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Symposium "Scala naturae: Symposium in honour of Arvo Krikmann's 75th birthday" in Tallinn, August 18, 2014

On Monday, August 18, the symposium “Scala naturae: Symposium in honour of Arvo Krikmann's 75th birthday” will be held at the Estonian Academy of Science (Kohtu 6, Tallinn).
The symposium is dedicated to the 75th birthday of Arvo Krikmann, one of the most versatile and productive Estonian folklorist, senior researcher at the Estonian Literary Museum and a member of the Estonian Academy of Sciences.
The current and past works of Arvo Krikmann include an array of topics, ranging from the origin, historiography and textology of Estonian and Baltic-Finnic short forms of folklore to the applications of quantitative methodology in folkloristics and dialectology, but also to the sources of Estonian phraseology and folk rhetoric, the structural levels and interrelations of the short forms of folklore, the syntax, logic, modalities and semantics of figurative speech, classification in paremiology, theoretical approaches to the study of metaphor and other figures of speech, geographical distribution of folklore and dialects, and last but not least, humour.
Some of these topics will be addressed at the symposium by researchers from Estonia, Finland, Russian Federation, Poland, Austra and the USA. Presentations will be in English.
11:00 Welcome coffee at the Academy of Sciences
11.30 – 14.00
Peeter Tulviste (Estonian Academy of Sciences)
Joanna Szerszunowicz (University of Białystok) – Priamels as Carries of Cultural Information
Ülo Valk (University of Tartu) – Animals, Animism and Vernacular Theorising
Alexandra Arkhipova (Russian State University for the Humanities) – To Fear Stalin, to Laugh at Fidel: Two Ways of Tabooing in Authoritarian Societies
Yuri Berezkin (Russian Academy of Sciences (Kunstkamera)) – Three Tricksters: World Distribution of Zoomorphic Protagonists in Folklore Tales
Mare Kõiva (Estonian Literary Museum) – Invented Sacrality
14.00 Coffee break
Peter Grzybek (University of Graz) – Estonian Proverbs: Some Linguistic Regularities
Pekka Hakamies (University of Turku) – Meetings with Arvo Krikmann
Władysław Chłopicki (Jagiellonian University) –The Power of Metonymy
Wolfgang Mieder (University of Vermont) – Futuristic Paremiology: A Plea for the Study of Modern Proverbs
16.30 Book launches
17.00 Reception and speeches
The symposium is organised by the Estonian Literary Museum and the Estonian Academy of Sciences and is supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment.
Information: Anneli Baran,; Liisi Laineste,; Piret Voolaid,

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