The Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (CEES)


      Eesti-uuringute Tippkeskus

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. 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. Proposals for workshops are welcomed.

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

Please send your proposal for workshop via email to

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

We ask presenters to use the conference registration form to register and submit their abstract (up to 300 words) and presentation title: The registration will start on 10 October.

Important dates:
September 10, 2021 – workshop proposal submission deadline
October 10, 2021 – workshops announced
January 15, 2022 – submission of abstracts (for workshops as well as the main conference session)
March 1, 2022 – notification of acceptance of abstracts


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 for Excellence in Estonian Studies.

The conference is supported by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (the Centre for 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,

PRG341, PRG1290; CEES; EKM FO; © 'cps 21