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Posted on Nov 25, 2018

CFP: Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe in Gdansk, 26-29 June 2019

See the full Call for Proposals on the conference website or download the PDF. First, the CBSE organizers invite to plan a stream to take place at CBSE 2019. Streams are linked panels of conference papers, forums, discussion panels, or other presentations scheduled to occur within the sessions of the overall conference. Stream organizers should propose a stream topic, advertise it through the conference website and through other networking, and then appraise and select together with the conference organizers presentation proposals that are submitted as part of the stream. Streams enhance the quality and cohesiveness of the conference and may lead to edited volumes, special issues of journals, or other scholarly products. If you are interested in proposing a stream, please write a brief description and proposed announcement and submit these with your 1 page CV to the CBSE organizers at cbse2019@ug.edu.pl . Due date for Stream proposals: 21 December 2018. The selected streams will be announced on 15 January 2019, afterwards we will accept panel, workshop and roundtable...

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Posted on Sep 9, 2018

THESIS BALTICANA | A Project in Development

Zane Onckule, recipient of 2017 the Jānis Grundmanis Postgraduate Fellowship, has concluded her first year studies at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (she is scheduled to complete a Master of Arts program in Spring 2019). She describes the curatorial project that she is developing for her master’s degree. THESIS BALTICANA will cast light on, narrate, analyze and poeticize the ever-obscure concept of the Baltics, which are comprised of three countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – all celebrating the centennial of their national Independence in 2018. Maximizing the implicit notion of AMERICANA that comes along with the socio-political framework and geography of the United States this project largely “denounces” the concept of the Nation State and will re-brand the notion of the Baltics, introducing instead the concept of BALTICANA. THESIS BALTICANA will be based on case studies of peculiar (selected) historic, sociopolitical, artistic, and popular culture realities turned into metaphors, keywords and eventually shaped into stories fit for public events, written text or a display of artifacts....

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Posted on Sep 9, 2018

Emerging Scholar investigates history of the Latvian Communist Party

Arvīds Pelše, who became First Secretary of the Latvian Communist Party in 1959 after the conflict with the national communists, was seen as eminently reliable by Moscow, becoming only the second Balt to join the Politburo in 1966. Yet, little is known about the man, his career, personal life or his patronage relationship with his benefactor, the Soviet chief ideologue Mikhail Suslov. Due to his persecution of Latvian culture and his Russophile nature, he is reviled in Latvia and his impact on the history of Latvia, the LKP and the Soviet Union during the Brezhnev era is wholly understudied in any language. An AABS Emerging Scholar research grant has allowed me to conduct extensive research in archives and library in Riga about the career of this Soviet Latvian statesman over the past year. I conducted two research trips using the resources provided by the AABS grant. During the first, I analyzed the full manuscript of Nikolai Kreier’s unpublished, 525-page Russian language biography of Pelše entitled “The Truth About Arvīds Pelše,” the only copy of which is held at the Museum of...

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Posted on Aug 12, 2018

Vilis Vītols Article Prize Winners for 2016 and 2017

AABS awards the Vilis Vītols prize to the best article each year published in the Journal of Baltic Studies. 2017 Prize: “Liberals and nationalism: E. H. Carr, Walter Lippmann and the Baltic States from 1918 to 1944” by Kaarel Piirimäe. The review committee commented that this “article that touches on all three Baltic states, but in its discussions of geopolitics and the history of the perceptions of nationalism, it has implications beyond the field of Baltic studies. It is also well written and accessible to non-specialists.” 2016 Prize: JBS 47/1, A Postcolonial View on Soviet Era Baltic Cultures (special issue) edited by Epp Annus. In awarding the 2016 prize to a special issue of the Journal of Baltic Studies, the committee commended it as “a theoretically rich collection of articles exploring three Baltic...

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Posted on Aug 12, 2018

Three Books Receive AABS Honorable Mentions

Three books received Honorable Mentions for the 2018 AABS Book Prize: Christine Beresniova, Holocaust Education in Lithuania (Lexington Books, 2017) The review committee noted that the book “makes an original, comprehensive and significant contribution to the analysis and evaluation of Holocaust education in Lithuania, based on extensive fieldwork and building on earlier publications. The issue of Holocaust education is of central importance to Lithuania’s integration in Europe in terms of political, cultural and educational matters.” Publisher’s website   Dalia Leinarte, The Lithuanian Family in Its European Context, 1800-1914 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)  In its consideration of this book, the committee described it as “distinguished by the methodological diversity. [Parts of the book] present a microscopic view evaluating the subjective range of motives and perceptions of intelligentsia or peasants. At the same time, quantitative data and structural analyses are present…reconstructing long-term developmental tendencies.” Publisher’s website Vasilijus Safronovas, The Creation of National Spaces in a Pluricultural Region; The Case of Prussian Lithuania (Academic Studies Press, 2016) The review committee commented that “this fascinating...

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Posted on Aug 12, 2018

AABS Book Prize awarded to Julija Šukys

  The AABS Board is pleased to announce that Julija Šukys has been awarded the 2018 AABS Book Prize for Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). The review committee noted that “rigorous scholarship with personal writing of an autobiographical nature that is inquisitive and insightful.” Additionally the book was commended for its “strong contribution to the field. Its multiple subjects—the Soviet occupation of Lithuania, Siberian exile, and Lithuanian participation in the Holocaust—continue to be of the utmost important not only to Lithuanian scholars, but also to generations of Lithuanians themselves.” Publisher’s website...

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