On the Move: Migration and Diasporas

The 2018 Annual Conference of the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies


NOV 29TH – DEC 1ST 2018 • Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu, Estonia

2018/11/29 15:31:47

Important Dates

June 15, 2018

Submission window for CEES 2018 is now closed

July 16, 2018

Notification of acceptance

July 17 - September 30, 2018

Conference registration

There is no participation fee

October 15, 2018

Preliminary program

Call for Papers

The contemporary world is increasingly defined by mobility – of people, memory, information, services, cultural and social practices – to the extent that more fluid, mobile and transnational belonging trajectories and identification frameworks are becoming an increasing trend. However, such positioning possibility is a privilege that cannot be extended to the current migration crises involving millions of people of different nationalities forced to leave their homelands.

Scholarly interest in migration and diaspora can be traced back to the beginning of the 20th century. It is worth considering how the constantly evolving ranges of critical approaches and methodological frameworks of the field can be productively applied to the current situation.

Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies welcomes international scholars from different fields to reflect on the issues of migration and diasporas, incl. questions of exile. Topics addressed include but are not limited to

  • the concept of the diaspora and modifications and changes in its use
  • transnationalism
  • othering and xenophobia
  • different waves of migration and remigration: causes, countries of destination, similarities and differences, migration journeys
  • the current migration crisis
  • migration as life-style
  • social and cultural adoption in host countries
  • identity-building processes, incl. hyphenated and transnational identities
  • home-making practices in diaspora communities
  • changes in the usages of languages of origin, bi- and multilingualism
  • communication networks of migrants
  • the contacts of diaspora communities with countries of origin
  • sources and methods of migration and diaspora research, incl. life writing and oral history interviews
  • representation of migration and diaspora in literature and visual arts; the poetics of exile

The conference working language is English. Papers should not exceed 20 minutes in presentation. Please submit your proposal of up to 300 words via online form on the conference webpage. All accepted abstracts will be included in the books of abstracts of the conference.

Organizing Committee

  • Leena Kurvet-Käosaar
  • Triinu Ojamaa
  • Aija Sakova
  • Marin Laak
  • Mare Kõiva
  • Piret Voolaid
  • Anne Ostrak

Conference Email

  • migrationdiaspora@folklore.ee

The conference is supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies), research project IUT 22-2 “Formal and Informal Networks of Literature, Based on Sources of Cultural History” of the Estonian Research Council, Professorship of Estonian Literature, and Nordplus project “From Past to Present: Migration and Integration trough Life-stories’ Network”.


Please fill the registration form


Preliminary Program will be available on October 15, 2018.


Art hotel Pallas *** (conference rates for the period 29.11- 01.12.2018)

Single room 60 Eur

Double room 70 Eur

Breakfast included

25 rooms are available. Conference rates available until September 30. Please send an e-mail to pallas@tartuhotels.ee, booking reference “On the Move.”


Academus hostel

The hostel is conveniently located right across the street from the Estonian Literary Museum, and offers affordable yet conformable accommodation.

Single room or single occupancy in double room: 28 Eur

Double occupancy in double room: 36 Eur

10 % discount applies to ISIC, ITIC, IYTC card holders. Please use the online booking form http://academus.ee/broneerimine/?lang=en, booking reference (in the “Comments and additional questions” section) “On the Move.”

All rooms have kitchenettes. Breakfast can be ordered separately, it will be served in the same building in pub Kotka Kelder. For ordering breakfast (Eur 6), please send an e-mail with your name and required dates to kiri@kotkakelder.ee. We will arrange for similar breakfast times for all participants.

18 double rooms and 1 single room are available.

Booking deadline: October 12.


Conference Venue

Estonian Literary Museum
42 Vanemuise
51003 Tartu, Estonia



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