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Ergebnisanzeige "Baltische Bildungsgeschichten/Baltic Educational Histories"
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TitelBaltische Bildungsgeschichten/Baltic Educational Histories
BeschreibungCall for Papers: Baltische Bildungsgeschichten/Baltic Educational Histories

Interdisciplinary Conference, 19th – 22nd September, 2016, Tartu

Through factors such as trade, Christianisation, the wars waged by the chivalric orders, and the importation of laws, the autochthonous peoples of the Baltic region were exposed to cultural, linguistic, and political influences of varying degrees. In this way, they were subjected to formative processes which are frequently compared with colonial practices. The cultures (German, Danish, Polish, Swedish, and Russian) which played a dominating role in the region established a wide array of economic, legal, religious, and cultural institutions; an army of specialists (officials, lawyers, clergymen, writers, teachers) was enlisted in order to firmly entrench their power—not least in the consciousness of the dominated peoples. To this end, and due to the post-Reformation requirement to use the native language, many of these specialists had to engage with the local cultures and languages. In the domains of journalism, literature, and academia, this led to greater reflection on the various Baltic languages and ethnic groups, and on the asymmetrical structural tensions between the dominant and subordinate cultures. The aim of the official legislation and cultural activity was to ensure the cultural and social survival of the ruling minorities. This state of affairs led to an extraordinary concentration of educational initiatives in the Baltic region, the effects of which were sometimes visible across Europe (we might think for example of the many Hofmeister (private tutors), who facilitated intellectual exchange far beyond the borders of the Baltic states in the 18th century). In the cultural centres of power, scholars who had been integrated into the social order—often after having risen from a farming background—began to elaborate, from within the midst of and with the means of, but ultimately against, the dominant educational paradigms, conceptions of the distinctive cultural character of the various Baltic linguistic communities. From the time of the first “national awakening,” this was accompanied by the internal formation of the Baltic peoples, who often manifested symptoms of an “internal colonisation” (as the planned construction of society was termed in Prussia). Like all nations, the Baltic nations have constituted themselves—sometimes in accordance with Soviet requirements—by means of educational practices, schools, literature, culture, media, linguistic policies, and so on. Today they must also deal with minorities (particularly those of Russian origin), and with a wide range of linguistic and cultural contexts of exchange.

In almost all of their dimensions, then, the history, economy, administration, languages, law, culture, and literature of the Baltic states almost unavoidably bear on the question of “education.” Across linguistic and cultural borders, the histories of the Baltic peoples and cultures can (also) be told as educational histories. Moreover, the Baltic region is an area of exemplary significance where the theme of education is concerned: for education always has something of a colonial character, insofar as individuals defined as superior promise or feel entitled to “cultivate” supposedly inferior individuals in accordance with a model which will allow them to become truly “cultured.” The fact that teachers and learners were divided among different ethnic groups in the Balkans for such a long time serves to make this tension inherent to all education even more apparent. The theme of “Baltic educational histories” can thus be approached in a variety of ways from all areas of historical and contemporary research on the Baltics. We welcome contributions from a wide range of perspectives, which may include analyses of relevant fields of discourse, religious and cultural institutions and trends, and academic disciplines as a whole, or studies which focus on exemplary or exceptional stories of individuals, groups, or entire peoples.

1. Languages of education – language education (chairs: Eglė Kontutytė and Reet Bender)
2. Educational media (chairs: Ulrike Plath and Maris Saagpakk)
3. Educational institutions (chairs: Silke Pasewalck and Liina Lukas)
4. Symbolic orders (chairs: Karsten Brüggemann and Jaan Undusk)
5. Key players in education (chairs: Jost Eickmeyer and Anu Schaper)
6. Nation building – educating nations (chairs: Thomas Taterka and Julija Boguna)
7. Power structures in language, literature, and culture (chairs: Rūta Eidukevičienė and Andreas Kelletat)
8. Open sessions (these offer a forum for other contributions which fit the overall conference theme but not the topic of one of the other sessions).

Conference organised by
The Baltic-German Network for German Studies

Planning committee:
Dr Reet Bender (Tartu)
Professor Rūta Eidukevičienė (Kaunas)
Professor Jürgen Joachimsthaler (Marburg)
Professor Maris Saagpakk (Tallinn)
Professor Thomas Taterka (Riga)
Dr Eglė Kontutytė (Vilnius)

Overall conception/planning committee representative:
Professor Jürgen Joachimsthaler (Marburg)

Dr Silke Pasewalck (Tartu)

Applications: please send a proposed title, together with a short abstract of around 250 words, to by 15th October 2015, indicating the session for which the paper is most appropriate.

We shall endeavour to cover travel expenses, but would ask participants to attempt to secure reimbursement for their travel costs from their institutions or other sources in the first instance.
Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
PersonName: Dr. Silke Pasewalck 
Funktion: Ass. Professorin für deutsche Literatur, DAAD-Langzeitdozentin 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: Universität Tartu, College for Foreign Languages and Cultures 
Strasse/Postfach: Lossi 3 
Postleitzahl: 51003 
Stadt: Tartu 
Telefon: 00372-53831446 
SchlüsselbegriffeKontaktlinguistik (Sprachkontakt, Interferenzforschung, Interkulturelle Kommunikation, Mehrsprachigkeit); Übersetzungswissenschaft; Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur- u. Kulturgeschichte
Klassifikation01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft; 01.00.00 Allgemeine deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > 01.07.00 Germanistik im Ausland; 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl); 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.09.00 Deutsche Sprachgeschichte; 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) > 02.12.00 Deutsche Sprache im Ausland; 03.00.00 Literaturwissenschaft; 04.00.00 Allgemeine Literaturgeschichte > 04.03.00 Vergleichende Literaturgeschichte; 05.00.00 Deutsche Literaturgeschichte > 05.07.00 Deutschsprachige Literatur des Auslandes; 18.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1945-1989) > 18.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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