Tartu Conference on East European and Eurasian Studies


The conference will be held on the historic campus of the University of Tartu, located in the heart of Estonia’s second-largest city, Tartu. The University of Tartu is one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe, founded by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus in 1632.

The conference venue is a short walk away from most hotels and the bus station. The main conference venue for panel sessions is the Faculty of Social Sciences (Lossi 36). All conference rooms are equipped with a projector and PC and speakers. No other audio-visual equipment will be provided. For Mac laptops: Be sure to bring the necessary cables to connect your Mac laptop to the projector. Free Wi-Fi (network name: ut-public) is available in all conference rooms.



The city of Tartu is a charming university town whose relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere creates a perfect environment for scholarly conversations. Tartu’s neoclassical centre is small enough to cover on foot.

In 2024, Tartu, together with Southern Estonia, will be the European Capital of Culture. The European Capital of Culture is Europe’s most prized cultural project, bringing together all the ideas, people and areas of an organising city or reTartu2024 logogion.

The leading theme of Tartu 2024, the European Capital of Culture is “Arts of Survival” which is meant to express the power of the arts in affecting Europe’s future in three larger areas of life: environmentally friendly culture with a focus on real human communication, strong communities and essential skills for living and, indeed, survival in the coming years.

The four most important Arts of Survival featured in the Tartu 2024 programme are uniqueness, sustainability, awareness, and co-creation.Since 1985, many prominent cities all over Europe have carried the title of a European Capital of Culture (ECoC). Every year at least two cities in Europe are designated with the ECoC title by the choice of an international jury (panel). The aim of an ECoC process is to encourage urban regeneration in order to change the city’s image and foster culture driven development. The focus is on culture in a broad sense.

Be sure to check Tartu 2024 programme for the exciting events happening during your stay in Tartu, as well as two biggest events in June: Tartu Song and Dance Celebration and Midsummer Day.

Estonian song and dance celebrations have been merged together in Tartu for the first time to tell the story of finding true happiness from giving value and appreciation to our roots. The week-long celebration of eight unique events brings almost 2,300 Tartu County dancers onto the green and almost 10,000 singers & musicians under the song arch.

The Song and Dance Celebration week culminates with the Tartu Song Celebration on the themes of joy and happiness. Almost 10,000 singers and musicians perform at the Tartu Song Celebration with a variety of new and old songs. Celebration is preceded by a procession through Tartu city centre.

Midsummer in Estonia, known as “Jaanipäev,” is a cherished summer solstice celebration. It typically occurs around June 23rd and is marked by traditional festivities including bonfires, singing, dancing, and the consumption of traditional foods and drinks. Jaanipäev holds deep cultural significance and is a time for communities to come together, enjoy outdoor activities, and honor Estonian folklore and traditions.

In the run-up to Midsummer, you can find the best quality meat, fish, vegetables, strawberries and other barbecue delights served in Tartu’s Market Hall on 21 and 22 June. Every year, the vendors of the Market Hall prepare a variety of special recipes for Midsummer Day, including shashlik and stripy bacon! In addition, there will be a number of special offers and guest traders.

Learn more about Tartu 2024 and the programme: https://tartu2024.ee

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Further tourist information:

The homepage of the city of Tartu

The homepage of the University of Tartu

Tartu in Your Pocket City Guide

Tourism Information of Tartu

Visit Estonia travel guide