Category Archives: Humanities

People Feel Similar Affection For Mobile Phones as For Other People

In January, Merilin Piipuu defended her master’s thesis which demonstrated clearly that cell phones have become our inseparable companions, best friends and cure for loneliness. We can’t even leave our homes without taking our mobile phones with us. Merilin’s aim … Continue reading

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The Daily Life of a Researcher

Have you ever wondered what researchers and scientists do on a day to day basis? We were wondering about that too and that’s why we asked them to show their everyday life to us! For almost a year now, University of Tartu … Continue reading

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Stefan Zaric: Introducing Estonian Art History in Serbia

Stefan Zaric from Serbia was the only foreign art history student at the University of Tartu last semester. He gave tours at Tartu’s Art Museum and is now introducing Estonian art history in Serbia. Continue reading

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Should the Public Have a Say in Science? A Philosophy Of Science View

Should the public have a say in science and what does fishing in New York have to do with it? Using philosopher of science Philip Kitcher’s arguments and an example of environmental activism in Brooklyn Jaana Eigi explains some reasons to involve the public in science. Continue reading

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Kikee D. Bhutia: Reviving the Sikkimese (Denjongpo) culture

Doctoral student Kikee D. Bhutia from Sikkim, India is certain that the knowledge and experience gained from the Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore will help her better research her own community, the Bhutia, as well as to understand their traditions and culture. Continue reading

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Could Creaky Voice Decrease the Pay Gap in Estonia?

Scientists have noticed that more and more women have started to speak with a creaky voice quality (also known as vocal fry). Kätlin Aare and Pärtel Lippus studied the vocal fry phenomenon in Estonian conversations. Continue reading

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Is It OK To Take Pleasure in the Misfortunes of Other People?

Schadenfreude – a pleasure derived from the misfortune of others – is often thought of as something immoral to the core. Heidy Meriste, a PhD student of philosophy discusses whether schadenfreude really is as bad as it seems, or could it perhaps sometimes be morally justified? Continue reading

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