A new report “Facets of Identity – the Baltic Sea Region and beyond” was unveiled at the one-day conference on Baltic Sea Region identity, branding and communications organized on 9 December in Helsinki, Finland.
During the conference, the report served as the basis for discussion on the topic of identity by a panel of representatives from the fields of branding, culture and communication as well as authors of the report.
“The collection of articles in “Facets of Identity” focuses on the scientifically re-searched facets of identity in different fields of knowledge”, says Professor Bernd Henningsen, editor of the report.
“They address very different experiences in dealing with identity materials: How does one live as a Russian person in a formerly German territory? What can a Lithuanian tell us about Baltic consciousness? What angle does a Finnish historian have, living as they do between Russia and Sweden? And again and again, the question arises of what meaning this has for a person who is an immigrant to strange land, in another ethnic and cultural community.”
As Mindaugas Jurkynas, Professor of the Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania and one of the authors of the report said at the conference, identities contain many changing elements. Jurkynas also stressed the importance of our interpretation of the past as building material for our identities:
“With identities we are building the story who we are. We are looking for, cherry-picking good stories, from the past, interpreting our past”, said Jurkynas.
The Facets of Identity -report is second of its kind: In 2011 the Baltic Development Forum, together with Professor Henningsen, published the first ever report on Baltic Sea Region identity issues titled “On Identity – No Identity: An Essay on the Constructions, Possibilities and Necessities for Understanding a European Macro Region: The Baltic Sea “.
The report is published by Baltic Development Forum under the Horizontal Action Promo (HA Promo*) under the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region and is part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund).