In 2015-2016, a project focusing on Ülejõe, the historic area of Tartu is conducted on the initiative of Tartu City Museum. The project encompasses both Tartu Ülejõe and Raadi-Kruusamäe districts and is called Üle Jõe (Over the River). Ülejõe is one of the most severely damaged areas in Tartu in World War II. A large part of the historic buildings was destroyed and the population of the district changed. The aim of the project is to get to know and familiarise the citizens of Tartu with Ülejõe as an area with a fascinating history and valorise it as an interesting place to live.
Our role was to map the area through biographical interviews, to attract students to participate in the project and tutor them and to carry out the activities associated with the project. The aim is to link the world of science with the society and to encourage young researchers to deal with the problems and questions of the university town. This allows us to demonstrate the applicability of the humanities and social sciences by showing how the scientists of the aforementioned fields can give us new kind of information about the society and the ways it can be furthered.
Collaborators: Tartu City Museum, University of Tartu, Estonian National Museum
Ordered by the Harju County Museum, we organised two one-day trainings for schoolchildren whose mother tongue is Russian. The aim was to equip the pupils with the primary skills necessary to conduct biographic in-depth interviews with their relatives who speak Russian and reside in Estonia. The interviews are part of the joint project between the Harju County Museum and Narva Museum, the target of which is to collect biographic recollections of the history and lifestyle of the Russian-speaking population living in Harju and Ida-Viru county.
We observed 59 discussions at the Opinion Festival. The aim was to find out how various discussion platforms work, what the role of the choice of space is and how the design of the discussion area influences the discussion and how the panelists, moderator and the audience relate to each other. We compiled a report based on the observations that is used to organise the next Opinion Festival.
The aim of the target group research conducted together with the service designer Maarja Mõtus was to increase the welfare of the HIV-positive people, to further the collaboration between the associated parties of interest (patients, doctors, support group organisations etc) and to induce innovation in the field of HIV.
As part of the research, we conducted interviews with HIV-positive patients. We focused on the motivation and needs of the target group and their problems in the contemporary wellness and social system and organised a seminar that brought together the various parties of interest.
Collaboration partner: service designer Maarja Mõtus
The Center for Applied Anthropology of Estonia is a responsible partner, meaning it is not necessary to constantly worry whether everything that needs to be done gets done, to organise and manage the process. The work gets done without problems and according to the schedule.
Liina Märtin the project manager at Faktum & Ariko
Together with Faktum & Ariko we have conducted various projects that rely on qualitative methods. Examples of our collaboration include the client satisfaction research (in the field of transportation), media coverage research (in the field of banking) and also in advertising. We have primarily been focusing on the qualitative part of the research, for instance conducting in-depth interviews and focus groups.
We conducted a research on waste behaviour for Tartu City Museum. By relying on in-depth interviews, rubbish diaries and observations, we shed light on people’s waste behaviour, their attitude towards waste and the economic action associated with it. The material was used to create the exhibition ‘History is rubbish is history’ that was open this autumn.