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Posted on Dec 30, 2015

Register for AABS 2016 in Philadelphia!

Global, Glocal, and Local: Distinction and Interconnection in the Baltic States University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, May 26-28, 2016 This conference will explore the independence, dependence, and interconnections of Baltic states, peoples, and communities across time and space in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. It will uncover the distinctive, hybrid, and globalized features of culture, politics, economics, history, language, and other aspects of life in the Baltic countries. Conference registration is now open. February 22 is the deadline for early-bird registration and hotel reservations. To stay in the dorm, follow the links in the registration prompts. To stay in the hotel, follow the link on the first page to the...

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Posted on Sep 27, 2015

Baltic Scholars Discuss “Traditions, Transitions, Transfers” in Marburg

The eleventh Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe took place in Marburg, Germany, from September 7-10, 2015. The host, the Herder Institute, and its partners, the Justus Liebig University of Gießen and the Philipps University of Marburg, welcomed 195 participants from seventeen countries to discuss “Traditions, Transitions, Transfers.” The opening event took place in the magnificent ballroom of the Landgraves castle, which sits on top of the mountain overlooking the medieval city and the valley of the Lahn River. The series of welcome addresses by Peter Haslinger, the director of the Herder Institute, Egon Vaupel, the mayor of Marburg, Benedikt Stuchtey, the dean of the Faculty of History at Marburg University, and Joybarto Mukherjee, the president of Gießen University, was interspersed with musical deliberations by Aivars Kalejs (piano) and the most delightful Martina Doehring (soprano) introducing and singing pieces by the composer of Baltic descent Ella von Schultz-Adaïewsky (1846-1926). Theodore Weeks of Southern Illinois University at Carbondale lifted spirits with his highly enjoyable keynote speech “On the Edge: The...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2015

Global, Glocal, & Local: Distinction and Interconnection in the Baltic States

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, May 26-28, 2016 The 2006 AABS conference will explore the independence, dependence, and interconnections of Baltic states, peoples, and communities across time and space in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. It will uncover the distinctive, hybrid, and globalized features of culture, politics, economics, history, language, and other aspects of life in the Baltic countries. The conference welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable presentations in fields related to the Baltic region, its countries, and populations within those countries, including minorities. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including, but not limited to, the following: anthropology, architecture, business, communication and media, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic relations, film studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, memory, political science, psychology, public health, religion, sociology, and advancing Baltic studies. Interdisciplinary and comparative work is welcome. We are also particularly interested in papers focused on Baltic Jewish studies. Graduate students, both Master and Ph.D., are encouraged to submit proposals. Paper and panel proposals must include an...

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Posted on Jun 7, 2015

Back to the Ivy League for 2016 AABS Conference

Following a successful joint conference with the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies at Yale University in 2014, AABS will be going Ivy again at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2016. Look for a Call for Papers soon. The brainchild of Benjamin Franklin, UPenn claims status as the oldest university in the United States, but its pedigree includes Baltic studies as well. Among its many accomplished faculty is included Alfred Senn, who served as chair of the Department of Balto-Slavic Studies from 1947-1965 and is renowned for his work on Lithuania. The UPenn library contains a strong Baltic collection, especially regarding Lithuania and including items belonging to one of Lithuania’s founding fathers, Jurgis Šaulys. Notable alumni include recent AABS president Vejas Liulevicius, European MP from Latvia Krišjānis Kariņš, and the current president of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Indeed, following our invitation, President Ilves has expressed strong interest in serving as the keynote speaker of the conference and we look forward to...

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Posted on Jun 7, 2015

2015 BSCE – Preliminary Program

2015 Baltic Studies Conference in Europe – Preliminary Program Available Baltic Studies “Traditions, Transitions, Transfers” 11th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe, September 6-10, 2015 in Marburg Additional information is available on the conference...

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Posted on Dec 20, 2014

Highlights from the 2014 Australasian Conference

The AABS Australasian Chapter 17th Conference took place at Monash University, Melbourne on October 4, 2014 in conjunction with the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies. The theme of the conference was “New tensions in and around the Baltic Sea region.” As this theme suggests, there was a special focus on the recent political developments in the region, the Ukraine in particular, and what the implications of these events for the Baltic states might be. There were two other main streams at the conference: one focusing on Baltic cultures and societies from a comparative perspective, the other on studies in Baltic languages, linguistics, and literatures. Attendance among non-delegates was modest and the conference was somewhat of an intimate occasion. The presentation topics flowed smoothly from one to the next, and there was a general sense of strength of culture and also of emotion as well as the significance of comparative perspectives, which served to give to weight the notion of our continued relevance as Baltic scholars to academia and social...

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