The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies is happy to bring you stories and experiences from its 2021 student travel grant recipients who attended the 14th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (September 1–4, 2021, Uppsala, Sweden).
Applications for the AABS 2021 student travel grants were evaluated by the AABS Student Travel Grants Committee consisting of AABS Student Representative Kristo Nurmis, AABS Executive Officer-at-Large Guntis Šmidchens, AABS Administrative Executive Director Liisi Esse, and Member of the CBSE Organizing Committee Michael Loader. The grants were awarded to 16 students and early career scholars to support their travel to Uppsala in order to attend the CBSE 2021.
Paper title: The Effect of Mediated Receptive Multilingualism in Facilitation of Language Learning
Paper title: Creating a façade of virtual identity: strategies and challenges for role makers
Paper title: Ivangorod under Boris Godunov: Early Modern Russia’s Entrepot on the Baltic
Paper title: Italian cultural diplomacy in Estonia during the interwar period: from de jure recognition till the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact (1921-1939)
The CBSE Conference organized at the Uppsala University represented for me the first “real” conference after almost one and a half years. It has been a big pleasure to see in person old colleagues and make new connections during the four days of conference. The student travel grant generously offered by the AABS fundamentally contributed to my ability to take part in the event where I had the chance to present the paper “Italian cultural diplomacy in Estonia during the interwar period: from de jure recognition to the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact (1921-1939),” a topic very relevant since Estonia celebrates this year 100 years from de jure recognition. Indeed, since de jure recognition, the Kingdom of Italy and the young Baltic Republic, despite the geographical distance, established not only diplomatic and business links but also deep cultural relations. This paper was developed thanks to a scholarship for research offered in 2019 by Archimedes Foundation (Republic of Estonia), which allowed me to examine in depth the topic of Estonian-Italian relations during the interwar period at the archives located in Tallinn and Tartu.