www.lu.lv/eng: latest news //www.lu.lv/eng/ Latest news from www.lu.lv/eng en www.lu.lv/eng: latest news http://www.lu.lv/typo3conf/ext/tt_news/ext_icon.gif //www.lu.lv/eng/ 256 257 Latest news from www.lu.lv/eng TYPO3 - get.content.right http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Mon, 15 May 2017 09:53:00 +0300 Enlightenment Culture and Baltic Germans: A New Book Exploring Latvian Literary History in the 18th Century http://www.lu.lv/eng/news/t/46536/ In May, Cambridge Scholars Publishing has released a book by Pauls Daija titled the Literary... Volksaufklärung (popular enlightenment) project was imported to the Baltic provinces of Russia. While previous studies on the 18-century Baltic enlightenment history have focused on socio-economic debates of this era, as exemplified in works of Garlieb Merkel and others, this book offers a closer look at the printed media written in the vernacular for Latvian peasants in order to enlighten and educate the lower classes of Baltic society. The book argues that the enlightenment of peasants, an 18th-century phenomenon that originated from an interest in common people, had a crucial impact on creating Latvian secular literary culture. When Baltic German intellectuals, inspired by the popular enlightenment in German-speaking countries, undertook the task to educate Latvian peasants through books, they also laid the foundation for the future emancipation of Latvian culture. By exploring the nature of book production and changing images of peasants in Livonia and Courland in the second half of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries, this book offers insights into the complex historical relationship between Latvians and Baltic Germans as well as the regional specifics of the Baltic enlightenment. Pauls Daija, PhD, is a senior researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia and editor-in-chief of Letonica, the international journal of humanities published in Riga. His previous publications include articles and edited volumes on the cultural history of Latvian 18th and 19th-century literature and Baltic German cultural history focusing on the enlightenment. This research was supported by the European Social Fund within the project ‘Cultures within a Culture: Politics and Poetics of Border Narratives’ (Nr. 1DP/]]> LU mājas lapa ENG VERSIJA ACTUAL NEWS (rotating on index page) Mon, 15 May 2017 09:53:00 +0300 Professor Susan Rothstein guest-lecture on “Counting and measuring: the evidence from 'furniture'” http://www.lu.lv/eng/news/t/46416/ Accenture Latvia in cooperation with University of Latvia Faculty of Computing Alumni Association... furniture and footwear that have long been a topic of debate in linguistics. The talk will be based on counting and measuring: the evidence from ‘furniture’. Professor Rothstein is a well known speaker, and teaches guest courses all over the world, including Leiden University, Cornell University, University of Paris VII, Brazil, Beijing, and Riga. She is an author and editor and writes about topics such as syntax, semantics, and the syntax-semantics interface. Earlier this May, Professor Rothstein will be presenting her book “Semantics for Counting and Measuring”, that was published by Cambridge University Press, in one of iconic places in Riga- National Library. Alongside her public speaking and writing, Professor Rothstein is a member of the Academia Europaea and winner of a Humboldt Research Award in 2014. Her current research includes a study of locations as individual entities. We would be delighted if you can participate in this seminar. The lecture itself will start at 14:30 EET at University of Latvia, Auditorium 13, Raina boulevard 19. Registration form HERE.]]> LU mājas lapa ENG VERSIJA ACTUAL NEWS (rotating on index page) Lecture Mon, 08 May 2017 14:13:00 +0300 Guest-lecture by H.E. Mr. Alain Hausser on "Recent developments in bilateral relations between Latvia and Canada" http://www.bvef.lu.lv/eng/news/t/46400/ Doctoral School “European Integration and Baltic Sea Region Studies (EIBSRS)” in cooperation with... LU mājas lapa ENG VERSIJA ACTUAL NEWS (rotating on index page) Mon, 08 May 2017 12:13:00 +0300 Guest-lecture by Mr. Gilles Grin on "The Building of Europe: History and Current Challenges" http://www.bvef.lu.lv/eng/news/t/46399/ Doctoral School “European Integration and Baltic Sea Region Studies (EIBSRS)” in cooperation with... LU mājas lapa ENG VERSIJA ACTUAL NEWS (rotating on index page) Mon, 08 May 2017 12:09:00 +0300 Second compendium with specially selected papers on constitutional values published http://www.jf.lu.lv/eng/news/t/46267/ On November, 2016 the VI International Scientific Conference “Constitutional Values in Contemporary... LU mājas lapa ENG VERSIJA Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:22:00 +0300 10th International Conference “Jews in a Changing World” http://www.lu.lv/eng/news/t/46146/ The Council of Jewish Communities of Latvia, the Museum „Jews in Latvia” and the Center for Judaic... official opening of the conference will be held on 26 April at 17:00. The conference program is available here.
