Existential Fairy Tales: An Interview with Lithuanian Author Rasa Aškinytė

Existential Fairy Tales: An Interview with Lithuanian Author Rasa Aškinytė

"The surface layer of fairy tales is simple, and it creates an illusion that we can understand them easily. It’s the same with everything in life."Continue Reading →

The State Is Not a Work of Art: Thinking about Nationalism in Tallinn

The State Is Not a Work of Art: Thinking about Nationalism in Tallinn

An exhibition that deals with deconstructing the notions of nationalism and the nation-state takes place at one of the most symbolically burdened locations in EstoniaContinue Reading →

A City with a VD Problem: Policing Prostitution in Tsarist Tallinn

A City with a VD Problem: Policing Prostitution in Tsarist Tallinn

Second only to the capital of St Petersburg in incidence of syphilis and gonorrhoea, Tallinn outranked much larger cities in the Russian Empire in terms of infection.Continue Reading →

Being Non-Binary in a Language Without Gendered Pronouns – Estonian

Being Non-Binary in a Language Without Gendered Pronouns – Estonian

Gendered languages pose problems for identity expression. But what about genderless languages? Does Estonian offer a natural home for the nonbinary?Continue Reading →

Reading Between Kopli’s Lines: Exploring Tallinn’s Vanishing Slum

Reading Between Kopli’s Lines: Exploring Tallinn’s Vanishing Slum

"For the adventurer, photographer, urban explorer or historian, Kopli Lines are a beautifully preserved window into the past."Continue Reading →

A Minnesotan Writing in Estonian: An Interview with Adam Cullen

A Minnesotan Writing in Estonian: An Interview with Adam Cullen

"Something to be preserved at all cost is the connection to this place – that’s the reason it’s Estonian literature, and not Latvian or French literature."Continue Reading →

The Peace Is Deceptive: the History of Riga’s Hippest Street

The Peace Is Deceptive: the History of Riga’s Hippest Street

The history of Miera iela is proof of the legend that Riga will never be complete.Continue Reading →

A Colourful History in Monochrome: Interwar Lithuanian Adverts

A Colourful History in Monochrome: Interwar Lithuanian Adverts

The book Interwar Lithuanian Advertising collects many of the most striking, colourful or simply strange examples of adverts produced in the Republic of Lithuania in the interwar period.Continue Reading →

Back to Shul: Capturing the Uses of Lithuania’s 100 Former Synagogues

Back to Shul: Capturing the Uses of Lithuania’s 100 Former Synagogues

"I visited and photographed former synagogues in 59 Lithuanian towns, villages and cities whose contemporary uses include churches, funeral parlours, shops, hairdressers..."Continue Reading →

Naissaar: the Estonian “Island of Women” Once an Independent Socialist Republic

Naissaar: the Estonian “Island of Women” Once an Independent Socialist Republic

"They announced the creation of an independent socialist republic, the Soviet Republic of the Sailors and Builders of the Fortress of Naissaar Island"Continue Reading →

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

"He was truly amazed, if not perhaps shocked, that people, refugees, were not only thinking of creating a university, but were actually organising it."Continue Reading →

Pagan Faith, Accelerated Technology: A Walk on Estonia’s Muhu Island

Pagan Faith, Accelerated Technology: A Walk on Estonia’s Muhu Island

Organised religion, imported by a series of invaders and occupiers, was never able to fully repress pagan traditions in Estonia.Continue Reading →