The Postdoc Grant-Writing Workshop: Tips from the Inside
University of Tartu
October 30, 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.

Preliminary program

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.

Registration for the workshop will open in early September, keep an eye on the emails from the graduate school!

Additional info: Anastasiya Astapova,


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

Guestlectures by Prof. Gebhard Selz (University of Vienna)
University of Tartu
October 30-31, 2019

Cuneiform Writing and Metalinguistic Knowledge Transmission
Wednesday, October 30th, 16:15
University Main Building, room 230


This presentation demonstrates that the distinctive domains of visual and oral representations (signs) both contributed to the evolution of the Mesopotamian semasiographic writing systems. It is argued that the advantage of this so-called logo-syllabic writing lies in polysemous nature of signs, the instable relation between designans and designatum, but framed by culture specific conceptualizations.

Theological Reasoning in Early Mesopotamia
Thursday, October 31st, 12:15
University Main Building, room 228


This lecture will link the conceptualizations of divinities to the specifics of early Mesopotamian hermeneutics. It discusses the various strategies and forms used to make the supranatural more tangible, e.g. dynamism and anthropopathism.


Organizer: Amar Annus (

These events are supported by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA (European Regional Development Fund)

Writing retreat
University of Tartu

November 7-10, 2019
Kopra Farm

The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, and the Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics is inviting University of Tartu PhD students and their supervisors to a joint writing retreat in November 7–10 at Kopra Farm.

At the writing retreat, PhD students may focus on writing their thesis or research articles. In addition, different workshops on writing are provided (participation optional) in addition to an opportunity to discuss one’s writing and get a feedback in small working groups. Seminar rooms are at PhD students’ disposal.

Participation costs (meals, travel, accommodation) are covered by the graduate schools. The event programme and transport will be specified after registration.

To participate, please provide a short working plan on the writing you will be working on and the stage you are at with this text. You can subbmit work plan trough registration form.

Register for writing retreat hereDeadline for the registration by web-form is October 24.
After that we will send further information about participation by e-mail.

In case the number of applications from PhD students is above the limit, the applications of those who can participate in full program are prioritised.

Additional information: Merili Hansen,, 737 6535.

The event is financed 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
November 25, 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, 16:15-18:30
Ethnographies of gender and sexualities
Jakobi 2-114

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, 16:15-18:30
Queer theory, subculture, pop culture
Jakobi 2-114

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,

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