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30. Oct - 2. Nov

Sustainability in Practice: DIY Repair, Reuse and Innovation

10:00 - 18:00

Eesti Rahva Muuseum

  • Exhibition/museum
  • Main programme
100 - 200 €


This conference aims to rethink ecological sustainability through an empirical perspective on sustainable do it yourself (DIY) practices, solutions and lifestyles shaped by culture, heritage and history.

The conference proposes to consider the potential of various sustainable consumer behaviour in the past and present, instead of perceiving sustainability only as an economic and political endeavour in terms of green transition and sustainable development.

The focus on DIY repair, reuse and vernacular innovation seeks to examine sustainability in the context of everyday life and domestic and community settings. By bringing together ethnological, anthropological, sociological and craft studies perspectives, and the role of activism, the conference aims to show and discuss contemporary, traditional and vernacular sustainable practices.
The repair, reuse and repurpose of diverse commodities and materials, and vernacular innovation, are today increasingly perceived as part of sustainable consumption culture. However, the role and meaning of these practices have changed over time, depending on social, economic and political environments. Facing the global climate crisis, this conference seeks lessons from the past and present in order to develop more sustainable and resilient ways of life.

The conference will discuss various topics, such as DIY repair and maintenance, domestic reuse and repurpose, vernacular innovation and invention, sustainable and resilient lifestyles and communities, heritage and applied heritage, forms of activism, and the role of museums and memory institutions in maintaining and promoting sustainability.

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  • ENG


  • Partially accessible for people with reduced mobility


Eesti Rahva Muuseum


Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu maakond, Eesti

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