Historical Approaches in Contemporary Research Field: Making Connections

Meeting of the SIEF working group of historical approaches in cultural analysis
Date: 29-31 August 2018
Venues: Estonian Literary Museum, Vanemuise 42, Tartu, Estonia; University of Tartu, Ülikooli 16, Tartu, Estonia.

Doing research is all about making connections – between past and present, sources and theories, disciplinal history and contemporary problems, the academy and the society etc. The SIEF working group of historical approaches in cultural analysis invites scholars involved in the field to reflect upon those different connections being created, disrupted or altered during research.

On the one hand it is a question of positioning oneself as a researcher with respect to earlier theories, terminologies and methodologies. How do we feel about keywords that have already been criticised by earlier generations (‘the voice of the past’ or ‘history from below’ for example)? Are they adaptable to new situations, do they help to solve contemporary research problems?

On the other hand, it is a question of relationship between the academy and the society. How do developments in the society influence our understanding of scientific vocabulary or the uses of sources? Is researcher responsible for non-academic uses of specific keywords and notions or should we try to ‘update’ the society’s understanding of them? Are we willing to share authorship of our researches with the people who have shared their experiences with us?





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The meeting is organized by SIEF working group of historical approaches in cultural analysis, Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore of the University of Tartu, Department of Folkloristics of Estonian Literary Museum, Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies and Academic Folklore Society.

Info: Katre Kikas, katreki@folklore.ee; Tiiu Jaago, tiiu.jaago@ut.ee

Conference is supported by IUT22-5, IUT2-43, Estonian Cultural Endowment, European Regional Development Fund (through the The Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies).

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