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Posted on Aug 17, 2015

Member News – Summer 2015

Erick Reis Godliauskas Zen published a book based on his PhD research in which he investigates the forms of organization and the relation among the Lithuanian communities rooted in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Identidade em Conflito. A imigração lituana na Argentina, no Brasil e no Uruguai 1920 – 1950 [Identity in Conflict. The Lithuanian immigration in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay 1920 – 1955)]  EdUFSCar Press. 2014. http://www.editora.ufscar.br/ Olavi Arens (Armstrong University) is currently serving as the President of Southern Slavic Studies, the largest regional affiliate of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Its next conference will be held at the Univ. of Alabama on March 17-19, 2016. Darius Furmonavicius (Bradford University, Nottingham) published Lithuania Rejoins Europe in 2015 (Kindle E-book). Jordan Kuck, former AABS Student Representative, accepted a tenure track position as a new assistant professor of history at West Virginia Wesleyan College after finishing his PhD in history at the University of...

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Posted on Jun 30, 2015

JBS Vo. 46, Issue 2 (June 2015)

Baltic States in World Markets: Does Katzenstein’s Framework Still Hold? Vytautas Kuokštis Tallinn as a City of Thresholds Francisco Martínez The Religious Faiths of Ruthenians and Old Lithuanians in the 17th Century According to the Records of the Catholic Church Visitations of the Vilnius Diocese Vaida Kamuntavičienė Tammsaare’s Constructions of Femininity in Light of Weininger’s Concept of Sex Difference Mirjam Hinrikus   A.H. Tammsaare’s Truth and Justice as a Postcolonial Bildungsroman Piret Peiker   Ethno-Political Effects of Suburbanization in the Vilnius Urban Region: An Analysis of Voting Behavior Rūta Ubarevičienė, Donatas Burneika & Maarten van Ham   Count us! Ethnic Activism in South-Eastern Estonia, and the Census of 2011 Indrek Jääts   Detailed information and abstracts are available at Taylor & Francis...

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Posted on Jun 18, 2015

Socialist Ideas & Estonian Intellectuals in the Late 19th c.

Mark Moll, a Central Eurasian Studies Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University, received a 2015 AABS Dissertation Grant to investigate the spread of socialist ideas among the Estonian intelligentsia in the late 19th century. Centered in the university town of Tartu, several members of the radical underground, like Jüri Jaakson, Mihkel Martna and August Rei, went on to achieve prominent positions within the interwar Estonian Republic. The grant will finance a research trip to the Estonian Historical Archives and the manuscript collection of the Estonian Literary Museum in Tartu. My research focuses on the men and women in turn-of-the-century Estonia whose radical experiences as first as students, then as journalists, led to the push for Estonian political autonomy via a syncretic fusion of nationalism and socialism in 1905 during the first Russian Revolution. An analysis of the network of these activists reveals the importance that developments abroad played in shaping the discourse at home and helps contextualize the role of Estonians within the larger Russian revolutionary...

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Posted on Jun 17, 2015

Global, Glocal, and Local: Distinction and Interconnection in the Baltic States

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, May 26-28, 2016 The 2006 AABS conference will explore the independence, dependence, and interconnections of Baltic states, peoples, and communities across time and space in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. It will uncover the distinctive, hybrid, and globalized features of culture, politics, economics, history, language, and other aspects of life in the Baltic countries. The conference welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable presentations in fields related to the Baltic region, its countries, and populations within those countries, including minorities. Contributions are encouraged from disciplines including, but not limited to, the following: anthropology, architecture, business, communication and media, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, environment, ethnic relations, film studies, fine arts, gender studies, geography, history, international relations, law, linguistics, literature, memory, political science, psychology, public health, religion, sociology, and advancing Baltic studies. Interdisciplinary and comparative work is welcome. We are also particularly interested in papers focused on Baltic Jewish studies. Graduate students, both Master and Ph.D., are encouraged to submit proposals. Paper and panel proposals must include an...

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Posted on Jun 16, 2015

A Passion for Better Science and Innovation

Anete Vitola is the 2015 Mudīte I. Zīlīte Saltups Postgraduate and Post-Doctoral Fellowship. My research is about science and innovation policy. I have finalized my dissertation research on multi-level science and innovation policy mixes in the European Union. I’m interested in continuing my research in other contexts than the EU. While attention to science and innovation policy typically focuses on the national level, in the United States, it is often intergovernmental, involving state governments, industry labs, and university research units.  My plan for the short term research visit will be to interact with science and innovation policy researchers in the U.S. regarding this complex intergovernmental setting, and also to share the results of my dissertation research and plans for future research directions. I will perform my research at the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. Specific activities of the short term research visit will include interviews with researchers at School of Public Policy, at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The purpose of these interviews will be to discuss...

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