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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).


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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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Viktors Hausmanis, academician, long-time researcher and former director of the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art at the University of Latvia, celebrated his 90th birthday on 6 December. On 16 December, the latest book of V. Hausmanis "Anšlavs Eglītis' Plays Written in America and Their Fates" was opened at the jubilee celebration.

The book expands the knowledge about the history of Anšlavs Eglītis' plays in exile, their stage life in America and Australia, gives an insight into the unexplored archival material, which, thanks to the director Kārlis Gulbergs, has come from Australia into the hands of the author of the book. The book reveals the creative connection of directors Osvalds Uršteins, Laimoņš Siliņš and Kārlis Gulbergs with the multifaceted Anšalvs Eglītis.

On 8 December, a new Scientific Council was elected at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia, which will serve for five years. Dace Bula, Jānis Daugavietis, Ieva Garda-Rozenberga, Rita Grīnvalde, Benedikts Kalnačs, Toms Ķencis, Edīte Leščinska, Jānis Oga, Jānis Ozoliņš, Ieva Vīvere (Tihovska) and Kārlis Vērdiņš were elected to the Scientific Council.


From 1 to 3 December, the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania will host the international conference "Theatrum Libri: The Press, Reading and Dissemination in Early Modern Europe", dedicated to the centenary of the Archives of the Republic of Lithuania.

On 3 December, the conference will be opened by Sanita Reinsone, Senior Researcher. She will give a plenary presentation on "Participatory digital heritage: values, meanings, and practices".


On 25 and 26 November, an international conference on "A Multidisciplinary Approach to Intangible Cultural Heritage" takes place in Paris. The conference has been postponed several times and is now held in a mixed mode - in person and remotely. It is organised in the framework of the project "Qualifying and Disqualifying Intangible Cultural Heritage: Sites for Decision-Making" (2020-2021) supported by the Latvian-French cooperation programme Osmosis. The project's lead institution in Latvia is the Latvian Academy of Culture, with Dace Bula and Digne Ūdre from the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Arts of the University of Latvia. Dace Bula is also a participant of the conference, and in her paper she will analyse how the concept of intangible cultural heritage has been used in Latvian science policy documents.


The 53rd Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Conference on Diversity, Intersectionality, Interdisciplinarity will take place in person from 18-21 November and remotely from 1-3 December. Three researchers from the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Arts of the University of Latvia are participating in the conference: researcher Jānis Ozoliņš will present a paper "'She is Not a Woman, She is an Executive Director!': The Representations of Straight Female Masculinity in the Soviet Films of the Era of Stagnation", researcher Kārlis Vērdiņš with the paper "Femininity, Self-orientalization, and Canonization of Pseudo-antiquity: The Latvian Afterlife of Les chansons de Bilitis by Pierre Louÿs", and researcher Jānis Oga with the paper "Latvian Writers’ Travels to West Germany in the Brezhnev Era: Opportunities and Unpredictability" (postdoctoral research project Nr.1.1.1.2/VIAA/3/19/482).


On 3rd and 4th December, the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia will be holding an extensive virtual conference “Regīna Ezera and Eastern European Literature”. The programme will include in-depth and wide-ranging lectures by foreign guests, panel discussions featuring renowned writers and theatre professionals as well as presentations of academic papers by local and guest researchers. The conference will be taking place online and available to viewers on Facebook and other websites. The first day of the conference will mainly address the life and work of women writers, contemporaries of Regīna Ezera in the Baltics and Eastern Europe, while on the second day, the discourse will be focused on Ezera's literary legacy and interpretations of her works in film and theatre.

Programme.

Book of abstracts.

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Second Baltic Conference for the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences (BALTEHUMS) takes place on November 1 and 2. These days the conference takes place remotely from Tallinn University and is organized by the Estonian Centre for Environmental History. Dace Bula, the leading researcher of Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art, is participating in the conference with a study on the environmental experience stories documented in the project "Living Next to the Port".

PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE


The 8th Baltic Student Conference “Bridges in the Baltics” is back this year and it is a hybrid! In 2021 it is organized in two formats: on campus and online. The conference will be held on October 22–23, 2021 at Vilnius University. Its aim is to bring together students whose studies and research focus on the languages or culture of the three Baltic States, to give them the possibility to meet their peers from other countries and universities, to present their academic work and interests, to learn from each other and to make new contacts. The conference welcomes everyone who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree at any university in the Baltic States or elsewhere.

Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art is represented by Kārlis Vērdiņš with plenary speach "Canonization Post Factum: Baltic Fiction in Central European Classics Series”, and Madara Eversone with speach in Literature section Travel map of Soviet Latvian writers (the 70s and 80s of the 20th century).

PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE

ABSTRACTS OF PARALLEL SESSIONS

An article by Jānis Oga on pseudonyms of Latvian writers has been published in the EU COST Action "New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent" (CA16213) or in the "Nep4Dissent" research blog "Blog4Dissent": "Writing under 'Nom de Plume' in Latvia in the Period of Soviet Occupation". The article can be read here.
Postdoctoral studies project no. 1.1.1.2/VIAA/3/19/482.