Teaching and learning

In its teaching capacity the UNESCO Chair focuses first and foremost on MA and PhD levels. We complement the existing curricula in the fields of ethnology, folkloristics, and cultural management, including the English language MA program Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies

Heritage management
Mind map of challenges in heritage management. By MA student Chahal Garg (2021)

Together with students from all corners of the world, we study and discuss how to employ traditional knowledge and skills for addressing current and future challenges. 

  • to direct students to reflect on the reasons and goals of heritage creation (the political, economic, and social application of cultural heritage designation) on local, national, and international level;
  • to introduce to students the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to engage them in the relevant discussions and programs;
  • to draw attention to the problematic consequences in heritage designations or applications, while spelling out the options for conflict prevention and ethical solutions;
  • to point out options and ways in mediating communities, entrepreneurs, and officials active in the heritage process.


    The Chair also brings visiting lecturers to Tartu, notably from other UNESCO Chairs and elsewhere. We are also planning to create an international postdoctoral program in cooperation with other universities, to enable an enriching international exchange.


    The photo was taken at the home of one of the research participants in Yalutorovsk, Tyumen region, Russia, in July 2011 by Ph.D. student Aljona Shishelyakina. In the picture, people recall their dead relatives, pray, and have ritual festivities. Usually, Tatar people in Siberia call this event “Khatym-Ash”.