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Third International Conference of Young Folklorists
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5/14/2013 to 5/16/2013
When: 5/14/2013
Where: University of Tartu
Contact: Judit Kis-Halas and Pihla Maria Siim

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Third International Conference of Young Folklorists: "Vernacular Expressions and Analytic Categories"

University of Tartu, Estonia, May 14-16, 2013

Organized by the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu, and Tartu Nefa Group in partnership with the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius.

This conference continues the tradition of annual meetings of young folklorists established by the Departments of Estonian and Comparative Folklore and Ethnology, University of Tartu in May 2011 and carried on by the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore in April 2012. The conference aims to foster academic communication, collaboration and research in the field of folklore by bringing together advanced students and recently graduated scholars from different countries and giving them an opportunity to present their research to an international audience.

This year's conference "Vernacular Expressions and Analytic Categories" invites young folklorists to think about interfaces between scholars and those whose creative expressions we study. Questions and topics explored in the meeting include, but are not limited to the following themes:

- Has the distinction between etic and emic become passé and why? If not, what does it have to offer to folklorists?

- Power relations between scholars and "the folk". Who speaks and writes to whom in what language?
- From the field to archives and books and back: exchanges and confrontations between vernacular and scholarly expressions and categories.
- Folklorists' vernacular among other disciplinary dialects.
- Relationship between national research traditions and international folkloristics: categories as language-bound tools, regional and ethnic dominants of research, unity and diversity of the discipline.
- Reconsidering the basic concepts of folkloristics.

The conference also welcomes submissions that discuss presenter's current research from the perspective of the general topic of the meeting.

The working language of the conference is English. Each paper will be given 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Please submit a 300-word abstract by February 1, 2013 to, including the title of the proposal, name, affiliation, position and e-mail address. All prospective presenters will be notified by email by March 1, 2013.

There is no registration fee but participants are expected to cover their travel and living expenses. Organisers cannot guarantee, but are attempting to secure additional funding to cover some of the lodging costs. Please indicate your interest when submitting your abstract.

For more information, please contact conference secretaries Judit Kis-Halas and Pihla Maria Siim by e-mail at

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