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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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Posted on Aug 12, 2018

Vilis Vītols Article Prize Winners for 2016 and 2017

AABS awards the Vilis Vītols prize to the best article each year published in the Journal of Baltic Studies. 2017 Prize: “Liberals and nationalism: E. H. Carr, Walter Lippmann and the Baltic States from 1918 to 1944” by Kaarel Piirimäe. The review committee commented that this “article that touches on all three Baltic states, but in its discussions of geopolitics and the history of the perceptions of nationalism, it has implications beyond the field of Baltic studies. It is also well written and accessible to non-specialists.” 2016 Prize: JBS 47/1, A Postcolonial View on Soviet Era Baltic Cultures (special issue) edited by Epp Annus. In awarding the 2016 prize to a special issue of the Journal of Baltic Studies, the committee commended it as “a theoretically rich collection of articles exploring three Baltic...

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Posted on Aug 12, 2018

Three Books Receive AABS Honorable Mentions

Three books received Honorable Mentions for the 2018 AABS Book Prize: Christine Beresniova, Holocaust Education in Lithuania (Lexington Books, 2017) The review committee noted that the book “makes an original, comprehensive and significant contribution to the analysis and evaluation of Holocaust education in Lithuania, based on extensive fieldwork and building on earlier publications. The issue of Holocaust education is of central importance to Lithuania’s integration in Europe in terms of political, cultural and educational matters.” Publisher’s website   Dalia Leinarte, The Lithuanian Family in Its European Context, 1800-1914 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)  In its consideration of this book, the committee described it as “distinguished by the methodological diversity. [Parts of the book] present a microscopic view evaluating the subjective range of motives and perceptions of intelligentsia or peasants. At the same time, quantitative data and structural analyses are present…reconstructing long-term developmental tendencies.” Publisher’s website Vasilijus Safronovas, The Creation of National Spaces in a Pluricultural Region; The Case of Prussian Lithuania (Academic Studies Press, 2016) The review committee commented that “this fascinating...

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Posted on Aug 12, 2018

AABS Book Prize awarded to Julija Šukys

  The AABS Board is pleased to announce that Julija Šukys has been awarded the 2018 AABS Book Prize for Siberian Exile: Blood, War, and a Granddaughter’s Reckoning (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). The review committee noted that “rigorous scholarship with personal writing of an autobiographical nature that is inquisitive and insightful.” Additionally the book was commended for its “strong contribution to the field. Its multiple subjects—the Soviet occupation of Lithuania, Siberian exile, and Lithuanian participation in the Holocaust—continue to be of the utmost important not only to Lithuanian scholars, but also to generations of Lithuanians themselves.” Publisher’s website...

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