Baltic states

Kati Lindström

Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Teknikringen 74D,  SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Estonia



Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK)

Special edition of the ESEH Notepad about environmental history in Estonia:
Notepad no. 42 May 2012, Environment and History, Vol 18, Nr. 2


The final BALTEHUMS program

BalticRR : September 21, 2018 13:27

First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences (BALTEHUMS)

October 8-9, 2018

Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, Academic Center for Natural Sciences, Latvian University

Jelgavas Street 1, Riga, Latvia


October 8

10.00-12.00   Session 1.

1-1. Forum discussion: What is the contribution of environmental humanities to the sustainability and climate change debate

Convenor and moderator: Viktor Pál, University of Helsinki

Discussants: Dorothee Cambou, University of Helsinki; Parker C. Krieg, University of Helsinki; Julia Lajus, Higher School of Economics; St. Petersburg; Ulrike Plath, Tallinn University; Mikko Saikku, University of Helsinki; Inna Sukhenko, University of Helsinki.


1-2. Posthuman environments

Chair: Lauren Elizabeth LaFauci

Cecilia Åsberg, Christina Fredengren

Storying exposure: Chemical waste, toxic embodiment, and feminist environmental humanities in the Baltic Sea

Sarah Bezan

Skin/Screen: The Enfleshed Fossils of Julius Csotonyi’s Interactive Murals

Christina Fredengren

Checking in with Deep Time: intragenerational justice and care around the Baltic Sea

Igor Rodin

Tactility as subjectivization / material resistance as event


1-3. From undernourishment to calamities: Problems in feeding population in the Baltic Sea rim in the 18th and 19th century

Panel convenor: Timo Myllyntaus

Chair: Priit Raudkivi

Timo Myllyntaus

Categories of nutrition shortages and population crises:  Failures of food supply in 19th century Finland

Piotr Miodunka

Famines in 18th century Poland: Social or environmental causes?

Kersti Lust

Responding to crop failures in a manorial society: The case of post-emancipation Livland

Antti Häkkinen

The Great Famine of the 1860’s in Finland: A man-made disaster?

Aappo Kähönen

Political aspects of the Finnish famine 1867–1868 in comparative perspective


12.00-13.00   Lunch


13.00-14.30    Session 2.


2-1. Mediated Green: modern environmentalism, politics and media

Chair: Tarmo Pikner

Jenni Karimäki

Children of the silent revolution – Finnish green road from protest to pragmatism

Lona Päll

The (hyper-)mediatization of an environmental conflict: Case study of Haabersti white willow

Līna Orste

Disposability of plastics through the perspective of Zero Waste lifestyle


2-2. Baltic region in the long-term

Chair: Christina Fredengren

Vladas Žulkus, Algirdas Girininkas, Linas Daugnora, Miglė Stančikaitė, Jolita Petkuvienė, Mindaugas Žilius, Tomas Rimkus, Nikita Dobrotin

People of Mesolithic-Neolithic and the Baltic Sea: relict coasts and settlements underwater and on the coast

Junzo Uchiyama

Neolithisation allergy? Comparative perspectives on hunter-gatherer archaeology of the Baltic and Northeast Asian regions

Elena Salmina, Sergey Salmin

Archaeological research as a method of obtaining historical and environmental information (on the example of medieval Pskov study)


2-3. Engineering water at the Baltic Sea

Chair: Loreta Zydeliene

Izabela Spielvogel, Jaroslaw Pilarek

Civilization of nature – architectural development of selected Baltic Spas at the turn of the 19th and 20th century

Alexey Kraykovskiy, Julia Lajus

The Baltic Sea in the environmental, technological and cultural history of St. Petersburg.

Michael Ziser

Water falls: Hydropower and the modern idea of history


14.30-15.00     Coffee break


15.00-16.30     Session 3.


