Master and research seminar: "Baltic Space" 2021-2022

2 December 2021
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It's a multi-disciplinary seminar designed to provide a framework for interaction between different disciplines (geography, history, political science, literature, etc.) in a geographical area whose contours are deliberately left vague (including regions in the following countries: Germany, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden: Germany, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden).
Carte géographique des pays baltes
Carte : "Une baltique plurielle", Février 2021, Publiée : Revue Connexe © Conception : Nicolas Escach et Katerina Kesa, Réalisation : Xemartin Laborde‎
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This seminar focuses on the contemporary and present eras (nineteenth to twentieth centuries), a period of disappearing and emerging empires, during which the political boundaries dividing this region have constantly changed.
This seminar is part of the Les Espaces baltiques research project bringing together researchers from different disciplines working on the Baltic region. It is part of Axis 2 of the Centre de Recherches Europes-Eurasie (CREE) entitled "Imperial, post-imperial and post-Soviet societies", directed by Julien Vercueil.
The Baltic Sea region straddles several cultural areas (Middle Europe, Northern Europe, the Germanic world, the Russian world) that are strongly rooted in humanities research traditions. However, despite the borders (religious, cultural, political, ideological) that have crossed and continue to cross this region, the sea is an obvious factor of contact and rapprochement. This project does not aim to create a new cultural area, but questions the unity and heterogeneity of the societies that border the Baltic Sea.

Antoine Chalvin (CREE, Inalco)
Eric Le Bourhis (CREE, Inalco)
Katerina Kesa (CREE, Inalco)

Program from September to December 2021 at Inalco at 65, rue des Grands-Moulins, Paris 13ème

Session 1: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Room 5.05
Title: Identity dynamics and political strategies in the Baltic and Barents Sea region.

  • Sophie Enos-Attali (Institut Catholique de Paris), Nicolas Escach (Sciences Po Rennes), Katerina Kesa (CREE-Inalco) and Florian Vidal (Institut Français de Relations internationales).

Session 2: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Title: Baltic societies, plural societies. National question and the integration of minorities in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

  • Yves Plasseraud (president of the Minority Rights Group, author of Les pays baltiques : Le pluriculturalisme en héritage, 2020),
  • André Filler (Institut Français de Géopolitique/Paris 8, author of Impossible Latvian nation: étude des lieux d'une nationgenèse post-soviétique, 2016).

Session 3: Tuesday November 16, 2021 from 4:30pm to 7pm
Title: The Holocaust in the Reichskommissariat Ostland

  • Alain Blum (INED-EHESS), Thomas Chopard (IHMC-Lubartworld), Emilia Koustova (University of Strasbourg) "La Shoah à travers les archives policières et judiciaires soviétiques (acteurs, witnesses and victims in Lithuania)",
  • Eric Le Bourhis (ICREE-Inalco) "Jewish and non-Jewish roommates during the Holocaust: Riga, 1941-1942".

Session 4: Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Room 5.28
Title: TEvidence of the Gulag in literature and photography

  • Antoine Chalvin (CREE-Inalco) "Estonian literary testimonies to the Gulag",
  • Irina Tcherneva (CNRS-Eur'ORBEM) "Private photographs of the deportation of Poles to the USSR: instruments of a recasting of identities, 1940-1950".

Session 5: Friday, December 10, 2021 from 10:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. - Room 3.15

  • Day for PhD and Master's students, all disciplines, working on the Baltic area or one of the countries in the region.