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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 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 4, 2013

Cultures, Crisis, Consolidations – 2014 BSCE in Tallinn

The theme “Cultures, Crises, Consolidations in the Baltic World” brought together 243 participants from 19 countries for the 10th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe held in Tallinn from 16-19June 2013. On the first day of the conference, the opening ceremony featured speeches by Katrin Niglas, Vice-Rector for Research of Tallinn University, and Anu-Mai Kõll from Södertörn University who presented her already almost historical personal experience with more than thirty years of organising international Baltic conferences in Sweden and Europe. The first day ended with a reception given by Tiit Land, rector of Tallinn University. Traditionally, the European conferences attract many participants from the Baltic States, especially if they are held in one of the university cities in Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania. This was also the case at CBSE 2013. Thus the Tallinn conference, held in the beautiful new buildings of the university, became the exciting forum for mostly younger scholars in the fields of humanities and social sciences concerned with Baltic issues it was supposed to be. Thanks...

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Posted on Jul 15, 2011

Baltic Studies Colleagues Gather in Stockholm

Sődertőn University in Stockholm hosted the 2011 Baltic Studies in Europe Conference on June 12-15. The 230 participants came from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sweden, UK, USA, and even two participants from Japan. In addition to panel presentations, the conference featured three key note speakers. Bengt Jacobsson, Sődertőn University, opened the conference with a talk on “Changes in Governance: Europeanization and the Baltic States.” Valdis Muktupavels, University of Latvia, presented case studies of Latvian musical instruments to discuss local, regional and continental components of national musical culture. Tiina Kirss, Tallinn University, addressed post-Soviet “memory work” in her talk “Writing Baltic Lives: Continuities and Caesuras.” A highlight of the conference was a concert by the Hans Antehads Quartet, which performed jazz arrangements of traditional and contemporary Latvian songs. The concert, held at the historical Konserthuset, was followed by a reception hosted by the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian embassies in Sweden. On Sunday evening, the Estonian House hosted a...

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