Please join us for the Baltic Sea Region Forum on October 8, 2020.
The Baltic Sea Region is home to nine countries that represent numerous cultures and societies. Through interdisciplinary scholarly discussions, the Slavic Reference Service seeks to highlight original research and facilitate thematic discussions on the countries of this world region. The forum theme for 2020 is Regional Security. Some of the focus areas to be addressed in this forum include:
- Alliance Building
- Regional Cooperation
- Bilateral and Multilateral Relations
- Deterrence and Arms Control
- Social Movements
- Climate Change
The forum will be conducted through Zoom. We welcome scholars from around the world to participate in this event. You can register here.
8:00 am – Forum starts. Welcome & Introduction – Joe Lenkart (Slavic Reference Service, University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
8:15 am – Dr. Ralph Clem (Florida International University), “The Evolving Securitization of the Baltic Sea
Region: Stabilizing or Disruptive?"
8:40 am – Dr. Łukasz Zamęcki (University of Warsaw), “Covid-19 pandemic as a threat for a liberal
democracy. Case of Poland”
9:00 am – Dr. Cynthia Buckley (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Dr. Ralph Clem (Florida International
University) & Dr. Erik Herron (West Virginia University), “COVID in the Baltics: Public Perceptions,
Estonia and the Broken Baltic Bubble”
9:30 am – Coffee/Tea Break
10:00 am – Group Discussion: Bilateral and Multilateral Relations in the Baltic Sea Region
10:30 am – Dr. Laura A. Dean (Millikin University), “Gender Equality and Human Security in the Baltic
11:00 am – Group Discussion: Social Movements & Elections
11:30 am – Lunch Break
12:30 pm - Alexandra Yao (University of Toronto), “Russian-German Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Debate: Do
the Benefits Outweigh the Political Costs?
1:00 pm – Dr. Anastasia Lakhtikova (Independent Scholar), “Produced Russian TV Programming and Its
Counter-Cultural and Political Significance”
1:30 pm – Coffee/Tea Break
1:40 pm – Open Discussion: EU-US-Russia Foreign Policy & the Baltic Sea Region
2:30 pm – Closing Remarks
*All times are in Central US Time.