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23rd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS): The Global Baltics: The Next Twenty Years, Proposals Deadline October 1

First Call for Papers
23rd Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS):
The Global Baltics: The Next Twenty Years

April 26–28, 2012, Chicago, Illinois
The bi-annual Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies 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.

Graduate students, both Master and Ph.D., are encouraged to submit proposal.

Paper and panel proposals must include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a one- to
two-page curriculum vitae. These materials should be sent to the appropriate divisional chair. Interdisciplinary papers can be
sent to one divisional chair according to the author’s judgment:

Divisions and Chairs
Advancing Baltic Studies
Olavi Arens

Aesthetics, Creativity and Culture
Vilius Rudra Dundzila

Neringa Klumbytė

Business and Economics
Kenneth Smith

Business ethics and corporate social responsibility
Randy Richards

Communication and Media
Andris Straumanis

Kara Brown

Environment and Public Health
Robert Smurr

Ethnic Minorities in the Baltic
Mara Lazda

Tiina Ann Kirss

History and Memory
Bradley Woodworth

Dzintra Bond

Kevin Karnes

Daiva Markelis

Political Science, International Relations, Law
Daunis Auers

Dace Veinberga

Sociology, Psychology, Demography
Daina S. Eglitis

Deadline for proposals: October 1, 2011.
Date and place of the conference: April 26-28, 2012, Chicago, Illinois.
Registration information will be available on the website (coming soon). All presenters must be AABS members in good standing.
More information will be coming soon on AABS website:
Questions regarding the conference might be addressed to the Conference Chair Giedrius Subačius (University of Illinois at Chicago) at

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Lecturers in Estonian, Latvian, or Lithuanian, UW-Madison Baltic Studies Summer Institute, Application Deadline February 1

Working title:

Lecturer in Baltic Language

Official title:


Degree and area of specialization:

Minimum of MA required, PhD preferred, with studies related to Estonian, Latvian, or Lithuanian language and culture.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Three years of college/university experience preferred in teaching a Baltic Language as a second language at the elementary, intermediate, or advanced level in the US or abroad in one of the following languages: Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian. Familiarity with current issues in language pedagogy and prior experience in intensive summer language teaching preferred.

Principal duties:

Under the supervision of the Academic Director of the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) and in coordination with designated BALSSI staff members, perform the following duties:
1. Teach one of the following Baltic languages at the elementary or intermediate level in an eight-week intensive summer format: Scandinavian 404 Languages of Northern Europe: Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian.
2. Prepare syllabus, lesson plans, and teaching materials: prepare, administer, and grade classroom and home assignments and exams; and hold office hours.
3. Prepare teaching materials for assigned language and course-level for future use at BALSSI.
4. Participate in all sessions of pedagogy workshops on Baltic languages organized by BALSSI, in addition to the assigned teaching and preparation of teaching materials.

Additional Information:

Hiring of instructors for intermediate-level (second-year) courses is contingent upon sufficient enrollment.

A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
A period of evaluation will be required
Appointment type: Academic Staff
Full time salary rate: Minimum $34,202 ACADEMIC (9 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term: This position will end on AUGUST 07, 2011.
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: JUNE 06, 2011
Number of positions: 6


Application must be received by: FEBRUARY 01, 2011

How to Apply:
Send the following materials by post or email, referring to PVL #66342

Applications should be addressed to:
Nancy Heingartner
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia
210 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706


Include in the application:
a detailed letter of application,
an up-to-date curriculum vitae,
a model syllabus of the language and course of interest,
student evaluations of teaching (if available),
and at least two letters of recommendation evaluating recent language-teaching experience and performance.

All required application materials should be sent on paper, by regular or courier mail, or by email; applications sent via email should clearly indicate in the subject line of the email “BALSSI Lecturer Application”. Applications will be reviewed beginning on February 1, 2011 and will be accepted until positions are filled.

Unless another application procedure has been specified above, please send resume and cover letter referring to Position Vacancy Listing #66342 to

Nancy Heingartner Phone: 608-262-3379
Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia Fax: N/A
210 Ingraham Hall Email:
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison WI 53706-1397

Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Baltic Studies Summer Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Baltic Studies Summer Institute at UW-Madison

The application for the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) is now live! Program dates: June 13-August 5, 2011. Instruction in first- and second-year Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian will be offered. BALSSI 2011 will also include lectures (in English) on Baltic history and culture and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the Baltic countries.

Information and application materials are available on the BALSSI Web site:

The priority deadline for admission and the fee remission grant is April 11, 2011.
Application deadline for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships at UW-Madison is February 15, 2011. More information on FLAS at UW-Madison can be found at:

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Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, Harris Theater, November 6

From our friends at Harris Theater:

November 6, 7:30 pm

“one of the truly interesting musicians among us today” –The New York Times

Renowned violinist Gidon Kremer and his namesake Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, comprised of the top young professional musicians from the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, make their Harris Theater debut with this provocative program.

Bartok: Divertimento
Schumann: Cello Concerto (Violin Version)
Selections from Kremerata Baltica’s new album De Profundis (to be released Fall 2010), featuring recent works by Michael Nyman, Arvo Pärt, Lera Auerbach, Raminta Šerkšnyte, and Georgs Pelecis

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Translating Vilnius – Elizabeth Novickas & Laimonas Briedis, 57th St. Books, May 25

Translating Vilnius

Elizabeth Novickas & Laimonas Briedis

The city of Vilnius — Chicago’s sister-city — embraces history with many voices: known in Yiddish as Vilne, in Polish as Wilno, in Russian as Vilna, and in German as Wilna, the capital of Lithuania possesses a polyphony of national identities and cultural resonances. No single history or language can embrace this multitude of identities, for each name resonates with different experiences, memories, and expectations of Europe. As such, the city both unites and divides the continent, making it a point of many departures and arrivals. Writing Vilnius, then, is always about narrative crossings, real or imagined trespasses into foreign territories and unknown worlds. As a result, Vilnius’s literature is first and foremost an act of translation, an exploration of the place from a novel point of view.

