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Posted on Nov 20, 2019

“Kaunimad laulud pühendan sul”: How Baumanis Grant Contributed to the Making of Roman Toi Documentary

The Baumanis grant enabled the production of reenactments in Estonia based on Roman Toi’s autobiography, “Kaunimad laulud pühendan sul” (“My most beautiful songs I dedicate to you”). We filmed scenes from Roman Toi’s early life from his autobiography in Tallinn and in the neighboring farming community. Early in the development of this music biography I adapted a monologue from the autobiography for ACTRA performer A.C. Peterson to perform in both English and Estonian. We recorded the monologue in English and it forms the skeletal structure of this film. The documentary uses many archival materials, such as photography, music recordings, news footage and public domain materials to make a compelling biography. The film features Roman Toi’s own compositions, his conducting of songs, his musical influences from teachers and mentors and new works of composers under Toi’s influence in the Toronto community. Reenactments with actors bring alive scenes from Roman Toi’s autobiography and make this film a compelling documentary. The Baumanis grant with other funders enabled five days of production in...

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Posted on Nov 14, 2019

Update on the AABS 2020 Conference in Charlotte, NC

  AABS 2020 Call for Proposals recently concluded. We were delighted to see the variety that comprised our proposals. Over 240 paper and panel proposals were received from 10 countries. Our most popular divisions included Baltic History, Politics and Foreign Policy, and Anthropology and Sociology. All divisions received 10 proposals or more, which will make for an intellectually diverse and enriching conference. Over thirty-five graduate students submitted proposals for the conference as well. At our board meeting in October, several important details were confirmed. 1) AABS has allotted travel grants for graduate students with accepted papers. These grants will help to offset costs incurred by students.; 2) AABS will sponsor a Q&A with former US Ambassador to Estonia Jim Melville, as well as provide for a closing reception with dinner; 3) A conference rate of $150 was set by the Vice President for conferences. This rate includes entrance to the conference, three keynote lunches, an opening reception, and closing dinner. AABS is delighted to announce the attendance of Ambassadors...

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Posted on Oct 28, 2019

CFP: Central Asian, Russian, and East European Writing Workshop at ASEEES 2019

Central Asian, Russian, and East European Writing Workshop Sat, November 23, 9:30 to 11:30am, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Floor: 4, Pacific C Routledge, Taylor & Francis in collaboration with academic journals Europe-Asia Studies, Revolutionary Russia, and Journal of Baltic Studies, will host a writing workshop primarily intended to benefit early-to-mid-career scholars working in the field of Central Asian, Russian and East European studies. The workshop aims to provide an opportunity for early career scholars to interact with resource-persons drawn from key academic journals and the publishing industry. It is intended as a platform for capacity development in our discipline and seeks to contribute to the development of a cadre of scholars who will be actively involved in writing and publishing, and in progressing the field. The workshop will use a small group mentoring approach through which participants work on their papers guided by experienced academic editors. We will also dedicate part of the session to answering general questions on publishing in journals in the field. We are now ready...

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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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