Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS) Conference Tartu 2016, April 7–9: Keynote Speeches, Panels, Sections, and Poster Presentations announced!

Keynote Speeches:

Audrius Beinorius (Vilnius University, Lithuania) “(Post) Colonial Imagination and Textological Commitments in Buddhist Studies”

Gebhard J. Selz (University of Vienna, Austria) “The Invention of Writing and the Mesopotamian World View”

Robert Rollinger (University of Innsbruck, Austria) “Peripheries and Centres: Empires of the Ancient Near East in the 1st Millennium BCE”


  1. Contemporary Conflicts in the Middle East, Their Historical, Cultural and Ethnic Legacy and Possibility for Intercultural Dialogue
  2. Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Linguistic Perspective
  3. Turkic-speaking Peoples of Central Asia from a Historical Perspective
  4. Ancient Near Eastern Lamentation Literature: Sceneries of Destruction
  5. Soft Security Challenges in East Asia
  6. Chinese Language Studies in Connection with the West
  7. What Do We Learn from Crises? Historical Aspects and Alternative Solutions
  8. Politics of Identity and Memory in Post-colonial and Post-socialist Fragmentation of Belonging
  9. Buddhist Concepts and Practices: Their Understanding and Interpreting in the Contemporary World
  10. Mythological Concepts in Mongolian Literature, Folklore and Language
  11. Genealogies in the Ancient World


  1. Chinese Studies: Ancient and Modern
  2. Japanese and Korean Studies: Culture and Literature
  3. Arabic Studies: Politics, Language and Literature
  4. Persian, Turkish and Azeri Studies: Texts and Translations
  5. Ancient Near Eastern Studies
  6. Cross Cultural Studies: East and West
  7. Linguistic and Cultural Concepts in South Asia

Poster Presentations:

Session 1

Session 2