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Posted on Mar 30, 2016

Applications for New Baumanis Grant for Creative Projects due 1 May 2016

AABS announces a new grant award to support creative projects such as books, films, or exhibits that promote Baltic studies, with a preference for pan-Baltic or comparative topics. The Baumanis Grant is an award made to honor Velta Marija Baumanis of Mount Brydges, Ontario, who left a generous bequest to AABS at the end of her career as an architect.  Proposals for the 2016 award of up to $5,000 are due 1 May 2016.  Application instructions are available...

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Posted on Mar 14, 2016

AABS Announces 2016 Award Recipients

AABS is thrilled to announce the recipients of our 2016 awards!   Emerging Scholar Award Pauli Heikkila, University of Tartu, Asta Zelenkauskaite, Drexel University   Dissertation Grants for Graduate Students: Indra Ekmanis, U of Washington Feliks Gornischeff, U of Tartu   Saltups Postgraduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowships Alise Vītola, Riga Technical University   Birnītis Dissertation-Completion Fellowship in the Humanities for Latvia Baiba Kačanova, University of...

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Posted on Mar 14, 2016

AASTEEL Awards Translation Prize to Kaija Straumanis

The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Studies presented the 2016 award for Best Translation into English to Kaija Straumanis for High Tide, her translation of Inga Abele’s Latvian novel Paisums (2008).  The novel takes place over three decades, told in reserve chronological order from post-Communist Latvia through the time of the Awakening and back to the Communist period. What impressed the judges about Kaija Straumanis’s translation is the lyrical quality of the lines. This is a novel that reads like poetry. Logic is given a long leash in a prose that is evocative and electric. Abele’s is a performative prose in which words call for one another, and Straumanis succeeds in finding the words that both issue and answer that call. But just as resonant as the language of the novel, is the depth of the emotions it portrays and elicits. High Tide is published by Open Letter Pres, (Rochester, New York:...

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Posted on Jan 17, 2016

JBS, Volume 46, Issue 4, 2015

The most recent issue of the Journal of Baltic Studies features the following articles: “Baltic Refugees and Policy Formation in Sweden 1940–1950” by Anu Mai Kõll “Soviet Refugees to Sweden 1941–1947 and the Raoul Wallenberg Case” by Johan Matz “Leaving the ESSR: Sweden’s Attempts at Repatriating the Estonian-Swedes from Soviet-Controlled Estonia, 1940–1941” by Glenn Eric Kranking “The Paradox of National Language Acquisition: Russian Speakers’ Labor Market Positions in Estonia” by Marianne Leppik & Triin Vihalemm “Kalevipoeg: Aspects of Genre and Authorship” by Arne Merilai “Home Environments, Memories, and Life Stories: Preservation of Estonian National Identity” by Jaak...

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Posted on Oct 7, 2015

Imagining A Place for Jews in Interwar Lithuania

  Michael Casper, a doctoral candidate in History at the University of California, Los Angeles, received a 2015 Dissertation grant from AABS. Michael’s dissertation explores how Jews negotiated the demands of citizenship and national belonging in the interwar Republic of Lithuania. I am interested in how Jewish and Lithuanian thinkers imagined the Jewish place in the new democratic state and, after 1926, under the authoritarian regime. With the generous assistance of the AABS Dissertation Grant I was able to conduct extensive research in Vilnius this summer. I worked at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library, Vilnius University Library and the Lithuanian Central State Archive...

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Posted on Sep 29, 2015

JBS, Vol. 46, Issue 3, 2015

  Journal of Baltic Studies Special Issues: Food Culture in the Baltic States Exploring Modern Foodways: History, Nature, and Culture in the Baltic States by Diana Mincytė and Ulrike Plath Good, Clean, Fair… and Illegal: Paradoxes of Food Ethics in Post-Socialist Latvia by Guntra A. Aistara Geographies of Reconnection at the Marketplace by Renata Blumberg Changing Values of Wild Berries in Estonian Households: Recollections from an Ethnographic Archive by Ester Bardone and Piret Pungas-Kohv “Is that Hunger Haunting the Stove?” Thematization of Food in the Deportation Narratives of Baltic Women by Leena Kurvet-Käosaar The Evolution of Household Foodscapes over Two Decades of Transition in Latvia by Lani Tranouth and Talis Tisenkopfs The Making of the Consumer? Risk and Consumption in Europeanized Lithuania by Ida Harboe Knudsen Atlantic Herring in Estonia: In the Transverse Waves of International Economy and National Ideology by Kadri Tüür and Karl...

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