Events


Online writing retreat
University of Tartu
February 25-28, 2021
Zoom
 

The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, and the Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics are inviting University of Tartu PhD students and their supervisors to a writing retreat from the 25 until the 28 February. The retreat will take place via ZOOM. More detailed instructions and the program will be sent by email to the accepted participants before the retreat.

At the writing retreat PhD students may focus on writing their thesis or research articles. In addition, different workshops will be provided (participation optional). Participants have the opportunity to work from home or from a hotel room (accommodation provided if necessary). The organizers have booked single rooms in Tartu hotel Sophia. Participation costs like accommodation, catering, and bus tickets for accepted PhD students are covered by the graduate schools. The number of participants is limited to 15.

Participants must digitally sign the attendance sheets for each day of the retreat! The precondition for participation is the possibility to give a digital signature.

Working plan

We kindly ask you to provide a short working plan about the writing you will be focusing on. This will also help you organize your time at the retreat in a more efficient manner. While writing the working plan, the following steps may serve as guidelines:

  1. Please provide brief background information about the text(s) you will be working on during the retreat (for example, research questions, aims, stage of the work, etc.).

  2. Please outline aspects that you plan to focus on during the retreat. This corresponds to goal setting and sharing that we will be doing so we kindly ask you to outline those aspects for each day of the retreat.

  3. Feel free to mention any difficulties you have been encountering in your writing process. This will help us address them more efficiently during the retreat and provide guidance.

You can submit your working plan through the registration form.

Deadline for registration by web-form is February 7. Participants will receive the schedule, the list of workshops, as well as some technical guidelines before the retreat by email. PhD students who can participate in the full program are prioritized in the selection process. Register here

Additional information: Katarina Damčević, katarina.damcevic@ut.ee

 

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



Livonian Summer University 2021 (LSU2021)
University of Tartu
July 30-August 8, 2021

The third Livonian Summer University returns to Kuoštrõg (Latv. Košrags), where the first Livonian Summer University took place in 2013. LSU will be held from the 30 July to the 8 August. As Livonian is the most endangered language in Europe, LSU is one of the initiatives which helps raise awareness as well as introduce Livonian and Livonian studies to potential students, researchers and create the environment, where connections and research projects can be born.

The goal of the Livonian Summer University is to provide students and researchers with the possibility to study Livonian (on beginner and intermediate levels), get better acquainted with the Livonian history, culture, present situation and reinforce and expand the community of researchers of Livonian. The program of the Livonian Summer University consists of lessons of Livonian, research workshops, lectures on various topics, trips and hikes to important Livonian locations and the cultural program. The language of instruction is English.

More about the programme

Language

The participants of the Livonian Summer University will study Livonian in multiple groups (the lessons will be held in English). The participants will be able to join lessons for beginners or for intermediate learners. The language lessons will be accompanied by lectures which will help better to understand the peculiarities of the nature of Livonian and peculiar aspects of researching the Livonian language and culture.

Workshops

Workshops are a new addition to the Livonian Summer University. The students can choose among several different workshops, where they will be able to utilise their previous and new knowledge in a group project, which will be developed throughout the course of LSU.

Lectures

It has already become a tradition that the participants of LSU will be able to enjoy the lectures by leading researchers in the fields of Livonian language, culture, history.

Excursions

The trips and hikes to the Livonian villages and other important landmarks will help the students better understand the situation of Livonians and their language and culture as well as their history. The excursions will be guided by our lecturers.

Cultural program

During the cultural program students will get acquainted with the Livonian culture first-hand and also practice newly acquired knowledge of Livonian and Livonian culture (e.g. by singing Livonian songs or preparing Livonian food, or smoking Livonian fish).

Covid 19 information

As with most events for some time now, we are not sure of how the pandemic might affect the course of our event. We will follow all the state regulations and do our best to make sure the event is safe for all the participants. We cannot be certain that the event will not be cancelled, but we are hoping for a similar situation that was in the previous summer (as well as good results of the vaccination) and that the summer events will be possible as usual.

