AABS announces that it has selected three Journal of Baltic Studies articles to receive the 2018 and 2019 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 winners of the Vilis Vītols Article Prize are announced once in every two years.
The articles awarded with the Vītols award have been made freely accessible online by Taylor & Francis, the publisher of Journal of Baltic Studies, and can be found by clicking on the article links below. The articles will remain freely accessible until December 31, 2020.
AABS congratulates the winners of the 2018 and 2019 Vītols award and thanks all scholars who continue to publish articles and book reviews in JBS.
Saulius Sužiedėlis (2018) The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania: successes, challenges, perspectives, Journal of Baltic Studies, 49:1, 103-116, DOI: 10.1080/01629778.2014.937906
Keywords: Lithuania, World War II, Nazi occupation of Lithuania, Holocaust, Soviet occupation of Lithuania, war crimes, International Historical Commissions
Saulius Sužiedėlis is Professor Emeritus of History at the Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sužiedėlis received his PhD in history and Slavic studies at the University of Kansas in 1977. In 2013 he received an honorary doctorate from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas for his work in Holocaust studies and the humanities. He edited the Journal of Baltic Studies from 1994 to 1998 and was president of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies from 2002–2004. In 2007–2010, he served as director of the annual Millersville University Conference on the Holocaust and Genocide. He is the author of books which include The Historical Dictionary of Lithuania as well as The Persecution and Mass Murder of Lithuanian Jews during Summer and Fall of 1941 (together with Christoph Dieckmann). Dr. Sužiedėlis is the author of more than 60 research articles, reports, and reviews.
Marharyta Fabrykant (2018) National identity in the contemporary Baltics: comparative quantitative analysis, Journal of Baltic Studies, 49:3, 305-331, DOI: 10.1080/01629778.2018.1442360
Keywords: National identity, national pride, nationalism, Baltic states, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, ethnic democracy
Marharyta Fabrykant is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and an Associate Professor at the Belarusian State University. She holds a PhD degree in sociology since 2017 and in social psychology since 2018. She conducts comparative research on national identities and national history narratives with a focus on the bottom-up demand for and perceptions of national identity politics. She has taught courses on the Belarusian national identity in comparative perspective as an Erasmus+ visiting lecturer at the University of Tartu (2016) and Justus Liebig University Giessen (2019). Her most recent main publications include Russian-speaking Belarusian Nationalism: An Ethnolinguistic Identity Without a Language? (Europe-Asia Studies, 71(1), 117-136), Dynamics of National Pride Attitudes in Post-Soviet Russia, 1996–2015 (Nationalities Papers, 47(1), 20-37, o-authored with V. Magun), “Do It the Russian Way”: Narratives of the Russian Revolution in European History Textbooks (Slavic Review, 76(3), 741-752), and Small state imperialism: the place of empire in contemporary nationalist discourse (Nations and Nationalism, 22(1), 103-122, co-authored with R. Buhr).
Liene Ozoliņa (2019) Embracing austerity? An ethnographic perspective on the Latvian public’s acceptance of austerity politics, Journal of Baltic Studies, 50:4, 515-531, DOI: 10.1080/01629778.2019.1635174
Keywords: Austerity, political ethnography, activation, workfare, moral economy, moral individualism, neoliberalism, Latvia
Liene Ozoliņa is a political sociologist and her research interests span political ethnography, social theory, state-citizen relationship in post-socialist societies, political subjectivity formation, and links between politics and ethics. She works as a course tutor in sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and holds a PhD from the LSE, a MSc from the University of Amsterdam and a BA from the Latvian Academy of Culture. Her first book, Politics of Waiting: Workfare, post-Soviet austerity, and the ethics of freedom, was published in 2019 by Manchester University Press. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted in Latvia following the 2009 global economic crisis, the book examines waiting as a form of power and a form of subjectivity in post-Soviet neoliberalism. Her research has been published also in British Journal of Sociology, Slavic Review, and East European Politics and Societies.
Other Awards & Prizes News
AABS has selected two undergraduate students, Marija Čyvas and Gintarė Daulys, to receive the 2020 AABS Undergraduate Paper in Baltic Studies Award. The AABS committee for selecting the awardees of the Undergraduate Paper Award, chaired by Student Representative Kristo Nurmis, noted that both awarded papers were very well-written, empirically rich, and packaged in a good theoretical framework.
The $250 award recognizes academic papers on Baltic Studies based on originality, scholarship, excellence in writing and quality of engagement with the subject area. Faculty members at the college and university level are invited to nominate undergraduate papers once in every two years. The 2020 awards recognize papers written as class assignments in 2018 or 2019.
AABS congratulates the winners of the 2020 Undergraduate Paper award and thanks all faculty members who submitted nominations.
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