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Centre for Environmental History - KAJAK

The Centre for Environmental History is an academic research network affiliated with Tallinn University School of Humanities and since 2015 it is part of the Institute of History, Archaeology and Art History. The Centre fosters the research activities of the scholars of environmental history in Estonia. 

The Centre aims to:

  • develop the understanding of interrelationship between human culture and the natural environment through research and teaching in Estonia;
  • promote regional and international cooperation;
  • distribute literature on environmental history, popularise information within this area, and further knowledge of the historical integration of environment and human culture.

The research is based on the assumption that the relationship between environment and human culture cannot be one-sided, but rather that every historical change in one leads to reactions and adaptations in the other. The intellectual aspect of culture is equally important with its material relations, since every kind of human activity is applicable through the prism of knowledge and culture. The Centre’s activities are mainly focused on the historical cultural space of Estonia, but since environment is a cross-cultural phenomenon, regional and international cooperation is seen as essential.

The thematic focus of the centre's research is on food history, archaeology, human-animal relations, and the presentation of environmental history in museum context. 

The Centre organises seminars, conferences, and public lectures; lecture courses and seminars for bachelor and master students. It promotes doctoral studies in environmental history; facilitates the publishing of research findings and source materials; coordinates translation of publications that introduce environmental history; participates in international research projects and furthers cooperation with other similar institutions abroad.

Membership of the Centre is comprised of researchers active in Estonia, with an area of interest in the concurrence of and interaction between the environment and human culture from a historical perspective. In addition to the researchers working at the School of Humanities, the Centre also includes partner members from various Estonian academic institutions, in order to maintain broad-based and interdisciplinary research. As ‘unity makes strength’, we try to gather under the umbrella of the Centre for Environmental History, the specialists who have shown outstanding individual research results in the field, for gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the history of environment in Estonian territory and in the Eastern Baltic Sea region from pre-historic to modern times.

Contact us: 

Address: Narva mnt 25
Phone: +372 6199 525
E-mail: kajak-info....at....tlu.ee