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Posted on Mar 24, 2020

2020 Birnitis, Grundmanis, Saltups, Emerging Scholar, and Dissertation Awardees Announced

    This year, AABS received twenty-six solid applications for its Birnitis, Grundmanis, Saltups, Emerging Scholar, and Dissertation grants and fellowships. Ineta Dabašinskienė, AABS’ Vice President for Professional Development, reports that the higher number of applications (compared with 11 in 2019) is a convincing sign from young people around the Western world (USA, Canada, Europe) showing their growing interest in Baltic Studies and also the increasing awareness of grants and fellowships offered by AABS. AABS has always had to make difficult decisions during the selection process as the vast majority of proposals present impressively interesting, credible, and meaningful research topics covering but not limited to issues of identity, citizenship, gender, migration, and trauma studies. Moreover, most of the proposals take an interdisciplinary approach and apply diverse methodologies. AABS thanks all scholars and students who submitted their applications and wishes them success in their studies and research! The AABS Board is pleased to announce that eight scholars and graduate students have been awarded the following 2020 grants and fellowships. The Aina...

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Posted on Mar 23, 2020

AABS 2020 Conference in Charlotte, NC has been cancelled

Given widespread travel restrictions and other measures that have been set by state and local authorities in response to the spread of COVID-19, the AABS Board of Directors regretfully announces that the AABS 2020 Conference, scheduled to take place from May 28–30, 2020 in Charlotte, NC, has been cancelled. We realize that many AABS members had already made travel plans to attend the conference and had paid a registration fee. The conference organizers have worked with the host university and conference hotel to ensure that the process of receiving a refund for conference registration and cancelling accommodation will be as seamless as possible. Registration fees AABS will refund all registration fees in full. Conference participants who had already paid a registration fee should expect to receive a refund in March 2020. They do not need to contact AABS to initiate the reimbursement process. Hotel reservations The conference hotel, Hampton Inn/Hilton Garden will cancel all room reservations associated with AABS 2020 and will not charge cancellation fees from those who...

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Posted on Feb 23, 2020

Journal of Baltic Studies 51/1 Available Now

  The first 2020 issue of Journal of Baltic Studies (Vol 51, Issue 1) is now available online. The issue contains articles on the changing conceptions of beggars and vagrants in 19th and 20th-century Lithuania, mobile belonging in Estonian historical everyday letters, the varieties of Lithuanian language acquisition, political parties and their members in Lithuania, the identity of Polish young people in Latvia, self-reflexive metaphors among Russian-speaking refugees in Estonia, and the impact of the euro’s adoption on the complexity of goods in Estonian exports. The issue also includes four book reviews and a list of recently published Baltic titles. ARTICLES Lazy or diseased? Changing conceptions of beggars and vagrants in the Lithuanian discourse from the end of the nineteenth century to 1940 Andrea Griffante Until the outbreak of World War I, vagrants and beggars were depicted as a group lacking the basic elements of morality, which the national elite considered its own identity-maker. Unwillingness to work, filth, drunkenness, ignorance, and contagious diseases were depicted as the visible features...

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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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