Tracing the Baltic Road to Independence in Diaspora Archives
June 30 – July 2. Latvian Academy of Sciences



June 30

13:00 – 14:00 Registration

14:00 – 14:30 Opening plenary session of the conference (Moderator: Kristīne Beķere)
– Ojārs Spārītis, Latvian Academy of Sciences
– Pēteris Elferts, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
– Māra Sprūdža, National Archives of Latvia
– Piret Noorhani, Baltic Heritage Network

14:30 – 15:00 Key note speech – to be confirmed

15:00 – 16:00 Panel 1. Sources and archives (Moderator: Kristīne Beķere)
Liisi Esse. Collecting on Freedom and Recovery: The case of Stanford Libraries
David Jacobs. Resources in the Hoover Institution Archives on the Search for Baltic Independence

16:00 – 18:00 Opening of the exhibition. Reception

July 1

9:30 – 11:00 Panel 2. Sources and archives (Moderator: Maarja Merivoo-Parro)
Ineta Didrihsone-Tomaševska. Archives of the Latvian Embassy in the United Kingdom (London): New Sources about the Latvian Society in Exile and Latvian Diplomatic and Consular Service
Valdonė Budreckaitė. The Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence in the US Press in 1990
Lelde Neimane. Historical Sources About Latvians Outside Latvia in the Collections of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00 Panel 3. Balts in Australia (Moderator: Piret Noorhani)
Marin Laak. Beyond the Fairytale Homeland: Reflected Estonia in the Australian Forest University in the 1980s
Kristīne Saulīte. Life-long Road to Freedom. Australia and Latvians in Australia
Maie Barrow. Chasing the Dream

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30 Panel 4. Diaspora research (Moderator: Kristīne Beķere)
Maija Krūmiņa. Exile Latvian Visits to the Soviet Latvia: Reasons, Possibilities, Effects
Tiina Kirss. “Communicators” and “Freedom Fighters”: Diaspora Estonians. Contradictory Attitudes Toward the Homeland 1960–1980
Maarja Merivoo-Parro. Exploring the Cold War Estonian Diaspora Through Popular Music

15.30 – 17.00 General BHN meeting

17:30 Excursion to the new building of Latvian National Library.

July 2

9.00 – Panel 5. Diaspora research (Moderator: Piret Noorhani)
Eduards Bruno Deksnis. The Baltic Diaspora and Restoration of Baltic Independence
Ina Vaisiūnaitė. Lithuanian Broadcasting in USA as a Tool to Remember
John Jekabson. The Role of Diaspora Baltic Journalists in the Restoration of Independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00 Panel 6. Diaspora research (Moderator: Maarja Merivoo-Parro)
Kristīne Beķere. Development of Political Cooperation Between Diaspora and Homeland 1988–1991
Ave Maria Blithe. Keeping the Flame Alive. The vital role of expatriates in regaining Estonia’s independence
Pauli Heikkilä. Baltic Independence – European Connections

13:00 – 13:30 Conclusion of the conference

13.30 – 14.00 Lunch on your own

14.00 – 17.00 Professional visits (Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, National Archives of Latvia)