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


Stream I: The Baltic Region in 1918-1921: Aftermath of World War I
BR 1:  US Policy, Immigrant Diplomacy and the Baltic States, 1918-1919    
Chair: Bradley Woodworth
Charles Perrin: The Activities of Jonas Šliūpas at the Dawn of Lithuania’s Independence
Olavi Arens: The Bizarre Council of Foreign Minister Meeting of 9 May 1919 
Eriks Jekabsons: The Mission of Warwick Greene in Baltic States in 1919: the Problems and Consequences
Discussant: Bradley Woodworth
BR 2: Violence and State-Building
Chair: Mart Kuldkepp
Tomas Balkelis: The Logic of Violence in the Polish-Lithuanian Conflict, 1919-1923
Tim Buchen: Turning Soldiers into Farmers. Settler projects and military imaginations of agriculture in North-Eastern Europe 1917-1920’
Thomas Rettig: Governing Warlordism. Bermondt-Avalov‘s Central Council for West Russia in Courland 1919
Klaus Richter: Violence, Territorial Uncertainty and the Erosion of Norms of Property Ownership in Poland and the Baltics, 1915-1923
BR 3: International and Internal Politics
Chair: Tomas Balkelis
Mart Kuldkepp: The Infiltration of American Estonian Communists back into Estonia in 1918-1923 
Piotr Szlauzys: The Independence of Lithuania in Woodrow Wilson’s Policy
Vasilijus Safronovas: Representation of the “National Experience” of the First World War in Interwar Lithuania
Luboš Švec: Recognition with Hesitation: Czechoslovak Foreign Policy 1920-1921. Between Russian Visions and Baltic Reality
Stream 2: Baltic National Song and Dance Traditions 150
BS 1: Informal Singing and Song Traditions
Chair: Rūta Muktupāvela
Austė Nakienė: Partisan Songs and Historical Narrative of Independent Lithuania
Valdis Muktupāvels: The Changing Role of Sadziedāšanās: From Spontaneous Social Singing to Formalized “Afterparty” in the Framework of Latvian Song and Dance Celebration
Ilze Šarkovska-Liepiņa: The Latvian Song Festival Tradition and Modernity: Is There a Contradiction?
Discussant:  Guntis Šmidchens
BS 2:  Rethinking Song Celebration Heritage
Chair: Valdis Muktupāvels
Rimantas Astrauskas: Re-thinking tradition in postmodern Lithuania
Guntis Šmidchens: Disunity in Unity: Contested Traditions in Baltic Song Celebrations, 2013-2019
Rūta Muktupāvela: Tradition of the Baltic Song and Dance Celebration: Some Aspects of Sustainability
Discussant: Heather MacLaughlin Garbes
BS 3: Song Celebrations, Baltic and Global 
Chair: Bradley Woodworth
Heather MacLaughlin Garbes: On the Outside Looking In: How National Song Festivals in the Baltic States Help Promote Culture and Tradition to Non-Baltic People
Ramunė K. Kubilius: The Rich Heritage of Music and Dance in the Diaspora: Spotlighting a Lithuanian Music and a Folk Dance Ensemble in Chicago
Danutė Petrauskaitė: Juozas Žilevičiusʼ Contribution to the Song Festival Organisation in Lithuania and the USA 
BS 4: Baltic Song Celebrations History Revisited
Chair: Heather MacLaughlin Garbes
Bradley Woodworth: Civic and Cross-National Influences in Estonia’s Song Festivals
Marie-Alice L’Heureux: Constructing Identity: Music, Art, and Architecture
Rasa Murauskaitė: Lithuanian Song Festivals in the Interwar Period: Reflections In The Press
Katherine Pukinskis: The Duality of Baltic Song Celebrations as Heritage: Making Sense of “Then” and “Now”
Stream 3: Baltic (Sea) Regional Security
S 1: Challenges to Baltic Security 
Chair: Toms Rostoks
Olevs Nikers and Otto Tabuns: Baltic Security Strategy Report 2019
Gerda Jakstaite: US-Russian Interaction in the Baltic States: Challenges to Regional Security
Aleksandra Kuczyńska: Security Perspective(s) in the Baltic States and Implication for Poland
Olevs Nikers: Sub-regional Defence Synchronization – Theory Perspectives and Expectations for the Baltics
S 2: Baltic Security in Past and Present
Chair: Aleksandra Kuczyńska
Toms Rostoks: National security and state-society relations in Latvia
Edgars Engīzers: Threats to national security of Latvia through the prism of Latvian Political Police: 1938-1940
Dalia Bukelevičiūtė: Ensuring security of top state officials and VIP guests after the re-establishment of the state of Lithuania in 1990–1995
Olevs Nikers and Otto Tabuns: Baltic Interoperability Report 2019
S 3: Security and Foreign Politics
Chair: Olevs Nikers
Ivo Juurvee: Baltic States as Spy-Catching Champions of NATO and EU: What Can We Learn of Russian Espionage
Gerda Jakstaite: Baltic States In Trump’s Security Policy
Satya Prasad: Foreign Policy Pursuit of Baltic States: Challenges and Opportunities
H – History and Memory
H 1: Political Participation at the Regional Level in the Baltic States since Early Modern Times
Chair: Karsten Brüggemann
Dennis Hormuth: A Plebian Tribune? Georg Plönnies, Leaders of the Great Guild of Riga in the 17th Century
Ron Hellfritzsch: How to Stay in Power in Germany’s “New Ostland“? The Courland Knighthood’s Fight for Political Survival during WWI
Vera Volkmann: Local Minority Participation: City Council Elections in Daugavpils in the Interwar Period
Irēna Saleniece: “To Involve Young People in the Practical Construction of a New Society”:  The Teaching Profession in Soviet Latvia
H 2:  Historiography, Collective Memory and Cultural Identity from the 14th – 17th Century in the Baltic Region
Chair: Jörg Hackmann
Ansgar Holtmann: The Prussian Origin Myth as a Political Statement in 16th Century Gdansk. The Idea of Cultural Self-reliance
Paweł Migdalski: How the Slavic Ancestors of the Pomeranians Became Germans. The Myth of Origin of the Inhabitants of West-Pomerania in the Late Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period
Adam Szweda: Historiography in Late Medieval Prussia towards Poland and Poles
Grischa Vercamer: Historians within the Teutonic Order in 14th Century Prussia with Regard to Poland as a Mirror of the ‚Self’
H 3: Home as History: Space, Memory, and Solidarity in Latvia
Chair: Amanda Jeanne Swain
Mara Lazda: Walls Do Talk: The Lives Lived by, and in, a Riga Apartment Building
Maruta Pranka: Tracing Trauma, Resilience, and Solidarity in the Oral Histories of Apartment Building Inhabitants
Ginta Elksne: The Lives of a Building: Ownership and (Re)privatization of Space 
Discussant: Amanda Jeanne Swain
H 4: Shared and Contested Pasts in Action: Remembering and Representing Traumas of Deportations, Exile and Forced Repatriation from the Baltic States in 1940-50s
Chair: Olavi Arens
Dovilė Budrytė: Analyzing the Narrative of a Partisan Messenger: Gender, Displacement, and the Anti-Soviet War of Resistance in Lithuania
Vytis Ciubrinskas: Transnationalism and Memory across the Atlantic: Remembering and Representing Trauma of Exile through Social Remittances and ‘Politics of Nostalgia’
Vidmantas Vyšniauskas: Narrating the ‘Local‘ in Changing Narratives of the Challenging and Represive Past
H 5: Multidirectional and Multigenerational Memory of Soviet Displacement in the Baltics
Chair: Kirsti Jõesalu
Dovilė Budrytė: Deportation and Gulag as Gendered Processes: Revisiting Baltic Women’s Memoirs and Testimonies
Violeta Davoliute: Multidirectional Memory and the Deportation of Lithuanian Jews
Terje Anepaio and Ene Kõresaar: Between Public Memory and Grassroots Solidarity: Estonian Organizations of Victims of Stalinist Repressions at the Crossroads
Leena Kurvet-Käosaar: Shared Dimensions of Deportation Experience in Baltic Women’s Life Stories
H 6: “Unreliable” Latvians at the Beginning of the Cold War
Chair: Mart Kuldkepp
Matthew Kott: Baltfascister: Swedish Attitudes towards Latvian Refugees at the Dawn of the Cold War
