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The 45th issue of the humanities journal "Letonica", which brings together research on various topics related to Latvian culture, is now available.

The issue is introduced by an article by philosopher Jānis Taurens on postcolonial feminism in the prose of Inga Gaile. The geopolitics of the Karosta in the prose of Andra Manfelde is the focus of literary scholar Maija Burima. Literary scholars Zanda Gūtmane and Jānis Oga discuss, respectively, the narrative of Holocaust trauma in the prose of the 1960s and the memory and literary legacy of Ēvalds Vilks.

Ethnobotanist Daina Roze has identified the presence of flowers, trees and shrubs in the memories of Kurzeme storytellers. Literary scholar Ivars Šteinbergs presents the poetry of Uldis Bērziņš as a form of resistance. Linguist Jānis Veckrācis continues the theme of translations with an article on novel "Surfacing" by Margaret Atwood in Russian and Latvian.

The issue's articles section is concluded by the Indologist Natālija Burišina with an extensive study of Indian science agents in Latvia after the Second World War.

The journal also features reviews of recent scholarly books.

Open access: http://lulfmi.lv/en/Letonica-Nr-45

The thematic issue of the journal "Letonica" "Digital Humanities in Latvia" (No. 47) has been published, the aim of which is to provide an overview of the current situation of digital humanities in Latvia. Digital humanities today encompasses several interconnected fields, covering all stages of the data flow – data creation, storage, analysis, research, visualisation, communication and practical use of research results.

The thematic issue of the journal was produced within the project "Digital Resources for the Humanities: Integration and Development" of the National Research Programme "Digital Resources for the Humanities", which ran from 2020 to 2022. The articles in the journal represent several fields of the humanities and social sciences – sociology, linguistics, folklore studies, literary studies.

The articles provide an insight into the history and development of digital humanities resources and tools in Latvia, describe the principles and problematic situations in the development of individual resources, and analyse their content, illustrating the application of various digital humanities methods in research.

Contents and journal available: http://lulfmi.lv/en/Letonica-Nr-47


On 6-9 September, in collaboration with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) research group "Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming", Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of University of Latvia and Archives of Latvian Folklore organised a conference "Canonical and Non-canonical in Charming Texts and Practices" at the National Library of Latvia.

The conference was devoted to the coexistence and mutual influence of texts and practices based on the canon and popular religion and traditions.
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The Archives of Latvian Folklore (Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art) in collaboration with the ISFNR "Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming" is organising an international conference "CANONICAL AND NON-CANONICAL IN CHARMING TEXTS AND PRACTICES", which will take place on 6–9 September 2022 at the National Library of Latvia.

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The 44th issue of the humanities journal "Letonica" (English edition) goes to readers in July and introduces the paradigm of the environmental humanities and its relation to Latvian history and today's challenges.

The issue is edited by environmental geographer Anita Zariņa (Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Latvia), philosopher Artis Svece (Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia), and environmental geographer Ivo Vinogradovs (Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Latvia). In the introduction to the issue, the relevance of environmental humanities from a global perspective is stated, and the contribution of Latvian researchers is highlighted.

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On 14 June, the seminar "Public spaces: new forms of digital discourse(?)" with Stuart Dunn will take place at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia, organized in cooperation with Riga Technical University.

The seminar will start at 10:00 and will last up to an hour and a half.
Place: The reading room of the Archives of Latvian Folklore, Floor 5, the National Library of Latvia (Mūkusalas street 3).

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Eva Eglāja-Kristsone

During the next few months, Ukrainian researcher Iryna Pupurs will be working at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia. Iryna Pupurs is a literature researcher from the T. Shevchenko Institute of Literature of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in Kyiv (http://www.ilnan.gov.ua), department of comparative literature. Her main research interests include Orientalism in the Ukrainian and European literatures, Romanticism, imagology, and the problems of comparative literature studies. At the ILFA she will do a study on conceptual principles of creating modern literary encyclopedias by investigating the Latvian experience. She will also do research on comparative history of Ukrainian Romanticism and continue the study of Orientalism in Ukrainian Literature. Iryna Pupurs will be conducting a public seminar sometime in May to introduce her research projects.

An application to the fellowship grant program for Ukrainian scholars of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia and the State Education Development Agency is expected to provide support hosting for Iryna Pupurs.

LFMI continues to actively participate and take a coordinating effort in the international #ScienceForUkraine movement. #ScienceForUkraine movement.

Photo: ILFA’s director Eva Eglāja-Kristsone (on the left) and Ukrainian literature researcher Iryna Pupurs



03.10.2022. ILFA short-term grant possibility for Ukrainian hum-soc scholars registered in Latvia

Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (ILFA) of the University of Latvia welcomes Ukrainian humanities and social sciences researchers already registered in Latvia to contact us in case of interest to prepare an application (first deadline October 19) for a short-term full-time grant (2000 EUR per month, including taxes). Provable research experience in the fields of post-Soviet & decolonial arts (especially folklore and folk music), urban studies, or gender/women studies is required.

Information about the grant program (in Latvian): https://lzp.gov.lv/2022/09/21/par-ukrainas-petnieku-iesaisti-fundamentalo-un-lietisko-petijumu-projektos/

Meanwhile, we are looking for mid-term and long-term grant options. Communication languages: English (preferred), Russian, and we will do our best to answer also in Ukrainian.

