Lecturer of Estonian Folklore 0.5 p.; Research Fellow 0.5 p.
elo-hanna.seljamaa [ät] ut.ee
PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; MA, University of Tartu; BA, University of Tartu
My current research interests revolve around nationalism, ethnic identity and multiculturalism in Estonia and, by extension, the post-socialist Europe. In addition to conducting ethnographic fieldwork of my own, I also enjoy writing about contemporary Estonian artists working on these topics and am fascinated by art as a mode of ethnographic knowledge production. Other research interests include Estonian Kalevala-metric ballads, history of folklore studies in Estonia.
Together with Pihla-Maria Siim, I recently co-edited a special issue of Ethnologia Europaea on silence in cultural practices (2016), and with colleagues from Poland I co-edited a special issue of Folklore. Electronic Journal of Folklore on the afterlife of former closed military zones and bases in Central and Eastern Europe (2017). Together with Professor Simon Bronner I am a co-editor of the new book series “Studies in Folklore and Ethnology: Traditions, Practices, and Identities”, established in 2018 by academic publisher Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield).
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on theory and methods for studying vernacular culture and daily life.
Selected publications in English:
- Silencing and amplifying ethnicity in Estonia: An ethnographic account from Tallinn. – Ethnologia Europaea, 46 (2), Special issue: Silence in Cultural Practices, 2016.
- Where does silence take us, if we listen to it. (With Pihla Siim) – Ethnologia Europaea, 46 (2), Special issue: Silence in Cultural Practices, 2016.
- Participating in public displays of nationalism, shamelessly: Eva Sepping and her trilogy on nationalism. – Estonian Art 1, 2014, 32-34.
- Boosting Similarity and Difference or Only Difference? Soviet Nationality Policies and Integration in post-Communist Estonia. – Institutional Legacies of Communism: Change and Continuities in Minority Protection. Eds. Karl Cordell, Timofey Agarin, Alexander Osipov. London: Routledge, 2013, 186-199.
- Minority identities and the construction of rights in post-Soviet settings (With Kristin Kuutma & Ergo-Hart Västrik). – Folklore. Electronic Journal of Folklore, 51, 2012, 49-76. URL: https://www.folklore.ee/folklore/vol51/minority.pdf
- Significant Margins, as Seen by Liina Siib. – A Woman Takes Little Space. 54th Interational Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Ed. Andreas Trossek. Tallinn: Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia, 2011, 35-83.
- Walter Anderson: A Scientist beyond Historic and Geographic Borders. – Studies in Estonian Folkloristics and Ethnology. A Reader and Reflexive History. Eds. Kristin Kuutma, Tiiu Jaago. Tartu: Tartu University Press 2005, 153-168.