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Posted on May 16, 2020

Journal of Baltic Studies 51/2 Available Now

  The second 2020 issue of Journal of Baltic Studies (Vol 51, Issue 2) is now available online. The issue contains articles on factors behind the changes in income distribution in the Baltics, elderly care and familialism in Lithuania, the experience of male managers as fathers in post-Soviet Lithuania, the role of historical beliefs and experiences in the Lithuanian public perception of military threats, values and attitudes of Estonian music criticism, discursive enactment of memory citizenship among Russian-speakers in Estonia, and strategic implications of hosting international students on Estonia’s tourism economy. The issue also includes an essay on political arguments for the value of the humanities in Lithuania, three book reviews, and a list of recently published Baltic titles. ARTICLES Factors behind the changes in income distribution in the Baltics: income, policy, demography Jekaterina Navickė This article aims at disentangling the factors behind changes in income inequality and relative poverty in the Baltic states. An evaluation of income, policy, and demographic effects was based on counterfactual scenarios constructed using...

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Posted on May 7, 2020

The 14th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE) to be held from June 3-5, 2021 in Uppsala

The 14th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE) “Rights and Recognition in the Baltic Context” June 3–5, 2021, Uppsala University, Sweden In 2021, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania will mark 100 years of international recognition de jure as modern independent states, and 30 years of recognition of their reestablishment as independent democracies following a half century of Soviet domination. At the same time, it will be 300 years since the Treaty of Nystad ended Swedish rule in the Baltic territories, resulting in the creation of provinces of the Russian Empire with their own particular system of rights and regulations. Similar to today, however, these rights were not applied evenly across society. Then as now, some voices are suppressed, and some groups struggle for recognition. Thus, the main theme of the CBSE Uppsala in 2021 will be to look at aspects of rights and recognition in their broader meanings, as they pertain to the societies of the eastern Baltic littoral. The conference is organized by the Institute for Russian and...

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Posted on May 6, 2020

Journal of Baltic Studies print schedule resumed

  Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Taylor & Francis (T&F), the publisher of Journal of Baltic Studies decided to stop printing journals from 10th April. The publisher has now announced that the print and distribution of their journals will be resumed from 11th May, with the first copies being dispatched by 18th May. The next issue of Journal of Baltic Studies (JBS 51/2) is expected to be printed and distributed by the end of May. After the resumption of print services, AABS members and other JBS subscribers will receive print issues that are part of their subscription, although there may be a delay because some countries are still operating reduced or closed postal services, and international freight carriage is subject to delays and changes to routing at short notice. In the event that airfreight services restart later in the year people may receive issues out of order, as earlier issues posted by sea might arrive with them after later issues posted by air. T&F apologizes for...

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Posted on May 4, 2020

AABS Book Prize Awarded to Dace Dzenovska, Three Books Receive Honorable Mentions

  AABS announces that Dace Dzenovska’s School of Europeanness: Tolerance and Other Lessons in Political Liberalism in Latvia has been awarded the 2020 AABS Book Prize. Three authors – Tomas Balkelis, Vincent Hunt, and Kevin O’Connor – received honorable mentions. The 2020 Book Prize Committee, chaired by VP for Publications Dovilė Budrytė, selected the awardee and honorable mentions from a pool of 14 books that were nominated by the publishers, authors, or their colleagues. The Committee noted the high level of all nominated books and solicited reviews for each of them. Dace Dzenovska’s book was praised as theoretically sophisticated, interesting argument about how international actors tried to ’civilize’ Latvia through the introduction of European liberalism. The book has been of interest not only to scholars, but also to NGOs and other members of civil society in Latvia. It is a significant contribution to several disciplines in the Baltic studies: political science, sociology and anthropology, to mention a few. The three honorable mentions received similar praise. Tomas Balkelis’ War, Revolution,...

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Posted on Apr 14, 2020

AABS Recognizes Best Undergraduate Papers in Baltic Studies

  AABS has selected two undergraduate students, Marija Čyvas and Gintarė Daulys, to receive the 2020 AABS Undergraduate Paper in Baltic Studies Award. The AABS committee for selecting the awardees of the Undergraduate Paper Award, chaired by Student Representative Kristo Nurmis, noted that both awarded papers were very well-written, empirically rich, and packaged in a good theoretical framework. The $250 award recognizes academic papers on Baltic Studies based on originality, scholarship, excellence in writing and quality of engagement with the subject area. Faculty members at the college and university level are invited to nominate undergraduate papers once in every two years. The 2020 awards recognize papers written as class assignments in 2018 or 2019. AABS congratulates the winners of the 2020 Undergraduate Paper award and thanks all faculty members who submitted nominations.   WHAT IT MEANS TO BE LITHUANIAN IN AMERICA AND WHAT RUSSIA’S GOT TO DO WITH IT: A STUDY OF ETHNIC IDENTITY FORMATION AMONG LATER GENERATIONS IN A DIASPORIC COMMUNITY Marija Aldona Čyvas, The College of Wooster Supervisors:...

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Posted on Apr 9, 2020

AABS Awards Best JBS Articles for 2018 and 2019, T&F Grants Free Access to them

  AABS announces that it has selected three Journal of Baltic Studies articles to receive the 2018 and 2019 Vilis Vītols Article Prize. The Vilis Vītols annual award of $500 is presented to the author of the best article in a given year of the Journal of Baltic Studies. The best article is selected by a committee appointed by the AABS board. Priority is given to articles that encompass more than one Baltic country and thus expressly represent Baltic studies. The winners of the Vilis Vītols Article Prize are announced once in every two years. The articles awarded with the Vītols award have been made freely accessible online by Taylor & Francis, the publisher of Journal of Baltic Studies, and can be found by clicking on the article links below. The articles will remain freely accessible until December 31, 2020. AABS congratulates the winners of the 2018 and 2019 Vītols award and thanks all scholars who continue to publish articles and book reviews in JBS. 2018   Saulius Sužiedėlis (2018) The International...

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