Reminder: International Conference “Fear in Culture and Culture of Fear” (15–17 June, 2023 – Tallinn University, Estonia)

Deadline for submissions: 15 February 2023.

The 13th Annual Lotman Conference at Tallinn Universityaims to bring together discussions about fear from various disciplines. Fear plays an important role in human culture on the individual as well as on the collective level serving as one of the constraints that regulates people’s choices and behaviour. However, at times the mechanism of fear seems to spiral out of control, and fear spreads like an epidemic infecting meaning-making processes in various areas of culture. We invite theoretical explorations, historical inquiries and concrete case studies that would help to illuminate the phenomenon of fear from different perspectives and together provide a multifaceted understanding of the complex workings of fear in culture.

Confirmed plenary speakers are:

Mihhail Lotman (Tallinn University, University of Tartu)

Joanna Bourke (Birkbeck, University of London)

Andrei Zorin (University of Oxford)

Evgeny Dobrenko (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

The official languages of the congress are English and Russian.

More information can be found in the Call for Papers (attached) and on the conference website  

Questions about the conference can be sent to the conference secretary, Dr. Darja Dorving,  

We would like to ask for your cooperation in sharing this call with your colleagues and people in your network.

Kind regards,
On behalf of the organizing team

Merit Rickberg
Tallinn University

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