Non-Degree / Dates: 11-27 January 2023
As Estonia is one of the Uralic nations, it is the best place to get to know Finno-Ugric cultures! A 6-lecture series on Finno-Ugric Studies provides an overview of the Finno-Ugric nations’ history, culture, and modern developments.
As scientists found out, the Finno-Ugric peoples have inhabited the European continent for around ten thousand years. Mainly, they live in the territory of Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Hungary. How are these countries connected? During the lecture series, we will study how the Hungarians, Finns, Estonians, Sami, Komi, Mansi and many other Finno-Ugric nations are related to each other, how they settled so far from each other, and what the roots of their origin are. The topics covered by the course include not only the history of the Uralic peoples, but also contemporary politics, modern forms of cooperation, and cultural trends. We will have a chance to meet the basics of some Finno-Ugric languages and talk to representatives of some organizations working with Finno-Ugric issues (for example, NPO Fenno-Ugria, NGO Komi Cultural Society).
The workshop is led by Anna Kuznetsova and David Edwards.
The workshop can be taken as an “after-class” course in addition to other courses
Why take this online course?
Anna Kuznetsova – MA in History and a PhD researcher working on the research on ethnopolitical institutions in Finno-Ugric regions. Anna is also the Head of the Estonian NGO Hõimulõimed and the Board member of the NGO Fenno-Ugria dealing with developing and promoting Finno-Ugric cultures and cooperation.
David Edwards – Defended his PhD at the University of Glasgow on representations of Estonian identity and external communication, and taught on courses such as “The Post-Soviet World”.
11 January, 16.15-17.45: Lecture: Origin and history of the Finno-Ugric peoples. Current socio-economic situations and modern political developments in Finno-Ugric regions.
13 January, 14.15-15.45: Lecture: Building a Finno-Ugric State: Comparative Historical Introduction to Estonian, Finnish and Hungarian History.
17 January, 14.15-15.45: Lecture: Representing Estonian National Identity in the 21st Century.
20 January, 14.15-15.45: Lecture: Finno-Ugric traditional and modern culture. Current Finno-Ugric cooperation: institutions; youth, scientific and cultural forums; bi- and multilateral cooperation.
24 January, 14.30-16.00: Meeting with the representatives of NPO Fenno-Ugria, NGO Hõimulõimed.
27 January, 14.15-15.45: Meeting with the representatives of NGO Komi Cultural Society.
The course is open to everyone interested in the topic.
Optional: Students will be awarded 1 ECTS for full participation and satisfactory completion of a 2000 word written assignment
Introduction to Estonia and Finno-Ugric Cultures and Nations course (Online edition)