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Posted on Oct 4, 2019

BALSSI 2019: Eight Weeks of Baltic Languages and Culture

  BALSSI 2019, hosted by the Indiana University Language Workshop, offered eight weeks of intensive instruction in Latvian and Lithuanian. A planned course in Estonian was cancelled due to under-enrollment. With support from Consortium partners, the AABS, and the Department of State’s Title VIII program, BALSSI 2019 trained three students of Elementary Latvian to Intermediate Low proficiency on the ACTFL scale, trained four students of Elementary Lithuanian to Intermediate Low or Mid, and trained two students of Lithuanian – one of whom rose from Novice High to Intermediate Mid and the other of whom rose from Intermediate Mid to Advanced Low. The BALSSI students joined 278 students of other languages in the Indiana University Language Workshop. Embedding BALSSI in the larger Workshop provides students of Baltic languages access to a wide range of career-planning, grant-writing, and area studies presentations. The international atmosphere of the Workshop facilitates cross-cultural exchanges between BALSSI students and students and faculty from countries historically connected with the Baltic region, enriching the language-learning experience for BALSSI...

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Posted on Oct 1, 2019

AABS 2020 CFP Deadline is Approaching – October 15, 2019

  You are invited to AABS 2020 hosted at Queens University in Charlotte on May 28-30, 2020! We are accepting proposals for panels, workshops, posters, and individual papers in the fields of history, politics, social sciences, culture, economics, education and pedagogy, digital humanities, libraries, literature, film, language, the Baltic diaspora, media studies, and the arts. Proposal abstracts can be emailed as an attachment to aabs2020@wingate.edu. Proposals will be accepted through October 15th. Can’t wait to see you in the Queen City!   Joseph Ellis VP Conferences The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies aabs2020.com aabs2020@wingate.edu...

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Posted on Aug 20, 2019

Civic-Cultural Identity and Banal Integration in Latvia: How the Emerging Scholars Grant Advanced My Research

  With the assistance of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Emerging Scholar grant, I was able to continue advancing my dissertation project — “Hostland or homeland? Civic-cultural identity and banal integration in Latvia” — in the year following my defense. The support of the AABS grant was indispensable in this pursuit, as without such funds, I would not have been able to complete several projects or work toward reshaping the dissertation for further publication. During the grant tenure, these funds supported my work to complete an article for publication in Europe-Asia Studies, titled “Diversity in Daugavpils: Unpacking identity and cultural engagement among minority school youth in Eastern Latvia.” This was published in January 2019, while much of the editing work was completed in 2018. The AABS Emerging Scholar grant supported follow-up data collection for the article, subsidizing some of my research in Latvia following the completion of a post-doctoral fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In addition to completing the article, the Emerging...

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