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The Network of Nordic-Baltic Tradition Archives (Nordic Culture Point — the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme)

The project is funded by the Nordic Culture Point — the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme.

Implementation period: from 01.02.2016 to 30.10.2018.

Leading partner:

Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (University of Latvia), coordinator Sanita Reinsone, PhD

Project partners:

Lietuviu Literaturos ir Tautosakos Institutas / Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore — Lithuania

Eesti Rahvaluule Arhiiv, Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum / Estonian Folklore Archives, Estonian Literary Museum — Estonia

Norsk etnologisk gransking / Norsk Folkemuseum — Norway

Finnish Folklore Archives / Finnish Literature Society — Finland

Institutet för språk och folkminnen, Göteborg, Uppsala / Institute for Language and Folklore, Göteborg, Uppsala — Sweden

The Network includes also the following institutions:

Norsk Folkeminnesamling, Universitetet I Oslo / Norwegian Folklore Archives, University of Oslo — Nowary

Sámi Arkiiva/ The Sámi Archives — Norway

Dansk Folkemindesamling, Det Kongelige Bibliotek / Danish Folklore Archives, The Royal Library — Danmark

Nordiska museet — Sweden

Folklife Archives, Lund University — Sweden

SLS Arkiv, Svenska litteratursällskapet I Finland / The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland — Finland

Thjodminjasafn Islands / National Museum of Iceland — Iceland

The composition of the Network might be slightly changed or expanded depending on the situation within the three upcoming years.

Short description:

The Network of the Nordic-Baltic Tradition Archives (NBTA), first established at the end of 2014, introduced the productive links among the similar institutions in the Nordic and Baltic countries. The further development of the network will foster the closer cooperation, the joint initiatives and sharing the best practices between the tradition archives that hold vast and valuable testimonies of the richness of cultural traditions and everyday life within the region and beyond.

The Network is intended (1) to create a sustainable forum for discussions and exchange of information and specific knowledge across the tradition archives in the Nordic-Baltic region and beyond; (2) to carry out the joint initiatives in order to launch the cooperation in practice; to find solutions of relevant issues and to promote coherent development of the tradition archives, especially in terms of digitizing, (3) to maintain the close cooperation with pan-European and worldwide organisations dealing with the intangible cultural heritage, especially the materials of traditional culture.


Call for papers

The "History, Memory and Archives: Sensitive issues" ( was a conference dedicated to the Centenary of Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and ultimately also Poland. It was the interim conference for the SIEF WG on Archives, in collaboration with the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore and the Nordic-Baltic Tradition Archives Network. More than 30 presentations analysed the ethical, sensitive and delicate issues in archival research and folklore research and publications in general.

May 22-23, 2017. Vilnius, Lithuania.

On 22nd and 23rd May, 2017 representatives of the Archives of Latvian Folklore and Estonian Folklore Archives paid a visit to the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore (Lietuvių literatūros ir tautosakos institutas) in Vilnius.

The seminars and the discussions intended to promote development of joint initiatives, stimulate regional co-operation, exchange of information and form wide collaborative networks between the tradition archives of the Baltic sea region are organised already for the second year with the support of the Nordic and Baltic mobility programme "Culture".

March 26-30, 2017. Göttingen, Germany.

The members of the Network of Nordic and Baltic Tradition Archives organised three panels in the SIEF Congress which is one of the largest international events in the field of ethnology and folkloristics:

Arch01 Dwelling in the cultural archives I: traces, experiences and meanings

Arch02 Dwelling in the virtual space: digital approaches and archival practices

Arch03 Dwelling in the cultural archives II: policies and archive practices

All panels were widely attended by the international audience, while support was granted to 18 participants from the NBTA.

During the Congress, the joint meeting of the NBTA network with the worldwide SIEF (The International Society for Ethnology and Folklore) Working Group on Archives took place, as well the meeting of WG2 and WG4 (editorial team).

Both events provided the floor to the international audience and supported not only cooperation among Nordic and Baltic countries, but in a wider, especially European, scope.


February 2017. Göteborg, Sweden.

The visit of the head of the Digital Archives of Latvian Folklore Sanita Bērziņa-Reinsone was carried out in order to explore Swedish folklore archive (Institutet för språk och folkminnen) and its collections and to participate in the conference "Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries" 2017 (Göteborg, March 13-16) introducing society involvement activities in creating digital cultural heritage at the tradition archives.

September 14-16, 2016. Riga, Latvia.

The series of events were attended by the participants from 19 countries (Latvia, Estonia, Iceland, Canada, Russia, The U.K., Lithuania, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Finland, Hungary, Belarus, Ireland, Romania, France, Japan and Panama). The presenters discussed a wide range of matters related to digital folklore archives, virtual communities, social networks and virtual participation practices in the field of traditional culture. During the conference, the active role of cultural archives was emphasised in using the potential of the digital reality: modern terminal equipment, social media, online databases and new interactive methods, including crowdsourcing activities.
The conference became an important milestone in the international discussion of the situation of the field and the need for closer collaboration, that will be continued next year.
Besides the conference, the joint meeting of the NBTA network with the worldwide SIEF (The International Society for Ethnology and Folklore) Working Group on Archives and a separate annual meeting of the NBTA took place on the last day of the event.


Publicity (P 18-20)

September 15, 2016. Riga, Latvia.

During the meeting, the recent progress and outlines of the publication were discussed. The title of the anthology "Archives and Visions. The Production of Knowledge at the Tradition Archives", it is approved to be published in Folklore Fellows Communication publishing house (Finland). The meeting was attended by 4 participants from Finland, Norway, Sweden and Latvia.

June 2016. Reykjavik, Iceland.

During the visit, Sanita Bērziņa-Reinsone attended Icelandic Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, she was introduced with the folklore and audio collections. Other intangible cultural heritage institutions visited in Reykjavik and other parts of Iceland.

May 21-22, 2016. Riga, Latvia.

The working meeting of WG2 to develop the questionnaire for the in-depth study, discuss the outlines of the project proposal and discuss the EU funding options. The meeting was attended by 9 persons from Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Finland and Latvia. The survey of tradition archives in the Nordic-Baltic region was created during the meeting and next steps towards the joint project proposal to apply for EU funds scheduled. The meeting was attended by 10 participants from Estonia, Finland, Norway and Latvia.

May 9-10, 2016. Tartu, Estonia.


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