Representative conference of Asian studies in Tartu

20160407 baasvaike1 copyFrom 7 to 9 April 2016, the 2nd Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies Conference will take place at UT, being the largest forum of scholars of Asian studies that has taken place in Estonia so far. There will be presentations by 106 researchers from 19 countries. 38 presentations are by Estonians, 16 of them from the University of Tartu.

Presentations at the three-day conference are in 11 thematic panels and seven sections and poster presentation sections. The themes of panels and presentations are quite wide, ranging from Ancient Middle Eastern research to analysis of modern social crises.

The conference begins on Thursday, 7 April at 10am with a keynote speech at the Philosophicum lecture theatre (Jakobi 2–226). The keynote speech is by professor and long-time director of Vilnius University Centre of Oriental Studies, one of the founders of BAAS, indologist Audrius Beinorius.

On Friday, 8 April there are keynote speeches by renowned scholars of Middle Eastern studies from Austria – Gebhard J. Selz from the University of Vienna and Robert Rollinger from the University of Innsbruck.
All panels and sections take place in the lecture halls of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Jakobi 2, Ülikooli 16 and Lossi 3 and in the main building. The programme is available at the conference website at

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

BAAS was founded in 2013 and its aim is to improve cooperation of Baltic scholars of Asian studies and increase international visibility. Members of BAAS are the Asian studies institutions of the University of Latvia, Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology, University of Tartu, Vilnius University and Vytautas Magnus University.

The first BAAS conference took place in April 2014 at Vilnius University. The conferences take place every two years at the universities on a rotational basis. The next institution that organises the conference also holds the chairmanship during the time between two conferences. The BAAS board meeting takes place during the conference in Tartu to elect the organiser of the next conference and chair of the alliance for the following two years.

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Additional information
Märt Läänemets
Senior Research Fellow, Head of Centre for Oriental Studies
Chairman of the Board of the BAAS conference
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