Baltic Heritage Network diaspora researchers’ seminar held in Riga

October 1, 2022

After the pandemic-induced hiatus, the Baltic Heritage Network international diaspora researchers’ seminar was again held. This time the get-together took place on September 22nd, 2022, in Riga at the premises of the library of Latvian University. There were five presentations, each dealing with a Baltic history or culture segment.

Maarja Merivoo-Parro (Estonia) presented her mini-documentary about Estonian refugee boats in Gotland. Kristine Bekere (Latvia) spoke of theorizing the birth of the Latvian diaspora. Celine Marks (Canada) discussed restoration and expansion of self-image in diasporic communities. Sander Jürisson (Estonia) spoke about his life as a diaspora researcher who works in a museum. Allison BrooksConrad (U.S.A.) introduced the topic that brought her to Estonia and will take her for a longer stay in Latvia next year: gender, labor, and music among Estonians and Latvians.