Senior Research Fellow, 0.5 p.
Jakobi 2-435 (Philosophicum), Tartu
madis.arukask [ät] ut.ee
Phone +372 5045547
I completed my BA as an Estonian philologist at the University of Tartu in 1996 and defended my PhD in 2003 on Estonian and comparative folkloristics (PhD theses „The genre and structure of Setu lyro-epic Kalevala-metric songs from the late 19th century“). In 1996–2000 I worked as a researcher in the department of folkloristics at the Estonian Literary Museum and in 2000–2006 on different positions in the Viljandi Culture Academy. Since 2006 I have worked as associate professor and senior researcher in the University of Tartu.
My research field has been mainly folk belief of Finnic peoples, the belief and genre issues of Estonian/Setu Kalevala-metric songs, also cultural processes from the folkloristic point of view. In 1997–2004 I carried out regularly fieldwork in Votian villages (Leningrad oblast, Russia) and since 2004 in Vepsian villages (Leningrad and Vologda oblasts, and Karelian Republic, Russia). Most of all I am interested in traditional beliefs and practices. I have studied the herding magic, communication with the dead, also manifestations of traditional world picture in different folklore genres.
I am a member of several scholarly organizations (including Folklore Fellows’ Society, International Society for Folk Narrative Research, Societé Internationale d´Ethnologie et de Folklore) and since 2009 I am the president of the Estonian Society for the Study of Religions.
Estonian Folk Songs: Sources, Theories and Types
CV and list of publications in Estonian Research Information System.