Marju Lauristin describes herself as an academic spy in a political environment. In this Medea Vox episode, she talks about what life as a scholar was like in Soviet times—and how she brings her political experiences into teaching and research.
Marju Lauristin has for 50 years been combining work in the university with politics—first in the Soviet Union, then in the newly minted Estonian Republic in the 1990s, and since 2014 in the corridors of the European Parliament.
Host is Pille Pruulman-Vengerfeldt, associate professor in media and communication studies at Malmö University.
Marju Lauristin is a member of EU’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). She has also been a so-called shadow rapporteur to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In 1990, she was the deputy speaker of the Estonian parliament and between 1992–1994 the first Minister of Social Affairs. She has since 1998 been a member of various European political organizations and is currently Vice-Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. Lauristin is professor emerita in political communication at Tartu University, Estonia.
Also see Marju Lauristin’s Medea Talk “EU Data Protection Policy in the Digital Environment” where she discusses EU’s new data protection regulation.