Call for papers

The 5th International Conference on Samoyedology will be held 21.–23.10. in Helsinki. We invite linguists, ethnologists, folklorists and anthropologists to submit a proposal for a talk presenting original research on any aspect of Samoyedic studies covered by the conference. Following the practicalities of earlier Samoyedology conferences, also the 5th Samoyedology Conference will have only one section.

Paper presentations should be 20 minutes in length (20+10). Beside regular talks, the organizers have reserved a two hour slot on 22.10. afternoon for informal presentations of current projects (10 min maximum). This conference will not organize a poster session; participants are welcomed to take earlier poster presentations along and the organizers will provide space for their presentation.

The official working languages of the conference are English, Russian and German. Translation services will not be provided.

Abstracts should not be longer than 500 words, excluding data and references; abstracts need not to be submitted anonymously. Submissions are limited to one proposal per author; a second co-authored proposal may be submitted and reconsidered, but single-authored talks are prioritized during the review process. For an informal presentation of current projects a title and a very short characterization are required. Please submit presentations separately.

All submissions will be reviewed by a local organizing committee.

Submission and further inquiries need to be submitted to the following address:

Participants are expected to cover travel and accommodation expenses on their own; the organizers will provide further information on the conference homepage later.

Important dates:
Submission:                              20.2.2014 – 15.4.2014
Notification of acceptance:       30.4.2014
Conference:                              21.10.-23.10.2014

A short note for participants from the Russian Federation:
After the notification of acceptance, we require a formal statement that participation is planned before we start issuing visa invitations.

The conference is organized by the Department of Finno-Ugrian languages and the Department of Folklore Studies at the University of Helsinki as well as the project ‘Oral Poetry, Mythic Knowledge and Vernacular Imagination’ funded by the Finnish Academy, and the Finno-Ugrian Society.


Florian Siegl                                                        Karina Lukin

Department of Finno-Ugrian linguistics              Department of Folklore studies