Maret Nukke graduated the Estonian Institute of Humanities (EIH) in 1998. Her Bachelor thesis “Suicide in Japanese Society” explored the impact of culture and traditions on Japanese suicides. From 1994 she began to teach Japanese language at EIH, and since 2005 she has been a lecturer of Japanese Studies at Tallinn University giving lectures on Japanese society, theatre, arts, folklore and politics.
From 1999 Maret is studying at the University of Helsinki, in her doctoral thesis “Exploring the Limits of Nō Theatre,” she researches various issues concerning the adaptation of the elements of traditional nō theatre in contemporary theatrical practices, especially in shinsaku nō or “new nō plays”. As a supporting research project for her doctoral thesis, she carried out a fieldwork in Tokyo at the Theatre Museum of Waseda University in 2004 (the Fellowship scholarship of Japan Foundation, project title “Nō theatre in contemporary world”), during which she interviewed many actors, directors and researchers of nō theatre who are involved in the productions of contemporary “new nō” movement.
Her current academic interests divide mainly into two themes: the origins of Japanese kawaii (cute) aesthetics in the light of the19-20th century Japanese and European aesthetic concepts, and the re-creation of socio-cultural semantic fields of Japanese society by the “new homeless” at the borders of urban settlements.
Development or implementation projects:
Joint MA module of Tallinn University, University of Tartu, and Tallinn University of Technology “Asian societies, economies and politics” (2010-2015) – project manager 2014-2015
Development of a joint MA program of Tallinn University, University of Tartu, and Tallinn University of Technology “Asian societies, economies and politics” – project manager 2014-2015