Preliminary program

Friday, July 30

Arrival
19.00–20.00 Dinner
Getting acquainted
 

Saturday, July 31

8.00–9.00 Breakfast
9.00–14.00 Livonian language
14.00–15.00 Lunch
15.00–17.00 Workshops
17.00–19.00 Lectures
19.00–20.00 Dinner
 

Sunday, August 1

8.00–9.00 Breakfast
9.00–14.00 Livonian language
14.00–15.00 Lunch
15.00–17.00 Workshops
17.00–19.00 Lectures
19.00–20.00 Dinner
 

Monday, August 2

8.00–9.00 Breakfast
Excursions
19.00–20.00 Dinner
 

Tuesday, August 3

8.00–9.00 Breakfast
9.00–14.00 Livonian language
14.00–15.00 Lunch
15.00–17.00 Workshops
17.00–19.00 Lectures
19.00–20.00 Dinner
 

Wednesday, August 4

8.00–9.00 Breakfast
9.00–14.00 Livonian language
14.00–15.00 Lunch
15.00–17.00 Workshops
17.00–19.00 Lectures
19.00–20.00 Dinner
 

Thursday, August 5

8.00–9.00 Breakfast
Excursions
19.00–20.00 Dinner
 

Friday, August 6

8.00–9.00 Breakfast
9.00–14.00 Livonian language
14.00–15.00 Lunch
15.00–17.00 Workshops
17.00–19.00 Lectures
19.00–20.00 Dinner
 

Saturday, August 7

8.00–9.00 Breakfast
The Livonian festival
 

Sunday, August 8

8.00–9.00 Breakfast
Departure

Lecturers

Valts Ernštreits, University of Latvia – Livonian language; workshops on place names

Tuuli Tuisk, University of Tartu – Livonian language; workshops on phonetics

Miina Norvik, University of Tartu, Uppsala University – Livonian language; workshops on morphosyntax

Karl Pajusalu, University of Tartu – Salaca Livonian; workshops on place names

Jack Rueter, University of Helsinki – Workshops on digital solutions for minority languages

Renāte Blumberga, University of Latvia – Livonian history

Gunta Kļava, University of Latvia – Acquisition of endangered languages

Uldis Balodis, University of Latvia – Livonian grammar and language contacts

Milda Dailidėnaite, University of Latvia, University of Tartu – Workshops on morphosyntax

Practical information

LSU will take place in a guest house/ complex Pītagi, which is located in Košrags, Latvia. It is in the historical territory where the Livonians have last lived (the Livonian coast) in larger communities and where Livonian was widely spoken. It is important to note that the Livonian coast is one of the most remote locations in Latvia and thus is rather far from any larger settlement. A store where you can buy the most basic things (like food and toothpaste) is located only a few km away, but any bigger shopping centres are out of our reach during LSU and we need to be prepared for that.

All the basic needs (like catering and accommodation) will be taken care of. We will try our best to provide a varying diet, however we will not be able to provide everyone with a specialized meal plan, so if there are any serious considerations please let us know, but bear in mind that we may not be able to address those issues.

It is also important to keep in mind that for the most part we will be in nature so appropriate clothing (for various weather conditions: sunny and hot, or rainy and cool) is necessary. It is also advisable to take care of insect repellents, allergy medicine (if it is relevant) and so on. We would also advise you to pack your swimming suits as we will be spending our time near the sea with a beautiful beach, which you can enjoy in your free time.

Arrival and transportation

The transportation from Riga to Košrags and during LSU is arranged by the organizers of LSU. Participants themselves will need to arrange the transportation to Riga (e.g. plane tickets), travel expenses to Riga are not covered by LSU. See funding possibilities of your home university.

Departure

Departure will be possible from Friday (6 August) evening. Transportation will be available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. We will ask you to submit your departure preferences later.

Registration

You can register via a registration form here.

NB! The number of participants is limited!




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