Introduction to Estonia and Finno-Ugric Cultures and Nations

18, 21, 25, 28 July, 1, 4 August 2023

As Estonia is one of the Uralic nations, it is the best place to get to know Finno-Ugric cultures! A 6-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 the 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).

The workshop is led by Anna Kuznetsova.

Anna Kuznetsova – MA in History and currently a PhD student working on the research on language policies and institutions of ethnopolitics in Finno-Ugric regions. Anna was also the head of the Estonian NGO Hõimulõimed and Society Fenno-Ugria Noored, Board member of the NPO Fenno-Ugria dealing with developing and promoting Finno-Ugric cultures and cooperation.

Timetable

18.07. 2023 – 14.30-16.00 – Lecture: Origin and history of the Finno-Ugric peoples. Current socio-economic situations and modern political developments in Finno-Ugric regions.
21.07. 2023 – 14.30-16.00 – Lecture: Finno-Ugric traditional and modern culture. Current Finno-Ugric cooperation: institutions; youth, scientific and cultural forums; bi- and multilateral cooperation.
25.07. 2023 – 14.30-16.00 – TBC
28.07. 2023 – 14.30-16.00 – TBC
01.08.2023 – 14.30-16.00Meeting with the representatives of NPO Fenno-Ugria (Address: Pärnu mnt 28-9, Tallinn)
04.08.2023 – 14.30-16.00 – Meeting with the representatives of NGO Komi Cultural Society

Participants

The course is open to everyone interested in the topic.

Credit Points

Optional: Students will be awarded 1 ECTS for full participation and satisfactory completion of a 2000 word written assignment

Fee

The fee for the workshop is 120 EUR 

Covid-19 Restrictions

NB! When travelling to Estonia, the requirements established in Estonia must be followed. Read about them from kriis.ee website.

Please note that restrictions may change depending on the decision made by the Estonian Government. We highly recommend taking out insurance coverage.

"BOTH PROFESSORS WERE AMAZING, WITH DIFFERENT APPROACHES AND WAYS OF TEACHING. THE COURSE IN GENERAL WAS INTERESTING, I LEARNED A LOT AND AT THE END THE SPECIAL GUEST GAVE US INFORMATION IN MORE DETAIL ABOUT DIFFERENT TOPICS REGARDING THE COURSE. I WILL RECOMMEND CONTINUING THIS TYPE OF COURSES IN THE NEXT SUMMER SCHOOLS"

Ester, Guatemala
Introduction to Estonia and Finno-Ugric Cultures and Nations course (Online edition)