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The first biannual conference of Baltic literary scholars took place in Riga in 1996, and it has been followed by meetings in Vilnius and Tallinn. The 13th conference “Shifting Literary Culture since Stagnation in the Brezhnev Era: The Baltic Paradigm” is organized by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia (ILFA) on 23–24 September 2021. We hope to host an in-person two-day conference at the National Library of Latvia in Riga, but, if necessary, we are ready to convert it into a virtual event in response to the pandemic restrictions. Read more...


Records of the "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage" international conference presentations are now available at the Archives of Latvian Folklore YouTube channel.

The themes covered in the conference were related to the Socialist heritage’s impact on the development of folkloristics and related disciplines in Central and Eastern Europe. Among those were the role of the Socialist regimes of knowledge in the organization of folklore archives, ethnographic collections and other institutional representations of folklife; the contribution of folkloristics and related disciplines to resistance and dissent in the former USSR and the Soviet bloc countries, as well as history of folkloristics and ethnography in the light of Soviet postcolonialism. Read more...


A new digital text corpus for charm research in Latvia was developed by the researcher of Archives of Latvian Folklore Aigars Lielbārdis in the postdoctoral project "Digital Catalogues of Latvian Charms" (No. 1.1.1.2/VIAA/1/16/217). The methodology is based on digital humanities principles that allow charm texts to be analyzed according to multiple criteria simultaneously. This methodology has been applied to ALF Collection 150 which is the main charm collection of the Archives of Latvian Folklore. Read more...


Are you working on the post-war disciplinary history of folkloristics or related discipline in the former Soviet Union or the Socialist Bloc countries? Please consider contributing a draft of an original research article to the thematic issue of a double-blind peer-reviewed journal published by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia.

Our special interest lies in but is not limited to such themes as:

–Post-Socialism/Colonialism in the disciplines of folkloristics and ethnography;

–The impact of the Socialist heritage on the development of folkloristics in the post-Socialist countries;

–The role of the Socialist regimes of knowledge in the organization of folklore archives, ethnographic collections and other institutional representations of folklife;

–The contribution of folkloristics and related disciplines to resistance and dissent in the former USSR and the Soviet bloc countries;

Deadline: April 2021. Review/acceptance: June 2021. Publication: October 2021.

Inquiries: socfolk@gmail.com

* Double-blind peer-reviewed journal of East European Humanities. Published since 1991, free, SCOPUS indexed, online, informal Open Access, DOI.


The newly created collection No. 2235, "Recordings of Ethnographic Ensembles", comprise a repertoire of 24 Latvian ethnographic ensembles which continue to sing and play local traditional music from various villages of Kurzeme and Latgale. This is a special audio-visual collection, as it reveals musical soundscapes presented by current Latvian ethnographic ensembles. The recordings are now available in a digital environment along with thorough historical information about the ensembles and rich illustrative material in the form of photographs.

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The conference "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage" will start next week and will be held online. Please register here.

The topics that will be covered in conference are connected with the impact of the Socialist heritage on the development of folkloristics in the post-Socialist countries; the role of the Socialist regimes of knowledge in the organization of folklore archives, ethnographic collections and other institutional representations of folklife; the contribution of folkloristics and related disciplines to resistance and dissent in the former USSR and the Soviet bloc countries; history of folkloristics and ethnography in the light of Soviet postcolonialism and other themes.

Conference programme.

Abstracts.


The scholarly and creative conference “Experience and Views: 100th Birthday of Poet Velta Sniķere” will take place on December 18, 2020, from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. The conference will involve literature scholars, poets, prose writers, movie directors, musicians, and other cultural people. The programme will be supplemented with greetings from Velta Sniķere’s family, friends and government officials. Presentations and readings will reveal three vivid parts of Velta Sniķere’s life – poetry, yoga and public work. This will be the first time that we will be able to look at all the facets of the poet’s life and work.

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We kindly invite you to "save the date". The Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia organises an international conference "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage" on 17–18 December, 2020.

The conference will be held in distance using ZOOM virtual meeting place. In order to receive further information and an invitation, please, fill in the Registration form.

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The 5th annual conference "Digital Humanities in the Nordic and Baltic Countries" (DHN2020) will start tomorrow and will be held online.

Special guests of the conference this year will be Professor of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University Virginia Dignum, Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Iceland Terry Gunnel, Researcher at the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab at the University of Cambridge Jon Roozenbeek, and Chair and Principal Investigator at the Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Systems at the Faculty of Computing at the University of Latvia prof. Jurģis Šķilters. More than 60 papers, 20 academic poster presentations and 7 workshops are included in the main programme of the conference.

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The publishing house of the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (University of Latvia) recently published Aigars Lielbārdis' research on Latvian charms, “Collection 150. Charms”. The book includes a description of the development and content of the ALF Collection 150, as well as an analysis of the largest functional groups of charms and a chronological listing of the materials, the names of charm-book owners, folk performers, as well as collectors and contributors (presented chronologically by date of contribution).

The book has been prepared within the basic budgeted sub-programme 05.04.00 "The Krišjānis Barons Cabinet of Folksongs" of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia, as well as the post-doctoral project of the European Regional Development Fund "Digital catalogue of Latvian charms" (No. 1.1.1.2/ VIAA/1/16/217) and also published with the financial support of the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia.


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In the 1950’s, in order to get permission for the publication of the largest Latvian folksong collection, the folklorists of the Institute of Language and Literature had not only to comply with the ideological expectations of the Soviet rule but also consider the requirement that the new edition must be better than the first complete publication of Latvian folksongs – “Latvju dainas”. The objective of the seminar is to discuss the creation of the academic folksong edition as a dynamic process, which was influenced not only by the Soviet ideology but also by the policy and bureaucracy of the Academy of Sciences and the scholarly goals of its compilers.


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From August 17 to 22, the team of the ILFA’s (Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art) literature vortal Literatura.lv spent an active week at the Latvian Center in Münster (LCM) working with the Münster archive of the Latvian Community in Germany (LKV), supported by the Baltic-German University Office (Baltisch-Deutsches Hochschulkontor) in the project "Latvian Writers in Exile: Research, Selection and Digitization of Documents and Photographs of the Latvian Center in Münster" (project leader, head of the Literature Department and content editor of Literatura.lv Māra Grudule).

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The international conference "Socialist Folkloristics: A Disciplinary Heritage" will take place on 28–31 October 2020 in Riga, Latvia.

You can apply until May 1, 2020 by sending to socfolk@gmail.com abstract of your presentation, no longer than 200 words, professionally edited for publishing; BIO, stating your affiliations and interests in no more than 50 words.

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#DHN2020 is postponed to 20–23 October 2020!
The general outline of the programme will not change:
October 20: pre-conference workshops,
October 21–23: the main programme.
More information will follow!




The 5th annual conference “Digital Humanities in the Nordic and Baltic Countries” (DHN2020) will be held from the 17th to the 20th of March, 2020, at the National Library of Latvia. The early bird registration rates are applicable until February 2th: https://ej.uz/DHN20_reg

Special guests of the conference this year will be Professor of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence at Umeå University Virginia Dignum, Professor of Folkloristics at the University of Iceland Terry Gunnel, Researcher at the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab at the University of Cambridge Jon Roozenbeek, and Chair and Principal Investigator at the Laboratory for Perceptual and Cognitive Systems at the Faculty of Computing at the University of Latvia prof. Jurģis Šķilters. More than 80 papers and 20 academic poster presentations are included in the main programme of the conference.

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