Heritage has emerged as a key category shaping the ways in which individuals, communities and regional as well as state-level actors relate to the past and imagine the future while making and remaking themselves in the present. As more states worldwide join the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the need grows for specialists capable of analysing cultural heritage and using it responsibly as a social and economic resource. Of vital importance for developing such competencies are folkloristic theories of tradition, performance and expressive culture.

The programme provides students with knowledge, skills and attitudes to:

  • unpack the process of heritage production and the workings of tradition in the context of cultural diversity and change;
  • act as a mediator between different interest groups in the field of intangible cultural heritage;
  • recognise and ethically apply cultural heritage as a resource in the public and non-governmental sectors, crafts, product design, tourism and various other areas of life.

Why the University of Tartu?

  • The University of Tartu belongs to the TOP 1.2% of the world's best universities (QS and THE rankings)
  • Three UT units specialise in distinct aspects of the field: the Departments of Ethnology and Folklore, established in 1919, and the Department of Native Crafts of the UT Viljandi Culture Academy.
  • The faculty to student ratio is excellent and students are given individual attention.
  • International meetings, journals, guest lectures, exhibitions and cooperation with memory institutions and enterprises provide a hands-on study experience.
  • No tuition fee for most students!
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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