Ulrike Plath

Membership:  2014/2015

Member Bio

Ulrike Plath is a professor of German history and culture in the Baltic region at Tallinn University in Estonia and a senior researcher at the Literature Institute of the Estonian Academy of Sciences. She is running a project on Baltic food and environmental history, financed by the Estonian Research Council (2012-2015), and is the acting head of the Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK). She is also member of the board of the European Society of Environmental History as the regional representative of the Baltic Region. Since 2014 she has been cooperating with the Estonian National Museum on a permanent exhibition on Estonian environmental history. Ulrike has published on different topics on Baltic transnational history in early modern times including literature and colonial, food, and gardening history. She is currently writing a book with the working title Greening Baltic History: Gardens, Food and Bodies in Early Modern Times.


  • "Exploring Modern Foodways: History, Nature, and Culture in the Baltic States." Journal of Baltic Studies. (with Diana Minctyte, forthcoming).
  • About Hunger and its Psychology in the novel “I loved a German” by A. H. Tammsaare (in Estonian). Armastus ja Sotsioloogia (Tallinn: UTKK, 2013).
  • Baltic Asparagus: Transnational Perspectives on Gardening and Food Culture. Tulkojums ar garsu. (Valmiera: Vidzemes Augstskola, 2012).
  • Sinneslandschaften. Die Bedeutung der Sinne bei der Beschreibung des Baltikums und der estnischen Kultur (1750–1850). Environmental Philosophy and Landscape Thinking. (Tallinn: UTKK, 2011).
  • Surrogates in Baltic Nutrition and Culture in the Nineteenth Century. The End of Autonomy? Studies in Estonian Culture. (Maastricht: Shaker, 2008).