News in Humanities

First ERC Grant to Tallinn University

In June 2018, the five-year project “Between the Times, Embattled Temporalities and Political Imagination in Interwar Europe” will begin at Tallinn University School of Humanities.

Whole Families fettered by the Soviet Regime

The Soviet ideology of class struggle was intended to aid the destruction of the so-called exploiters’ class. All people who had owned some property before the revolution or identified as intellectuals were labelled exploiters:...

Literary City in Estonian Prose reflects the Urbanization Process

In Estonia, people started to move into towns in late 19th and early 20th century. This brought about great changes to the way of living and urban culture started to develop. Estonian prose from...

Song Selection reflects Cultural Background

Estonians are known as the singing nation because of the Singing Revolution and the tradition of Song Celebrations (SCs), which dates back to 1869. Music lessons with professionally trained music teachers are part of...

How were ‘golden fabrics’ made in the Middle Ages and who wore them?

Vanity and a taste for luxury were not unknown to the citizens of medieval Tartu. Woven brocaded silk garments, embellished with precious metal threads, were undoubtedly the most expensive and desirable items on the...

Philosophical View Illuminates Different Facets of Science

Measuring has often been considered an objective process because it gives numerical—hence non-subjective—information about the world. Numbers are seen as the characteristics of things and phenomena. However, research performed at the University of Tartu...

Combining Novel and Classical Methods Give Artefacts Deeper Background

A Roman bronze lamp was found in Kavastu peat bog (Estonia) in 1902.

Margaret Lyngdoh researches Negative Stereotypes

The Khasis are one of the multiple ethnic communities in North Eastern India. Margaret Lyngdoh (33), junior research fellow in folkloristics at the University of Tartu, belongs to the Khasi tribe. Even though she...

Curriculum Development needs Teachers who represent The Teaching Community at Large

A written curriculum is a bunch of words on paper. It depends on the teachers how the ideas behind the words work in class. The Estonian case shows that although teachers are involved in...

Artistic Translation—the Key Feature of Estonian Translation in the 20th century

Artistic translation dominated in Estonian translation poetics in the 20th century, although there were different periods during the century. Yet, the meaning of artistic translation changed over the decades. The shift is especially remarkable...

Not Merely Amulets—Animal Pendants Reflect Life Values

Animal pendants made of teeth and bones are some of the most common ornaments in archaeological contexts worldwide but both the sociocultural meaning of pendants and mammals used for pendants differ greatly depending on...

When Did Supernatural Creatures Become Part of Fantasy?

This is one of the questions top folklorists endeavoured to answer last week in Tartu.

Experimental archaeology takes you back to Viking era

Imagine spending a night in a Viking era wooden house that has no proper floors, no windows what so ever and a huge pile of rocks in one corner as an oven, used for...

Amazing well-preserved cog found in Estonia

Soon after an excavator hit something solid at a construction site a few weeks ago in Tallinn, it became clear that the finding was quite significant – two ships, laying close to each other,...

Technology gives new meaning to work-place learning

People tend to learn something new at their work places almost every day, but sharing that knowledge with colleagues could be tricky in many industries. Learning Layers tries to find ways how to create...

One of a kind of gallows

Gallows Hill in Haapsalu, a small town 100 km from Tallinn, is a unique site in the region – not many similar places have been found in Estonia, or in other Baltic states for...

Interactive textiles to change hospital experience

In the future more and more textiles will be “smart”, interacting with us when we touch them or gathering data about their surroundings. Lead by internationally acknowledged pioneer of smart textiles, Kärt Ojavee, a...

Tracing our ancestors at the bottom of the sea

New European Marine Board report recommends exploration of sea-submerged settlements abandoned by our ancestors. The report was prepared also by the Senior Research Fellow of Geology Alar Rosentau, Professor of Laboratory Archaeology Aivar Kriiska...

Nanotechnology and the creation of artificial muscles enter schools

Led by the University of Tartu, innovative Estonian schools participate in the Quantum Spin-Off project, which aims to bring youth in contact with nanotechnology, modern science and high-tech entrepreneurship. Pupils participating in the project...

Salme boat remains – a unique arheozoological finding

In Northern Europe, boat burials were common both on the western and eastern coast of Finland, in different regions of Sweden, on the coast of Norway, on the Åland islands, on the Danish islands...

Developers Unveil Software That Can ‘Teach Estonian in 200 Hours’ 

Details were announced last week of an Estonian-developed computer program, Language Accelerator, that its creators say is capable of teaching any language to any learner in 200 hours.