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Posted on Oct 4, 2019

BALSSI 2019: Eight Weeks of Baltic Languages and Culture

  BALSSI 2019, hosted by the Indiana University Language Workshop, offered eight weeks of intensive instruction in Latvian and Lithuanian. A planned course in Estonian was cancelled due to under-enrollment. With support from Consortium partners, the AABS, and the Department of State’s Title VIII program, BALSSI 2019 trained three students of Elementary Latvian to Intermediate Low proficiency on the ACTFL scale, trained four students of Elementary Lithuanian to Intermediate Low or Mid, and trained two students of Lithuanian – one of whom rose from Novice High to Intermediate Mid and the other of whom rose from Intermediate Mid to Advanced Low. The BALSSI students joined 278 students of other languages in the Indiana University Language Workshop. Embedding BALSSI in the larger Workshop provides students of Baltic languages access to a wide range of career-planning, grant-writing, and area studies presentations. The international atmosphere of the Workshop facilitates cross-cultural exchanges between BALSSI students and students and faculty from countries historically connected with the Baltic region, enriching the language-learning experience for BALSSI...

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Posted on Oct 1, 2019

AABS 2020 CFP Deadline is Approaching – October 15, 2019

  You are invited to AABS 2020 hosted at Queens University in Charlotte on May 28-30, 2020! We are accepting proposals for panels, workshops, posters, and individual papers in the fields of history, politics, social sciences, culture, economics, education and pedagogy, digital humanities, libraries, literature, film, language, the Baltic diaspora, media studies, and the arts. Proposal abstracts can be emailed as an attachment to aabs2020@wingate.edu. Proposals will be accepted through October 15th. Can’t wait to see you in the Queen City!   Joseph Ellis VP Conferences The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies aabs2020.com aabs2020@wingate.edu...

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Posted on Aug 20, 2019

Civic-Cultural Identity and Banal Integration in Latvia: How the Emerging Scholars Grant Advanced My Research

  With the assistance of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Emerging Scholar grant, I was able to continue advancing my dissertation project — “Hostland or homeland? Civic-cultural identity and banal integration in Latvia” — in the year following my defense. The support of the AABS grant was indispensable in this pursuit, as without such funds, I would not have been able to complete several projects or work toward reshaping the dissertation for further publication. During the grant tenure, these funds supported my work to complete an article for publication in Europe-Asia Studies, titled “Diversity in Daugavpils: Unpacking identity and cultural engagement among minority school youth in Eastern Latvia.” This was published in January 2019, while much of the editing work was completed in 2018. The AABS Emerging Scholar grant supported follow-up data collection for the article, subsidizing some of my research in Latvia following the completion of a post-doctoral fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In addition to completing the article, the Emerging...

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Posted on Aug 6, 2019

Journal of Baltic Studies Fall 2019 Issue Available Now

  The Fall 2019 issue of Journal of Baltic Studies (Vol 50, Issue 3) is now available online. The issue contains articles on the Latvian adaptation of Communicative Development Inventories, trilemmas of recognition in the Baltic states’ foreign policies, post-Cold War economic ties between Kaliningrad and Europe, music education literature in German-language polyethnic schools in Estonia, 1860–1914, and security considerations related to the growing number of Finnish tourists to Soviet Estonia from the mid-1950s until 1980. The issue also includes three book reviews and a list of recently published Baltic titles. ARTICLES Latvian CDI: methodology, developmental trends, and cross-linguistic comparison Olga Urek, Anna Vulāne, Roberts Darģis, Agrita Tauriņa, Tija Zīriņa & Hanne Gram Simonsen In this article, we report the results of a large-scale population study based on the Latvian adaptation of Communicative Development Inventories (CDI) – a parental report tool aimed at mapping the lexical and grammatical development of children under the age of three. Two CDI forms are discussed: CDI I: ‘Words and Gestures’ (8–16 months), and...

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Posted on Jul 8, 2019

“Baltic Memory of the Gulag” Receives 2019 Baumanis Award

The AABS Board is pleased to announce that Stepan Cernousek of the Gulag.cz Association has been awarded the 2019 Baumanis Grant for Creative Projects. His project, “Baltic Memory of the Gulag,” aims to create an online virtual museum dedicated to the Baltic experience of the Gulag. The goal of the project is to add a special Baltic section to the already existing Gulag.Online virtual museum. This virtual museum is a unique tool that introduces the history of the Soviet repressions to a broader public – it includes and combines results of expeditions to abandoned Gulag camps, 3D models and panoramic pictures of camps and prisoners’ items, interactive maps for all the main Gulag administrations, and stories of people who went through the Soviet repressions. Right now, the virtual museum includes testimonies and stories of Czechs, Slovaks, Polish, and Hungarians. Adding a Baltic section to the exhibit will extend the scope of the virtual museum and expose visitors from all around the world to the topic of Baltic history during...

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Posted on Jul 3, 2019

The Prose by Andra Neiburga: Narrative Structure, Narrator, and the Levels of Narration: A Report on How Birnitis Grant Supported my Research

In my report, I would like to give an insight into the conclusions relating to Andra Neiburga’s prose which is the object of my dissertation. The dissertation has been developed in the field of literary theory. I analyze the narrative structure of Neiburga’s works; the cage metaphor that applies the historical layer in the narrative; as well as the various models of masculinity—a concept which Neiburga has implicitly put in the foreground of her prose as a changing thing in a situation of crisis. Neiburga’s literary activity can be divided into two periods. The first one covers the period from 1985 to 1993, when a new generation of writers entered the literary field. Among the first debutants were several young women writers, including Neiburga, that expressed themselves vividly. The prose’s “new wave,” as it was then called, exposed itself with a new aesthetic program. It differed sharply from the works of older writers and shocked with the ugly, unpleasant truth it revealed. Neiburga entered this scene with an autobiographical...

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