Anthropology of Space & Place

Intensive Graduate School Seminar

Anthropology of Space & Place

28-29-30 November 2011


Instigated and supported by the Graduate School, the idea of this initiative is to run an intensive seminar/workshop on the wide theme of space/place anthropology. The sessions will be for staff and the general public as well as for interested students of all levels who wish to participate informally or who may want to register for the full event as a credited Postgraduate (MA; PhD) course, offering 5 EAP credits (with the requirement of a seminar/field-site visit review submission at the end for evaluation purposes).

As a course, the event is largely geared for postgrad students but advanced level BA students are also be encouraged to ‘participate’ and may sign up upon special arrangements with the convenors. All students are welcome to attend but places are limited so they must RSVP as well as provide a motivation paragraph to Eva Kruuse by 10 Nov (see also the course offerings page of EHI’s Anthropology Department).

HIA6433/HIA7537 Anthropology of Space & Place,

(coordinators/convenors: Patrick Laviolette, Hugo Reinert)

Invited speakers include: Ullrich Kockel (Ethnology & Folklore, Univ. of Ulster); Katrin A. Lund (Geography & Tourism, Univ. of Iceland); Toomas Gross (Anthropology, Univ. of Helsinki); Robert Hughes (Dept. of English, Ohio State Univ); Francisco Martinez (Univ. of Glasgow); Mikko Fritze (Goethe Institute, Helsinki) / Laur Kaunissaare (Tallinn Culture Calls 2011).

Locally based academics such as Carlo Cubero; Kristin Kuutma, Tarmo Pikner; Helen Sooväli-Sepping will moderate, respond or animate certain discussion sessions as part of this workshop course/seminar.


Credits: 5 credits

Assessment: Attendance & participation + written assignment of 1500 – 2000 words (15000 characters) topic tba, conf review

28 November, Monday (M-648)

10:00 – 10:15 Welcome session and Intro to the Graduate School by Dr. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University)

10.15 – 11.00 LECTURE Prof. Ullrich Kockel (University of Ulster) Being From, Coming To: Outline of an Ethno-Ecological Framework

11.00 – 11.30 DISCUSSION lead by Prof. Kristin Kuutma (University of Tartu)

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12.30 TEXT chaired by Prof. Ullrich Kockel ‘Towards an Ethnoecology of Place and Displacement in Europe’. In Companion to the Anthropology of Europe

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.15 LECTURE Dr. Katrin Lund (University of Iceland) Magic Space! Creating a Tourism Destination out of Earthly Substances

14.15 – 15.00 DISCUSSION lead by Dr. Helen Sooväli-Sepping (Tallinn University)

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee break

15.30 – 16.15 TEXT chaired by Dr. Katrin Lund ‘Stories and Cosmologies: imagining creativity beyond nature and culture

16.15 – 17.00 ROUNDTABLE

29 November, Tuesday

10.00 – 11.30 FIELD VISIT (Contested City-Spaces, DISCUSSION) lead by Laur Kaunissaare (European Capital of Culture Tallinn 2011) and Mikko Fritze (Goethe Institut)

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break

11:45 – 12.30 On site LECTURE Mikko Fritze and Laur Kaunissaare moderated by Dr. Tarmo Pikner (Tallinn University)

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch on site

14:15 – 15.45 LECTURE Ingrid Ruudi (Curator) Artistic Practices in Dealing with Contested Spaces and Discordant Heritage

15.45 – 16:45 LECTURE Dr. Toomas Gross (University of Helsinki) Space, Taboos & Boundaries: Anthropological Considerations Inspired by Mary Douglas respondent Dr. Carlo Cubero (Tallinn University)

16.45 – 17.00 Coffee break

17.00 – 17.45 TEXT chaired by Dr. Toomas Gross ‘Proxemics’

19:00 – Dinner in town (F-Hoone)

30 November, Wednesday (S-235)

10.00 – 10.45 LECTURE Marje Ermel (Tallinn University) Sound and Body in the Process of Placemaking: Purifying the Path to the World of Krishna

10.45 – 11.30 LECTURE Dr. Francisco Martinez (University of Glasgow) A Place Under a Holistic Nature: Gumilev, Linkola and the Ecological Paradox

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee break


11:45 – 12.30 LECTURE Prof. Robert Hughes (Ohio State University) Jean-Luc Nancy and the Sense of Space

12.30 – 13.30 Q&A, Assignment discussion, responses, informal supervision time

14.00 – 15.00 Lunch