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Karsten Brüggemann

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Karsten Brüggemann is the Professor of Estonian and General History at the School of Humanities of Tallinn University. He received his PhD in history from the University of Hamburg in 1999 with a study of the Russian Civil War in the Baltic region: Die Gründung der Republik Estland und das Ende des ‚Einen und Unteilbaren Rußland‘ (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2002). In 2013, he defended his habilitation at the University of Gießen with a study on the perception of the Baltic provinces in Russian imperial culture that is scheduled to be published in 2017 under the title Licht und Luft des Imperiums. Legimitations- und Repräsentationsstrategien russischer Herrschaft in den Ostseeprovinzen im 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhundert (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz). He is the author of an analysis of musical mass culture in the USSR in the 1930s, Von Krieg zu Krieg, von Sieg zu Sieg (Hamburg: Kovač, 2002), a history of Tallinn, co-authored with Ralph Tuchtenhagen (Tallinn. Eine kleine Geschichte, Köln: Böhlau, 2011; in Estonian published as Tallinna ajalugu, Tallinn: Varrak, 2013) and numerous articles on Baltic and Russian history. Together with Ralph Tuchtenhagen he is the editor of a three-volume history of the Baltic States. He is co-editor (with Mati Laur) of the journal Forschungen zur baltischen Geschichte and member of the editorial board of Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung. Since 2011 he serves as Vice President of Baltische Historische Kommission.

Main research interests: connected with Russian and Soviet history include the history of the Baltic States, civil wars and wars of independence, the cultural history of Stalinism and Late Socialism, national narratives and memory cultures as well as the history of sport and tourism.

Ulrike Plath


Ulrike Plath is the Professor of German History and Culture in the Baltic Region – a professorship that was launched in 2012 by German State financing to ensure sustainable research on German heritage in the Baltics in the 21st century. Ulrike has Baltic German roots, she studied in Hamburg, Tartu and Greifswald and received her PhD from Mainz University. She has mainly dealt with 18th and 19th century studies, the history of Baltic German culture and literature, and, more recently, with environmental history looking at history from a transnational perspective.
Since 2011 she is the head of the Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK) at Tallinn University. Her recent research and teaching covers topics that bring local and global phenomena together – as for example in the Baltic German food history, Baltic climate and agrarian history, transnational and social history of the region.

Kersti Markus

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Kersti Markus is the Professor of Art History, senior research fellow in Medieval Studies and head of the study area of History of School of Humanities. She has studied at Tartu University, Vienna University and in the Swedish Institute in Rome. She received her PhD in art history from the University of Stockholm and spend a year in Germany as a Humboldt fellow.
Research interests: She has experimented with the use of visual sources in history writing, especially regarding the history of Baltic Sea region in the Middle ages. The focus of the research concerns the visual culture and political history in 12th-13th century Scandinavia and Estonia. Additionally, she deals with the history of Art History, methodological issues and landscape studies.