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...Read More
Benefits of AABS Membership
Since 1968 AABS has played a crucial role in furthering research into Baltic issues. JBS provides a specialised forum for publications, while regular conferences allow scholars to keep abreast of work in progress and strengthen ties with colleagues. Directly or indirectly, it has been the inspiration for parallel initiatives (Canada, Europe, Australia). My own contacts with AABS have been immensely beneficial — I sometimes wonder what I could have achieved without the support of this amazing organisation.
Trevor G. Fennell
Emeritus Professor, Flinders University, Australia