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Interdisciplinary Summer School
5th–9th August 2019

Venues: Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, and Ravila Manor
Deadline for proposals: 31st May 2019

The Institute of Art History and Visual Culture is hosting an international summer school “German Heritage in Eastern Europe. Comparing Narratives, Finding New Perspectives” in August 2019, oriented at early career researchers and PhD students, also open to advanced MA students working in the field.

What do we mean if we talk about the German heritage in Eastern Europe and the Baltic region? Which kind of narratives have resulted from the processes of appropriation, neglect and valorisation over the past centuries? Who has been involved in creating these narratives and what has been their agenda? Does the ethnical or geographical perspective on local history and heritage provide a solid way of overcoming national (heritage) narratives?

The interdisciplinary summer school wants to approach these questions in a historical perspective with a focus (but not limited to) the Baltic German heritage of art and architecture in what is today Estonia. On the one hand, the Baltic area and the Baltic Germans (Deutschbalten) are not actively addressed in German contemporary humanities. On the other, the Estonian scholars tend to operate with many long established interpretations or pre-conceptions. This raises questions about the afterlife of the early-20th-century concepts of Baltic German and Estonian cultures as two separate entities, a concept still alive today.

Therefore the aim of this summer school is to bring these different perspectives on heritage and history together, by inviting young researchers in humanities as well as professional experts and practitioners (conservationists, architects) and local stakeholders (e.g. monument-owners) to talk about their different perspectives on (German) heritage and exchange ideas on narrative construction and identity in art history and heritage studies. By doing this we want to question some of the existing narratives and possibly establish more multi-perspective ones.

Additionally, the aspects of the public image of the Baltic German history will be discussed in the evening program, focusing on the image conveyed by the recent Estonian feature films.


Organised by:
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Kompetenzzentrum Denkmalwissenschaften und Denkmaltechnologien, Dr. Stephanie Herold;
Estonian Academy of Arts, Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, Kristina Jõekalda.

Supported by:
Bundesbeauftragte für Kultur und Medien (BKM);

No fees. Participants’ related costs will be reimbursed (travel costs up to 200 eur). The submission deadline is 31st May 2019. Applications should be addressed to both and Selection and feedback will be made within two weeks.

For details see the full CFP:

15 May 2019