Photo: Kristina lupp
Sunday, 06 May 2012 23:00
This was the theme for the 2012 Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference held this past week in Chicago. An interesting thought to ponder, when you consider the past twenty years.
The conference had over 200 participants, attending from as far as Japan and Australia. Sonoko Shima of the Showa Women's University in Japan, discussed the state of Baltic Studies in Japan and their upcoming tour of the Baltic States. It is truly wonderful to hear that the scope of Baltic Studies is as far reaching as Japan.
Maira Bundza of Western Michigan University praised the Estonians at the archives in Tartu College for their organisational skills and resourcefulness. Bundza is compiling a list of places where one can study Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian communities in North America.
The conference spanned over three days, with many fascinating panels and discussions, too many to mention in this space. It was truly a wonderful opportunity to network with other scholars studying the Baltics, and to find out just how much remains to be studied.
Next year's conference on Baltic Studies in Europe will be held in Tallinn from June 16-19, 2013, and the 2014 AABS conference will be held at Yale University from March 13-15.