Rein Raud

Garbės daktaras / Honorary Doctor (Suteiktas vardas 2010-06-28)

Rein Raud was born in 1961 in Tallinn (Estonia). From 1980 to 1985, he studied at Saint Petersburg State University (Russia) and was awarded Master’s degree in Japanese studies.  From 1988 to 1994, he studied at Helsinki University and defended a PhD dissertation on the theory of literature.

Since 1995, Rein Raud has been an associated professor of the theory of literature at Tampere University and a professor of Japanese studies at Helsinki University. Since 1989, he has been working at the Estonian Institute of Humanities and Tallinn University. From 2006 to 2011, Rein Raud assumed the position of the Rector at Tallinn University.

Raud is a member of councils and boards in various educational and scientific institutions in Estonia and foreign countries: member of VMU Council since June 2010; board member of the European Association of Japanese Studies since 2008; member of the board committee of UNICA since 2007; member of the editorial board of Bulletin for the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities since 2003; member of the editorial board of Keel ja kirjandus since 2003; member of the editorial board of Akadeemia since 2002; board member of the European Association of Japanese Studies from 1997 to 2000. Raud is an Honorary Doctor of Latvian University. In 2008, he received the Eduard Vilde Award. He has also received prominent national awards in Estonia, Lithuania and Belgium.

Raud has published a large number of scientific books and articles, in addition to 7 works of fiction and 4 poetry collections in Estonian. He has also translated a significant number of fiction books from Japanese, Chinese, French, Italian, Finnish and Lithuanian into Estonian; Rein Raud has also published literary criticism articles and essays in the Estonian press.

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