Balkanalysis on Twitter Briefing with Dr Silviu Miloiu of the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies, April 2011

Târgovişte, Romania– On April 26, 2011 contributor Elena Dragomir conducted a briefing with Dr Silviu Miloiu, president of the Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies (ARSBN).

In the Briefing, Dr Miloiu presented an overview of the ARSBN’s goals and activities, including its past and ongoing projects. One of the latter is the organization of an academic conference in Targoviste (from May 20-22), having as its theme “the Black Sea and Baltic Sea Regions: Confluences, influences and crosscurrents in the modern and contemporary ages.”

Designed to investigate the encounters between the various societies to have lived in the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea regions since the Middle Age, the conference aims to investigate the complexity of these bonds, not only at the state level (political, diplomatic, military, trade relations, etc.), but also the encounters, forms of syncretism and networks of a commercial, social, cultural or religious nature that have brought these regions together over time. The conference covers broad subjects including parallels between these two regions – often seen as buffer zones between great empires or great powers – from modernity to the effects of the world wars, totalitarianism and the Cold War, from Diasporas or émigré communities to individual destinies.

The ARSBN May conference will bring together participants from Romania, Greece, Finland, Germany, the UK, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Austria, the USA and more.

Among the institutions represented at this conference will be: the Eleftherios Venizelos National Research Centre; the University of Tampa; the Institute for the Study of Totalitarianism- Romania; Queens’ College, University of Cambridge; the Centre for Research on Anti-Semitism, Technische Universität Berlin; the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London; ‘Nicolae Iorga’ Institute of History of the Romanian Academy of Sciences; University of Bucharest; Valahia University of Târgovişte; the University of Tartu; the Center for Social Science, Tbilisi State University; the Institute for Political and Communication Sciences, Greifswald University; University of Latvia; University of Helsinki; Alfried Krupp Institute for Advanced Study; Allgemeine Deutsche Zeitung für Rumänien, the University of Oulu and more.

The Romanian Association for Baltic and Nordic Studies (ARSBN) was established in 2008 in Romania as a non-governmental organization, and is a member of the Anna Lindh Foundation. It aims to promote research activities in the field of Baltic and Nordic studies, and to encourage knowledge regarding this geographical area, through cooperation with similar institutions and associations from Romania and abroad. The ARSBN also endeavors to promote dialogue and cooperation on the Black Sea/Baltic Sea axis. The Association organizes scientific conferences, seminars, symposiums and also workshops, summer schools and exhibitions, not only in the field of the Baltic and Nordic Studies, but also in the field of European history and culture in general.

As the only such organization in South-East Europe, the ARSBN encourages the deepening of scientific contacts and the exchange of experience and best practices between the Black Sea and Baltic Sea areas.

The Association publishes the biannual Romanian Journal for Baltic and Nordic Studies, which can be found online via the Central and Eastern European Online Library (CEEOL). is an American research and analysis firm that provides dedicated coverage of the Balkan and Eastern Mediterranean regions, in areas ranging from politics and security to economics and culture. It draws on the expertise of its broad network of field analysts and reporters representing a number of various countries and professional backgrounds.

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