Liisi Keedus and Henry Mead gave papers on decadence

“Decadence in Estonian Culture” conference („Dekadents eesti kultuuris: tõlge ja tõlgendus“) took place in Tallinn on 4-6 May.

Liisi Keedus presented the results of her work with Johannes Bent in a paper “Oswald Spengler Eestis: väljavõtteid Teise maailmasõja eelsetest arvustustest ja võrdlus teiste Ida-Euroopa retseptsioonidega.”

Henry Mead gave a paper entitled “An Anarchy of Atoms: Decadence and Organicism.”

More information about the conference, as well as abstracts of the papers, are available here.

Juhan Hellerma on museums and temporality

Dr. Juhan Hellerma, who has recently joined the project, will be giving a talk at the Mõtlev muuseum (Thinking museum) conference organised by Tartu University Museum on the 12th of May. The presentation title is “Mõtestades ajaloolist aega: presentism ja temporaalne provintslus” (“Examining historical time: presentism and temporal provincialism”).

More details and the conference programme are available here.

Tommaso Giordani on the French “social” Republic

On the 18 March 2023, Tommaso Giordani presented a paper entitled “Towards the ‘République sociale’: ideological interaction and social reform in the Third Republic” at the conference Boundaries and Encounters organized by the Society for French Historical Studies and the Western Society for French History held in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Further details can be found at

Zsófia Lóránd on Women’s Intellectual History in East Central Europe

We are hosting an open philosophy seminar, on November 8th (Tuesday), at 16.00-17.30 in room A 544. Dr. Zsófia Lóránd (University of Cambridge) will give a talk on “Women’s Intellectual History in East Central Europe: Sources and Canons”.


Women from East Central Europe have only rarely been presented as intellectuals, even less so as important political thinkers. However, women in this part of the world had been extensively reflecting on the socio-political reality they lived in, as well as envisioning ways to make society a better place for women. Women’s rights and feminism have therefore a long intellectual and political tradition in East Central Europe that needs to be explored and analysed. My talk will comprise of two parts. In the first part, I will zoom in onto some of the methodological issues and key findings in my research about feminism in Yugoslavia. In the second part, I will talk about my current work on collecting sources and writing a regional history of women’s political thought in East Central Europe.


Zsófia Lóránd is an intellectual historian of feminism in post-WWII state-socialist Eastern Europe. Currently she is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. Her book, The Feminist Challenge to the Socialist State in Yugoslavia was published in the Palgrave Macmillan series “Genders and Sexualities in History” in 2018. She got her PhD at the Central European University in Budapest and has held positions at the European University Institute in Florence and the Lichtenberg-Kolleg in Göttingen.

Everyone is warmly welcome!

Ksenia Shmydkaya, ‘Revolution, She Wrote’: Thesis Defence, 7 November 2022

We are proud to announce that on November 7, 2022 at 11.00, Ksenia Shmydkaya will defend her doctoral thesis:

“Revolution, She Wrote: Historical Representation in the Interwar Works of Stanisława Przybyszewska, Sylvia Townsend Warner, and Olga Forsh”.

The public defence will take place in Tallinn University hall M648. The wider audience can follow the defence and ask questions from the degree applicant in Zoom.


Liisi Keedus, Professor at Tallinn University

 Julia Kuznetski, Professor at Tallinn University


Catriona Kelly, Honorary Professor at Cambridge University

Zsófia Lóránd, Marie Curie Fellow at Cambridge University

The doctoral thesis is available in Tallinn University Digital Library ETERA.

Zoom link to the Defense.

Tommaso Giordani on Solidarisme

Dr. Tommaso Giordani presented his research on French solidarisme and the ideological beginnings of the French welfare state on the 25 of August 2022, in Helsinki, at the conference In Search of the Common Good, organized by the European Society for the History of Political Thought.

More information can be found here.

Liisi Keedus Thesis Defence

On the 11 of June 2022, Liisi Keedus travelled to Uppsala University in Sweden to  examine  Thor Rydin’s doctoral thesis. The thesis was entitled:

In the Image of Loss: A new perspective on the works of Johan Huizinga (1872–1945), and can be found here.