Past AABS Conferences
THE 2022 AABS CONFERENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON: BALTIC STUDIES AT A CROSSROADS
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania have marked 100 years of independence, 100 years of de jure international recognition, and 30 years of the reestablishment of independence following a half century of Soviet rule. While acknowledging the past, the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference in 2022 looked toward the future to explore how the Baltic States will move forward into the next century, as a crossroads between Europe and Asia, Nordic and Eastern Europe. Similarly, the field of Baltic Studies is at a crossroads between new and old diaspora communities negotiating the implications of what it means to advance the study and research of the Baltic States into the next century.
The conference built on the deep connections with the Baltic Studies and the Baltic Communities in the Pacific Northwest. The University of Washington (UW) is the only Baltic Studies Program in North America, offering courses in all three Baltic languages and different aspects of Baltic Studies. The conference promoted intersections of academic disciplines, scholarship, and community by focusing on the implications for the Baltic States in the future at the crossroads of different regions, cultures, religions, and historical perspectives. It discussed the role of Baltic Studies in the next century as Soviet legacies fade and European futures are solidified. How does the region fit into larger European and transnational trends? What types of innovations do we see in the Baltic States? Where are the Baltic States headed in the future?
The three-day program, held at the University of Washington campus May 27-29, 2022, featured panels, roundtable discussions and workshops. The conference also included numerous public events, such as keynote talks by leading Baltic scholars, film screenings, exhibit openings and tours of UW’s Baltic collections.
THE 2020 AABS CONFERENCE AT QUEENS UNIVERSITY: NEW DIRECTIONS IN BALTIC STUDIES
The 2020 AABS Conference at Queens University: New Directions in Baltic Studies aimed at exploring new directions in the field: new and innovative research methods, case studies, pedagogy, and research areas. Unfortunately, given widespread travel restrictions and other measures that were set by state and local authorities in response to the spread of COVID-19, the AABS Board of Directors announced in spring of 2020 that the AABS 2020 Conference, scheduled to take place from May 28–30, 2020 in Charlotte, NC, was cancelled.
AABS invited all scheduled participants of the AABS 2020 Conference to attend the 14th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE), “Rights and Recognition in the Baltic Context,” being organized by the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) at Uppsala University from September 1–4, 2021.
On Saturday, April 17th, the first Baltic Studies Teaching and Learning Workshop, was held by Wingate University via Zoom. The workshop was organized by Joseph Ellis, AABS VP for Conferences from 2019–2020 and current adviser to the board. The workshop was aimed at Baltic scholars primarily residing in the American South. Though initially scheduled as an in-person event at Wingate University, Wingate, NC, continuing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic forced the workshop online.
Aimee Herring, a doctoral student at the University of South Carolina, presented her research on audio storytelling in Lithuania with Lithuanian journalist Vaida Pilibaityte.
THE 2018 AABS CONFERENCE AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY: THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF BALTIC INDEPENDENCE
The 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence celebrated two important milestones – the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and the 100th anniversary of independence for the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The conference featured 124 panels, four keynotes, two exhibits, and numerous cultural and social events. The three-day program was attended by 470 presenting participants and 200+ members of the general audience.
Photo credit: Keith Uyeda, Stanford University.
All Past AABS Conferences
2020 – Wingate University (cancelled)
2018 – Stanford University
2016 – University of Pennsylvania
2014 – Yale University
2012 – University of Illinois-Chicago
2010 – Seattle, Washington
2008 – Indiana University-Bloomington
2006 – George Washington University
2004 – University of Toronto
2002 – John Hopkins University
2000 – Georgetown University
1998 – Indiana University-Bloomington
1996 – Bentley College
1994 – University of Illinois-Chicago
1992 – University of Toronto
1990 – University of Washington
1988 – University of Maryland
1986 – University of Wisconsin-Madison
1984 – University of Montreal
1982 – University of Minnesota
1980 – Georgetown University
1978 – University of Toronto
1976 – Columbia University
1974 – University of Illinois-Chicago
1972 – University of Toronto
1970 – San Jose State College
1968 – University of Maryland