Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art 
University of Latvia (ILFA)

Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia (ILFA) is a research institution whose main tasks are the study of Latvian cultural heritage in both historical and theoretical perspective.

The research activities include the examination of Latvian literature in the contexts of the historical Baltic space as well as of comparative literature, the studies of folklore, and the analyses of historical and current trends in the development of Latvian theatre, cinema, and music.

The main research units of the Institute are the Department of History of Literature, the Department of Theory of Literature, the Department of Theatre, Cinema, and Music, the Archives of Latvian Folklore, and the Digital Humanities Group.

The DH Group was founded in 2016 and is currently led by Dr. philol. Sanita Reinsone. The DH group brings together ILFA's researchers from different fields, developers and managers. Its objectives are to enhance interdisciplinary, collaborative research, to develop digital resources and tools, as well as to advance digital humanities research in Latvia. 

Core strengths within the ILFA's DH Group currently include the development of multifunctional, multilingual digital cultural resources, open access databases, and crowdsourcing tools along with curatorship of society involvement campaigns. 

ILFA's staff actively participates in various professional organisations and international networks, it is involved in international projects and is open for cooperation, collaborative projects and partnerships all over the world.

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Contact person: [email protected]

Address: Mūkusalas iela 3, Rīga, Latvia, LV-1423