Eneken Laanes is the Professor of Comparative Literature at Tallinn University and the Project Leader of ERC project Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena. 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) and a Kone Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium (autumn 2019). 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).

Main tasks

Project Leader, ERC Project Translating Memories: The Eastern European Past in the Global Arena

Areas of research

Cultural memory, trauma theory, historical novel, critical theory and cultural analysis, contemporary literature; theories of subjectivity, autobiography and self-writing; world literature, transnational literature and multilingualism.