The AABS Board is pleased to announce that Brepols Publishers has been awarded the AABS Book Publication Subvention for publishing “Remembering the Dead: Collective Memory and Commemoration in Late Medieval Livonia.” The book, authored by Latvian historian Gustavs Strenga, highlights the importance of memoria – commemoration of the dead – as a form of collective memory for different groups and institutions in late medieval Livonia (modern day Latvia and Estonia).
Gustavs Strenga is a historian and researcher at the University of Greifswald. He is also affiliated with the National Library of Latvia where he has been active as a senior researcher and exhibition curator. Gustavs has received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Latvia (2004), Master’s degree in Medieval studies from the Central European University (2006) and defended his PhD Thesis at the Queen Mary University of London (2014). Gustavs has been fellow (2009-2012) at the PhD research group (GRK 1288) “Friends, Patrons, Clients” at the University of Freiburg and a post-doc research fellow (2018-2020) at the Tallinn University. Gustavs’ main research interests are the history of medieval Livonia, memory studies, gift-giving as a historical phenomenon, and book history. At the University of Greifswald he is part of the project funded by the German Research Foundation, “Saints and Heroes from Christianization to Nationalism: Symbol, Image, Memory (Nord-West Russia, Baltic and Nordic countries)” (in cooperation with the St. Petersburg State University).
This book focuses on the commemoration of the dead and collective memories of several social groups, yet the book is a social history of late medieval Livonia that reveals the identities of groups and their relationships. This book is a contribution to the research of the Baltic history, revealing different aspects of medieval social, cultural, and political history through the perspective of remembering the past.