On July 15th, the specialized, 14th volume of a journal “Culture Crossroads” by The Research Centre of the Latvian Academy of Culture (the LAC) has been published in a digital format (ISSN 2500-9974, http://www.culturecrossroads.lv/en/latest). In this issue are gathered articles in English as a continuation of thought-provoking discussions and studies at a conference “Poetics and Politics of History in Film and Theatre” which took place in Riga, at the LAC, from November 29 till December 1, 2018. In the conference, as well as in the journal the attention has been paid not only to the representation of the centenaries of the Baltic States in film and theatre, but also to a scrupulous analysis of interpretations and problematics of historical time, events and how these processes have shaped and influenced fates of people, as well as theatre creators and filmmakers and their artistic decisions.
In this journal, are collected 12 studies, and authors of the journal represent six countries – Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America –, and their daily professional activity covers not only theatre and film research and academic work in universities, but also is linked with different scopes from producing films and theatre performances to administrating creative processes. Therefore, the spectrum of published articles has an extensive range – from scientifically and theoretically-based researches to empirical historical shreds of evidence and artists’ reflections on making their own work within the context and course of history.
Authors of the 14th issue of “Culture Crossroads” are: Zane Balčus, Research Assistant at The Research Centre of the LAC, Liisa Byckling, Professor Adjunct at the University of Helsinki, Matīss Gricmanis, play and script writer, William Guynn, film historian and Emeritus Professor of Art at Sonoma State University, Joe Kelleher, Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Roehampton London, Jānis Kudiņš, Professor at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, Eva Näripea, Director of the Film Archive of Estonia's National Archives, Dita Rietuma, Head of the National Film Centre of Latvia, Anneli Saro, Professor of Theatre Research at the University of Tartu, Audrius Stonys, film director, Hedi-Liis Toome, Researcher in Theatre Studies at the Institute of Cultural Research of University of Tartu, and Jarmo Valkola, Docent Professor at the University of Lapland, Docent at the Aalto University and the University of Jyväskylä.
This specialised issue of the journal will be a useful collection of articles for researchers, academic staff and students, that are particularly interested in the theory of audiovisual and performative arts, as well as in the history of the Baltic States and its interpretations in arts.
The journal “Culture Crossroads” is available online at the website of The Research Centre of the LAC: http://www.culturecrossroads.lv/en/latest
The editor-in-chief of this volume is Inga Pērkone-Redoviča, Senior Researcher at The Research Centre of the LAC, and the Associate Editor is Dārta Ceriņa, Research Assistant at The Research Centre of the LAC.