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Krista Kodres


Professor at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture of the Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn, senior researcher at University of Tallinn, School of Humanities. Her fields of research are history and theory of art and architecture in the Early Modern period, history and theory of art history writing, history of Estonian architecture and design of the Soviet period.

Prof Kodres  is author of the books Beautiful House and Room (2001), History of Estonian Art, Vol. 2,  1520-1770 (2005, editor and main author); Presenting Oneself. The Early Modern Tallinn (Reval) citizen and his house (2014). She has contributed a chapter for the book Lutheran Churches in Early Modern Europe (ed. A. Spicer, Ashgate 2012) and for the book Art History and Visual Studies in Europe. Transnational Discourses and National Frameworks (eds. M. Rampley, T. Lenain, H. Locher, et al. Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012). She is also editor-in-chief of the History of Estonian Art (6 volumes) and board member of the Estonian academic journal of art history and visual culture Studies on Art and Architecture.

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Andres Kurg


Andres Kurg is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Art History, Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. His research explores the architecture and design of the Soviet Union in the late 1960s and 1970s in relation to technological transformations and changes in everyday life as well as its intersections with alternative art practices. He studied art history at the Estonian Academy of Arts and architectural history at University College London. He has published articles in AA Files, ArtMargins, Journal of Architecture, Home Cultures and contributed to many collected volumes and exhibition catalogues. In 2008 he co-edited Environment, Projects, Concepts: Architects of the Tallinn School 1972-1985. He recently co-curated Our Metamorphic Futures. Design, Technical Aesthetics and Experimental Architecture in the Soviet Union 1960–1980 in Vilnius National Gallery of Art and Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design (2011–12), a project funded by a grant from the EU Culture programme. In 2015 he was a Guest Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles; in Spring 2017 he is Visiting Senior Researcher in European Studies at the MacMillan Center, Yale University, New Haven.

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Eneken Laanes


Eneken Laanes is the Associate Professor of Comparative Literary Science and Culture Analysis at Tallinn University and Senior Researcher at the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. Her research deals with transnational memory and transcultural memorial forms in post-Soviet memory cultures of Eastern Europe. Laanes studied comparative literature at the University of Tartu, University of Bologna (Spring 2001), the Free University of Berlin (2003–2004), She has been a Juris Padegs Research Fellow at Yale University (2013–2014). She is the author of Unresolved Dialogues: Subjectivity and Memory in Post-Soviet Estonian Novel (in Estonian, Tallinn: UTKK, 2009) and co-editor of Novels, Histories, Novel Nations: Historical Fiction and Cultural Memory in Finland and Estonia (Helsinki: SKS, 2015).

Laanes’s research interests include trauma theory, the historical novel, critical theory and cultural analysis, contemporary literature; theories of subjectivity, autobiography and self-writing; world literature, transnational literature and multilingualism.

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Daniele Monticelli


Daniele Monticelli is the Professor of Italian Studies and Semiotics and Head of Western European Studies at Tallinn University. He has studied and researched in Italy, Germany, Estonia, the US and teaches subjects in contemporary Italian history, society and politics, philosophy of language, comparative literature and research seminars.

His research is characterized by a wide and interdisciplinary range of interests which include the relations between translation and ideology particularly under totalitarian rule and censorship, semiotic theory and poststructuralism, the literary construction of affects, passions and cognition, contemporary critical theory with particular focus on the political thought of Agamben, Badiou and Rancière. He has authored literary and essayistic translations from Estonian into Italian and actively contributes to the cultural and political debate in the Estonian media and society.

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Piret Peiker 


Piret Peiker is a Lecturer in Comparative Literature. She is currently finishing her PhD thesis on the discourses of modernisation in the 19th-21st century Estonian literature at the University of Turku, Finland.

Her research interests include postcolonialism, modernity, nationalism and nationhood, globalisation, and Genre Studies.

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Ülar Ploom


Ülar Ploom is a scholar in literary and translation studies.

His main research areas comprise late Medieval and early Renaissance culture and literature (with an emphasis on the Italian Duecento and Trecento) and 20th century Italian literature, as well as the reception of Italian literature in Estonia. He has prefaced and commented the Estonian translations of Dante’s Inferno and Purgatory and is now completing  (with I. Vene) the translation of Paradise. He has published short prose and three collections of poetry.

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Märt Väljataga


Märt Väljataga is a lecturer of literary studies. He is also the editor-in-chief of the cultural magazine Vikerkaar, translator and literary critic.

His range of scholarly interests include stylistics, diachronic narratology, history of ideas, aesthetics, literary history and translation studies. Alongside with intepretation of particular Estonian authors, he has published synoptic overviews “Mis on luule” (What is poetry), “Why study literature?”, “Narratiiv” (Narrative), “Luule- ja pärislugude eristus” (The distinction between fictional and factual narratives), “Dialoog ja demarkatsioonijoon ajalooteaduse ja kirjanduse vahel” (Dialogue and demarcation line between historiography and historical fiction) and authored a high-school text-book “Kirjandus ja selle liigid” (Literature and its kinds, 2014). He has edited and partly translated an anthology of Russian formalist criticism "Kirjandus kui selline” (Literature as such, 2014).

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