Cultural Activities & Discussion Lunch

The conference also included a list of cultural activities everybody could select from as well as a discussion lunch, a special events bringing together experienced scholars and the younger generation.

Cultural Activities took place in the afternoon of the third day of the conference. There was a total of seven different possibilities to choose from:  (1) bog hike on the Valgesoo nature study trail, (2) a bus tour to Kassinurme (a prehistoric hillfort and its reconstruction) and the Old Believers’ villages, (3) guided tour “Walking in the shoes of a student in Tartu”, (4) Tartu Toome Hill Ghost Tour, (4) a curator’s tour of the “Tartu – a City of Many Faiths” exhibition in the Tartu City Museum, (5) a curator’s tour of the “Echo of the Urals” exhibition at the Estonian National Museum, (6) a guided tour of the “Encounters” exhibition at the Estonian National Museum, and (7) a guided tour at the Tartu Beer Museum.

Discussion Lunch took place during the lunchtime of the third day of the conference. This was a special event where a select list of well-known established scholars had agreed to meet with up to two young scholars for an informal lunch (costs of which were covered by the organizers). Generally ‘young scholars’ meant PhD students and those who had just recently acquired their PhD degrees, but there was no strict age or time limit (more experienced young scholars simply had to present more significant reasons and motivations in their applications). All young scholars had to apply (submit a motivation letter and a short academic CV) to participate. All in all, 20 well-known scholars of religion participated with more than 30 young scholars joining them for fruitful and inspiring conversations.

In the photos section one can find photographs of discussion lunch as well as of the Valgesoo bog hike.