The 2018 AABS Conference at Stanford University: The 100th Anniversary of Baltic Independence
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 organizations in the Baltic states, the United States and Canada have helped put together the program.
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 catalyzed by the region’s eastern neighbor? What is the intersection between Baltic and East European studies?
In addition to over 100 academic sessions (paper and poster panels, roundtables, workshops), the conference will feature several special events, such as film screenings, literary readings, and exhibits.