Michael Loader: Stalin’s Governors-general in the Baltic Republics: the Orgburos and Sovietisation, 1944–1947
Paula Oppermann: Rebranding Fascists: Pērkonkrustsleaders in Exile Creating Their Image as Anti-communists
Rosario Napolitano: The Sovietisation of Latvian Cinema during Stalin Era (1945-1953)
H 7: Pribaltika: Legacy and Memory 
Chair: Daina Eglitis
Diana Bleiere: The Central Committee of the Latvian Communist Party and Youth Culture (1968-1983)
Edward Cohn: Did Profilaktika Work? Prophylactic Chats and the KGB’s Struggle with Dissent in the Baltic Republics
Eva-Clarita Pettai: Opening of the ‘Cheka-bags’ – Post-transitional Justice Thirty Years after Re-independence in Latvia
H 8: Pre-modern Baltic History
Chair: Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg
Dmitriy Weber: Family Solidarity in Livonia. The Case of the Teutonic Order.
Patrick Monson: Impartial Empire? Local Law, Language, and the Politics of Legal Reform in Imperial Russia’s Baltic Provinces, 1860-1917
Anja Wilhelmi: Solidarity in the Family and Family Politics: Examples of Baltic German Families in the 19th Century
Vidmantas Vyšniauskas: Changing Narratives in the Changing World: the Case of Soleczniki
H 9: The Baltics in the Inter-war Period I
Chair: Tim Buchen
Sonoko Shima: Beginning of Latvian Statehood: From the Diplomatic Activities of the First Foreign Minister Z. A. Meierovics
Leonas Nekrašas: Lithuanian–Latvian Local Border Traffic between the World Wars: Shifting Policy and its Effects
Krišs Kapenieks: Memel Problem in 1920s-1930s — Between Latvian View to the Problem and Baltic Solidarity
H 10: Genocide and Resistance
Chair: Eva-Clarita Pettai
Kristo Nurmis: What the Germans Told. Fears of Ethnic Cleansing in the Baltic States after the Red Army Return, 1944
Janis Tomasevskis: Baltic National Partisans in the Summer of 1941: The Latvian Example
Maija Krumina: Material and Moral Values in the Latvian refugee narratives of World War Two
Dominik Wilczewski: Conflicted Memories of Ressistance and Genocide in Lithuania: the Adolfas Ramanauskas Case Study: Analysis of Media Discourse
H 12: The Baltics in the Inter-war Period II
Chair: Klaus Richter
Saulius Kaubrys: Anatomy of Ambitions: Lithuanian Poles in Parliamentary and Municipal Elections in 1918–1940
Ieva Griniūtė-Tumelienė: Towards a Better Future: Childhood, Otherhood and the Creation of Social Welfare System in the Interwar Lithuania
Ina Pukelytė: Migrating Histories: Russian and Jewish Actors in the Baltics during the Interwar Period
Viesturs Karnups: Latvian-Polish Economic Relations 1918-1940
H 13: Baltic Global History
Chair: Matthew Kott
Filip-Afloarei Daniel: Ceausescu and his Controversial Appeal in August 1989 Regarding the Rise of Solidarity in Poland
Pauli Heikkilä: Typical and Exceptional. Estonian Example within the Assembly of Captive European Nations
László Pálfi: Joe Slovo – Lithuanian Socialist Jew in South Africa
H 14: Nazi Rule in the Baltic Region
Chair: Diana Bleiere
Daina Eglitis: Silences of the Past: Women’s Lives in Latvia’s Nazi Ghettoes
Ieva Garda-Rozenberga and Uldis Neiburgs: Extermination and Rescue of Latvian Roma during the Nazi Occupation: History and Memory
Alessandro Vitale: The Problem of Incomplete Cartographic Representation of the GULag. A Comparison between the Baltic Cartography and Other Maps of Deportations
M – Media, Language and Arts
M 1: Changing Role of Media in the Baltic Societies
Chair: Katarzyna Kamińska-Korolczuk
Anda Rožukalne: Concentration and Structural Pluralism Trends in Media Environment of Latvia (2015-2018)
Ainars Dimants: New Regulations for Latvian Public Service Media – One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?
