7th Winter School “Fact and Method: data, borders and interpretation”

5-9 February 2018

4-6 ECTS

This Winter School invites you to engage in critical reflection on fact and method. By definition, a fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. Does a fact, so understood, correspond to the truth? Is truth a singular or plural concept? In the academic world, scholarly truth appears to be plural: it appears to generate more than existed before, but at the same time, it also appears to generate less than existed before, because of its tendency never to reach a finalised singularity. This feature of truth is manifest when scholars communicate, exchange and interpret facts and knowledge from their various fields of research—it is in those circumstances that the notion of truth transforms and paradigms shift.

What methods do different disciplines use in this process? What methods are used to discern or articulate, to analyse or interpret facts? Modern day humanities also treat methods themselves as objects of investigation. Methods provide limited interpretations of reality, while critical considerations of accredited paradigms reveal or disenchant hidden meanings, help to trace disciplinary histories and reveal disciplinary identities. Reflection upon method opens the door to new ways to understand the social role of academics, power relations, research ethics, and scholarly agency.

The 2018 Winter School aims to revisit the intense and complex relationships between objectivity and subjectivity, the take-as-given and the innovative, conventional and alternative discourses, conflicts of perspective and consensus in argumentation, in order to reflect upon the positioning of facts and upon the making of method.

The programme of the Winter School consists of: 1) interdisciplinary lectures and discussions conducted by both Estonian and guest lecturers; 2) small-group seminars (for which prior preparatory work is expected); 3) one day of specialised and practical workshops outside the customary classroom environment.
You can find more information about the programme, registration and requirements on the Winter School homepage.

Online registration opens November 6, 2017, and closes December 11, 2017.
Students will be notified of their acceptance at the beginning of January 2018.

The language of the course is English. The accommodation and travel costs of students of the GSCSA & the GSLPS will be reimbursed. Accommodation will be arranged by the organisers. Travel details will be communicated to participants.
Hosting institution: University of Tartu
Co-organizer: Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics
Programme Director: Professor Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu; Head of the GSCSA Programme at the University of Tartu)
Programme Managers: Anastasiya Astapova (GSCSA), Ann Veismann (GSLPS)
Student Coordinator: Anastasiya Astapova (GSCSA) (University of Tartu), anastasiya.astapova@ut.ee

This Winter School is organised by the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, and co-organized by the Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics. The event is supported by the University of Tartu ASTRA Project PER ASPERA and Tallinn University’s ASTRA project, TLÜ TEE.

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