“Patterns of Development in Estonian Culture of the Transition Period (1986–1998)” (PUT 2020–2024)

The research project “Patterns of Development in Estonian Culture of the Transition Period (1986–1998)” 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. This collaborative research project 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: Piret Viires (TLÜ), Luule Epner (TLÜ/TÜ), Epp Annus (TLÜ), Jaak Tomberg (TÜ), Regina-Nino Mion.

Other research staff (PhD students and candidates): Neeme Lopp, Mari Laaniste, Elise Eimre, Liis Kibuspuu, Andrus Laansalu, Eva-Liisa Linder (TLÜ), Agnes Neier (TÜ), Taavi Remmel (TLÜ), Alo Paistik, Merily Salura.

Duration: 2020–2024.

Project type: Personal research funding: Team grant PRG636.

Financed by the Estonian Research Council.

See the project’s website.

See in the Estonian Research Information System.

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Posted by Mari Laaniste