3-1. Workshop. Engaging with digital research infrastructures: Opening doors for Geohumanities

Convenors: Vicky Garnett, Piraye Hacigüzeller, Eliza Papaki

Discussants: Vicky Garnett, Piraye Hacigüzeller, Eliza Papaki, Linda Kaljundi, Anda Baklane


3-2. Ecocriticism and the imagined worlds

Chair: Ene-Reet Soovik

Madeleine Ida Harke

Romanticizing the Untamed: Medievalism and the Relationship Between Humans and Wild Environments in the Child Ballads

Elle-Mari Talivee, Marianne Lind

Birds and plants in the poetry of Marie Under

Kadri Tüür

Ecocriticism in Estonia: a short introduction


3-3. Post-nuclear lives and narratives

Chair: Per Högselius

Siarhei Liubimau

‘Nuclear’ urbanism re-scaled: A knowledge infrastructure lens

Aleksandra Brylska

What can we call nature? The role of humanities in new approaches toward environment

Inna Sukhenko

What is new in new nuclear criticism? Post-Chernobyl perspective


16.30-17.00    Coffee break


17.00-18.30  Session 4


4-1. Ecological awareness in teaching and research

Chair: Kristine Abolina

Philipp P. Thapa

Ecotopianism as a connecting idea: embedding ethics in the environmental humanities

Alin Olteanu

An ecological theory of learning: The semiotic contribution to ecology

Artis Svece

Paradox of ecological awareness


4-2. Plants and People

Chair: Ulrike Plath

Riin Magnus, Heldur Sander

Urban trees as social disruptors: the case of the Ginkgo biloba specimen in Estonia

Lauren Elizabeth LaFauci

Herbaria 3.0: A Citizen Humanities Project at the Plant-Human Interface

Liisa Puusepp

Urban landscapes – an oasis for bees


4-3. Transnational and global formation of landscapes (until 19.00)

Chair: Dan Tamir

Simo Laakkonen

Landscapes of war: Global environmental impacts of the Second World War

Per Högselius, Kati Lindström

Cold War coasts: The transnational co-production of militarized landscapes

Martin Schröder

“Sowing the oil” – Rural space, (human) resources and national wealth in Venezuela

Kristīne Krumberga

Birds in trenches: the greening of militarization and militarizing habitats for landscape conservation





9.30-11.00   Session 5


5-1. Roundtable. From drops to a sea:  Individuals, communities, protection policies and environmental crises.

Convenor and moderator: Kati Lindström

Discussants: Aet Annist, Elgars Felcis, Sara Jones, Katie Ritson


5-2. Advancing Baltic climate history: Creating a new module in Euro-Climhist

Panel convenor: Ulrike Plath

Panel chair: Julia Lajus

Ulrike Plath, Heli Huhtamaa

Euro-Climhist and how to create a Baltic Module

Priit Raudkivi

Was the weather important? The perception of the environment of the 18th century in Livonia.

Kaarel Vanamölder, Krister Kruusmaa

Storms around Riga in the mid of the 19th century


5-3. Represented environments

Chair: Linda Kaljundi

Tõnno Jonuks, Atko Remmel

Forest in Estonian national narrative and identity politics

Ene-Reet Soovik

Multispecies city in Soviet Estonian poetry

Janis Matvejs

Visual representation of cities: Riga and Bangkok in movies under the military regime


5-4. Shaping and enlightening the landscapes before 20th century

Chair: Riin Magnus

Pauls Daija

Popular enlightenment and environmental history in Livonia and Courland

Heldur Sander

Nothing happens on its own: Gardener Adam August Heinrich Dietrich – an environment designer and nature explorer

Vykintas Vaitkevicius

Studies into the past and modern culture of Lithuania: the case of sacred springs


11.00-11.30  Coffee break

E-1. Posters and provocations


Anatole Danto

For an eco-anthropological approach to changes affecting fishing communities in the eastern Baltic

Baiba Prūse, Andra Simanova, Raivo Kalle, Ieva Mežaka, Agris Brauns, Dainis Jakovels, Jevgenijs Filipovs, Inga Holsta, Signe Krūzkopa, Renata Sõukand

Habitat alteration as one of the drivers of the change in wild plant uses



Jesse Peterson

Short provocation with an exhibition: eutrophication, algae blooms, and dead zones in the Baltic Sea

Jason Mario Dydynski

Stand up. Too ugly for the ark: The Role of Aesthetic Perception in Animal Conservation


E-2. Flash and Academic Speed Dating

Chair: Ulrike Plath

Flash presentations:

Hannes Palang

Péter Vigh

Academic Speed Dating: Find a person and talk to them! Each pair gets five minutes to quickly introduce themselves. Then all pairs are reshuffled. With some luck, you will get to know 10 new scholars who work on or in the environmental humanities and social sciences of the Baltic region. You can continue your conversations during the lunch break!


