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The Frontiers in Comparative Metrics III conference will be held on 29th and 30th of September 2017, in Tallinn. The organizers of the conference are the Departments of Classics and Semiotics at the University of Tartu and the Department of Cultural Theory at Tallinn University. The language of the conference will be English.

The third conference in the series is dedicated to the memory of Jaak Põldmäe (1942-1979), a distinguished Estonian scholar of poetry, to commemorate his 75th anniversary. Jaak Põldmäe created a coherent theory of Estonian verse and axiomatic typology of verse forms. He was the first in Estonian versification studies to use the statistical methods to test his observations and hypotheses. His works have influenced studies of verse in and outside Estonia.

We invite proposals for papers on the following themes:

  • Theory and typology of verse forms
  • Comparative metrics: theory and interpretations
  • Frontiers in Indo-European and Fenno-Ugric metrics
  • Areal prosody, non-European poetic systems
  • Folklore: its prosody and poetics
  • Semantics of metre and rhythm
  • Rhythmic tendencies in prose and verse
  • Verse in translation

Other proposals for papers that are related to the themes of the conference are also welcome.

The time allotted for each speaker is 30 minutes (20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion).

Please send your abstract by May 30, 2017 to maria.lotman....at....ut.ee. Please include your contact info and details with your abstract (first name, last name, title, email address, affiliation, field of research, address, telephone).

Acceptance will be notified personally via email by June 30, 2017.

Participation fee: 75 EUR, free for students and Eastern European participants

Keynote speakers

Chris Golston (California State University, Fresno)
Bruno Paoli (Université Lumière Lyon 2)
Geoffrey Russom (Brown University)
Marina Tarlinskaja (University of Washington)

Publication of Papers

After the conference, the papers presented can be submitted for publication in Studia Metrica et Poetica (an open access journal published by the University of Tartu Press).

Organizing committee

Mihhail Lotman
Peeter Torop
Igor Pilshchikov
Maria-Kristiina Lotman
Aile Tooming
Mikhail Trunin
Annika Mikkel 


Estonian Research Council
Tallinn University
The Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies