Seminaridesarja "Inimkond: Current issues in anthropology and beyond" korraldamine Humanitaarteaduste instituudis
The seminar series “Inimkond: current issues in anthropology and beyond” has been running successfully since autumn 2012. The fortnightly seminars have featured speakers from TLÜ and, mostly, international speakers. Each sessioon attracts around 35 people. The audience has consisted of students and staff from TUHI and other TLÜ sections. It has also attracted audience from Estonian Art Academy, Estonian Music School, several museums and foreign universities. Where the speaker consented, seminars were video recorded and made available online. Since its establishment, Inimkond has considerably added to the culture of academic scholarship and debate at Tallinn University, and raised the profile of both TUHI and TLÜ internationally. This seminar series builds on previous EHI series with similar goals, including the Anthropology Lecture Series 2010-11 and the past seminars of the Centre for Landscape and Culture. These experiences demonstrate, on the one hand, the high value of discussing recent research and work-in-progress of local and visiting researchers for staff and doctoral students. On the other hand, these experiences also illustrate that seminars drawing in external speakers can directly contribute to academic outputs including publications, invitations to participate in conferences, and collective applications for funding. The main beneficiaries of the seminar series are doctoral students, staff and TLÜ as an institution, both internally (fostering academic exchange and links with colleagues) and externally (developing its links with the institutions in Estonia and abroad). The disciplinary base of the seminar series is anthropology, therefore supporting the establishment of this field that is very new to Estonia, with the only anthropology department in the country being located at TLÜ. Nevertheless, the series has been explicitly transdisciplinary in its choice of speakers, featuring presenters with backgrounds in law, geography, philosophy, ethnology and history, alongside anthropologists. In keeping the balance between speakers from among local colleagues and visiting scholars, we aim to invite four presenters from abroad each semester. We are particularly thinking of international speakers who would further raise the profile of TÜHI and Inimkond within the university, would add to the students’ learning opportunities, and develop relations between TUHI/TLÜ and similar institutes abroad. One speaker will be chosen from a neighbouring country (Baltic States, Finland, Sweden, Russia), and one from central or western Europe. The former would be instrumental for fostering a regional integration of current TLÜ anthropology/humanities research, the latter for enhancing TLÜs links with related research institutes further afield. For each of these visitors, funds are needed for a journey to Tallinn, two nights of accommodation, and allowance for food during the day of the seminar.