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The Carlsberg Foundation offers postdoctoral fellowships for research into Danish-Estonian history

The Carlsberg Foundation offers two ‘HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Project on the Danish-Estonian common history’ with an April 15, 2019 deadline. Her Majesty the Queen has given her consent to handing out the scholarships as part of the 800th anniversary of “Dannebrog” in Tallinn on June 15, 2019.
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This year, it will be 800 years since “Dannebrog” fell from the sky above Lyndanisse and formed a backdrop to the establishment of Danish Estonia. On this occasion, the Carlsberg Foundation offers two two-year postdoctoral fellowships on the subject Danish-Estonian history and the interpretation of the period from Medieval times to the present. Her Majesty the Queen has consented to handing out the scholarships which has been planned as part of the anniversary of Dannebrog in Tallinn on June 15, 2019.

The research projects will be hosted at the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle in Denmark and at the Tallinn City Museum, in collaboration with the University of Tartu, Tallinn University and The Estonian Art Museum.

“The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle is grateful for the postdoctoral fellowships from the Carlsberg Foundation, which will explore aspects of Danish-Estonian history. The scholarships will be an important element of the 800th anniversary of the battle of Lyndanisse, which is a pivotal point in the history of both nations. Over time, Estonia and Denmark have had close connections, and with these new scholarships, we hope to generate new knowledge, which will strengthen the ties between our museum and the Estonian museums and research institutions, as well as the general public,” says Mette Skougaard, director at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle.

Need for new knowledge about Danish-Estonian history

The research projects will investigate the impact of the Danish rule in Estonia and the importance of the Estonian Duchy for Denmark. The projects investigate how this has been interpreted in respectively Danish and Estonian history, mythology, literature and art.

The aim of the projects is to present new knowledge and insights into the period of common history, and to explore to what extent it has pervaded the contemporary societies within areas such as religion, architecture, law, trade, taxation, ownership of land, military, governance, etc. Furthermore, the projects are expected to result in a joint exhibition at the two museums.

“The Carlsberg Foundation has a long history of supporting research that investigates Denmark’s past; a past that we, i.a., share with Estonia. There are still clear traces in Estonia to testify the Danish presence of the past, and the projects are to shed new light on the meaning of the strong ties between our countries. Not only to the benefit of history-writing, but also for the general public, who will be able to enjoy the results of the two projects, communicated in a joint exhibition at The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle and the Tallinn City Museum,” says chairman at the Carlsberg Foundation, Flemming Besenbacher.

Formal requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for ‘HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Project on the Danish-Estonian common history’ the applicant must hold a PhD degree. Applicants with more than five years of experience since obtaining their PhD degree are not eligible. Any periods of leave (maternity leave, parental leave, sick or family care leave, military service, humanitarian aid work, etc.) will be accepted as extensions of this time limit.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2019.

Read the full call, including the formal requirements for ‘HM Queen Margrethe II Distinguished Research Project on the Danish-Estonian common history’




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