BALTIC CONNECTIONS: a Conference in Social Science History

BALTIC CONNECTIONS: a Conference in Social Science History
University of Helsinki, Finland, April 20-21, 2021
University of Helsinki, Finland, April 20-21, 2021

Thank you!

Dear Baltic Connections 2021 participants,

We would like to thank you for your contribution to this year’s conference. The conference was another successful exchange of ideas and research, and it succeeded well from our point of view. If you would like to share your experience and/or suggestions for improvement, please email Saara Suominen ( who will collect them. As is our custom with this conference, next it will take place in Jyväskylä in the Spring of 2022, and we hope you will participate in that as well, hopefully in person. Moreover, University of Jyväskylä has a visiting scholar program that you might consider applying for: Applications close on May 17, 2021. Then you might be a part of the conference organization team yourself!

Finally, we would first like to thank our keynote speakers for their wonderful presentations: Joel Mokyr, Jenny Andersson, and Arja Turunen. Furthermore, we would like to thank the University of Helsinki, Finnish Economic History Association and Finnish Society for the History of Technology for supporting our conference. And, not the least, the organizing team here in Helsinki, especially Saara Suominen.

On behalf of the Helsinki team,

Jari Eloranta

On behalf of the Jyväskylä team,

Jari Ojala

Schedule, Program & Zoom Links Online

The program as well as the Zoom links for the 2021 conference are now online. To view the Zoom links, please register to receive a password by email.


Registration for the 2021 conference is open until Tuesday (April 20,  23:59).

In addition, you can register free to follow the Inter­disciplinary Per­spect­ives on Technology Workshop.

NB! Due to the global Covid-19 situation, the University of Helsinki has decided that all international conferences must be held as online only events until the end of August 2021. Therefore, Baltic Connections 2021 will take place online on Zoom, and we can no longer call our event 'hybrid'. Experience from the last 10 months or so has shown that it is possible to organize well functioning academic events online, so let's try to make the best of the situation on our path to the next normal! 

Call for Papers for Baltic Connections 2021!

The Baltic Connections 2021 will take place at the University of Helsinki, Finland, from April 20 to 21. As with the earlier conferences in Helsinki and Jyväskylä, we aim to bring together scholars working on comparative, economic, social, global, and other types of history and related social sciences to address various “East-West” historical processes and events as well as comparative and transnational analysis, including at the Baltic region, Europe, and the world.

The second Riitta Hjerppe Lecture in Social Science History will be given by Joel Mokyr (Northwestern). Further solid keynotes will be delivered by Jenny Andersson (CNRS, Uppsala University), and Arja Turunen (University of Jyväskylä).

The deadline for proposals is March 16, 2021. In addition to individual papers, proposals for three to four paper panels are appreciated. The conferees will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis and on March 21 at the latest. Proposals can be submitted to All the papers accepted for the cancelled 2020 conference are automatically accepted for the 2021 conference.

Due to the Coronavirus Disease situation, the Baltic Connections 2021 will be an online conference, making it possible and safe to participate from everywhere around the world.