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LU Social Sciences faculty’s doctoral student, Oskars Gruziņš, discovers a rare photograph of the 1949 mass deportation

On Monday, March 25th, at 15.00 an event will be held at the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia (Raina bulv. 7), where a photograph of the 25 March 1949 Soviet deportations will be premiered. This unique document, one of four photos known to exist, was found during a scientific expedition in 25 July, 2018 by Oskars Gruziņš. Gruziņš, a PhD student in communication science at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Latvia, found the photo as a result of his research in the Maria Sklodowska-Kiri innovative training network "Children born of war- past present, and future" (CHIBOW).

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Significant discoveries in the project “CHIBOW”

EU’s Marie Curie Innovative Training Network’s Early Stage Researcher, Oskars Gruziņš, discovers one-of-a-kind films of immeasurable importance to the history of Latvia.

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Riga 1941 – 1944, through the lens of a German officer’s Cinema Camera

On January 24, 2019, at 17.00, the event "Riga 1941–1944, through the lens of a German officer’s Cinema Camera" will take place at the temporary premises of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia (Raiņa bulvāris 7). During the event, unique cinematographic materials, found during the Marie Skłodowska Curie Innovative Training Network project “Children Born of War – Past, Present and Future (CHIBOW),” will be premiered.

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Success of the 2nd international conference Riga Readings in Social Sciences (RRSS)

The 2nd international conference Riga Readings in Social Sciences (RRSS) took place on November 22-23, and was organized by the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute (ASPRI), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia. The main theme of this year conference was "Baltic Sea Region: One Hundred Years On".

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The Final Conference of the project "Social Empowerment in Rural Areas" (SEMPRE) takes place at the University of Latvia

The Final Conference of the project SEMPRE, that will take place in the University of Latvia on November 27-28, 2018., offers an exciting programme, including
• a video interview with PETER BERESFORD, Professor of Citizen Participation, University of Essex and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, Brunel University London;
• discussion on the role of social innovation in European Territorial Cooperation with KATHARINA ERDMENGER, Head of Division for European Spatial Development Policies and Territorial Cohesion, German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community,
• presentations of microprojects implemented within the framework of the project.

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International conference Riga Readings in Social Sciences – November 22-23, 2018

The second international conference Riga Readings in Social Sciences (RRSS) organized by the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute (ASPRI), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia will take place in Riga on November 22-23. The main theme of the 2nd RRSS conference is "Baltic Sea Region: One Hundred Years On". The conference this year will host more than hundred participants from 16 countries (Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Russia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Kazakhstan). Working language: English.

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Youth as the agents of change for media literacy during the era of algorithms

On October 26, the Youth Forum “Media Literacy in the Era of Algorithms: Youth Voices” concluded at the Academic Center for Natural Sciences of University of Latvia by highlighting the role of young people as agents of change through improving the media and information literacy skills of each and every member of civil society. The event was held as part of the UNESCO-initiated Global Media and Information Literacy Week, and brought together around 250 participants from more than 20 countries.

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Department of Political Science Takes a Part in the International Symposium in China

Representatives of the Department of Political Science took a part in the “International Symposium on “Belt and Road Initiative” for Think Tank Network for “16+3””, which was held in 15-17 October, in Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China. The event has become a foundation for a search of new cooperation opportunities between academic staff within the international initiatives offered by the People’s Republic of China.

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What others are
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I found professors at the UL to be welcoming and supportive in both schoolwork and adjusting to living in a different culture. Some of the perspectives on migration discussed by my fellow students were very different than my own and I was forced to engage in challenging discussions and reflect on my own beliefs and understandings.
BERIT ENGSTROM (USA), Erasmus Mundus MISOCO student
I wanted to learn a language, which is smaller – to know a language that is out of the ordinary makes a person interesting at the job market. Everybody speaks English, but who speaks Latvian?
MARCEL SCHULZ Exchange student, University of Greifswald in Germany
The Faculty of Social Sciences provides interesting seminars with small groups and high quality.
MARCEL SCHULZ, exchange student, University of Greifswald in Germany
I enjoyed the MISOCO programme a lot – mainly because I had a chance to see different teaching and studying approaches and I could get information about wider range of resources... Staying in Riga was very interesting and I consider myself lucky that I went there ..it offers different point of view than you can get in Western Europe.
LENKA PAVELKOVA (CZ), Erasmus Mundus MISOCO student
The Baltic culture is fascinating to me: Riga, with his different styles; from Art Noveau, over soviet to modern style offers the city a lot of historical moments and different faces. Also I wanted to discover the whole region: The nature offers great pictures for the human eye.
MARCEL SCHULZ, exchange student, University of Greifswald in Germany
Riga is a beautiful city, and I never got tired off walking and biking around everywhere! I could have chosen to spend a semester in Germany, Ireland or Latvia, and I'm grateful that I chose Latvia for the culture, people, and my academic experience.
BERIT ENGSTROM (USA), Erasmus Mundus MISOCO student

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