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LU LFMI researchers Eva Eglāja-Kristsone, Jānis Oga, Artis Ostups, Zita Kārkla, and Ivars Šteinbergs are participating in the 14th Conference of Baltic Studies in Europe from 1 to 4 September in Uppsala, Sweden. The conference is organized by the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies of Uppsala University.
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Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art kindly invites you to register for participation in the seminar held on September 08, 2021, 3:00PM. Dirk Göttsche, Professor of German at University of Nottingham (United Kingdom), will present the paper Literary Playing Fields in Motion: Remapping Nineteenth-Century Realism.

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Application is now open for the international conference “Regīna Ezera and Eastern European Literature”, organized by the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia in cooperation with the National Library of Latvia. The conference will take place in the National Library of Latvia on 3–4 December 2021. The conference is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.

Regīna Ezera (1930–2002) is one of the most important Latvian prose writers, who has written novels, short stories, journalistic works and diaries with equal mastery. Her novel “Smoulder” (Zemdegas, 1977) is included in the Latvian Culture Canon for “simultaneously being a striking documentation of her era and a weaving together of timeless themes and characters in a vivid and, at times, strangely surreal narrative.” Read more...


Workshop "Life Writing Collections: Practice and Challenges" is the second episode in a workshop series dealing with the Nordic and Baltic life writing. Its aim is to acknowledge experiences and discuss strategies for creating and managing life writing collections.

The workshop will take place on 20 May 2021 (Thursday).
Registration: https://tinyurl.com/life-writing-collections

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From May 11 to May 14, an international conference Narrations of Origins in World Literature and the Arts was organized by the European Society of Comparative Literature/Sociéte Européenne de littérature comparée. The event was hosted online by the Department of Humanities at University of Turin (Dipartimento de Studi Umanistici) and the Centre of Comparative Modernisms (Centro Studi Arti della Modernità). Leading researchers of IlFA, Pauls Daija and Benedikts Kalnačs, participated with a paper titled The Textual Genesis of 19th-Century Latvian Literary Culture in the Context of European Literature.

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Volume I of a new major investigation of literary realism, Landscapes of Realism. Rethinking Literary Realism in Comparative Perspectives, has appeared within the series of A Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages, sponsored by the International Comparative Literature Association and published by John Benjamins (Amsterdam/Philadelphia). The volume, edited by Dirk Göttsche, Rosa Mucignat and Robert Weninger, reconsiders theoretical approaches to realism and traces major developments in European literatures from the late eighteenth to twentieth century. The volume includes a contribution by leading researcher of ILFA Benedikts Kalnačs titled The polyphony of late nineteenth-century Baltic realism.



On 27 April 2021, a workshop dealing with collecting and collections of pandemic life writing will take place online. Registration: https://tinyurl.com/pandemic-life-writing

This workshop offers life writing archivists and researchers an opportunity to reflect and share experiences on intense work carried out during the pandemic year in collecting and creating collections of pandemic diaries, memories and other types of life-writing material. Workshop participants will provide insight into collecting projects carried out in Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Latvia.

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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.

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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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