humanities and the arts

Tallinn University humanities scholar Eneken Laanes awarded a prestigious grant by ERC

Eneken Laanes. Photo by Piret Räni.
Eneken Laanes. Photo by Piret Räni.

At the beginning of next year, the five-year project ‘Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena’, which was awarded a prestigious grant of 1.5 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC), starts under the leadership of Eneken Laanes, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Culture Analysis at Tallinn University.

Laanes and her team will investigate how the memory of the Second World War and the Soviet regime in Eastern Europe has been translated for the global arena through literature, cinema, and art.

After the fall of the Soviet Union, the countries of Eastern Europe have fought on a political level for the recognition of their history on an international scale. Laanes explains that in that fight, there are many comparisons between the Nazi and the Soviet regimes, between the Holocaust and Soviet repressions, which has caused many misunderstandings in the world. According to Eneken Laanes, the feeling that our history and its peculiarities are not understood is prevalent in Eastern European countries.

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