Andres Jõesaar: In Media we Trust. Or Do We. Estonian and Russian Speaking Audiences’ Opinion on Media Credibility and on the Value of Public Service Broadcasting in 2010-2019
Andres Kõuts-Klemm: Media System and Media Use in Estonia: Diverging Supply and Demand
M 2: Language Studies I
Chair: Pēteris Vanags
Ineta Dabašinskienė: Tensions between Language Policies and Practices: Case study of Visaginas (Lithuania)
Nicole Nau: Bringing Latgalian into School: Visions, Needs, and Obstacles
Katarzyna Szwed: The Impact of the Estonian Linguistic Policy on the State Formation and its Functioning
Eleonore Kruse: Assessing Migrant Language Maintenance: A Case Study on Latvian in Canada
M 3: Language Studies II
Chair: Nicole Nau
Claudio Barna: The Lithuanian Particle “gi”
Linda Lauze: The System of Latvian Address: Sociolinguistic Aspect
Pēteris Vanags: Latvian sapulcējušamies – the Non-standard Form of Past Passive Participle – Its Origin and History
Dens Dimiņš, Dace Strelēvica-Ošiņa: No Means Yes? Grammatical Polarity in Modern Latvian: Usage and Users’ Attitudes
M 4: Disinformation and Media Bashing
Chair: Alexander Drost
Monika Hanley: Combating Russian Disinformation in Baltic Social Media
Anastasija Tetarenko: How to Discredit Media and Win the Elections: The Case of the Parliament Elections in Latvia (2018)
Raivis Vilūns: Hard News and Tabloid Stories Side by Side in Leading Latvian News Media
Klinta Ločmele: Disinformation Types in Correlation with Society’s Media Literacy in Latvia
M 5: Museum Studies
Chair: Jörg Hackmann
Linara Dovydaitytė: Narrating History of Labour and Industry in Post-Soviet Museums
Kirsti Jõesalu, Ene Kõresaar: Collaboration and Adaption: Soviet Period at the Display of Museums of Occupations and Freedom, Vabamu
Aya Kimura: Exploring an Introduction Process of Digitization at Museums- Case in Lithuania, LIMIS
M 6: Media and Memory 
Chair: Ene Kõresaar
Liis Jõhvik: Reel Life: Memory and Gender in Soviet Home Movies and Amateur films
Lina Šumskaitė, Gražina Rapolienė: The Changed Representation of Childlessness in Lithuanian Media
Zenta Liepa, Dite Liepa: Representation of Lithuanian and Latvian Identity in Mass Media 
M 7: Communication and Language
Chair: Katarzyna Szwed
Katarzyna Kamińska-Korolczuk: Specifics of the Communication via Social Media in the Most Important Estonian Dailies. A Comparative Perspective
Anda Rožukalne: Semi-free and Autonomous Journalists: Complex Strategies of Coping with Self-censorship in Latvia
Gunta Ločmele, Helēna Gizeleza: Usage and Significance of Stylistic and Lexical Resources in Advertising Texts
M 8: Theatre and Arts 
Chair: Klinta Ločmele
Ruta Mažeikienė: Adaptation of Popular Theatre Forms in Post-Soviet Lithuanian Theatre
Andrejs Veisbergs: The Translation Scene in Latvia (Latvian SSR) during the Stalinist Years
Tomas Pabedinskas: Personal Photo Diary as The Reactualization of Historical Past
M 9: Baltic Cultural Studies
Chair: Ruta Mažeikienė
Ieva Pigozne: New Discoveries on Chronological Development of Latvian Women’s Clothing in Eastern Latvia in the 19th Century
Egor Shmonin: Late-Soviet Baltic Post-Poetic Documentaries: Mapping the Collapse, Reviving Spatial memory
Amal Pullarkkattu Pushkaran: Non-violent Political Movement and National Liberation: The Role of Gandhism in the Sąjūdis-Movement in Lithuania
M 10: Kant and the Digital Turn – CANCELLED –
Chair: Martin Pabst
Cheryce von Xylander: Kant’s Digital Metaphysics
Peter Weibel: Digital Enlightenment? Digital Humanism?
