Nordplus HE project Teaching Nordic and Baltic Lives seeks to advance the teaching of life
writing and memory studies - a well-established international research field with high Nordic
and Baltic visibility that is modestly represented in or absent from the curricula of participating
institutions. Project partners represent a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds (history and
cultural history, ethnology, literary studies, folklore studies, and creative writing) and teaching
and research competencies, including novel approaches and teaching methods that have
great potential of diversifying and enriching teaching in the field and in the humanities in
Partners include university departments with some previous teaching experience
in the field (University of Tartu, University of Uppsala, University of Turku), those with no
previous experience (University of Liepaja, University of Vilnius, Kaunas Faculty) and
research institutes with outstanding competencies that have not yet been integrated into
teaching (Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, University of Latvia; The Institute of Lithuanian
Literature and Folklore).
Project will be realized via an INTENSIVE COURSE, taught by a team of internationally renowned Nordic and Baltic scholars that provides insights into current and most topical research foci, data, and source collection methods in the field, among different creative approaches (poetic ethnography, creative life writing) and by establishing a NETWORK for sharing teaching experience and best practices and supporting the integration of novel research and teaching methods in the field of life writing and memory studies into teaching.