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Posted on Sep 6, 2016

Baumanis recipient investigates history of Lutsi-speakers in Latvia

Uldis Balodis received the first AABS Baumanis grant to document the current state of villages historically inhabited by Lutsi Estonian speakers, as well as to conduct archival research in Tartu, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland on the work of Oskar Kallas, the original researcher of the Lutsi Estonians (Lutsis). The Lutsis are a little-known ethnic minority group in rural parishes surrounding the city of Ludza in eastern Latvia (Latgale), the members of which still spoke their own dialect of South Estonian until very recently. Balodis’ book, entitled In Kallas’ footsteps in Lutsimaa, will retrace the journey of Oskar Kallas through this region through extensive photography of village communities and interviews with village residents. The historical language of the Lutsis is most similar to that of the present-day Seto minority of southeastern Estonia and their ancestors most likely came to Latgale from Estonia approximately three to four centuries ago. The project will introduce this little-known minority group in Latvia to a wider audience – Estonians, Latvians, and English speakers interested in linguistics,...

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Posted on Aug 24, 2016

2017 Baltic Studies Conference in Riga

The Baltic states at 99: Past, Present and Future University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia, 19-21 June, 2017 The 12th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE) aims to reflect on the past, present and future of the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania 99 years after their declarations of independence. The conference will discuss achievements such as the battles for independence, the reconstruction of war-torn economies, the flourishing of cultural life and the swift ‘return to Europe’ as well as low points, for example, the dislocations caused by the two world wars, German and Soviet occupations as well contemporary economic development, innovation systems, social inequality and a pervading disenchantment with political life. Proposals can be submitted until 15th January 2017.  CBSE welcomes proposals for papers, panels and roundtable discussions in all academic fields related to Baltic studies. Paper, panel and roundtable proposals must include an abstract of no more than 200 words and a 1-2 page CV emailed to the conference contact: CBSE2017@lu.lv Results will be announced on...

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Posted on Jul 27, 2016

New Administrative Executive Director

In July 2016, AABS welcomed new Administrative Executive Director Amanda Jeanne Swain.  We greatly appreciate Irena Blekys’ six years of service in this position and wish her the best as she moves on to other projects. You can still reach us at aabs@uw.edu, but please be patient as we go through this transition.             Amanda Jeanne Swain received her PhD in History from the University of Washington.  Her research interests focus on the intersections of youth and national identities in Soviet and contemporary Lithuania. Recent publications include articles in Cahiers du Monde Russe and Ab Imperio.  She has 15 years experience in non-profit and academic administration....

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Posted on Jul 16, 2016

FPRI Report on Baltic States in European Security

The Foreign Policy Research Institute presented a roundtable discussion on the Baltic States in European Security at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the American Association of Baltic Studies in Philadelphia.  Read the report online or download a PDF...

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Posted on Jul 7, 2016

Building Bridges – Australasian 2016 Conference

The 2016 Australasian AABS conference – Baltic Studies: Building Bridges – will be held at the University of Melbourne on 15 October 2016. Proposals are due by 1 September. Download the call for proposals. The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies invites submissions for the upcoming 18th biannual conference on Baltic Studies in Australasia. We welcome papers related to the Baltic region, its countries, and its populations both within those countries and their diasporas. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including: anthropology, architecture, business, communication and media, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic relations, film studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, memory, political science, psychology, public health, religion, sociology, and advancing Baltic studies. Interdisciplinary and comparative work is particularly welcome. Please send proposals (250 words) by 1 September to Delaney Skerrett, Chapter President and Conference Convenor at delaney.skerrett@uqconnect.edu.au AABS gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of the School of Languages and Linguistics of the University of...

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Posted on Jun 16, 2016

Food Culture in the Baltic States receives Vitols Award

The Vilis Vitols Award for Best Article published in the Journal of Baltic Studies went to Diana Mincyte and Ulrike Plath for their editorship of and short introduction to special issue 46.3: Food Culture in the Baltic States. The award is usually presented to a writer of a specific article; however, the awards committee received so many positive comments from readers about the food issue that it decided to break with tradition and honor the editors. Every article in this issue speaks insightfully and eloquently to a topic that previously has not received much attention in the field of Baltic...

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