During the one-day networking conference on “The Baltic Sea Region identity, branding and Communications” on 9 December in Helsinki, Finland, a new report “Facets of Identity?” was unveiled and served as the basis for discussion on the topic of identity by a panel consisting 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 – the Baltic Sea Region and beyond” focuses on the scientifically re-searched facets of identity in different fields of knowledge”, says Prof. 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.”
The report is second of its kind. In 2011, BDF, together with Prof. Bernd 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 together 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).
*HA Promo is one of the so-called horizontal action areas in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. It is led by BDF and BaltMet. Our tasks are to coordinate and support activities across the Strategy to boost joint promotion and regional identity building.