Introduction to Finno-Ugric cultures and nations

July 14-17, 2020

As Estonia is one of the Uralic nations, it is the best place to get to know Finno-Ugric cultures! A 4-days workshop on Finno-Ugric Studies provides an overview of the Finno-Ugric nations’ history, culture, and modern developments.

As the scientists found out, the Finno-Ugric peoples have inhabited European continent for around ten thousand years. Mainly, they live on the territory of Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Hungary. How these countries are connected? During the workshop, we will study how the Hungarians, Finns, Estonians, Sami, Komi, Mansi and many other Finno-Ugric nations are related to each other, how they settled so far from each other, what are the roots of their origin. The topics covered by the course include not only the history of the Uralic peoples, but also contemporary politics, modern forms of cooperation, and cultural trends. We will have a chance to meet the basics of some Finno-Ugric languages and talk to representatives of some organizations working with Finno-Ugric issues (for example, NPO Fenno-Ugria, NGO Komi Cultural Society).

Timetable

Every day from 3pm to 4:30pm.

Day 1. Lecture: Origin and history of the Finno-Ugric peoples and modern political developments in Finno-Ugric regions.
Day 2. Lecture: Current Finno-Ugric cooperation (institutions; youth, scientific and cultural forums; bilateral cooperation), traditional and modern culture.
Day 3. Meeting with N. Ganova, NGO Komi Cultural Society.
Day 4. Visit to NPO Fenno-Ugria.

The workshop is led by Anna Kuznetsova – MA in History and currently a PhD student in Russia and Estonia working on the research on institutions of ethnopolitics in Finno-Ugric regions. Anna is also the head of the Estonian NGO Hõimulõimed and Society Fenno-Ugria Noored, dealing with developing and promoting Finno-Ugric cultures and cooperation.

Fee

The fee for the workshop is 50 EUR