Rein Raud

2019: Summary

This year, I received the National Research Award in the Humanities for Meaning in Action, "The Reconstruction" was published in Latvian and Albanian, and two books appeared in which I had had a hand: a collection of poetry by Nelly Sachs in Estonian translation, as well as a collection of essays entitled "Reality and Social Constructions", by eleven authors, who looked at the topic from various conflicting angles.
Rekonstruktsioon albaania k
In February I travelled to the Vilnius Book Fair, where the Lithuanian translation of Practices of Selfhood was launched, and in November I took part in the Toronto International Festival of Authors, participating in a panel discussion with Mona Awad and Benedek Totth, as well as in a reading of European authors. The visit to Canada was also a good occasion to talk to the numerous Estonian community in Toronto, many members of whom follow the cultural life of Estonia with great interest.
I was also invited by Tōyō University in Tōkyō to give a keynote speech at a meeting
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dedicated to the thought of Inoue Enryō, one of Japan's first comparative philosophers and the developer of a unique Philosophy Park in the outskirts of Japan's capital. Two trips to Leipzig and Berlin were also on the agenda, to launch the German translation of Karl Ristikivi's "The Night of the Souls", to which I had written an afterword.
One thing that needs special mention is the adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" that I did for the NUKU theatre in Tallinn, for Merja Pöyhönen, a Finnish director who has done several production of Shakespeare for puppet theatre before, and with Rosita Raud doing the puppets and scenography. That was a wild ride, and the production ended up a success both with the critics and the audience, and I learned a lot both about Shakespeare and contemporary theatre in the process.
Most of the year nonetheless went by in relative peace and quiet, as I was working on a monograph on Asian worldviews, due to appear from Wiley-Blackwell in 2020.