Transnational Intellectual History: Comparative Methods (POSTPONED UNTIL 2022)

Transnational Intellectual History: Comparative Methods (POSTPONED UNTIL 2022)

Course dates:
23 July, 2021 to 27 July, 2021
50€ (registration fee)
Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Saturday, 15 May, 2021
Tallinn University
Tallinn, Estonia

General information

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.


Tallinn Summer School arranges accommodation for foreign participants at student dormitory (5-minutes walk from the university, double and triple rooms)


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ECTS accreditation

The course gives 6 ECTS

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