Update on the AABS 2020 Conference in Charlotte, NC

Nov 14, 2019


AABS 2020 Call for Proposals recently concluded. We were delighted to see the variety that comprised our proposals. Over 240 paper and panel proposals were received from 10 countries. Our most popular divisions included Baltic History, Politics and Foreign Policy, and Anthropology and Sociology. All divisions received 10 proposals or more, which will make for an intellectually diverse and enriching conference. Over thirty-five graduate students submitted proposals for the conference as well.

At our board meeting in October, several important details were confirmed. 1) AABS has allotted travel grants for graduate students with accepted papers. These grants will help to offset costs incurred by students.; 2) AABS will sponsor a Q&A with former US Ambassador to Estonia Jim Melville, as well as provide for a closing reception with dinner; 3) A conference rate of $150 was set by the Vice President for conferences. This rate includes entrance to the conference, three keynote lunches, an opening reception, and closing dinner.

AABS is delighted to announce the attendance of Ambassadors Jonatan Vseviov (Estonia); Māris Selga (Latvia); and Rolandas Kriščiūnas (Lithuania) at the conference. This event is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Charlotte.

Several key dates to keep in mind: by December, all presenters will be formally notified of their acceptance to AABS 2020. Once presenters confirm their attendance, we will proceed with making the program. The formal program should be released by February 15th.

The payment portal for paying registration fees will be open January 1st-April 1st. Details about travel and accommodations as well as important updates about the conference and things to do while in Charlotte can be found by visiting the conference website. We can’t wait to see you next May!


Joseph M. Ellis

Associate Professor of Political Science, Wingate University

Vice President for Conferences, AABS