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Maarja Merivoo-Parro


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Maarja Merivoo-Parro

During my career as a historian I have served my discipline as a lecturer, museum curator and bibliographer. I have also been involved with a number of international history projects as well as engaged with the nonprofit sector in my field, currently as board member of Baltic Heritage Network. I consider Tallinn University to be my alma mater, but I have also studied at Georgetown University as a Dr. George Viksnins Scholarship Award recipient, at Aberdeen University in Scotland with the help of an Erasmus grant from the European Commission and I spent the 2012/2013 academic year as a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of Minnesota perusing the vast collections of the Immigration History Research Center.


Research interests

I am keen on exploring the social and cultural dimensions of political exile. My topics include World War II refugees and Displaced Persons, varieties of diaspora mentality and communication through the Iron Curtain. I have written on the cultural and political patterns of behavior among former DP and refugee Estonians in Canada and in Soviet Estonia during the Singing Revolution. I have also investigated how representatives of voluntary and forced migration meet in institutionally narrow spaces via a case study of the first postwar decade in the New York Estonian Educational Society. My dissertation focuses on the intricacies of aspirations towards ethnic posterity in a diasporic setting.



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