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Conference "Borders-Piirid-Übergänge"



Conference of Cultural Journalism

Conference Centre of Tartu University Library
July 1, 2005


On July 1, the Department of Culture of Tartu City Government in collaboration with the Department of Journalism and Communication of University of Tartu is organizing a conference on cultural journalism called «Borders – Piirid – Übergänge» at the Conference Centre of Tartu University Library.

The conference is mainly meant for those who deal with reporting on and mediating culture on a daily basis. But not only – we are also inviting those involved in cultural activities and organizing culture, as well as those interested in culture to participate.

The main presenter at the conference, Arne Ruth, is a Professor of Journalism at Stockholm University and a Visiting Professor in Norway and the United States.  Ruth’s critical articles and standpoints have influenced the Swedish Government to pay attention to various important social problems.

The conference is moderated by Professor Marju Lauristin, Department of Journalism and Communication of University of Tartu. We have invited specialists whose everyday work is not cultural journalism to sharpen and expand the discussions.

We are inviting you to participate and think along at the Conference of Cultural Journalism!

There is no participation fee; the organization of the conference is supported by the Phare CBC programme. 

Katriin Fisch-Uibopuu
Head of the Department of Culture and Cultural Service


Participation information

Tartu looks forward to greeting culture journalists from all Hanseatic Towns. The Hanseatic towns can add culture journalists to their delegations. Participation in the conference will be an excellent opportunity to spend some time with colleagues and talk about issues that are relevant throughout Europe.

The official languages of the conference are Estonian and English, interpretation is available if needed.

The conference is for free.

Registration info: please contact via e-mail
or via phone +372 613 0645
Contact persons Lembi Ruubel and Kersti Katkosild




9:00 – 10:00 Registration, morning coffee
10:00 Welcoming speech by the Mayor of Tartu Laine Jänes

10:05 – 11:30 The Opening Session
Visible and Invisible Borders in the European Cultural Space

Marju Lauristin, Prof, Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu 
Arne Ruth, Prof, Stockholm University  
We will talk about diversity and monopolization in culture and the media.  We ask whether the intercultural borders in Europe today have a joining, blending, unifying or disintegrating character. We ask: How can cultural journalism contribute to culture?

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break

12:00 – 13:30 The Second Session
Internationality in a Local Culture

Tõnu Õnnepalu, writer and columnist 
Erkki Bahovski, journalist
It is paradoxical that culture and cultural journalism alike can be viable only when they are simultaneously aiming at two opposite directions—to be as local as possible and at the same time, as international as possible. We shall discuss the international relations of cultural journalism and ask whether our cultural journalism can have a geopolitical position.

Discussion is moderated by Kadri Liik, journalist

13:30 – 14:30 Lunch break

14:30 – 16:00 The Image Session
The Moving and Still Image of Cultural Journalism in Estonia

Aune Unt, lecturer, Department of Journalism and Communication, University of Tartu
Peeter Linnap, Prof, Head of the Departement of Photography, Tartu Art College,
and Andreas W, lecturer, Departement of Photography, Tartu Art College, culture critic
We ask whether the common truth that one image is better than a thousand words is valid in Estonian cultural journalism. We will have a look in the mirror for that matter. We shall discuss the culture of television and photography; explore the perceptions of culture created by the visual material in the media. We ask whether we could be comprehensible and up-to-date in the international context.

Discussion is moderated by Karlo Funk, head of international relations, Estonian Film Foundation, critic

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break

16:15 – 16:35 Journal Akadeemia presents – special edition “100 Years of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity”

16:35 – 16:45 Tartu City Government Departement of Culture presents – special edition of culture marketing “Ideeturg”

16:45 – 18:15 The Future Session
The Future Perspective from the Point of View of the Practice of a Small Culture

Berk Vaher, lecturer, Department of Germanic and Romanic Language and Literature, University of Tartu, culture critic
Jaan Kaplinski, writer 
We ask: What role does cultural journalism play in shaping the future of a small culture? We ask whether the production of global cultural industry is merely an onslaught for a small culture. We will look at both profitable and harmful possible versions of future for a small culture.

Discussion is moderated by Tõnis Kahu, critic

18:15-18:30 Closing speech by Marju Lauristin