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Posted on Sep 9, 2018

THESIS BALTICANA | A Project in Development

Zane Onckule, recipient of 2017 the Jānis Grundmanis Postgraduate Fellowship, has concluded her first year studies at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (she is scheduled to complete a Master of Arts program in Spring 2019). She describes the curatorial project that she is developing for her master’s degree. THESIS BALTICANA will cast light on, narrate, analyze and poeticize the ever-obscure concept of the Baltics, which are comprised of three countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – all celebrating the centennial of their national Independence in 2018. Maximizing the implicit notion of AMERICANA that comes along with the socio-political framework and geography of the United States this project largely “denounces” the concept of the Nation State and will re-brand the notion of the Baltics, introducing instead the concept of BALTICANA. THESIS BALTICANA will be based on case studies of peculiar (selected) historic, sociopolitical, artistic, and popular culture realities turned into metaphors, keywords and eventually shaped into stories fit for public events, written text or a display of artifacts....

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Posted on May 5, 2015

Congratulations to 2015 AABS Grant Recipients!

  AABS announces the recipients of 2015 fellowships: Research Grants for Emerging Scholars Mart Kuldkepp, Tartu University Jānis Grundmanis Postgraduate Fellowship for Study in the U. S. Elina Ruka, Columbia College, Chicago The Aina Birnitis Dissertation-Completion Fellowship in the Humanities for Latvia Indra Purs, Latvian University of Agriculture Mudīte I. Zīlīte Saltups Postgraduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Anete Vitola, University of...

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Posted on May 31, 2013

Grundmanis Fellow Studies Theory and Practice of Sustainable Architecture

With the support of the 2012 Jānis Grundmanis Postgraduate Fellowship, Matīss Zemītis was able to carry out second year studies at Pratt Institute.  During his studies in the first professional Master of Architecture program, he  investigated numerous successful praxis of sustainable design implementation in the U.S. under one of the leading sustainability rating systems, LEED, and compared them to other standards and praxis used in EU.  His master thesis project will develop an individual approach to sustainable architecture in Latvia. In the first semester, I had the opportunity to work with architect James Garrison and to develop a carbon neutral modular residential building in New York City. In his architectural praxis outside of the institute, Garrison specializes in both energy efficient and carbon neutral modular construction. During the semester, he organized a field trip to one of his projects in New York City, where it was particularly helpful to see how designs and ideas are executed in real life conditions. In the second semester, along with courses in the regular...

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Posted on Sep 9, 2011

Building Bridges Within the Latvian Diaspora

Ilze Garoza, recipient of the 2009 Grundmanis Fellowship, gives AABS an update on her research in this post. As a Grundmanis Fellow, my graduate studies were in Comparative and International Development Education Program in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota. Due to the complexity of my master’s thesis project, I am actually still working on my thesis writing. I currently hold a Graduate Fellow position at the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota. The Grundmanis Fellowship allowed me to pursue and advance my graduate studies and conduct research focusing on the Latvian diaspora in the United States. Titled “Building bridges between two immigrant generations from Latvia: A case study of Latvian supplementary schools in the United States,” my research focuses on relationships between Latvian Americans who came to the U.S. as a result of World War II and Latvians who have come to the U.S. in 1990 or later. Through this interdisciplinary case study I am trying to assess the existing relationships between...

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