The Stanford University Libraries to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Baltic republics

The Stanford University Libraries will be hosting a conference at Stanford University that will celebrate 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 of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The 2018 AABS conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence will bring together scholars interested in Baltic studies from all over the world and foster collaboration between Baltic and Stanford researchers.

The three-day event is to be held on the Stanford University campus on 1-3 June and will feature panels, roundtable discussions, and workshops on 15 broad topics. Over 50 renowned scholars and specialists representing institutions and organisations in the Baltic states, the United States and Canada have helped put together the programme.

The conference will highlight the achievements of Baltic studies a century after the three nations gained their independence and 27 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Questions to be considered include: Why are Baltic studies important today? How does the region fit into larger global and transnational trends, including the growth of populism and increasing instability catalysed by the region’s eastern neighbour? What is the intersection between Baltic and East European studies?

Showcasing cutting-edge Baltic research

The conference will also showcase cutting-edge Baltic research as well as highlight and discuss the roles of memory institutions and the digital humanities in Baltic studies.

In addition to over 100 academic sessions (paper and poster panels, roundtables, workshops), the conference will feature several special events. Throughout the event, tours of Stanford University campus, the Stanford Libraries, and exhibits will be offered.

Registration for the conference opened on 15 January 2018 for presenting participants. General registration will open on 1 April.

Estonian World is a media partner of the 2018 AABS conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence.


Cover: A group of students at Stanford University (the image is illustrative).

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