The Supernatural and the Social in Contemporary Estonia: Entanglements and Uncertainties, lecture by Ülo Valk, December 6, 2021

During the 19th century, Estonia was a dominantly Lutheran culture, accommodating diverse ideologies and agendas, such as Enlightenment, national awakening, and the quest for pre-Christian heritage in the widely documented folklore. Modernization introduced disenchantment (Entzauberung) as a gradual process of relocating the supernatural to the realm of fiction and slowly undermined the position of the Lutheran church in society. However, like in several other countries with secular orientation, the liminal realm of ghosts, magic, and the supernatural keeps haunting Estonia today. It appears not only in media but in storytelling, experiences, and religious practices. The paper studies the discursive expressions of the supernatural in Estonia and sheds light on its entanglement with everyday life.

Lecture on December 6, 2021 at 4:15-5:45 p.m. on  Zoom

Speaker: Ülo Valk, Professor of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu

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Sponsor: Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES)

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