CfP: AABS 2020 in Charlotte

Jun 27, 2019

Joseph M. Ellis
Associate Professor of Political Science

Vice-President of Conferences, AABS

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) conference will be held May 28th-30th 2020, in Charlotte, NC (USA) at Queens University. The conference theme is “New Directions in Baltic Studies.” We encourage papers which explore new directions in the field: new and innovative research methods, case studies, pedagogy, and research areas. Paper proposals will be accepted from faculty, other scholars and independent researchers, and advanced graduate students. Proposals from undergraduates or first-year graduate students require lead authors to be full-time faculty members. We are accepting proposals for panels, workshops, posters, and individual papers in the fields of history, politics, social sciences, culture, economics, education and pedagogy, digital humanities, libraries, literature, film, language, the Baltic diaspora, and the arts. (Proposals in other disciplines will also be considered on a case by case basis).

Proposal abstracts of 250 words or less, with name, email, and institutional affiliation, can be emailed as an attachment to [email protected]. Proposals will be accepted through October 15th, and accepted papers and panels will be notified by December 15th. The conference program will be published on February 15th.

This is the first year in its history that AABS will hold its annual conference in the southern United States. The purpose is two-fold: 1) To reach out to scholars and researchers in the field of Baltic Studies who are living and working throughout the Southeast; and 2) To account for the ever-changing nature of the Baltic diaspora in the United States and Canada, many of whom are moving South to raise families, find work, or retire.

A few notes about Charlotte: It is the largest city in North Carolina, the second largest city in the Southeast, and the 16th largest city in America. The Charlotte airport is one of the busiest and largest hubs in the country, operating daily flights to and from Munich, Rome, Paris and London, and direct flights to every major airport in the United States. Charlotte is America’s second-largest banking hub, the headquarters of NASCAR, and home to one of the most diverse and interesting arts and food scenes around. Located two hours from the beach, and two hours from the mountains, Charlotte is an ideal starting point for any summer vacation. For more information about Charlotte, check out

We look forward to seeing you in the Queen City next year!