University of Latvia took over the chair of the BAAS

2016 Tartu konferenc 02From 7 to 9 April 2016, the 2nd Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) Conference took place at the University of Tartu (UT) followed by the BAAS Board meeting on the 9 April.

Three keynote speeches, 90 papers in 11 panels and 7 sections and 13 poster presentations were held during the three-day-conference. Beside three Baltic countries, Asian Studies’ scholars from 16 other countries (Austria, Azerbaijan, China, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Poland, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, USA) were among participants.

The conference was organised by the UT Centre for Oriental Studies, which was the 2014–2016 chair of the BAAS, together with the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

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BAAS was founded in 2013 by the representatives of the academic units of Asian Studies of the five Baltic universities: the University of Latvia (Riga), Tallinn University, University of Tartu, Vilnius University, and Vytautas Magnus University (Kaunas). Its aim is to promote cooperation of Baltic scholars of Asian studies and increase international visibility of the Asian studies in the three Baltic countries. The 1st BAAS Conference took place in April 2014 and was hosted by the Centre of Oriental Studies of the Vilnius University. The conferences take place every two years at the different universities on a rotational basis.

On the BAAS Board meeting on 9 April 2016 in Tartu there was agreed that the Department of Asian Studies of the University of Latvia will host the 3rd BAAS Conference in 2018 and the chair of the BAAS for the next two-year-period of 2016–18. The Centre for Asian Pacific Studies of the Tallinn University of Technology was adopted as the sixth member institution of the BAAS.