The academic area of History in Tallinn University School of Humanities covers studies and research in history, visual and material culture (archaeology, ethnology, art history), and environmental history. We are an innovative team working group with strong international orientation and involved in developing new trends in teaching and researching history in Estonia.
Our area of history is engaged in interpreting the societies and people of the past differently from the traditional approaches. The balanced use of written, visual and material sources enlivens the topics covered making them multi-layered drawing attention to the use of multi-disciplinary approaches in the research of history. The courses we teach have both regional (local) and global dimensions, the topics covered comprise the most current subject fields of contemporary humanities and social sciences: studies in nations and nationalism, memory studies and mnemohistory. We help to open the door to the wide and fascinating world of contemporary history writing.
We have also turned our attention to natural sciences, since the key to understanding history is detectable in the natural environment. Therefore, environmental history as a new and rising research area in the world is represented.
One of the most important characteristics of our area of history is the strong integration of teaching and research: the majority of our teaching staff are active as researchers in the Centre of History, Archaeology and Art History, which is the biggest research centre in the School of Humanities. The researchers of the centre also contribute towards the fulfilment of our curricula. This gives us a very sound foundation for the operational management of our PhD curriculum in History. In addition we are involved in two research networks: the Centre of Medieval Studies, which unites the medievalists of Estonia, and the Centre of Environmental Studies, which has international dimensions.
Our students have wide opportunities to gain practical work experience in different museums, in the Tallinn University Archaeological Research Collection, in the National Heritage Board, in the Archives and participating in archaeological fieldwork. We are actively participating in Erasmus+ exchange and welcome students and post-doctoral applicants within the frameworks of other projects.
Our graduates are highly valued as history teachers, museum curators, archivists, active heritage protectors and leaders of NGO-s. Our graduates can be found holding high posts in governmental bodies as well as in the private sector. Several of our graduates have continued their studies abroad (incl. Heidelberg, Vienna, Cologne, Paris).
Head of Study Area, Professor Ulrike Plath