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


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)

Graduate seminar: Time in environment

ESEH : December 20, 2012 17:32

Intensive graduate seminar
“Time in environment: methodological implications of narrating”
26-28 March 2013, Tallinn and Sagadi, Estonia

The course will be held in conjunction with the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History” (25-26 March, Tallinn)

Organizer: Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK).
In co-operation with the Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts (GSCSA, University of Tartu) and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

The seminar is centered around time- and environment-related methodological problems. The seminar consists of individual tasks and group-works that are meant to apply the theoretical ideas presented in the lectures of the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History”in research practice. The aim of the seminar is to draw attention to the specifics of time as a methodological tool of research and narration; to the temporal diversity of different environmental processes and phenomena; to the challenges related with the need to model the temporal processes in the environment.

For initial program and introduction of lecturers please follow this link.

Requirements for participation

Interested graduate students (maximum 15) can apply for the seminar by sending a letter of motivation (ca 100 words) to ktkdk [at] by 25 January. You will be notified of your participation by the 5 February. Students are expected to participate in the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History” preceding the seminar on 25-26 March in Tallinn and do preparatory reading in order to participate in the seminar workshops. Extra credits are awarded for an oral or poster presentation at the conference “Time in Environment and Environmental History”.

ECTS points will be awarded on the following conditions:
2 ETC for participation in the seminar and conference
+ 2 ETC for participating in the conference with a presentation or a poster presentation

Participation in the course is free of charge; the accommodation and travel costs of the students of GSCSA will be reimbursed.

The language of the seminar and conference is English.

The seminar venues:
Tallinn University, Institute of History
Sagadi hostel

The event is supported by the European Union through the European Social Fund (Estonian Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts), Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK) and Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

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