Ethnic Relations in the Baltic Reconsidered Conference

September 16 to 17, 2022 

Event will be available in a hybrid format (zoom and in-person).

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Register here for in-person attendance

Room location is Luce Hall, Rm 203, 2nd floor

Faculty Hosts: Bradley Woodworth (Yale University / University of New Haven) and Darius Staliūnas (Lithuanian Institute of History)

For the full program:

Friday, September 16

9:00-10:00 AM ET  Keynote Address
Toivo Raun (Indiana University) on “Ethnic Relations in the Baltic Region: Complexity and Coexistence”

10:00 AM- 12:00 PM ET Panel 1 | Drawing Ethnic Boundaries Under the Old Regime
Chair: Darius Staliūnas (Lithuanian Institute of History)

  • Jörg Hackmann (University of Szczecin) “Voluntary Associations as Accelerator or Inhibitor of Inter-Ethnic relations in the Baltic Region?”
  • Irina Paert (University of Tartu) “‘Neither Jew, Nor Gentile?’ The Russian Orthodox Clergy in the Baltic Provinces in the Service of the Empire”
  • Bradley Woodworth (University of New Haven / Yale University) “The Origins of the State: Tartu University Legal Historian Gustav von Ewers and Russian Historiography”

1:00 – 2:20 PM ET Panel 2 | Memory
Chair: Mārtiņš Kaprāns  (University of Latvia)

  • Epp Annus (The Ohio State University / Tallinn University) “Spring Flowers and Border Guards: Estonian Nar-ratives of Soviet Military and Border Troops”
  • Violeta Davoliūtė (Lithuanian Institute of History) “The Habitus of Holocaust Remem-brance during the Thaw in Soviet Lithuania”

3:00-5:00 PM ET Panel 3 | Ethnic conflicts
Chair: Andres Kasekamp (University of Toronto)

  • Tomas Balkelis (Lithuanian Institute of History) “Dividing Society: The Impact of Border Making between Lithuania and Poland, 1920-1940”
  • Darius Staliūnas (Lithuanian Institute of History) “Anti-Jewish Violence in the Interwar Lithuania: Preconditions of the Holocaust?”
  • Stanislovas Stasiulis (Lithuanian Institute of History) “The Image of the ‘New Lithuania’ in Propaganda of the Lithuanian Activist Front”

Saturday, September 17

9:30-11:30 AM ET Panel 4 | Policies Toward Minorities
Chair: Bradley Woodworth (University of New Haven / Yale University) 

  • Klaus Richter (University of Birmingham) “Ways Out of the Interwar Slump: Imagined Historical Trajectories and State-Minority Relations in the Baltics”
  • Andres Kasekamp (University of Toronto) “Konstantin Päts and Ethnic Minorities: The Political Trajectory of an Estonian Nationalist Authoritarian Leader”
  • Karsten Brüggemann (University of Tallinn) “On the Interplay of Soviet Internationalism and Estonian Nationalism in the ESSR”

12:30-2:30 PM ET Panel 5 | Contemporary Trends in Intra-Ethnic Relations
Chair: Tomas Balkelis (Lithuanian Institute of History)

  • Ammon Cheskin (University of Glasgow) “New Categories of Analysis and Avenues of Research in Inter-Ethnic Relations in the Baltic”
  • Mārtiņš Kaprāns (University of Latvia) “Crossing Symbolic Boundaries: Can Precarity Bring Latvians and Russophones Closer Together?”
  • Vello Pettai (European Centre for Minority Issues) “Minorities and E-Governance”

3:00 PM ET  Concluding Remarks and Discussion

  • Ronald Suny (University of Michigan)
  • Kevin Platt (University of Pennsylvania)