Congratulations to Agnieška Avin, recipient of the 2022–2023 Baumanis Grant for Creative Projects in Baltic Studies

Jul 21, 2022

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies is pleased to announce that Agnieška Avin has been awarded the 2022-2023 Baumanis Grant for Creative Projects in Baltic Studies.

The Baumanis Grant is an award made to honor Velta Marija Baumanis of Mount Brydges, Ontario, who left a generous bequest to AABS at the end of her career as an architect. An award of up to $7,000 is available for any creative project (e.g., book, film, exhibit, etc.) that promotes Baltic studies. Preference is given to topics with a pan-Baltic or comparative aspect. Applicants must be members of the AABS at the time of application.

The 2022 applications were evaluated by the AABS 2021-2022 Grants and Awards Committee consisting of AABS VP for Professional Development Dr. Ineta Dabašinskienė, AABS President Dr. Daunis Auers, and AABS Director-at-Large Dr. Andres Kasekamp.

© Agnieška Avin

Agnieška Avin is a social anthropologist from Vilnius, Lithuania, a recent MA graduate from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. Her current main research focuses are the topics of social exclusion/inclusion and Roma community in Lithuania, lived experiences of transnational migration processes among Roma, structural discrimination, and social policy. Avin also researches the current practices of commemoration of the Roma Holocaust in Lithuania. Besides the research work, she is also a community worker at the multicultural children and youth center “Padėk pritapti” and a mediator at the Department of National Minorities under the Lithuanian Government. The project which she intends to carry out using the AABS Baumanis Grant is a collaborative project of academics and researchers across the Baltics: Anette Ross from Estonia (Helsinki University), dr. Ieva Vivere from Latvia (University of Latvia), Gopalas Michailovskis from Lithuania (CEU), dr. Kirill Kozhanov from Russia (University of Potsdam).