For further information, contact: Ieva Vīvere (ieva.vivere@lulfmi.lv)

https://scienceforukraine.eu/

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A study on the history of 19th century Latvian literature performed by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia was published in February 2022 by the prestigious academic publishing house "Peter Lang" in Berlin, Germany.

The book is published in the series "Cross-roads. Studies of Culture, Literary Theory, and History" in English titled "A New History of Latvian Literature: the Long Nineteenth Century". The aim of the study was to analyse and interpret 19th-century Latvian society and culture in relation to the emergence of modernity. Emphasising the need to approach the history of literature from an interdisciplinary perspective, the work has involved specialists from various disciplines. The book was compiled and edited by literary scholars Pauls Daija and Benedikts Kalnačs, with the participation of art historian Kristiāna Ābele (Art History Institute, Art Academy of Latvia), literary scholar Inguna Daukste-Silasproģe, historian Mārtiņš Mintaurs (National Library of Latvia), folklore researcher Ginta Pērle-Sīle and Germanist Aiga Šemeta (University of Latvia).

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On 30 March 2022, the 80th International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia will host the session "Language and Culture in the Digital Age".

The session is dedicated to digital humanities and resource development, as well as to the role, use and research of language and culture in today's digital world.

Organisers: Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, Livonian Institute of the University of Latvia, digitalhumanities.lv

Sessions programme.

Join conference here: platform ZOOM 10:00-15:30.

The Section is organised within the framework of the projects "Digital Resources for Humanities: Integration and Development" (VPP-IZM-DH-2020/1-0001) and "Multifunctional dictionary of Livonian" (VPP-LETONIKA-2021/2-0002).


The #ScienceForUkraine initiative is underway on Twitter Account @Sci_for_Ukraine. It is collecting information and tweeting about the help universities and research institutions offer to students and researchers from #Ukraine. Please use #ScienceForUkraine hashtag on Twitter to help us to find your tweet!

To join the initiative, please visit the website: https://scienceforukraine.eu/, where the latest offers for Ukrainian students and researchers appear. Also visit the Twitter account @Sci_for_Ukraine, which publishes help offers from different countries.

When reporting the offered help to the Ukrainian research community, please add as many details as possible: institution, discipline, funding (yes/no), free accommodation (yes/no), for how long, email address, link to the website. That would help a lot!

There are a variety of ways in which you can help and even the smallest support makes a difference. The listings collected in our database contain following offers (often a combination of them):

Please note that what we are collecting here are offers directed specifically to scholars fleeing Ukraine, not general calls or programmes where everyone else can apply.

The initiative was initiated by researcher Sanita Reinsone from the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia. Read Yvan Pandele story on how initiative began "Meet the Latvian scholar rallying support for Ukrainian researchers".

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On 30 March 2022, the 80th International Scientific Conference of the University of Latvia will host the session "Language and Culture in the Digital Age".

The session is dedicated to digital humanities and resource development, as well as to the role, use and research of language and culture in today's digital world.
Organisers: Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, Livonian Institute of the University of Latvia, digitalhumanities.lv
The Section is organised within the framework of the projects "Digital Resources for Humanities: Integration and Development" (VPP-IZM-DH-2020/1-0001) and "Multifunctional dictionary of Livonian" (VPP-LETONIKA-2021/2-0002).

We are pleased to announce that the 43rd issue of the journal Letonica has been published with a focus on the disciplinary history of folkloristics and related fields through the theoretical approaches of post-socialism and post-colonialism. The issue includes five articles – four of them are by Latvian researchers: Toms Ķencis, Anete Karlsone, llze Boldāne-Zeļenkova, Rita Grīnvalde and Rita Legčiļina-Broka, and they are joined by Ukrainian scholars Pavlo Artymyshyn and Roman Holyk. The issue is in English, on open access and is available here.

The guest editors of the issue are Toms Ķencis and Digne Ūdre.





From 2022 to 2024, Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art will implement the Latvian Council of Science's fundamental and applied research project "Folklore Revival in Latvia: Resources, Ideologies and Practices" (led by Ieva Vīvere (Tihovska)).

This research project will extend the perspective of humanities on the research of social movements by implementing a community-engaging, interdisciplinary, methodologically diverse study of the resources, ideologies, and practices of folklore revival in Latvia.
More about the project: http://lulfmi.lv/.../Folklore-Revival-in-Latvia-Resources...
Photo by Vaira Strautniece, 1978, Archives of Latvian Folklore, LFK 19780062.



The 2022 conference of the ISFNR Committee on Charms, Charmers and Charming 6–9 September 2022, Riga (Latvia)

At various times and in various societies, there have existed, alongside the texts and practices based on the canons of science and religion, other unofficial but widely practiced traditions. The traditions of charms and folk medicine feature traits of both 'high' cultures and peripheral otherness, in practices that have interacted over time. Historically, their co-existence has often been peaceful and complementary, though at times violent as well. Traditions practiced by the masses could be banned and persecuted. This clash was based on the values of different cultures, religions, and ethnic groups, as well as economic considerations. At the same time, the antagonism between these values enriched tradition, whether that be the clashes between official religion and folk religion, permitted and forbidden medicine, correct and deluded texts and practices, or so on. Priests, monks and educated doctors have fought for the right to heal the people; church canons, prayers, and the cult of saints have influenced folk traditions; the development of conventional medicine has changed local traditions, while local conditions have determined the regional peculiarities of official religion and conventional medicine.
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