Program Overview

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Conference Registration Opens
2:00-8:00 pm Graduate Hotel Lobby

Exhibit: Arvo Pärt – Renowned and Unknown
2:00-8:00 pm
Allen Library

Exhibit: The Hong Kong Baltic Way
2:00-8:00 pm
Allen Library

Opening Plenary Session: Indigenous and Baltic Crossroads
6:00-8:00 pm
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House


  • Astrida R Blukis Onat, Seattle Central College “The Role of Archaeology in Native Latvian and Native American National Identity”
  • Aldona Jonaitis, University of Alaska Museum of the North “Lithuanian carved wooden shrines (koplystulpiai) and totem poles in the Pacific Northwest Coast”
  • Uldis Balodis, University of Latvia “Perspectives on language materials for dormant and endangered language communities in North America and Northern Europe”
  • Indrek Park, Indiana University “What is Indigeneity? Perspectives from Three Continents”
  • Discussant: Dian Million, Chair, UW Department of American Indian Studies


Friday May 27, 2022

Exhibit: Arvo Pärt – Renowned and Unknown
9:00am-5:00 pm
Allen Library

Exhibit: The Hong Kong Baltic Way
9:00am-5:00 pm
Allen Library

7:00-8:30 am Breakfast
8:45-10:15 am Panel Session 1
10:15-10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 am -12:15 pm Panel Session 2
12:30-1:45 pm Lunch: AABS Presidential Plenary: Russian-Ukrainian War
2:00-3:30 pm Panel Session 3
3:30-4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00-5:30 pm Panel Session 4
6:00-7:15 pm Keynote: Baltic Literature at a Crossroads, Kane Hall 130


  • Remembering Ivar Ivask’s Baltic Elegies, 1986-1989-1990. Reading by twenty Baltic Studies scholars.
  • Laima Vincė, Independent Scholar, Translator. The Intuition of Matilda Olkinaitė’s (1922-1941) Poetry: A Poet Writing at a Crossroads in Time.
  • Inara Verzemnieks, University of Iowa, “The Resurrectionists: Using Creativity and Research to Renanimate the Past.”

7:30-9:00pm: Reception: Baltic Literature at a Crossroads

Saturday May 28, 2022
7:00 am-8:30 am Journal of Baltic Studies Breakfast
8:45-10:15 am Panel Session 5
10:15-10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 am -12:15 pm Panel Session 6
12:30-1:45 pm Graduate Student Luncheon: Navigating the post-Covid Job Market In and Outside Academia sponsored by AABS with Student Representative Kristo Nurmis
2:00-3:30pm Panel Session 7
3:30-4:00 pm Coffee Break
4:00-5:30 pm Panel Session 8
6:00-7:15 pm Plenary: Baltic States and Taiwan at Crossroads
, Kane Hall 130


  • Dr. Konstantinas Andrijauskas of Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Dr. Jyun-yi Lee of the Institute for National Defense and Security Research, Taiwan.
  • Discussant: Dr. Una Bērziņa-Čerenkova of Stradiņš University, Latvia.

7:30-9:00 pm Reception: Baltic States and Taiwan at Crossroads

Sunday May 29, 2022

7:00-8:30 am Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am Baltic Ambassador’s Plenary

  • H.E. Mr. Kristjan Prikk, Ambassador of the Republic of Estonia to the USA 
  • H.E. Mr. Maris Selga, Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the USA 
  • H.E. Ms. Laima Jurevičienė, Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in Los Angeles

10:00-10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 am -12:00 pm Panel Session 9
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch: AABS member meeting
Includes address by incoming president of AABS, presentation of awards and graduate student/junior scholar conference travel grants.
5:30-7:00 pm Baltic Night at Northwest Folklife Festival, Seattle Center

Conference Registration

Registration for the 2022 AABS Conference at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington is now open!

Conference registration rates for the conference are listed below for AABS members and non-members. We encourage you to become an AABS member and receive all the benefits of membership including access to the Journal of Baltic Studies, newsletter, and membership news.

The conference registration includes three keynote talks and receptions, a Journal of Baltic Studies sponsored continental breakfast, and graduate student luncheon for students.

Registration levels

    $50 – Student Registration AABS Member

    $100 – Regular Registration AABS Member

    $100 – Student Registration Non-AABS Member

    $150 – Regular Registration Non-AABS Member

Online registration will close three weeks before the conference on May 5, 2022. After that day you may register in-person during the conference at conference registration.