Simultaneous translation in English is provided during all days of the conference. For further information please contact Center for Judaic Studies, 67034421, jsc@latnet.lv. Financial supporters of the Conference: 
  • Ministry of Culture of Latvia
  • State Culture Capital Foundation
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Latvia
  • Arlene Beare (UK)  
  • Henry Blumberg (Canada)
  • American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
  • Stiftung “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft” (Germany)      
LU mājas lapa ENG VERSIJA ACTUAL NEWS (rotating on index page) Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:19:00 +0300
Doctoral School of University of Latvia invites to guest-lectures about migration policy http://www.lu.lv/eng/news/t/46119/ Doctoral School "European Integration and Baltic Sea Region Studies (EIBSRS)" in cooperation with... Lections:
  • “Migration Policy of the EU and Integration of Immigrants in the EU Member States” by asoc.professor Dr.Artur Adamczyk, the Centre for Europe at the University of Warsaw;
  • “Poland’s Migration Policy and the Evolution of Poland’s Foreign Policy” by asoc.professor Dr.Małgorzata Pacek, the Centre for Europe at the University of Warsaw.
The guest-lectures will be held in English followed by Q&A session and discussions. Dr.Małgorzata Pacek, Ph.D. in Political Science, is an Assistant Professor specializing in international relations at the Centre for Europe and Content Editor for the Centre for Europe Publishing Programme, University of Warsaw, as well as Visiting Professor at different European universities including the Universities of Marmara, Ankara University and Ludwig - Maximilians Universität München. Her research is focused on the migration policy of the European Union and its Member States and the integration of immigrants.  Dr.Artur Adamczyk, Ph.D. in Political Science, is an Associate Professor specializing in international relations in the field of European Studies, Editor-in-chief of the scientific quarterly “Studia Europejskie” and secretary of the Publishing Programme at the Centre for Europe, University of Warsaw. Main fields of research interest: Institutional system of the European Union, Decision making process in the EU, Foreign and Security Policy of the EU (Mediterranean dimension). Visiting Professor at different European universities. Please see more about the guest-lecturers HERE. The guest-lectures are organized by the doctoral school "European Integration and Baltic Sea Region Studies (EIBSRS)" in cooperation with European Studies Master Program of the University of Latvia within a cycle of guest-lectures on the topics of European Integration and Baltic Sea Region legal, social, economic and geo-political development trends.]]>
Guest lecture Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:44:00 +0300
Fifth GF Summer School 2017 http://www.lu.lv/eng/news/t/46076/ GF in a Full Stack of Language Technology Rīga, Latvia 14th–25th August 2017 About Grammatical Framework (GF) is a multilingual grammar formalism based on the idea of a shared abstract syntax and mappings between the abstract syntax and concrete languages. GF has hundreds of users all over the world. The GF Resource Grammar Library (RGL) implements the morphology (inflection) and basic syntax (phrase structure) of more than 30 languages: Afrikaans, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Interlingua, Japanese, Italian, Latvian, Maltese, Mongolian, Nepali, Norwegian bokmål, Nynorsk, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sindhi, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, and Urdu. These resources are freely available as open-source software. We are constantly welcoming new languages, especially from new language families, as well as EU languages not yet covered by the Resource Grammar Library (Lithuanian, Irish, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Slovene, and Portuguese). Learn more at the RGL status page. The summer school is an excellent place to get started with a new language.


