Projects and Networks
The Old Norse Folklorists Network was founded in 2010 by a group of scholars striving to bring Folklore studies and Old Norse Philology closer to each other. The background for this was the fact that 20th Century Old Norse philology has been strongly textually oriented, and that scholars have generally failed to take account of the extensive material of later records of folk belief and folklore. An important purpose of the network is to emphasize the relevance of these methods and sources for Old Norse studies and through discussion try to solve the problems inherent in employing them. Especially problems concerning supernatural and fantastic motifs in Old Norse sources are in focus for the network. The network is open for everybody interested.
The Austmarr Network is an international, interdisciplinary network of scholars investigating historical and prehistoric contacts among peoples in the circum-Baltic region. We aim to reconstruct the development of the Baltic Sea region, viewed as a trans-ethnic cultural area that played a central role in the emergence of modern Germanic, Slavic, Finnic and Sámi ethnicities. We will focus on the pre-Hanseatic period, up to the High Middle Ages.
The network arose from recognition of the need to strengthen communication and collaboration across disciplinary and national boundaries. History, archaeology, folklore, philology, comparative religion, historical linguistics, onomastics and population genetics all share an interest in reconstructing the human past, but the methods employed in these different disciplines lead to divergent pictures of the history of the region.
The purpose of the project is to gain new knowledge and understanding of the supernatural elements and stories in the Old Norse family sagas (13th-14th century). Since this genre is usually connected with realism and down-to-earth conflicts, such elements have frequently been neglected or seen as exceptions. The project aims to throw light on such elements by the help of new perspectives, regarding comparative material as well as theory.
Folklore-Philology is a network within the Nordplus programme and connects departments of folklore, Scandinavian languages, religion and archaeology at universities in Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia. It is an interdisciplinary network focusing on narratives about encounters with the supernatural in pre-modern Scandinavia.
The series of publications published by the Department of Scandinavian Studies are called Nordistica Tartuensia. It was started by the professor of the Department of Scandinavian Studies (1994-2004) Stig Örjan Ohlsson. The publications deal with the topics of Estonian and Scandinavian relations (linguistic, cultural, literary, folkloristic, historical and so on). From 2014 are the pubications pre-reviewd and Nordistica Tartuensia has an advisory board.