Call for Papers

Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have for over the past century shown the benefits of shared action and solidarity. The three states sought recognition of their independence following World War I, and following World War II – through the years of Soviet occupation – they maintained that recognition through collaborative efforts. In recent decades the joint efforts of their peoples were seen in the peaceful Baltic Way demonstration in August 1989 when Balts joined hands from Tallinn to Vilnius across a distance of 600 kilometers, and in the three countries’ together joining NATO in 2004. Today, the three Baltic countries are leading the world in per capita aid to Ukraine after Russia’s invasion in February 2022.

Gathering at the 29th biennial conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), to be held on the campus of Yale University on June 13-16, 2024, will be hundreds of people dedicated to the study of the peoples and lands around the Baltic Sea. We especially encourage proposals for panels, though individual paper proposals will also be accepted. Proposals may be from all fields of the humanities and social sciences, education, technology, and public health. We particularly welcome proposals focusing on issues of transnational security, safety and well-being. We encourage proposals that draw attention to the larger shared space throughout the Baltic Sea region as well as to the role the peoples of the Baltic are playing on an all-European and global scale.

Proposals for panels and papers are due by December 4, 2023 at 11:59pm ET.

The 2024 AABS Conference Program is divided into ten broad divisions:

  • Arts, Music, and Religion
  • Communication and the Media 
  • Education and Technology 
  • History, Memory, and Identity
  • International Relations and Regional Security
  • Judaic/Jewish Studies
  • Literature and Linguistics
  • Philosophy and History of Ideas
  • Politics and Economics
  • Sociology and Anthropology

How to submit a proposal

Proposal submission has now closed.