Between Individual and Collective Trauma

International Scientific Colloquium, March 12-13. 2020. Estonian Literary Museum (Vanemuise 42, Tartu, Estonia)


Estonian Literary Museum
Center of Excellence in Estonian Studies
Research Center for Cultural Studies and Cross-cultural Communication
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones
The Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences – Branch of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • Call for papers
  • The theory of cultural trauma has recently developed into a true humanitarian scientific paradigm aimed at studying chaotic and catastrophic moments of the history with far-reaching social and cultural consequences. Big and important events for the cultural history of the West concerning overcoming of cultural traumas and axiological crisis, alongside with the processes of changing into modern culture and forming new systems need to be considered.

    The Colloquium will give particular attention to the problems of collective memory and representation that are essential in discussing traumatic experience, as well as symbolic meditation processes in cultural topology and topography. The focus is on problematic issues of memory, identity, cultural topos and the process of trauma where its importance is being formed in the context of "forgetting / remembering" in different discourses such as religion, aesthetics, jurisdiction, bureaucracy, etc.

  • Publishing
  • We are planning a special issue of the Scopus-indexed journal Folklore based on a selection of papers presented at the conference. Here are the guidelines for submitting your article:
    - by March 30, please send an extended abstract (ca 1500 characters) so that we know how many interested contributors we will have
    - full paper deadline is JUNE 30, 2020. Author guidelines for references and formatting are HERE (see Submission Guidelines on the right hand side). The article needs to be an original contribution, in English, 15 to 40 pages where 1 page = 1800 characters with spaces, proofread by a native speaker. If there are illustrations, copyright requirements need to be taken care by the author before submitting the article.
    - reviews by August 2020 / corrections by September 2020
    - estimated publication: first half of 2021

  • Abstracts

  • Read or download abstracts (.pdf) * Bionotes of presenters (.pdf)
    Program (.html)
  • Important information

  • Selected peer-reviewed papers will be published in a special issue of Folklore: Electronic Journal of Folklore ( Information about deadlines and formatting is available (tab PAPERS).

  • Venue:
    Estonian Literary Museum. Vanemuise 42, Tartu


  • CONTACT the organisers at n.a.artemenko (at), liisi (at) or sergtroy (at)
    (Chair) Dr. Liisi Laineste (Estonian Literary Museum, Centre of Excellence for Estonian Studies (CEES), Estonia),
    Dr. Natalia Artemenko (St. Petersburg State University, Russia/Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Sociological Institute, RAS, Russia)
    Dr. Sergey Troitskiy (Research Center for Cultural Studies and Crosscultural Communication, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia / Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Frontier Zones, Sociological Institute, RAS, Russia / St. Petersburg State University, Russia)


    The conference is supported by the Estonian Literary Museum, the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (CEES, TK-145) and ASTRA project of the Estonian Literary Museum (through the European Regional Development Fund), and is related to research project EKM 8-2/20/3 (Estonian Research Council). It is free of charge for participants.

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