Category Archives: Roundtable

Letters and Correspondences: Thresholds of the Private and the Public


Chair: Tiina Kirss (Tallinn University)–CANCELLED

Arvydas Pacevičius (Vilnius University)

Giedrius Subačius (University of Illinois at Chicago)–chaired

Aurelija Tamošiūnaitė (University of Illinois at Chicago)

This roundtable will consider the use of epistolary sources– letters and correspondences for the study of various research problematics with respect to the Baltics.  Topics to be discussed include the usefulness of the concept of „ego-documents“ and the situation of correspondences within such a conceptual formation; various methodological approaches to the use of epistolary sources; practical limitations of the epistolarium and potential inclusion of letters and correspondences as public/private sources at the juncture of personal and public spaces for interdisciplinary inquiries.

Keyword: Subacius

Keyword Kivimae

Baltic Focused Graduate Research Opportunities and Challenges


Moderator/ participant:   Amanda Swain (Doctoral candidate,  University of Washington)

with participants:
Jordan Kuck (Doctoral  candidate, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
Delaney Skerret (Doctoral candidate,  University of Queensland /  Lecturer, University of Tartu)

Graduate students working in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania face various opportunities and challenges in doing research in-country.  The roundtable will feature three graduate students who have recently conducted research in one of the Baltic countries.  Each student will speak for 15 minutes about his/her experience, with time in the session for questions and discussion with attendees.  The participating graduate students represent a variety of fields, methodologies and experiences.  The roundtable will provide an opportunity for graduate students and others planning research trips to the Baltics to discuss practical and methodological issues related to archives, oral interviews, and funding.

Why the Baltic States in 1917-1921? The Role of International Politics


Chair:               Olavi Arens (Armstrong State University), with participants:

Karsten Brüggemann (University of Tallinn)

Vėjas Gabriel Liulevičius (University of Tennessee)

Eero Medijainen (University of Tartu)

The panel will discuss the establishment of the Baltic States in the post-WW I world from the perspective of international politics of the period.  While the perspectives of the major powers (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Russia, and United States) differed, we will address some of the common features, as well as difference, in their views and policies toward the Baltic States.

Keyword: Bruggemann

Keword: Liulevicius

Keyword: Vejas

Getting Published


Chair: Terry D. Clark (Director of the Graduate  Program in International Relations,  Creighton University and Editor,  Journal of Baltic Studies)

with participants:

Rasma Kārkliņa (University of Latvia, and Professor Emerita,
University of Illinois at Chicago)

Žaneta Ozoliņa (Professor of International  Relations,  University of Latvia)

Michelle Phillips (Managing Editor for Security Studies and International Relations,  Routledge)

The roundtable proposes to bring together a cross-disciplinary group of senior scholars and a representative from Routledge, a major international publishing company, to discuss issues related to getting published.

Keyword: Karlina

Keyword: Karlins

Keyword: Zaneta

Keyword: Ozolina

Baltic Responses to the Financial Crisis: An Assessment of the Internal Devaluation Strategies of Estonia and Latvia


Chair: Kenneth Smith (Millersville University)


Dr. Raul Eamets (Tartu University)

Morten Hansen (Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia)

Alf Vanags (Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies, Riga, Latvia)

In the early parts of the first decade of this millennium Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were the fastest growing economies of the European Union and were dubbed the ‘Baltic Tigers’. With the world financial crisis growth turned to massive recession and while there were many calls for the Baltic countries to devalue their currencies to regain competitiveness, neither chose this strategy and instead opted for a path hitherto largely untrodden, namely an ‘internal devaluation’ whereby wages and prices are to fall to regain competitiveness while maintaining the nominal exchange rate.

The Baltic countries are now – seemingly – out of recession and it is thus worthwhile to evaluate the internal devaluation experience and discuss whether or not an external devaluation – and/or another path of economic policy – would have been more attractive and this is what this panel intends to accomplish.

In addition, the panel will look ahead and try to assess the future outlook and not least the impact of the current euro crisis on the Baltic countries.

Raul Eamets will present the Estonian experience, Morten Hansen the Latvian case and Alf Vanags will act as discussant on both cases.

Baltic History and Memory in Postsocialist and Postcolonial Europe


Chair / Participant: Neringa Klumbytė (Miami University, Ohio) with:

Dace Dzenovska (University of Latvia)

Gediminas Lankauskas (University of Regina, Canada)

Uku Lember (Central European University)

This roundtable will engage in arguments about history and memory in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. While history and memory are widely researched topics in the Baltics, this roundtable will broaden the discussion and ask what arguments about history and memory in the Baltics can tell us about the contemporary project of Europe.  The roundtable will consider how the civilizing processes of the 19th and 20th centuries, including European integration, have constituted the Baltics as particular historical actors, as well as shaped narratives about history, memory, the nation, and the state.  It will ask how coloniality and postcoloniality have become important frameworks in the post-Soviet modernization projects in the Baltics; what is the present of local and global  histories in the Baltics; and how historically specific memory politics shapes public space, identity, and history.

Keyword: Klumbyte