Institute of Cultural Research

The Institute of Cultural Research belongs to the field of humanities of the University of Tartu and consists of three departments: the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, the Department of Ethnology and the Department of Literature and Theater Studies. Since 2011, the Institute of Cultural Research also includes the Center for Oriental Studies and since 2021 the Center for Arctic Cultures. The institute also has a professorship in the liberal arts and the UNESCO Chair on Applied Research of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Following professors work at the institute:

  • Anneli Saro (Theater Studies),
  • Arne Merilai (Estonian literature),
  • Art Leete (Ethnology),
  • Ene Kõresaar (Oral history and memory research),
  • Jüri Talvet (World literature, professor emeritus),
  • Kristin Kuutma (Cultural sciences),
  • Liina Lukas (Comparative literature),
  • Marina Grishakova (Literary theory) 
  • Ülo Valk (Estonian and comparative folklore).

Composition of the Council of the Institute of Cultural Research (since 10.09.2021)


Art Leete, head of the institute, professor


Anneli Saro, professor

Arne Merilai, Professor

Kristin Kuutma, professor

Marina Grišakova, professor

Ülo Valk, professor

Ene Kõresaar, professor

Liina Lukas, professor

Jaak Tomberg, associate professor

Hedi-Liis Toome, lecturer

Ergo-Hart Västrik, lecturer

Kirsti Jõesalu, lecturer, researcher

Marin Laak, Estonian Literary Museum

Pille Runnel, Estonian National Museum

Piret Voolaid, Estonian Literary Museum

Karin Leivategija, student representative

Laura-Brigitta King, Student Representative

Maarja Basihhina, student representative

Savannah Dawn Powell, Student Representative

Sandra Piir, student representative


Hille Roots, Institute Coordinator

Dates of the meetings of the Council of the Institute of Cultural Research in the academic year 2021/22:

September 8, 2021

October 13, 2021

November 10, 2021

December 8, 2021

January 12, 2022

February 2, 2022

March 9, 2022

April 13, 2022

May 11, 2022

June 1, 2022

Start at 16.00, venue: University 16-102, unless otherwise stated.

Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore

Department of Ethnology

Department of Literature and Theatre studies

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Defence of master’s theses in Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies

Thesis defenses of the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore on June 1, 2023 in University 16-212 and Zoom.