Patterns of Development in Estonian Culture of the Transition Period (1986–1998) (PRG, 2020–2024)

The research project sets out to investigate the cultural processes at work in Estonia between 1986 and 1998, a time-frame known as the transition period, corresponding to the disintegration of socialist systems in Eastern Europe and subsequent meticulous political, economic, institutional and technological changes. The culture of this period has been studied sporadically in different cultural fields, but a comprehensive account of the competing developments of the eraʼs culture as a whole and its relation to social and political processes has been missing. The collaborative research project “Patterns of Development in Estonian Culture of the Transition Period (1986–1998)” unites scholars from three institutions: the Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn University and the University of Tartu, capitalising on their expertise in literature, visual culture, theatre and cinema. Our result aims for a synthesis of wide range of cultural phenomena from the transition period, set against their wider cultural and social background.

Principal investigator: Virve Sarapik.

Senior research staff: Epp Annus (TLÜ), Piret Viires (TLÜ), Luule Epner (TLÜ/TÜ), Jaak Tomberg (TÜ), Regina-Nino Mion (EKA).

Other research staff (PhD students and candidates): Mari Laaniste, Neeme Lopp, Andrus Laansalu, Alo Paistik, Merily Salura (EKA), Eva-Liisa Linder (TLÜ/EMTA), Agnes Neier, Indrek Ojam (TÜ), Taavi Remmel (TLÜ).

Duration: 2020–2024.

Project type: Personal research funding, team grant PRG636.

Financed by the Estonian Research Council.

See the project’s website.

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