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13th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe 2019: Baltic Solidarity

26-27 June 2019 – European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk, Poland
28-29 June 2019 – University of Gdańsk, Poland

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It is also updated on regular basis with the latest information concerning the conference.

Solidarność is the Polish word for solidarity and evokes the movement that decisively contributed to the collapse of the socialist regimes and to the unification of Europe in the peaceful revolutions of 1989-1991. Solidarność stands for the empowerment of the powerless, a peaceful struggle for freedom and democracy, and for a civil society connected by the principles of solidarity and truth. The objectives of Solidarity, however, are not past perfect. The challenges of social and political cohesion, democratic values and regional security, but also of collective memory and identity shape political and scholarly discourses today in the Baltic Sea region and beyond.

In 2019 the Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE) will be held for the first time in Poland, on 26-29 June. It will be hosted by the University of Gdańsk, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary, and the European Solidarity Centre situated on the site of the Lenin shipyard in Gdańsk, where the Solidarność movement began. CBSE 2019 will promote the achievements of Baltic studies thirty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain and fifteen years after the EU enlargement to East Central Europe. The CBSE is organized in cooperation with the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and takes place every second year, alternating with the AABS conferences in Northern America.

CBSE will bring together scholars from all over the world who share an interest in exploring the Baltic region from multiple perspectives and fields of research. Baltic region studies focus on a particular historical, political, linguistic, social, cultural and ideological contact zone where the meanings of identities, languages and relationships are (re-)negotiated and possible futures envisaged.

The city of Gdańsk provides an excellent place for discussing the dimensions, prospects and challenges of Baltic studies. Gdańsk is not only a site of memory for the Solidarity movement, but also for the beginning of the Second World War. For centuries, however, Gdańsk was also an economic hub on the Baltic and a major intersection of cultural exchange with Northern and Western Europe. The traditions and traces of its multicultural social fabric are present until nowadays.

The program of CBSE features streams, panels, roundtable discussions and workshops on a wide spectrum of topics listed below. The conference also includes keynote speeches, evening receptions and additional events, such as film screenings, exhibitions, and tours.

We invite scholars from all disciplines and stages in their careers connected to the following fields of interest:

  • Anthropology and Sociology
  • Civic Education & Regional Identity
  • Communication & Media
  • Cultures Studies & Arts
  • Digital Humanities
  • Environment, Resources & Sustainability
  • Higher Education, Science Policy & Knowledge Management
  • History & Memory
  • Law & Economics
  • Literature & Language Studies
  • Migration, Social Development & Urban Planning
  • Museums, Archives and Libraries
  • Political Studies, International Relations and Regional Security
  • Religion

Organizing committee:
Jörg Hackmann (University of Szczecin), Kazimierz Musiał (University of Gdańsk), Arnold Kłonczyński (University of Gdańsk), Grzegorz Piotrowski (European Solidarity Centre)

Advisory board  (with affiliations):
Daunis Auers (Riga), Alexander Drost (Greifswald), Joakim Ekman (Södertörn),
Aleksandr Filiushkin (St. Petersburg), Marta Grzechnik (Gdańsk/Harvard),
Andres Kasekamp (Toronto), Viacheslav Morozov (Tartu), Nicole Nau (Poznań),
Anne Sommerlat (Amiens),

Important Dates:
Deadline for Stream Proposal submissions: 21 December 2018
Notification of accepted streams: 15 January 2019
Deadline for Panel and Paper submissions: 15 February 2019
Notification of accepted Panels, Roundtables and Papers: March 2019

CBSE Early Career Researchers Writing Workshop

To mark its 50thanniversary, Journal of Baltic Studies, in association with Routledge, Taylor & Francis, will be holding a writing workshop for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) during the 2019 Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe (CBSE). This three-hour workshop is primarily intended to benefit early-to-mid-career scholars working in the field of Baltic studies at any global academic institution. Authors should submit their application and a first draft of their paper by 30thApril 2019. See below for further details.

The workshop aims to provide an opportunity for ECRs to interact with established scholars drawn from key academic institutions, the Journal of Baltic Studies Editorial Board, the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and the publishing industry.It is intended as a platform for capacity development in our discipline. It seeks to contribute to the development of a cadre of scholars who will be actively involved in writing and publishing, and in progressing the field. It will use a small group mentoring approach through which up to 10 participants will work on their papers guided by an experienced academic Editor and Editorial Board members.

The workshop also aims to stimulate new thinking and encourage writing in new research areas, using novel approaches to research and writing on Baltic studies, and which engage with the themes and aims and scope of the major journal in our field, Journal of Baltic Studies.

The Organising Committee that will select papers and authors for mentoring during the workshop is made up of leading scholars from the Editorial Board of Journal of Baltic Studies.They will seek original research and critical thinking and will look for papers that show the value of empirical studies for broader societal issues. During the workshop, papers may also be discussed by attendees, alongside the academic Editor and Editorial Board members, where critique will be delivered in an egalitarian atmosphere.

After the workshop some mentors may continue to give advice to authors until the paper is ready for submission to Journal of Baltic Studies, or guidance may be provided on journals more suited to the topic, should the submitted paper not fall within the remit of Journal of Baltic Studies. Having participated in the writing workshop does not guarantee future publication a participant’s paper in Journal of Baltic Studies.

Participants must currently be in the final stages of a PhD or have defended their PhD within the last seven years.
Participants must have prepared a paper for the workshop for mentoring, which should be broadly in line with the aims of scopeof Journal of Baltic Studies.

Participants must submit the following by 15th May 2019
(1a CV
 (2)first draftof their paper, of between 5,000-10,000 words.
Applications should be submitted to with the subject line ‘CBSE ECR workshop application’. 
The Organising Committee will inform applicants by 31stMay 2019, if they have been successful. If you do not receive a response by this date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Please direct any queries to jbs@ucrs.uu.seand

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