The 23rd biannual conference of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago on 26-28 April, 2012.
On this website, you will find information about registration, the conference site, accommodations, and the conference program.
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Follow the links below to the conference schedule and the abstracts website. During the conference, please consult the notice board for program changes and other information.
2012 AABS CONFERENCE PLENARY SESSIONS – HIGHLIGHTS
The Baltic Countries in a Globalizing World: The Next Twenty Years
Moderated by Bradley D. Woodworth (University of New Haven/Yale University) with panelists:
Ambassadors to the United States: Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Žygimantas Pavilionis (Lithuania) and Andrejs Pildegovičs (Latvia), along with Benjamin Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting to the President of the USA, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Senior Director for European Affairs, National Security Council, The White House
Prelude to Baltic Linguistics: Baltic Languages and Nations in Renaissance Europe, Speaker: Pietro U. Dini, Linguist and translator, Università di Pisa
Remarks on The Unbreakable U.S.-Baltic Partnership, Speaker: Dick Durbin, U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois
The Economic Crisis in Latvia: A Success Story?, Speaker: Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis, Member of Latvia’s Parliament
Conference-at-a-Glance: Download the outline of the conference schedule.
Conference Program with panels: Download the conference program with daily panels.
A summary of conference corrections can be downloaded here
Abstracts for all conference panels can be found at the AABS Conference Abstracts website. A pdf of the 2012 Conference Abstracts can be downloaded. To search the pdf file for specific presenters or titles, the pdf file must be saved and opened using Adobe Reader.
Updated April 24, 2012 – Program and schedule subject to change
As of February 2, 2012, the regular registration rates for the AABS annual conference are:
AABS Member: $180
AABS Student member or member with annual income under $30,000: $90
Student non-member or non-member with annual income under $30,000: $130
Banquet dinner on Saturday, April 28: $50
Register for the conference at the AABS conference registration website. Online registration will end on April 19, 2012 (at 11:55 pm Central Standard Time). The registration site accepts all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discovery, AmericanExpress).
Registration fees can also be sent by check; conference organizers, however, will accept only U.S. bank checks. Registrations by mail must be received by April 19, 2012. Please download and fill out this registration form. Send the completed form with a check payable to "AABS, Inc. 2012 Conference" and the attendee's first and last name in the Memo line to:
AABS 2012 Conference Treasurer
614 South Laflin Street
Chicago, IL 60607-3161
All participants will receive an e-mail confirmation of successful registration. If you register online, you will receive a confirmation by email (from the registration system) within minutes. If you register by mail, allow 7–10 days after receipt for an email confirmation. Please bring your confirmation letter (e-mail) with you to the Registration Desk to receive your registration packet.
After April 19, 2012, please register on-site at the conference registration desk.
Registration is required for attendance at all conference sessions and programs. Registration rates for single-day attendance are listed below.
One-day conference pass: $40*
Banquet dinner on Saturday, April 28: $50
* A one-day pass is valid for conference sessions only. Additional fees for cultural events and the Friday boxed lunch may be required.
Non-AABS members and other visitors who wish to attend conference sessions will be able to purchase (cash only) a one-day pass on-site at the conference (registration hours will be posted here and in Facebook page).
Most conference sessions will be held in the Student Center East Building, 750 South Halsted Street, Chicago. Maps of the UIC campus and the location of the student center can be downloaded here: UIC Student Center and UIC Campus Map
NEW MAP (03-31-2012): View and download an area map that shows the locations of all conference venues and accommodations.
Information on conference accommodations can be found at Conference Accommodations Information
ACCOMMODATIONS UPDATE (March 7): AABS conference rate rooms at the Holiday Inn are no longer available. Rooms may be available at the Holiday Inn at regular room rates (or with other discounts such as AAA). Please contact Holiday Inn directly for information. For additional options, please download the Conference Accommodations Information above.
The following information provides several options on how to get from the two Chicago-area airports to the conference hotel (Holiday Inn & Suites-Chicago Downtown), the hostel (J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Hostel), and University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as tips on finding your way around important locations in Chicago.
If you are staying in other hotels or places in Chicago and would like to research other public transportation routes to and from destinations in Chicago area, we highly recommend that you use the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trip planners. Many useful tips for Chicago visitors can also be found at the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau website.
Graduate students and young scholars (doctors who defended their dissertation on or after April 26, 2008) can apply for a travel grant to attend the 2012 AABS Conference. The travel grant should not be expected to cover all travel expenses.
Please send the completed application form by email to Aurelija Tamošiūnaitė at email@example.com.
The Travel Grant application form can be downloaded here.
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.
Paper proposals were due October 1, 2011. The instructions on submitting paper and panel proposals can be found in the Call for Papers (updated August 1, 2011).