Research Group for the History of Church in Estonia
The Research Group on the History of Church and Religion in Estonia (RGHCRE) was established by the order of the Dean on 10 November 2001, at the Chair of Historical Theology and Latin (currently the Chair of Church History), with Dr. Riho Altnurme, Extraordinary Senior Research Fellow (currently Professor of Church History), appointed as the group’s head.
The RGHCRE studies historical and present day Christian religion in Estonia. Research topics include the activities of religious associations (churches), the development of theological thought, and individual religiosity. The group uses various research methods based particularly on historical church studies, studies of the history of ideas, and sociological and psychological studies of religion, etc. Specific research areas are formalised as research projects. The RGHCRE is actively involved with other researchers of the history of church and religion in Estonia and abroad.
Fifth Framework Programme of the European Commission: 2001–2004, “Churches and European Integration” in collaboration with researchers from the universities of Helsinki, Lund, Glasgow, and Münster.
2000–2004, Religious Life in Estonia in the Second Half of the 20th Century (Lea Altnurme) The grant was used in association with the Estonian Literary Museum.
2001–2004, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Soviet State 1950–1969 (Riho Altnurme)
2002–2005, History of Estonian Theological Thought (Riho Altnurme)
2005–2008, Theology in Tartu in the 19th Century: The Role of the Theological Faculty of the Imperial University of Tartu in Estonian Church and Cultural History (Urmas Petti)
2006–2009, The Relations between Churches and the State in Estonia in the 20th Century (Riho Altnurme)
Grants of the Estonian Council of Churches:
2007–2009, History of Estonian Ecumenism (collective monograph by 17 authors, published in Estonian and in English)
Research financed under base funding:
2009–2010, Religious Dimension of Social and Cultural Processes in Estonia from the Modern Period to the Present
National Compatriots Programme:
2010–2014, Mapping and Research of the Historical-Cultural Heritage of the Estonian Exile Churches in North American and European Archives
2011–2016, targeted funding project “Secularisation (de-institutionalisation and de-Christianisation): Religion in Estonia from the Modern Period to the Present” (principal investigator: Prof. Riho Altnurme), operated until 2015, with additional members as the Group of Religious Studies at the Centre of Excellence in Cultural Theory (http://cect.ut.ee/koosseis/religioon.html).
2014–2017, personal research funding project “Altar and Classroom: The Orthodox Schools in the Baltic Provinces 1870–1914” (Irina Paert)
- „Estnische Kirchengeschichte im vorigen Jahrtausend. Estonian Church History in the Past Millennium“. Riho Altnurme (Hrsg.). Kiel, Friedrich Wittig Verlag, 2001. 212 pp.
- „History of Estonian ecumenism“. Ed. by Riho Altnurme. Tartu, University of Tartu; Tallinn, Estonian Council of Churches, 2009. 635 pp.
- Usuteaduslik Ajakiri /Theological Journal. „Special issue: Religion and resistance“. Ed. by Riho Altnurme, Irina Paert, 2013. [http://usuteadus.ee/wordpress/?page_id=209&lang=et]
- Irina Paert, „Memory of Socialism and the Russian Orthodox Believers in Estonia“. Journal of Baltic Studies, (2016), xx−xx [accepted].
- Priit Rohtmets, „The international dimension of Estonian Lutheranism in the 20th century“. Nordost Archiv, XXV (2016), xx−xx [accepted].
- Riho Altnurme, „Protestantismus und nationale Bewegung bei den Deutschbalten“. Anton Schindling, Werner Buchholz, Mathias Niendorf (Hrsg.). Protestantismus in den baltischen Ländern. Konfessionen, Ethnien und Politik vom 16. Jahrhundert bis 1918. Münster, Aschendorff Verlag 2016, xx-xx [accepted].