12.30-13.30   Lunch


13.30-15.30    Session 6


6-1. Roundtable. The Value of Interdisciplinary in Environmental Research

Convenor: Aistė Balžekienė

Discussants: Aistė Balžekienė, Alin Olteanu, Florian Rabitz, Audrone Telesiene, Mihkel Kangur


6-2. Animal encounters

Chair: Junzo Uchiyama

Dan Tamir

Human vs. Mosquito: An environmental periodization of the 20th century

Anita Zariņa, Dārta Treija & Ivo Vinogradovs

Beastly encounters: bison’s return to the Latvian ethnoscape

Daiva Vaitkevičienė

Sacred Relationship: Interaction between Humans and Wild Animals in a Traditional Lithuanian Farmstead


6-3. Transforming, identifying of and identifying with landscapes

Chair: Guntra Aistara

Sławomir Łotysz

Progress or nature? Dilemmas around the planned amelioration of Polesie marshes in Poland’s Second Republic

Kristine Abolina


Anu Printsmann

Prichudye – how identity is expressed in landscape

Dace Bula

Living Next to the Port: Eco-narratives, Local Histories and Environmental Activism in the Daugava Delta


6-4. Roundtable. Potato and the Environment: Agrarian societies searching for survival strategies. 

Organiser: Timo Myllyntaus

Chair: Timo Myllyntaus

Discussants: Piotr Miodunka, Pauls Daija, Antti Häkkinen, Jan Kunnas, Timo Myllyntaus


15.30-16.00     Coffee break


16.00-18.00    Session 7.


7-1. Ethics of care and commemoration

Chair: Philipp Thapa

Aiste Bartkiene, Renata Bikauskaitė, Diana Mincytė

Environment, emotions and embodied care: Twisting the concept of environmental citizenship

Andrius Kulikauskas

Environment as spiritual capital. An argument for restoring Vilnius’s oldest Jewish cemetery.

Allan Kährik

Pastor as a social entrepreneur – entering the bridge building process between pastors behavioral and geographical environment

Aleksandra Ubertowska

Ecological art in post-genocidal spaces. Seeking a new form of commemoration


7-2. Entanglements, sustainability and degrowth

Chair: Anita Zariņa

Tarmo Pikner

Encountering of degrowth and associated publics

Elgars Felcis

Bridging traditional knowledge and novelties for sustainability transformations through permaculture

Guntra Aistara

Networking diversities: Making mosaic landscapes and organic sovereignties in post- socialist Latvia

Florian Rabitz, Alin Olteanu

The epistemology of environmental studies. The reflexive turn in environmental research


7-3.  Historical perspectives on sustainability and environmentalism

Chair: Ivo Vinogradovs

Loreta Zydeliene

‘Useful, harmful and neutral’: the perception of wildlife and the rise of the conservation movement in interwar Lithuania

Linda Kaljundi

Environmentalist in form, nationalist in content? Nature and nationalism in late Soviet Estonian culture

Kati Lindström

Econationalism, environmental justice or orientalism: Challenges in contextualising late Soviet environmentalism in Estonia




Dr. Kati Lindström, ESEH Regional Representative for the Baltic States, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Dr. Anita Zariņa & Dr. Kristīne Abolina, University of Latvia

Dr. Kadri Tüür, Prof. Ulrike Plath & Linda Kaljundi, Tallinn University

Dr. Anda Baklāne, Latvian Library


We are thankful for support:


University of Latvia

Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK), Tallinn University

European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

National Library of Latvia

Rachel Carson Centre (RCC)

Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences


Downloadable program:  BALTEHUMS Program FINAL

First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences (BALTEHUMS)

BalticRR : February 22, 2018 15:20

Call for Papers
First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences (BALTEHUMS)

October 8-9, 2018
Academic Center for Natural Sciences, Latvian University, Riga, Latvia

The interest in interdisciplinary cooperation between humanities, arts and social sciences in the study of environment has been constantly rising all over Europe during the last 20 years. This holds also true for the three Baltic countries Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

First Baltic Conference on the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences (BALTEHUMS) aims to bring together environment-inspired scholars from different disciplines (anthropology, arts, ecology, folkloristics, geography, history, literature, semiotics, psychology etc), in order to
o advance environmental topics within the humanities, arts and social sciences;
o bring together researchers from different backgrounds and discuss common themes;
o create a Baltic network of interdisciplinary studies on environment;
o discover ways of developing further cooperation in research, teaching, and outreach.

