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AABS Book Prize

Nomination deadline for books published 2014-2015: January 1, 2016
Up to $500

The Association awards the biennial AABS Book Prize to an outstanding English-language scholarly book in Baltic Studies (humanities and social sciences). The current award period covers books published in 2014 and 2015. Books with a broadly historical, literary, social, or cultural significance are of particular interest. Narrowly specialized or overly technical books will not be considered. To nominate, please send a letter of nomination and, if possible, a copy of the nominated book to Dr. Daiva Markelis at this address:

Dr. Daiva Markelis
English Department
Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920

You may also send nomination letters via email to

Anyone may submit a nomination. We prefer that those nominating a book for consideration arrange for a copy to be sent to the individual and address above. The winner will be announced at the 2016 Baltic Studies Conference. For inquiries, please contact Daiva Markelis, AABS Vice President for Publications, at

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Vilis Vītols Article Prize

The Vilis Vītols annual award of $500 is presented to the author of the best article in a given year of the Journal of Baltic Studies. The best article is selected by a committee appointed by the AABS board. Priority is given to articles that encompass more than one Baltic country and thus expressly represent Baltic studies. The criteria for evaluating articles are:

  1. A significant scholarly topic or issue or question of public policy.
  2. A thesis, a point, a good question.
  3. Research marshaled to support and explain the theories in question.
  4. The quality of writing regardless of the age or status of the author.
  5. Preference to a junior scholar if the quality of the article so merits.

Honorary Fellows

1990: Donald W. Treadgold, University of Washington

1986: Esko Hakli, University of Helsinki

1984: Algirdas J. Greimas, College de France

1982: Czeslaw Milosz, University of California, Berkeley