Religion) and PhD (Folkloristics) at the University of Tartu. Both her MA and PhD concerned contemporary pilgrimage. She has conducted fieldwork in England, Estonia and Spain, and apart from academic articles she has also published two popular books about pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

In 2014-2017 she was a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of York. Her role on the ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present' project was to research contemporary models of pilgrimage. Her current research focuses on the Caminoisation of pilgrimage and representations of the Camino de Santiago in Estonia. Her other research interests include vernacular religion, fieldwork methodology, cathedrals as city spaces.

Programme

9:30 Greetings and opening by Helen Haas (PhD student, University of Tartu)

9:35-11:00 Keynote lecture by Prof. Catharina Raudvere (University of Copenhagen)
Moderator: Dr. Elo Süld (University of Tartu)
From the Desk, to the Field and Back Again. Some Reflections on Fieldwork, the Definition of Data and Loyalties in the Writing Process

11:00-11:30 Coffee break (room 227, Ülikooli 18)

I Session by PhD students
Moderator: Helen Haas (PhD student, University of Tartu)

11:30-11:50 Nele Dresen (PhD student, University of Tartu)
Doing Fieldwork: It is All About Asking the Right Questions

11:50-12:10 Alevtina Solovyeva (PhD student, University of Tartu)
Ambassadors of the Hell in contemporary Mongolian folklore, religious life and everyday habits

12:10-12:30 Valentina Punzi (PhD student, University of Tartu)
Moving beyond the philological approach: Tibetan manuscripts in the ethnographic context of southwest China

12:30-13:30 Lunch 

13:30-14:30 Lecture by Dr. Tiina Sepp (PhD, University of Tartu)
Moderator: Dr. Elo Süld (University of Tartu)
From the Camino de Santiago to English Cathedrals: Methodological Challenges of Conducting Fieldwork in Sacred Spaces

14:30-15:00 Coffee break (room 227, Ülikooli 18)

II Session by PhD students
Moderator: Nele Dresen (PhD Student, University of Tartu)

15:30-15:50 Daisy Barman (PhD student, Gauhati University, India)
Methodological Challenge in the research of Literature and Folklore

15:50-16:10 Immanuel Volkonski (PhD student, University of Tartu)
Memories and Insights: Challenge of Oral History in Historical Research

16:10-16:30 Helen Haas (PhD student, University of Tartu)
Catching meanings: Reflections on Haci Bektash Veli among Urbanized Alevis

16:30-17:00 Concluding Panel Discussion: Prof. Catharina Raudvere, Prof. Ülo Valk and Dr. Tiina Sepp
Moderator: Dr. Elo Süld (University of Tartu)


REGISTRATION (deadline until 16.02.2020) 

More information: Helen Haas (helen.haas@ut.ee)

 

The event is co-organized by the University of Tartu Asian Centre, the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts and School of Theology and Religious Studies. The event is financed by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA (European Regional Development Fund) and Asian Centre.



Time Management Training for PhD students
University of Tartu

March 24, 2020
Narva mnt 18-2049 (Delta Centre)

Trainer-Consultant Maria Johnson,  Aeternum Koolitus ja Konsultatsioonid OÜ

Registration will open in February 2020.

Learning outcomes

  • The participant knows how to analyze and improve their time management skills
  • The participant knows hot to create a realistic and effective plan for time management
  • The participant knows how to use techniques for prioritizing and categorizing their tasks
  • The participant knows how to deal with time-vampires
  • The participant knows how to increase personal motivation and deal with procrastination
  • The participant will cherry-pick and apply personally relevant methods to improve their time management

Schedule

9:45-10:00 Arrival and coffee
10:00-11:30 session I
11:30-11:45 break
11:45 -13:15 session II
13:15-13:45 Lunch
13:45-15:15 session III
15:15-15:30 break
15:30-17:00 session IV

Assignment

The participants will receive an assignment three weeks prior to the training. Completing the assignment will take one week.

All participants are asked to track their time in 15-minute increments for 7 days. The resulting time-map will be used throughout the training as a way to analyze and practice the topics discussed. All participants also have the opportunity to receive individual feedback and recommendations on how to improve their personal time management habits.

 

 

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