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Annual conference of the Centre for Excellence in Estonian Studies
Subjectivity and Intersubjectivity in Language and Culture
May 12-13, 2022, Tartu, Estonian Literary Museum and University of Tartu.

Subjectivity and intersubjectivity are at the core of any interaction and creative work.

The plenary speakers of the conference are Henrik Bergqvist Stockholm University, Sweden), Władysław Chłopicki (Jagiellonian University, Poland)
As a part of the cultural program performs Udmurt music group Ošmes

Subjectivity refers to the fact that speakers and writers, authors and presenters do not only convey content, but also express themselves, weaving attitudes, assessments and emotions into their texts and works. Intersubjectivity refers to relations with the discourse partner(s) woven into the text or work: the listener, reader, audience, co-presenter, another character in the work, or another work. Thus, these phenomena can be found in different spheres of activity of the Centre for Excellence in Estonian Studies. We invite discussion about what is common and what is distinctive in (inter)subjectivity in language, literature, folk culture, music, philosophy, and computer interaction, as well as what connections can be identified between different types of (inter)subjectivity.

We await papers addressing different aspects of (inter)subjectivity, such as:

  • (means of) expression of modality, deicticity, expressiveness, and emotionality
  • entrenchment of (inter)subjectivity in grammar
  • discourse actions and their means of expression in language and creative work
  • (inter)subjectivity in computer interaction
  • corpus studies of (inter)subjectivity
  • politeness and impoliteness
  • truth-telling and lying
  • authentic, imitated and altered (inter)subjectivity
  • (inter)subjectivity in different genres, text types, and registers
  • (inter)subjectivity in beliefs and mythology
  • performance as collaboration

Working languages of the conference are Estonian, English, Russian, and German.

Conference will be organised in workshops/panels

Approved presenters are kindly requested to register for the conference via the registration E-mail:

Important dates:
February 1, 2022 – submission of abstracts (for workshops as well as the main conference session)
March 1, 2022 – notification of acceptance of abstracts

All conference guests can book a stay at hotel Pallas with using keyword "Cees22" at a lower price.
Art Hotel Pallas
Single room 68 eur/night/room
Double room 78 eur/night/room
The price includes breakfast and wifi. The reservation can be made directly at the hotel if rooms are availabile. When booking, use the keyword: "Cees22"

Conference venues Estonian Literary Museum (Vanemuise 42, Tartu) and the University of Tartu (Jakobi 2, Tartu) can be found on the maps below.


Organisers: the project teams PRG341 “Pragmatics overwrites grammar: subjectivity and intersubjectivity in different registers and genres of Estonian”, PRG1290 “The grammar of discourse particles in Uralic” and the project teams for reference practices and language, literature, and folklore studies within the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies.

The conference is supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies), as well as the Estonian Research Council grant projects PRG341 and PRG1290.

Organising committee:
Helle Metslang,
Gerson Klumpp,
Renate Pajusalu,
Anne Ostrak,
Piret Voolaid,
Mare Kõiva,
Maria Reile,


Üldpaneel / Main section


Subjectivity and Expressivity in LSP-research Empirical insights into the use of expressivity, perception and sensory markers within domain-specific discourse (ENG) (Non-public panel. If interested please contact the organizers)


Muusika jääb, suhtumine muutub (EST)


Non-canonical interrogatives across languages: prosody, semantics, pragmatics (ENG)


Intersubjectivity behind Euphemism (ENG)


Repetition in discourses across languages and genres (ENG)


(Im)politeness and intersubjectivity (ENG)


The grammar of discourse particles in Uralic (ENG)


Intersubjektiivsus ilukirjanduslikus proosas/Intersubjectivity in literary fiction (ENG)


Intersubjectivity and Intertextuality: Connections and Interactions (ENG)


(Inter)subjectivity in different registers and text types (ENG)


Subjektiivsus ja intersubjektiivsus kirjavahetustes (EST)


Intertextuality and interpersonality in COVID-19 communication (ENG)


Diachronic and synchronic dimension of intersubjectivity in traditional singing (ENG)


Intersubjectivity in religion (ENG)

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