Laimonas Briedis, author of Vilnius: City of Strangers, and Elizabeth Novickas, translator of Ričardas Gavelis’ Vilnius Poker, discuss the challenges, pleasures, and discoveries of translating the story of Vilnius.

Click here to read more.

Where & When
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Tuesday, May 25th

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Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI), Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Program Fees for Intermediate Latvian, Beginning Estonian Waived

The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Department of Scandinavian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host the Baltic Studies Summer Institute (BALSSI) in summer 2010 (June 14-August 6, 2010). First-year intensive Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian language courses will be offered. Pending sufficient enrollment, second-year intensive courses in those languages will be offered as well. BALSSI 2010 will also include lectures (in English) on Baltic history and culture and a rich program of cultural events and field trips related to the Baltic countries.
Information and application materials are available on the BALSSI Web site:

Graduate students are eligible to apply for a summer 2010 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship through CREECA (FLAS deadline Feb. 19, 2010):

Thanks to a generous grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the program fee for first-year Estonian will be waived for graduate students specializing in East European studies in any discipline. (Students will still be responsible for paying UW-Madison segregated fees.)

Graduate students interested in Latvian and Lithuanian are encouraged to apply directly to ACLS for a summer language grant:

BALSSI is sponsored by a consortium of twelve US universities and receives additional support from the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, ACLS, and the Lithuanian Foundation. For further information about BALSSI 2010, please contact Nancy Heingartner, BALSSI program coordinator,, 1-608-262-3379.

UPDATE: CREECA was recently informed that, due to a generous grant from the ACLS, intermediate Latvian will be offered for free to grad students in any field of East European studies. This is in addition to a previous ACLS grant that waives the program fee for beginning Estonian for grad students in any field of East European studies. (In both cases, students will be responsible for paying UW-Madison segregated fees.)

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Workshop on Language Variation and Change: “The Origin of Accentlessness,” Jay Jasanoff (Harvard), February 26

Workshop on Language Variation and Change
Sponsored by the Council on Advanced Studies
This Friday we present the 4th talk of Winter Quarter for the Language Variation and Change Workshop at the University of Chicago.  We are very excited to announce :
Diebold Professor of Indo-European Linguistics and Philology
Department of Linguistics, Harvard University
Friday, February 26th at 4 pm, in Harper 103 (1116 E. 59th Street)
*this is 30 minutes later than our usual time*
The Origin of Accentlessness, or Balto-Slavic Mobility without Tears

*Stick around for a reception after the talk to eat, drink, and chat with Jay and the other workshop attendees.*
Start planning now for the last of Winter quarter’s LVC presentations:
Friday, March 12th at 3:30 pm: April Grotberg (University of Chicago) “The development and distribution of Coptic case morphology”
See details on our website here:
This talk is part of a year-long workshop on Language Variation and Change, with a focus on the motivations and consequences of language change from diverse perspectives (incl. linguistic, historical, social, cognitive, and computational). Meetings are held bi-weekly on Fridays.  Each meeting features a presentation, followed by discussion.
We have a number of exciting speakers lined up for this series, both local and from abroad. The current list and meeting schedule, together with further information about the workshop, can be found at:
If you are interested in presenting recent research as part of this series, please email one of us (listed below). Graduate students of any department are especially invited!
Any persons with a disability who believe they might need assistance in attending the workshops are asked to contact Alice Lemieux in advance at
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Call for Papers: Workshop at the 43rd Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea, Deadline: November 7

Workshop at the 43rd annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea, Vilnius, Lithuania

Peter Arkadiev (Institute of Slavic Studies, Moscow)
Jurgis Pakerys (University of Vilnius)
Contact emails: baltistica.inslav [at], Jurgis.Pakery [at]

Confirmed keynote speaker: Nicole Nau (University of Poznań)

The languages of the Baltic area have been subject to areal-typological research for quite a long time, especially during the last several decades. The current workshop aims at focusing specifically on the Baltic language group (Lithuanian, Latvian, Latgalian and their dialects), which has been up to now underrepresented in the general linguistic and typological discourse. The topics which we hope the workshop will cover include, but are not limited to, the following:

– contact-induced phenomena at different levels of language structure (phonology, morphosyntax, grammatical categories, semantics, and lexicon);
– the interplay between inherited and contact-induced features in the structure of Baltic languages;
– typological divergencies between different Baltic varieties due to areal influences of other languages (Slavic, Germanic, Finnic);
– the role of the Baltic data for the more general issues of areal linguistics, language typology, and linguistic theory.

The workshop proposal (including the preliminary list of participants and the topics of their presentations) must be submitted to the SLE organizers no later than November 15, 2009, so we ask the future participants to send us the provisional titles of their presentations with a brief description by November 7. The abstracts should be submitted by the end of December. Please, send your proposals to both addresses indicated above.

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Call for Papers: Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS) and the Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), Deadline: December 11

AABS and SASS welcomes papers, panels, and roundtable presentations for the first joint conference of Scandinavian and Baltic Studies in the United States, to be held in Seattle. The conference aims to highlight and foster academic inquiry that draws comparisons between Scandinavia and the Baltic states. Paper and panel proposals must include an abstract (no more than 250 words) and a one to two-page curriculum vitae. Send this material embedded in the body of an e-mail (no attachments) to Aldis Purs at ( by December 11, 2009.

Paper submissions can be mailed to:
22nd AABS Conference Chair
University of Washington
Box 353420
Seattle, WA 98195-3420

For more information, please visit the conference website:

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