In order to map the grounds of the emerging community, the conference is open to all topics that focus on environment in humanities, arts and social sciences: food, resources, landscape, pollution, water, recycling, power plants, representation of nature, environment and social movements, human-animal studies, environmental ethics etc. Under ‘environment’ we do not mean only ‘nature’, but also built environment and cultural and industrial spaces linked to non-human nature and natural resources at large.

The conference welcomes contributions from all scholars who work on environmental humanities, arts and social sciences of the Baltic region, independently of where they live and work. We also welcome those scholars who reside in the Baltics and are interested in the field but whose work focusses on some other geographic location.

We welcome contributions in all recognised academic formats (20 min presentations; posters, roundtables) but are also open to suggestions for newer, more dynamic formats like shorter ‘provocations’ for works in progress or artistic interventions (á 5-10 mins). Please send an abstract (for classical presentations) or a short note on why you are interested in the event and a possible title for your short intervention by March 31, 2018 to Kati Lindström ( )

Please spread the word about the conference to all your colleagues and friends! Whether the conference will be one or two-day event will be decided after assessing the submissions.

With kind regards,
The organising committee:
Dr. Anita Zariņa & Dr. Kristīne Abolina, University of Latvia
Dr. Kati Lindström, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Dr. Kadri Tüür & Prof. Ulrike Plath, Tallinn University
Dr. Anda Baklāne, Latvian Library

Fellowship: Baltica-Stipendium

ESEH : July 22, 2014 12:24

Tallinn University Academic Library announces a fellowship to perform research on its historical Baltica archival funds (mainly in German).

Applications (including a CV, a list of publications, and a cover letter with a detailed research plan) should be sent to baltika [at] by 31 July 2014.

Further information about the fellowship (in German) is available below.

Conference programme: Bellies, Bodies, ”Policey”

ESEH : April 30, 2014 19:46

The Institutes of History at Tallinn and Tartu University and the Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK), in cooperation with the Rachel Carson Center, Munich (RCC), and the support of the ESEH is organizing a conference titled Bellies, Bodies, ”Policey”. Embodied Environments Between Catastrophes and Control. The conference will be held in Tallinn and Tartu from 10 to 12 September 2014.

Please find the conference programme below.

CfP: Bellies, Bodies, Policey.

ESEH : December 12, 2013 20:34

The Institutes of History at Tallinn and Tartu University and KAJAK (Estonian Centre for Environmental History) are organising, with, among others, funding from the ESEH, a conference entitled Bellies, Bodies, Policey. Embodied Environments between Catastrophes and Control to be held in Tallinn and Tartu from 10 September to 12 September 2014

The working language of the conference will be English in Tallinn and English or German in Tartu. Please send an abstract (300 words) and your CV to Ulrike Plath (plath [at] and Mati Laur (mati.laur [at] Deadline for applications is 15 January 2014.

More information are available in the full call for papers (click on the link to download or read below).

EASLCE/NIES Conf.: Dates changed

ESEH : September 23, 2013 20:40

The dates for the EASLCE/NIES conference “Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning”, to be held in Tartu, Estonia, have been changed. The conference will now take place between 29 April and 3 May 2014.

This is also a reminder that the call for papers is still open until 1 October 2013. See the link above for further details.

CfP: EASLCE/NIES Conference 2014

ESEH : June 16, 2013 11:41

Call for papers: “Framing Nature: Signs, Stories, and Ecologies of Meaning”

The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment (EASLCE) biennial conference and the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) IX conference

Hosted by the Department of Semiotics at the University of Tartu

Tartu, Estonia, April 22-26, 29 April – 3 May 2014

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Wendy Wheeler (London Metropolitan University)
Ernest Hess-Lüttich (University of Bern)
Steven Hartman (Mid Sweden University; Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)
Thomas McGovern (City University of New York)

To submit a proposal, interested scholars should send an abstract (up to 500 words) by e-mail to the address: framing_nature (at)
The deadline for the abstracts is October 1, 2013.

For additional information and further updates please visit the conference website.
A full CfP is available there as well.

Timo Maran
Senior Research Fellow
Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu
framing_nature (at)

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