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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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