…Its international significance and legacy in the context of European borderland micro-regions

DAY 1 of 3

10:00 Welcome address

Representatives of the MFA, KU, LIH, UC, the Library

10:30 Opening keynote: Brendan Simms, University of Cambridge (UK): Memel and the geopolitics of the Baltic

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee

11:15 – 13:15 First Session

Moderator: TBC

Donatas Kupčiūnas, University of Cambridge (UK): Between civilisation and geopolitics: British and French plans for the future of Memel before January 1923

Joachim Tauber, Nordost-Institut (Germany): The Significance of the Klaipėda Question for German Foreign Policy, 1919–1939

Julien Gueslin, Strasbourg University (France): A barometer of “New Europa”? France and the question of the Memel Statute (1922–1935): between defense of a democratic multicultural region, support to Lithuanian State and European Realpolitik

Vilma Bukaitė, National Museum of Lithuania (Lithuania): France’s interaction with Great Britain on the issue of Klaipėda (1922–beginning 1923): between cooperation and competition

13:15 – 14:15 Lunch

14:15 – 15:45 Second Session

Moderator: TBC

Marta Grzechnik, University of Gdańsk (Poland): The importance of access to the Baltic Sea and control of one’s own ports for the new states in post-First World War Europe. The case of Gdynia and the Danzig Corridor

Rikako Shindo, Hosei University Tokyo (Japan): Königsberg’s attempts to establish the freedom of transit traffic on the Niemen River in the 1920s: The regional interest of East Prussia and the international tension between the riparian countries in north-eastern Europe

Klaus Richter, University of Birmingham (UK): Chaos Is a Ladder: The Great Depression and Lithuania’s Integration of the Klaipėda Region

15:45 – 16:00 Coffee

16:00 – 17:30 Third Session

Moderator: TBC

Algimantas Kasparavičius, Lithuanian Institute of History (Lithuania): From the ‘insurgence’ to the ‘Ultimatum’: the Dilemma of Klaipėda in the Foreign Policy of Lithuania, 1923–1939

Jerzy Borzecki, University of Toronto at Mississauga (Canada): The Polish perspective on the Lithuanian takeover of Memel in 1923 in the context of the post-Riga diplomatic settlement

Magnus Ilmjärv, Tallinn University (Estonia): Estonian foreign policy, public opinion and the question of Klaipėda, 1923–1939


DAY 2 of 3 – Friday, 26 May 2023

10:00 Departure to Klaipėda

Walk and dinner in Klaipėda

Organised by:

  • Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge
  • Institute of Baltic Region History and Archeology, University of Klaipeda
  • Lithuanian Institute of History

In partnership with:

  • Martynas Mazvydas National Library of Lithuania
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Lithuania

Sponsored by:

  • Klaipeda Miesto Savivaldybe
  • Research Council of Lithuania
  • Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania