BaltHerNet Conference "New Beginnings of Baltic Diaspora"

To celebrate the 100th birthdays of the Republics of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in 2018, Baltic countries and diaspora communities, are summing up experiences of a century.


Such important anniversaries give us the opportunity to make conclusions of what has occurred, but also to look at what has yet to come and make goals for the future.

The Baltic Heritage Network is celebrating the 100th birthdays of the Baltic countries with a conference: “New Beginnings of Baltic Diaspora” at the Estonian National Museum in Tartu. The historical and present circumstances of the Baltic diaspora are like a garden of forking paths for both individuals and communities. New beginnings are taking place whether we are paying attention or not. This conference is an effort to look at the endings and new beginnings of communities and their archives both at present time and in retrospect. From oral history and family stories to the ever fluctuating flow of migration, from creating new collections to developing existing archives – how can we recognize change and convert endings into beginnings? Are we able to and how will we preserve these changes in archives and other collections? How will diaspora memory institutions survive these changes in society?

The conference is open to presentations by academic researchers, memory institution specialists, representatives of diaspora communities, and anyone to whom the preservation of Baltic diaspora communities, capturing and understanding both the past and present is important.

The working language of the conference is English.

Other partners for the conference are Estonian National Museum, Estonian Literary Museum, Centre of Exellence in Estonian Studies and The National Archives of Estonia.

Check the BaltHerNet website closer to the conference dates for a detailed conference schedule.


Baltic Heritage Network (BaltHerNet)

BaltHerNet Portaali väljatöötamist alustas 2007. aasta suvel Eesti mäluasutuste ja akadeemiliste institutsioonide spetsialistidest moodustatud väliseesti arhiivide töörühm. Rahvusvahelise ja siseriikliku koostöö laiendamiseks ja tegevuste kordineerimiseks loodi 2008 jaanuaris Mittetulundusühing Baltic Heritage Network. Tegevust alustasid Läti ja Leedu töörühmad. Millega tegeleme? Väliseesti arhiivide töörühma eesmärgid: – väliseesti kultuuripärandi kaardistamine (sh portaalide ja spetsiifiliste andmebaaside loomine); – väliseesti kultuuripärandisse puutuva teabe levitamine; – väliseesti kultuuripärandit sisaldavat kogude olukorra ja vajaduste hindamine, neile abi ja nõuannete pakkumine, vajadusel kogudele nõuetekohaste säilitustingimuste leidmine; – väliseesti kultuuripärandit sisaldavate kogude avalikkusele kättesaadavaks muutmine; – väliseesti kultuuripärandi alase uurimistöö edendamine; – ettepanekute tegemine nimetatud tegevuste rahastamiseks. Pärast 2006. aasta rahvusvahelist välisbalti arhiivide konverentsi on töörühm oma tegevuses lähtunud konverentsil vastuvõetud memorandumist. ///// Who are we? The Non-Profit Association Baltic Heritage Network was founded in Tartu on January 11, 2008. NPA BaltHerNet was established to foster cooperation between national and private archives, museums, libraries, institutions of research, public associations and organizations collecting and studying the cultural heritage of the Baltic diaspora. It aims to facilitate the preservation and research of the historically valuable cultural property of the Baltic diaspora, as well as to ensure accessibility of these materials to the public. NPA BaltHerNet is also committed to the organizing of conferences, seminars and workshops, and to developing and administrating the electronic information website Baltic Heritage Network, a multilingual electronic gateway for information on the cultural heritage of the Baltic diaspora.