The summer school starts with a GF tutorial aimed to be suitable for absolute beginners and bring them to the level where they can do independent work and follow the rest of the talks. But the tutorial should also make sense to experienced GF users, as it gives an update about some recent developments. The tutorial will be followed by talks on various topics around GF and multilingual technology. These talks will be accessible even to the beginners who have followed the tutorial. They will usually not build on each other, so that, even if you find some of them difficult to follow, this will not compromise your understanding of the later talks. Morning talks are intended for everyone, whereas afternoon work is in smaller groups. In the afternoons, guided tutoring will be given in small groups and to individuals, with detailed exercises and possibility for feedback. The afternoons also contain specialized tutorials and workshops, aimed for those interested in their topics; other people can focus on their own projects in the meantime. Their duration can be anything from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Practical work in the afternoons is an essential part of the summer school. The participants are expected to bring their own laptop computers and work on them. The tutors will help everyone to install the GF software and other relevant tools. The GF software should work without problems on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows.


The key teachers are the key developers of GF:
  • Aarne Ranta, Professor at University of Gothenburg
  • Krasimir Angelov, Assistant Professor at University of Gothenburg
  • Thomas Hallgren, Principal Research Engineer at University of Gothenburg
Teachers will be assisted by experienced PhD students. Lectures on specialized topics will be given by invited international experts.


The summer school will take place in Rīga, the capital city of Latvia. All lectures and afternoon sessions will be held at the Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia, Raiņa blvd. 19, which is located in the very centre of Rīga.


Applications are subject to approval.


Students, academic and research staff of foreign higher education institutions can apply for Latvian state scholarships, 711 EUR each, for participation in the summer school. State Education and Development Agency of the Republic of Latvia provides scholarships for 10 participants. The scholarships, however, do not cover travel expenses. Also note that there is a limited list of 38 countries, citizens of which are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

Travel grants

In addition to the scholarships, Digital Grammars AB provides travel grants, 300 EUR each, for 5 participants to attend the summer school.

Summer school projects

To be eligible for a scholarship and a travel grant, you must do some preliminary work on a GF-related project before the summer school. You must also submit your CV and a motivation letter. The deadline for project and document submission is 30 April 2017. More information: http://school.grammaticalframework.org/2017/


After successful completion of the summer school, students will receive certificates of 3 ECTS credits which correspond to 2 weeks of full-time studies.

Local organizer

Normunds Grūzītis (normunds.gruzitis at lu dot lv) University of Latvia, Faculty of Computing / Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science]]>
LU mājas lapa ENG VERSIJA ACTUAL NEWS (rotating on index page) Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:26:00 +0300
International collaboration on fusion activities Visit of foreign delegation to University of Latvia http://www.lu.lv/eng/news/t/46011/ From 27th of March to 6th April within Memorandum on cooperation between Institute of Experimental... Institute of Chemical Physics (ICP), University of Latvia were conducted. Questions of further collaboration on fusion area were discussed. As a result of visit to Daugavpils University, it was decided to consider the possibility of signing the memorandum on cooperation between Institute of Experimental and Theoretical Physics of al-Farabi Kazakh National University, University of Latvia and Daugavpils University on scientific collaboration. The main decision was to establish effective cooperation in the field of scientific research on the development of “green energy”, nanotechnology, training of competent specialists, the implementation of joint research and educational programs, scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals. From 27th of March to 8th April within EUROFusion Engineering project between Karlsruhe Institute of Technologies (KIT, Germany) and Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology Research, (CIEMAT, Spain) in cooperation with University of Latvia post-doctoral student Dr. Julia Heuser (KIT) visited Institute of Chemical Physics. The responsible for the engineering project – Dr. Regina Knitter (KIT, Germany) and Dr. Maria Gonzales (CIEMAT, Spain). Dr. Julia Heuser together with MSc. Arturs Zarins, MSc. Liga Avotina and Dr. Larisa Baumane of the Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis realized investigations on changes of properties blanket zone lithium silicate ceramics under action of accelerated electron and bremsstrahlung irradiation at different conditions. Raman spectrometry analysis of the samples performed in cooperation with Dr. Natalija Skute and MSc. Aleksandrs Petjukevics of the Daugavpils University. In the frame of the final workshop “Materials for future clean energy source ITER and DEMO” scientist MSc. Inesh Kenzhina reported about activities on investigation of functional and structural materials for fusion applications and MSc. Saulet Askerbekov on high-temperature corrosion of reactor graphites with SiC coating realized in Institute of Experimental and Theoretical Physics of al-Farabi Kazakh National University. MSc. Liga Avotina made presentation about the methods used for material investigation in the ICP.]]> LU mājas lapa ENG VERSIJA Conference Wed, 12 Apr 2017 12:16:00 +0300 University of Latvia will host an international conference on effective work of courts http://www.jf.lu.lv/eng/news/t/45795/ On 21 April 2017 the closing conference of the project “Supreme Courts as guarantee for... LU mājas lapa ENG VERSIJA ACTUAL NEWS (rotating on index page) Conference Thu, 30 Mar 2017 12:18:00 +0300