Simon Schaffer: ‘More than a Machine’: On Virtuous Reality and Virtual Reality
M 11: Lithuania in Past and Present
Chair: Ramunė K. Kubilius
Kristina Juraitė: Regenerating Cultural Identity and Rebranding of Post-Industrial City: The Case of Visaginas, Lithuania
Milda Richardson: Lithuanian Pilgrimage Repressed and Restored
Andrius Marcinkievičius: How Historical Justice Discourse is Constructed by Contemporary Lithuanian Media: The Case of Green Bridge Statues Removal in Vilnius
M 12: Language, Literature and Theatre 
Chair: Ineta Dabašinskienė
Ginta Remeikis: The Baltic Diaspora and its Relationship to Language
Aija Sakova: The Question of Agency and Trauma in Elin Toona’s “Into Exile” and Christa Wolf’„Patterns of Childhood“
Jurgita Staniškytė: Power to the People? Community Building and Participation in Post-Soviet Lithuanian Theatre
P – Politics and Society
P 1: Baltic Independence Struggle in an International Context
Chair: Andres Kasekamp
Una Bergmane: ‘Have You not Noticed Our Absence?’ The International Echos of the Baltic Way
Kaarel Piirimäe: ‘Estonia Has No Time’. Existential Politics at the End of Empire
Pundziūte-Galois: The Diplomatic Strategy of Distrust: How the Baltic States “Lost” Yeltsin‘s Russia.
Kristine Bekere: Celebration of Independence Day in Exile: the National-political Aspect of a Tradition
Discussant: Ainius Lašas
P 2: Human Rights, Cyber-Space and the Rights of Vulnerable Groups – Views from Estonia and Poland
Chair: Kazimierz Musiał
Michał Balcerzak: Hate Speech in Polish Public Debate – Challenges and Responses
Mart Susi: Marginalization of Human Rights Core Principles in the Development of E-society
Mari-Ann Susi: Developing Fundamental Rights of Vulnerable Groups on the Example of Protecting Animal Rights in Estonia
P 3: Internal Politics in the Baltic States
Chair: Daunis Auers
Andres Kasekamp: Comparing the Estonian Radical Right, Past and Present
Joseph Ellis: Policy Innovation in the Baltic States: A Case Study of Estonian Elites
Monika Frėjutė-Rakauskienė: Polish and Russian Ethnic Minority NGO’s: Aims and Role in Lithuanian Civil Society
Vaida Jankauskaitė, Ainius Lašas: Sometimes You Win and Sometimes You Lose: the Dynamics of Informal Business- Political Party Relations in Lithuania
P 4: Comparitive Political Studies
Chair: Kaarel Piirimäe
Didzis Klavins: Comparative Research on Foreign Ministries in the Baltic and Nordic Countries
Liuciija Balciunaite: Explaining the Variation in the Success of the Semi-Presidential Systems of Lithuania and Ukraine
Klemens Grube: Bank Concentration and Competition in Small Countries- Are the Banking Markets in the Baltic States in Danger?
