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Posted on Feb 18, 2020

AABS 2020-2022 Board Election to Take Place on April 1 with E-Voting Beginning on March 18

  The election of the AABS 2020-2022 Board of Directors is set for April 1, 2020. For the first time in the organization’s history, the election will be carried out both online and via mailed-in paper ballots. By March 18, all current members of AABS will receive an e-ballot via email or a mailed paper ballot, depending on their communication preference indicated in the membership sign-up/renewal form. Voting will be open until April 1, 2020. The AABS Nominating Committee consisting of current AABS President Andres Kasekamp, President-Elect Daunis Auers and Director-at-Large Giedrius Subačius announces the following nominations for the candidates: President-Elect: Dovilė Budrytė, Georgia Gwinnett College Dovilė Budrytė (PhD, Old Dominion University) served as Vice President of Publications on the AABS board in 2016-2018 and 2018-2020. She is Professor of Political Science and Chair of Faculty (Political Science) at Georgia Gwinnett College. She has published articles and books on various topics related to minority rights and memory politics in Lithuania, including Memory and Trauma in International Relations: Theories, Cases and Debates...

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Posted on Feb 14, 2020

AABS 2020 Conference Student Travel Grants

AABS is accepting applications for 2020 Conference Student Travel Grants. Currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students who have been accepted to present at the 2020 AABS Conference at Charlotte, NC are eligible to apply for a travel grant. Award amount will depend on the number of applications received and travel distance of recipient. Application deadline is February 29, 2020. Award notifications will be made in March 2020 and the awards will be paid out in June, after the 2020 AABS Conference. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM Questions should be addressed to AABS Student Representative Kristo Nurmis and sent electronically to...

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Posted on Nov 27, 2019

Journal of Baltic Studies 50/4 Available Now

The last 2019 issue of Journal of Baltic Studies (Vol 50, Issue 4) is now available online. The special issue, Europeanization and financial crisis in the Baltic Sea region: implications, perceptions and conclusions ten years after the collapse contains articles on the impact of Europeanization on small North European states after 2008; financialization, distribution, and macroeconomic regimes before and after the crisis in Denmark, Estonia, and Latvia; the strategies chosen for the economic crisis management and their effects in Latvia and Poland; whether the crisis of 2008–10 has led to policy learning in financial regulation and supervision by civil servants in Estonia, Latvia, and Sweden; an ethnographic perspective on the Latvian public’s acceptance of austerity; and labor law reform and the return to “business as usual” in Lithuania. The issue also includes three book reviews and a list of recently published Baltic titles ARTICLES Introduction: Europeanization and financial crisis in the Baltic Sea region: implications, perceptions, and conclusions ten years after the collapse Leonardo Pataccini, Rainer Kattel & Ringa...

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Posted on Nov 20, 2019

“Kaunimad laulud pühendan sul”: How Baumanis Grant Contributed to the Making of Roman Toi Documentary

The Baumanis grant enabled the production of reenactments in Estonia based on Roman Toi’s autobiography, “Kaunimad laulud pühendan sul” (“My most beautiful songs I dedicate to you”). We filmed scenes from Roman Toi’s early life from his autobiography in Tallinn and in the neighboring farming community. Early in the development of this music biography I adapted a monologue from the autobiography for ACTRA performer A.C. Peterson to perform in both English and Estonian. We recorded the monologue in English and it forms the skeletal structure of this film. The documentary uses many archival materials, such as photography, music recordings, news footage and public domain materials to make a compelling biography. The film features Roman Toi’s own compositions, his conducting of songs, his musical influences from teachers and mentors and new works of composers under Toi’s influence in the Toronto community. Reenactments with actors bring alive scenes from Roman Toi’s autobiography and make this film a compelling documentary. The Baumanis grant with other funders enabled five days of production in...

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Posted on Nov 14, 2019

Update on the AABS 2020 Conference in Charlotte, NC

  AABS 2020 Call for Proposals recently concluded. We were delighted to see the variety that comprised our proposals. Over 240 paper and panel proposals were received from 10 countries. Our most popular divisions included Baltic History, Politics and Foreign Policy, and Anthropology and Sociology. All divisions received 10 proposals or more, which will make for an intellectually diverse and enriching conference. Over thirty-five graduate students submitted proposals for the conference as well. At our board meeting in October, several important details were confirmed. 1) AABS has allotted travel grants for graduate students with accepted papers. These grants will help to offset costs incurred by students.; 2) AABS will sponsor a Q&A with former US Ambassador to Estonia Jim Melville, as well as provide for a closing reception with dinner; 3) A conference rate of $150 was set by the Vice President for conferences. This rate includes entrance to the conference, three keynote lunches, an opening reception, and closing dinner. AABS is delighted to announce the attendance of Ambassadors...

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