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.
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: Current Finno-Ugric cooperation: institutions; youth, scientific and cultural forums; bi- and multilateral cooperation.
25.07. 2023 – 14.30-16.00 – Seminar on Finno-Ugric traditional and modern culture.
28.07. 2023 – 14.30-16.00 – TBC
01.08.2023 – 14.30-16.00 – Meeting with the representatives of NPO Fenno-Ugria (Address: Pärnu mnt 28-9, Tallinn)
04.08.2023 – 14.30-16.00 – Seminar on Komi culture and language, meeting with the representatives of NGO Komi Cultural Society
The course is open to everyone interested in the topic.
Optional: Students will be awarded 1 ECTS for full participation and satisfactory completion of a 2000 word written assignment
The fee for the workshop is 120 EUR
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.
Introduction to Estonia and Finno-Ugric Cultures and Nations course (Online edition)