Arvydas Grišinas: Politics of Cynicism and the Epochal Shift
P 5: Baltic Networks
Chair: Mārtiņš Kaprāns
Silke Berndsen: Networks across Borders: the Interconnection of Baltic Émigré Engagement and Resistance in the Baltics
Aiste Zemaityte: The Phenomenon of Diasporas in the Field of International and Local Policy. The Case of Baltic States
Mārtiņš Pričins: When Europe Seems Closer: Strategic Political Communication of Latvian Political Parties in the European Parliament Elections 2019
Mykolė Lukošienė: Marking Territory in Transforming Neighborhood: Šančiai Parade “Chair” and the Hererotopia of the “Cabbage field”
P 6: Baltic Post-Perspectives
Chair: Una Bergmane
Epp Annus: Metonymic Processes of Nation-building: Vestigal Sovietness in the Context of Estonia’s High-Tech Dreams
Anastasiya Astapova: Informal Language Clubs as a Grassroots Solution to Ethnic Segregation in Estonia
Kara Brown: Placing Readiness: How Estonian-Russian Dual Immersion Education has developed in the 21th century
P 7: Migrant Perspectives
Chair: Silke Berndsen
Mārtiņš Kaprāns: The Representation of Englishness among Latvian Labor Migrants in the UK
Ojārs Lāms: Contemporary Latvian Migrant Narratives: Paradigm of Gender and Generation
Ilona Strumickienė: Lithuanian Return Migration as a Form of Migrants’ Solidarity with their Homeland
Dainius Genys: Through Love and Hate: Emotional Solidarity among Lithuanian Emigrés
P 8: Social and National Values and Identities
Chair: Didzis Klavins
Almane Pakrijauskaite: Alcohol Consumption: Socio-Environmental Context and Identity of Male Gender
Artūras Tereškinas, Ieva Dryžaitė: From Working- to Middle-class Children: Parenting Values and Class Dispositions in Lithuania
Diana Kalnina: Correlation of National Cultural Values Defined by G. Hofstede with the Activity of the Latvian Population in the Public Sphere
Lilita Zalkalns: The Self-image of Latvia: the Construction of Latvianness in the Creation of a Nation
SE – Special Events
SE 1: Writing Baltic History – Roundtable
Daunis Auers, Karsten Brüggemann, Jörg Hackmann, Andres Kasekamp, Anu Mai Kõll, Vasilijus Safronovas
SE 2: Book Panel: Michael North: History of the Baltic (Polish edition)
Alexander Drost, Jörg Hackmann, Miloš Režník
SE 3: Book Panel: Polish Livonia
Hans-Jürgen Bömelburg, Bogusław Dybaś
SE 4: Book Panel: New Directions in First World War Studies
Tomas Balkelis, Klaus Richter, Vasilijus Safronovas
SE 5: Multi-perspective Baltic History – Online Materials
Małgorzata Dąbrowska, Jörg Hackmann
SE 6: Publishing in Academic Journals: Tips for Success
Matthew Kott, editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies
SE 7: Early Career Researchers Writing Workshop
Organised by Madeleine Markey, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, and Matthew Kott, editor of the Journal of Baltic Studies
By application only. See the announcement on the CBSE website
SE 8: What Could a Psychoanalytic Perspective Contribute to Baltic Studies?
Ginta V. Remeikis, Paul Gedo
SE 9: Film: Enlightening Latvia
Documentary Film, Imants Ziedonis Museum, Latvia, 81 min
SE 10: Film: Proudly Shy: Lithuania in Photography 1988-2018 
Documentary Film, Mindaugas Kavaliauskas, Lithuania 2018, 90 min
SE 11: Book Panel: Political Culture in the Baltic States – Between National and European Integration
Daunis Auers,  Kjetil Duvold (skype), Joakim Ekman
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