The publication of a selection of newer articles from German-speaking folklorists and historians in Estonian

Duration of the project

01.07.2012. - 30.09.2012.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

NGO Estonian Folklore Institute
University of Kiel

Aim of the project

The project aims to make newer research of folklorists and historians from German-speaking areas available to all interested people in Estonia. It would help to promote German cultural studies in Estonia. The physical result of the project is an Estonian volume of 12 articles from well-known German-speaking folklorists, ethnologists, and historians. All authors are holding a PhD (excluding one who has a master’s degree) and have longstanding experience in their field. Moreover, a German consultant participates in the project, helping in creation of scientific contacts. The articles focus on topics that are investigated in Estonia only little or not at all. Furthermore, new and attractive viewpoints are offered to traditional topics. All these factors make the volume interesting for a broader circle of readers and help to turn more attention to the cultural research work in German-speaking countries.

There have been too few Estonian translations of the German cultural research in the recent decades, therefore this book with its attractive articles and topics would be a good opportunity to bring the German cultural research closer to the Estonian public. This book and scientific contacts created while working on it are an important step on the way to further promotion of German cultural research in Estonia.

Main activities of the project

Preparation for the publication.

Target group and number of persons involved

The target group of the project includes folklorists, historians, cultural researchers, university lecturers, students, and all people who want to know more about connections between old and traditional beliefs and phenomena of the modern everyday world. The collection of articles will be published in 500 copies, yet it will definitely reach more readers through libraries (all important libraries will get a free copy of the book; there will be book reviews in the media).