Estonian - et
Elo-Hanna Seljamaa
Research Fellow 0.5 p.; Lecturer of Estonian Folklore 0.5 p.

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PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; MA, University of Tartu; BA, University of Tartu

My current research interests revolve around nationalism, ethnic identity and multiculturalism in Estonia and, by extension, the post-socialist Europe. In addition to conducting ethnographic fieldwork of my own, I also enjoy writing about contemporary Estonian artists working on these topics and am fascinated by art as a mode of ethnographic knowledge production. Other research interests include Estonian Kalevala-metric ballads, history of folklore studies in Estonia.

Together with Pihla-Maria Siim, I recently co-edited a special issue of Ethnologia Europaea on silence in cultural practices (in print). Next in line is co-editing a special issue of Folklore. Electronic Journal of Folklore on the afterlife of former closed military zones and bases in Central and Eastern Europe.

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses that focus on theory and methods for studying vernacular culture and daily life.

Selected publications in English:

* Silencing and amplifying ethnicity in Estonia: An ethnographic account from Tallinn. – Ethnologia Europaea, 46 (2), Special issue: Silence in Cultural Practices (forthcoming)
* Where does silence take us, if we listen to it. (With Pihla Siim) – Ethnologia Europaea, 46 (2), Special issue: Silence in Cultural Practices (forthcoming)
* Participating in public displays of nationalism, shamelessly: Eva Sepping and her trilogy on nationalism. – Estonian Art 1, 2014, 32-34.
Boosting Similarity and Difference or Only Difference? Soviet Nationality Policies and Integration in post-Communist Estonia. – Institutional Legacies of Communism: Change and Continuities in Minority Protection. Eds. Karl Cordell, Timofey Agarin, Alexander Osipov. London: Routledge, 2013, 186-199.
* Minority identities and the construction of rights in post-Soviet settings (With Kristin Kuutma & Ergo-Hart Västrik). – Folklore. Electronic Journal of Folklore, 51, 2012, 49-76. URL:
* Significant Margins, as Seen by Liina Siib. – A Woman Takes Little Space. 54th Interational Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia. Ed. Andreas Trossek. Tallinn: Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia, 2011, 35-83. 

* Walter Anderson: A Scientist beyond Historic and Geographic Borders. – Studies in Estonian Folkloristics and Ethnology. A Reader and Reflexive History. Eds. Kristin Kuutma, Tiiu Jaago. Tartu: Tartu University Press 2005, 153-168.