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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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Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Australasian Conference On Oct 4: Tensions in the Baltic Sea Region

The AABS Australasian chapter is hosting its 17th regional conference on 4 October 2014. The conference, New Tensions in and around the Baltic Sea Region, being held in conjunction with the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies. Email Delaney Skerrett at for details.  Download the full program and the registration...

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Posted on Oct 3, 2012

16th Australasian Conference Presents Perspectives on Baltic Diversity

Australasian Perspectives on the Baltic States, Multiculturalism and Diversity | 16th Conference The AABS Australasian section’s 16th conference was held at the University of Melbourne on September 29. The conference featured 13 presenters on topics ranging from language policy in Estonia to diaspora identities in Australia to the Teutonic order in an age of transition. Australasian section president, Delaney Skerrett addressed the question of whether an association that advances Baltic Studies is still relevant. “Yes, we are still relevant. Although we are no longer struggling to free ourselves from the Soviet Union and the post-communist transition is for all intents and purposes over, the transformation is not….The transition, Prof Marju Lauristin said, was a boat ride down the river. You get in and you know where you are going. And you know when you have reached the end. The transformation is a little more involved, however. You take the boat out into the ocean, and no one is really sure where the end is or when we might reach...

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Posted on Apr 30, 2012

The Global Baltics: The Next 20 Years — This Month in Chicago!

AABS invites you to participate in our 23rd conference — The Global Baltics: The Next Twenty Years — which will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on April 26-28, 2012. Program, registration, accommodation and conference site information can be found on the 2012 AABS Conference website. You can download the conference program and maps of the conference venues. Visit the 2012 AABS Conference Abstracts website to read about all the panel presentations. Confirmed Conference Plenary Session Speakers: * Ambassadors to the United States, Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Žygimantas Pavilionis (Lithuania) and Andrejs Pildegovičs (Latvia) have accepted the invitation to participate in a roundtable plenary session discussion about globalization and the Baltic countries in the next 20 years. * Dr. Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, an economist and a member of Latvia’s Parliament, will address the topic of the current economic crisis in the Baltic countries. * Linguist and translator, Università di Pisa professor, Dr. Pietro U. Dini, will discuss how Renaissance Europe looked at Baltic languages and the Baltic peoples...

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Posted on Apr 14, 2012

Call for Papers for the 16th AABS Australasian Conference

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies invites submissions for the upcoming 16th semi-annual conference on Baltic Studies in Australasia. The conference will be held on 29 September 2012. We welcome papers related to the Baltic region, its countries, and its populations both within those countries and their diasporas. 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 particularly welcome. Please send proposals (250 words) by 1 May to Delaney Skerrett, Chapter President and Conference Convenor at AABS gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship of the School of Languages and Linguistics of the University of...

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