Between the Times Summer School

Between the 11 and the 15 of July, the Between the Times Project organised a summer school focussed in comparative methods in transnational intellectual history. Students from all over Europe – and beyond –  gathered in Tallinn to discuss their work and learn new methods.

The summer school included keynote lectures from Georgios Varouxakis (QMUL), Eva Piirimäe (University of Tartu), Andres Kurg (Eesti Kunstiakadeemia) and a talk by Henry Mead (TLU).


Henry Mead on ‘The Fall of the Fall in Literary Modernism’, 21 April 2022

On 21 April, Henry Mead delivered a paper entitled ‘The Fall of the Fall in Literary Modernism’ at ‘Inventing the Secular’, a conference in New College, University of Edinburgh, organised by the ‘Literature and Religion’ research group (University of Bergen), the Scottish Network for Religion and Literature (University of Edinburgh), and the Centre for Theology and Public Issues (University of Edinburgh).

Between the Times Summer School 11-15 July 2022


DATES: 11-15 JULY 2022

The course outlines, discusses, and evaluates the methods for studying intellectual history transnationally. It focuses on the inter-relationship between political, cultural, and intellectual history, and the transference and re-signification of ideas. We ask how best to study the circulation of knowledge, and the reasons for integration, rejection – or ignorance of – certain lines of thought transnationally. We also look at how disciplines like philosophy, semiotics, politics, literary studies, translation studies, etc. can provide tools for intellectual historians. The course addresses general methodological issues and compares the insights of different approaches, yet is also strongly based on historical case studies and tailored to students’ on-going research.

The course gives the students the opportunity to present their own study projects and problems, and to receive feedback in seminars, one-to-one tutorials, and through essay evaluation. The course also strongly promotes and encourages informal communication and exploration of ideas among the participants.

The course is organised in cooperation with the project “Between the Times – Embattled Temporalities and Political Imagination in Inter-War Europe,” based at the School of Humanities.

Course instructors are intellectual historians, cultural historians, literary theorists and philosophers, whose research specializes on conceptual history (e.g. history of concepts of “sovereignty”, “progress”, “revolution”, “violence”, “West”), history of 20th century political thought (e.g. in Central and Eastern Europe, Germany, France, Jewish thought, liberalism and its critics), study of processes of intellectual transfer (e.g. reception and translation studies, emigre studies), political ideologies in European modernisms and avant-gardes, and comparative European intellectual history, among other themes.


– All teachers are innovative researchers, internationally recognised in their respective fields.

– Besides providing general lectures and seminars, the course aims to address each student’s particular research work in proposing methodological options and best practice.

–  The course promotes informal communication and exploration of ideas, making time for topically related tours and get-togethers.


Keynotes: Assoc. Prof. Eva Piirimäe, Prof. Georgios Varouxakis

Other teaching/supervising academic staff:

Dr. Tommaso Giordani

Prof. Liisi Keedus

Dr. Henry Mead

Dr. Piret Peiker




PhD students and dedicated MA students whose postgraduate research focuses on, or draws upon intellectual history.

Minimum bachelor’s degree; knowledge of the English language B2 level or above.

Together with the application, please send your CV and a short (100 words) motivation letter, describing your research project and how you expect it would benefit from this course. The deadline is 1May 2022.

Group size: maximum 15 students. Participants will be selected based on their CV and motivation letter.


Upon full participation and completion of course work students will be awarded 6 ECTS points and a certificate of completion.

In order to complete the course, student needs to:
– Actively participate in discussions
–  Do a presentation
– Complete a final essay related to student’s work in progress (3000-5000 words)


50 EUR.

Course participants are provided free Tallinn University Dormitory double room accommodation for up to 10 nights.


Piret Peiker on ‘European Constitutional Imaginaries in Estonia’

9 December 2021, DrPiret Peiker participated in the international seminar “In Search of European Constitutional Imaginaries in Estonia, held at the University of Tartu. Dr. Peiker’s paper was entitled “Postcolonial Constitutional Thinking in Europe: The Phenomenon of the Law on Cultural Autonomyfor National Minorities in Estonia (1925). The seminar was organised at the initiative of the ERC project “IMAGINE. European Constitutional ImaginariesUtopias, Ideologies and the Other”, based at the University of Copenhagen. The seminar’s purpose was to promote cross-fertilisation between specialists in constitutional law, political theory, intellectual history and cultural analysis, leading to joint publications.

Liisi Keedus on Karl Barth at ‘European Crisis and Reorientation’, Copenhagen 28 October 2021

On Thursday 28 October 2021, Prof. Liisi Keedus delivered a paper at the ‘European Crisis and Reorientation’ workshop, entitled ‘“A snake biting its own tail”: Karl Barth’s critique of political modernity in its Weimar contexts.’

See link here for details of the paper and the event, an open international workshop on Karl Barth’s Der Römerbrief in the cultural and intellectual context of post-WW1 Europe, held at the University of Copenhagen 27-30 October 2021.