The expatriate Estonian visiting professorship has been created to invite acknowledged researchers of Estonian descent to work at the University of Tartu for at least one semester. The professorship aims to increase the global visibility of the University of Tartu, give its researchers more opportunities to cooperate with top researchers of Estonian descent and allow the students of the University of Tartu to attend their lecture courses.
Visiting professor in the 2021/2022 academic year
Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University
Jaan Valsiner is one of the world’s leading cultural psychologists, whose research focuses on the intersections and interconnections of psychology and semiotics, and who has helped to promote Estonian research in the world.
Jaan Valsiner has worked as professor of psychology at Clark University in the USA, and is currently Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark.
Scholarship enables the visiting professor to teach and do research at the University of Tartu’s Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics in the 2021/2022 academic year.
Activities of the visiting professor at the University of Tartu
Professor Valsiner plans to organise an interdisciplinary seminar “Semiosis in irreversible time” and deliver three public lectures.
Autumn semester 2021
Course “Semiosis in irreversible time” (teaching)
The English-taught course (code in Study Information System FLSE.00.326) focuses on the dynamics of meaning-making in irreversible time, in sign systems, nature, culture and society. Seminars take place on Fridays from 14 to 16.
Conversation evening “Creativity and the flow of culture”
On 15 October, the University of Tartu Professor of Liberal Arts Hasso Krull and Expatriate Estonian Visiting Professor Jaan Valsiner will meet at the conversation evening “Creativity and the flow of culture” to discuss the future of culture with moderator Jaan Kangilaski.
Video playlist of Expatriate Estonian Visiting Professor
See also the video playlist of the UT Expatriate Estonian Visiting Professor on Youtube.
Scholarship for expatriate Estonian visiting professor
The scholarship was created at the University of Tartu Foundation in November 2018. The scholarship is supported by the Foundation of the University of Toronto Chair of Estonian Studies, the University of Tartu Foundation in Toronto, and the Estonian Students Fund in USA.