Interdisciplinary, international conference “On the Road to Becoming Latvian: the Ethnic consolidation of Latvians”

Interdisciplinary, international conference “On the Road to Becoming Latvian: the Ethnic consolidation of Latvians”

14th – 15th September 2016

Riga, at Brīvības bulvāris 32, in the conference hall of the

National History Museum of Latvia

Conference Program

14 th September

9.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.10 Conference Opening. Address from the director on National History Museum of Latvia Dr. hist. Arnis Radiņš.

10.10-10.35 How old is the Latvian nation? Dr. hist. Muntis Auns (Institute of Latvian History, University of Latvia).

10.35-11.00 Melting pot – Livonia. A comparison with European countries. Dr. sc. soc. Dagmāra Beitnere-Le Galla (Institute of philosophy and sociology, University of Latvia).

11.00-11.25 Anthropological aspects of the formation of Latvian peoples. Dr. hist. Gunita Zariņa (Institute of Latvian History, University of Latvia).

11.25-12.00 Coffe Break

12.00-12.25 The impact of the fight for supremacy in the Baltic Sea on the nuances of the formation of the Latvian nation (1558-1629). Prof. Dr. hist. Gvido Straube (Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia).

12.25-12.50 The Moravian Church – the nation’s spiritual base. Dr. hist. Gundars Ceipe (The leader of the Moravian Church movement).

12.50-13.15 Ethnic mapping in the Tsarist Russia in the period from 1850 to 1900 and its role in the formation of national identity (case of Latvia and Estonia). Dr. hist. Imants Ļaviņš (Intercultural Research Centre).

13.15-14.15 Lunch Break

14.15-14.40 Different national self-awareness in Lithuania and Latvia. Prof. Dr. hum. Alvydas Butkus (Vytautas Magnus University).

14.40-15.05 How do Latvian regions speak? Dr. philol. Anna Stafecka (Latvian Language Institute, University of Latvia).

15.05-15.30 The ones left outside of the Latvian people: example of kursenieki. Dr. hist. Krišs Kapenieks (The Latvian War museum).

15.30-15.55 Traces of Latgallians, Selonians and Curonians in the ancient layer of folk music. Prof. Dr. phil. Mārtiņš Boiko (Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music).

15.55-16.20 "Catholic song book" by V. H. Līven as an example of co-existence of Lutheran and Catholic traditions and its role in the process of consolidation of denominational components among Kurzeme Latvians. Dr. hist. eccl. Andris Priede (Faculty of Theology, University of Latvia).

15 th September

9.30-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.25 Ethnicity and archaeology. The aspects of identity of the residents of territory of Latvian at the end prehistory and during the era of Crusades. Dr. hist. Andris Šnē (Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia).

10.25-10.50 Disappearance and Traces of the Finnic population in northern Latvia: an archaeological Perspective. Prof. Dr. Heiki Valk (University of Tartu).

10.50-11.15 Funerary traditions of the ancient Karelians: the today's situation of the overall researchCandidate of Historical Sciences Belskiy Stanislav (Peter the Great's Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) Russian Academy of Sciences).

11.15-11.40 Reflection of the migration of Latvian population in the archaeological material of 13th -17th century: an example from the lower reaches of the Daugava. Dr.hist. Vitolds Muižnieks (National History Museum of Latvia).

11.40-12.05 The preserved and adopted. The jewellery of the non-German population in archaeological material of the territory of Latvia during the 13th – 16th century. Dr.hist., asoc. prof. Armands Vijups (Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia /Ventspils museum).

12.05-13.00 Lunch Break

13.00-13.25 Medieval annular brooches with inscriptions - a reflection of the Christian identity in Livonia. Bc. hist. Iveta Berga-Muižniece (State Inspection for Heritage Protection of the Ministry of Culture).

13.25-13.50 Estonian brooches in the collection of the National History Museum of Latvia. Dr. art. Baiba Vaska (National History Museum of Latvia).

13.50-14.15 The roots of the Latvian traditional pottery. Mg. hist., Mg. art. Baiba Dumpe (National History Museum of Latvia).

14.15-14.40 The ethnic self-awareness contexts in the history of „Bisnieki” farmstead 17th - 19th century. Dr. hist. Rūdolfs Brūzis (Institute of Latvian History, University of Latvia).

14.40-15.00 Discussions