13th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe 2019: Baltic Solidarity, 26-29 June 2019
Solidarno¶ć 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. Solidarno¶ć 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 Solidarno¶ć 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 will feature streams, panels, roundtable discussions and workshops on a wide spectrum of topics listed below. The conference will also include keynote speeches, evening receptions and additional events, such as film screenings, exhibitions, and tours.
We hope that scholars from different disciplines and stages in their careers will find inspiration in the following fields:
First, the CBSE organizers invited to plan a stream to take place at CBSE 2019. Streams are linked panels of conference papers, forums, discussion panels, or other presentations scheduled to occur within the sessions of the overall conference. The deadline for stream proposals was 21 December 2018. The selected streams are listed below. We have also accepted panel, workshop and roundtable abstracts and the results of the selection process are announced individually.
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),
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: early March 2019
Conference Registration will proceed through the conference website in March 2019
The end of World War I in November 1918 was far from the harbinger of peace that the peoples of the Baltic region might have hoped for. Two successive revolutions in 1917 had destroyed the very foundations of the old Russian Empire, leaving behind chaos and infighting. At the same time, German occupation had wreaked havoc in conquered lands on the Eastern Front with military dictatorship, ruthless resource extraction and the promotion of fanciful political schemes, all of which ended when Germany was defeated by the Entente and associated powers in November 1918.
As fragile geopolitical certainties were being swept away, the former minority nationalities of the Baltic borderlands of Russia – Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians – found themselves caught under the rubble of the collapsing great powers, scarcely able to guess the ultimate outcome of their disintegration. But for all the suffering and uncertainties caused by the defeat of Germany and the destruction of Russian empire, these events also opened a unique window of opportunity for post-imperial politics. For the first time ever, the Baltic national movements were able to step in and attempt to influence the course of history according to their own political ambitions, navigating the turbulent waters between the Entente interests, the continuing German ambitions in the region, and the tide of the World Revolution.This stream is convened as a part of the project PHVAJ16908 War after War: The War Experience of Estonian Servicemen in the Twentieth Century (funded by University of Tartu, Estonia).
Organizer: Guntis ©midchens, University of Washington, Seattle – firstname.lastname@example.org
This stream marks the Sesquicentennial of three mileposts in the history of Baltic national music traditions: The First All-Estonian Song Celebration; the birth of Lithuanian composer, conductor and National Song Celebration founder Juozas Naujalis; and the launch of Jānis Cimze’s project to publish his collection of Latvian choral music. We also celebrate the Centennial of the three national schools of music. Not to be forgotten are the one-year anniversaries and the one-week premonition of the most current Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian Song and Dance Celebrations.
Baltic Song Celebration studies has proven to be the most interdisciplinary of all topics in Baltic Studies, bringing together musicologists and music performers, as well as historians, political scientists, sociologists, journalists, and scholars of literature and folklore. We hope that this stream at the Gdansk conference will attract a polyphony of papers and presentations, exploring the rich heritage of music and national identity in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Papers on comparable Polish, German and other musical traditions are also welcome.
Organizer: Otto Tabuns, University of Latvia – email@example.com
This stream relates to Baltic (Sea) regional security cooperation. The topic will highlight Baltic maritime and airspace defence. This, especially with the participation of any Swedish/Finnish representatives, is one of the key common challenges for Baltic Sea security to both NATO and non-NATO Baltic Sea states that are members of the European Union. We can compare the naval and/or air defence strategies, policy planning and see in what ways the cooperation may be increased to benefit the security of all involved parties. This would cover military and economic security, both in regard to A2/AD and the development of transport infrastructure by and across the Baltic Sea. This is also one of the key defence issues we have outlined in the Baltic Security Strategy project in our research and discussions across the Baltics, in Prague, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
CONFERENCE AT THE EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CENTRE
On 26-27 June 2019, the 13th Conference on Baltic Studies in Europe 2019: Baltic Solidarity takes place at the European Solidarity Centre (ECS ) in Gdańsk. To begin with we will participate in the discussion on the legacy of Solidarno¶ć, choose our panels and attend special events. We will surely also enjoy lunch, coffee and welcome reception by the end of the day. On the second day, panel sessions and special events will continue and we are looking forward to many interesting presentations and discussions.
After two initial days spent on the site where the Solidarity movement was born, the two following days 28-29 June will witness the Baltic Studies conference proceedings taking place on the University of Gdańsk Campus.
CONFERENCE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GDAŃSK
The conference at the University of Gdańsk will be preceded – already on 27 June - by an evening screening of the film "Solidarity According to Women" at UG Campus Theater Hall, room # UG 019. The screening is open also for the general public but the conference participants will be served light meal before the film starts. Join it on facebook. It is important to arrange for a swift transfer to the University Campus to enjoy both the refreshments and the performance.
After numerous panels and the keynote lecture listed in the programme on 28 June, all conference participants are invited to enjoy an artistic performance of the Folk Song and Dance Ensamble „Jantar”. This is a public event, open for all interested folk song and dance lovers. Join it on facebook. After the performance, dinner will be served for all registered conference participants at the foyer of the Neofilologia building.
The conference at the University of Gdańsk will continue on 29 June with a few panels in the morning session and it will be concluded by a Closing Ceremony (room #UG 019), including Focal Point Discussion on "Contemporary Interpretations of Solidarity in the Baltic Sea Region". All participants are invited to a final lunch after this session.
overall insight into the programme and all
overall insight into the programme and allconference events (updated on 26 June 2019)
list of panels and events mentioned in the programme overview (
list of panels and events mentioned in the programme overview (updated on 26 June 2019)
Please remember that CBSE 2019 consists of events taking place at two sites on different days. We will convene at the European Solidarity Centre on 26 and 27 June and at the University of Gdansk campus, Neofilologia building on 28 and 29 June. Also the social programme preceded by a reception on 27 June will take place on the university campus.
Welcome to Gdańsk!