Associate Professor of Estonian Folklore
My specialism is folklore research. I graduated from the University of Tartu as an Estonian philologist in 1983, and defended my doctoral thesis on Estonian folk song (PhD in 1991). Since 1991 I have been Associate Professor at the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore of the University of Tartu.
I am teaching several courses, amongst others ‘Oral Popular History’, ‘Historiography of Estonian Folkloristics’, ’Methods of Researching "regilaul", the Estonian Old Folk Song’ etc.
I have had a keen interest in both the Estonian old folk song and the popular understanding of history (narrated history). I have studied the metaphorical language of old folk songs (PhD on the subject in 1991), and the socio-historical background of the tradition of folk song.
In the 2010s, I primarily studied the continuities and discontinuities in remembering and the representation of nineteenth- and twentieth-century events in real life narratives. The subject of this research interest links to the modes of the self-description of culture. It is also related to interdisciplinary border-studies.
CV and publications in Estonian Research Portal.