Rūdolfs Blaumanis and the European cultural revolution at the turn of the century. Prose, drama and theater in text and context

Duration of the project

01.12.2012. - 18.03.2013.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

University of Latvia
Liepāja University
Latvian Academy of Culture
Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Albert – Ludwig University Freiburg
Tallinn University & Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonia Academy of Sciences
Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore

Aim of the project

Scientific aims of the project :

  • to develop and promote R.Blaumanis literary heritage in a modern international context and contemporary discourse;
  • the research of R.Blaumanis creative work within the context of German and German Baltic literature;
  • the analyses of Blaumanis creative work within the context of Baltic literature and theatre;
  • adopting new theoretical methods in the investigations of Latvian and German Baltic literature, actualizing the recent access methods of German studies.

Social aim of the conference: to promote Rūdolfs Blaumanis and his creative work in the cultural space of Latvia in his 150 anniversary.

Main activities of the project

  1. 49 scientific papers presented by scientists from institutions of nine different states
  2. Round Table discussion Blaumanis stagings today. Members: producers and directors Mihails Gruzdovs, Elmārs Seņkovs, Indra Roga, Lauris Gundars, Valters Sīlis un Viktors Jansons. Moderator: Līga Ulberte.
  3. Exhibitions:

* R.Blaumanis and the 19th/20th cnt. cultural revolution in Europe prepared by the Riga Central Library;

* R.Blaumanis comedy “Tailor-Days in Silmači” through the century prepared by the scientific library of the University of Latvia

  1. Premiere of a film by M.Balode and J.Siliņš Blaumanis. “The Indrans” – message in Ērgļi and the closing of the conference at Blaumanis Memorial Museum “Braki”
  2. Excursions to Riga Art Nouveau Museum and Janis Rozentāls and Rūdolfs Blaumanis Museum; performances „Purva bridējs” / “The Swamp Trekker” (National Theatre of Latvia);  „Indrāni” / “The Indrans” (Russian Drama Theatre);
  3. Conference program and summaries were published;
  4. One could follow the conference through www:  http://www.lu.lv/tiesraide

Target group and number of persons involved

Conferece participants were: scientists from Latvia and abroad, museum employees and investigators, librarians, teachers, students and schoolchildren, etc.

Direct attendance – 240, through www. – 196.