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21 January 2021. Katarina Stradner, a student of the “Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies” Master’s programme defended her MA thesis "Creating a Representation: The Singing to the Accompaniment of the Gusle as a Nomination to the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage" supervised by the UNESCO chairholder professor Kristin Kuutma and reviewed by Krstiina Porila from the UNESCO chair.
14-18 December 2020. The UNESCO chairholder professor Kristin Kuutma was the official representative of Estonia at the meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was held online, coordinated from the UNESCO Headquaters in Paris and from Kingston in Jamaica.
20-29 October 2020. The travelling photo exibition Estonia's deskmate eSwatini was on display at the Institute of Cultural Research at the invitation of the UNESCO Chair. On the occasion, a meeting with the UNESCO Chair holder professor Kristin Kuutma and the author of the exhibition Laura Toomlaid was also organised.
The exhibition is also on display online.
Kristin Kuutma and Laura Toomlaid with the exhibition. Photo by Kristiina Porila.
8-10 September 2020. Professor Kristin Kuutma, the holder of the UNESCO chair participated at the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
4-6 March 2020. The UNESCO Chair holder professor Kristin Kuutma participated at the seminar ""No such thing as heritage"? – From Basic Assumptions and Constructs to Reconceptualizations" held at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (University of Helsinki). She was one of the keynote speakers with her talk "Critical (Re)conceptualizations in the Politics of Heritage".
Recording: University of Helsinki.
21 February 2020. The UNESCO Chair holder professor Kristin Kuutma delivered the speech “Anniversary and changing concepts” at the ceremony of the 102th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia held at Tartu University.
3-7 February 2020. Winter School “Troubling Gender: Theory and Method” at the University of Tartu. Gender is an important aspect of social cohesion which deserves a critical reflexion and is tightly linked to cultural heritage. The UNESCO Chairholder professor Kristin Kuutma was the Programme Director of the Winter School.
9-14 December 2019. Professor Kristin Kuutma, the holder of the UNESCO chair represented Estonia at the 14th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Bogota, Colombia.
Photo by Kristin Kuutma.
13 December 2019. A representative of the UNESCO chair participated at the meeting of the Estonian Council for Intangible Cultural Heritage, an advisiory body of the Ministry of Culture.
4 November 2019. A roundtable concerning UNESCO and intangible cultural heritage at the meeting of the board of SIEF (International Society of Ethnology and Folklore) in Marseille. The role of scientific analysis in international cultural politics was discussed – how can SIEF as a scientific organisation contribute to the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage?
The round table was co-organised Kristin Kuutma (UNESCO Chair on Applied Studies of ICH, Univeristy of Tartu) and Anita Vaivade (UNESCO Chair on Intangible Cultural Heritage Policy and Law, Latvian Academy of Culture).
UNESCO chairholders Anita Vaivade ja Kristin Kuutma. Photo by Kristiina Porila.
31 October 2019. Thematical evening “Will the Estonian song festival be held in Estonian language in 100 years?”
The evening included presentations, a panel discussion and a choral concert. The UNESCO chairholder Kristin Kuutma also made a presentation. The example of song festivals was used to discuss the links between cultural heritage and identity as well as the ways how the phenomena that are labeled heritage change and how they are seen.
A summary of the presentations and discussions is available in Estonian language on the blog of the Estonian National Museum.
Some weeks later the subject was also discussed on the radio programme Luukamber.
Margit Sutrop, Aet Maatee, Marju Lauristin and Kristin Kuutma in the panel discussion.
Photo by Kristiina Porila.
19-20 October 2019. Organisers of a festival on intangible cultural heritage, held in Tokyo during the Olympic year 2020, visited the Setomaa region in South-Eastern Estonia. Looking for performers for the upcoming festival, they met various Seto leelo choirs. The visit was organized by the UNESCO chair.
Photos by Marika Ahven.
2 may 2019. Day of Cultural Heritage, kick-off of the UNESCO Chair on Applied Studies of Intangible Cultural Heritage.