Congratulations to James Montgomery Baxenfield, 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 James Montgomery Baxenfield 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.

© James Montgomery Baxenfield

James Montgomery Baxenfield is a Junior Research Fellow at Tallinn University School of Humanities. He researches Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian history, with a particular focus on the concept of a Latvian-Lithuanian state. Baxenfield is currently completing his PhD with the Institute of History, Archaeology & Art History. His doctoral thesis, Footnotes to the Past: Forgotten Episodes of Latvian-Lithuanian Federation & Confederation, 1885–1984, examines various ideas of establishing a Latvian-Lithuanian state from the period of national awakening until the final decades of the twentieth century. Baxenfield completed his MA in Comparative History of Eastern, Central, and Southeastern Europe at Central European University, Budapest. He is currently the co-guest editor for a themed issue of Acta Historica Tallinnensia that marks the centenary of the 1922 diplomatic recognition of the republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania by the United States of America. The special issue, entitled “Recognition: de facto & de jure”, is due to be published in December 2022.