Department's research projects analyze and discuss folklore as a traditional creative process that gets its meanings and functions in social context. Research is focused on biographical narratives, narrated memories, folk songs, laments, legends, myths and folktales, their performance and social functions. Department's research projects are to a great extent carried out in Estonia and mainly discuss Estonian folklore but projects' output will be international.
Research focuses on the following subtopics:
- Tradition memory: remembering and forgetting
- Ethnic and analytical concepts of genre
- Relationship between orality and literacy in folklore
- Concept of authenticity in Estonian folkloristics
- Role of individuals in storytelling and shaping traditions
- Role of folktales in contemporary culture
- Belief genres and world view
- Lamenting traditions in connection with personal and collective identities
- Synchronous study of Setu local traditions
- Stereotypes and everyday creeds in contemporary society
- Tourism, tradition memory and folklore
- Role of folklore in interpreting and shaping social realities
- Relationships between folklore and folkloristics as discursive processes
Detailed information on current research projects is available in Research Projects Section.