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Kaspars Kļaviņš (Dr.hist.)

Visiting Professor
Conflict Resolution


  • Dr. hist., University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy, 1995.
  • University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Diploma, 1986-1992.

Significant Professional Experience

  • Professor, Riga Technical University (Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management), 2011–
  • Research Associate, University of Reading (Department of Archaeology), 2011-
  • Associate Professor, Daugavpils University, Faculty of Humanities, Latvian Literature and Culture Department, 2005–2011.
  • Research Scientific Associate, Monash University Australia, 2004-2009
  • Fulbright guest lecturer, Roosevelt University, USA, 2003-2004

Current research

Kaspars Kļaviņš has written on the subjects of medieval history, the history of modern ideas, German studies, philosophy, ecology and musicology.

  • 2010 involved in the Seventh Framework Programme of  the European Union (Chaired by Dr. Flocel Sabaté, Institute for Research in Identities and Society)
  • CARMEN (the “Co-operative for the Advancement of Research through a Medieval European Network”) Membership granted (2009)
  • Since 2008 – involved in working on different scientific projects (including organisation of international conferences and publication of collections of articles) in cooperation with the University of Picardy Jules Verne (Université de Picardie Jules Verne) in Amiens, France. As a result of this cooperation, a contract was signed in 2009 between the University of Daugavpils and the University of Picardy Jules Verne on exchange of students and lecturers within the framework of ERASMUS.
  • Since 2009 – involved in the preparatory group for a planned project of the European Science Foundation. The project is: “The Ecology of Crusading. The Environmental Impact of Conquest, Colonisation and Religious Conversion in the Medieval Baltic” http://www.ecologyofcrusading.com/team.html
  • In 2010 – admitted as a participant in the European Data Collection project: „Medieval Animal Data- network (MAD)” http://www.imareal.oeaw.ac.at/animalwiki/index.php/Main_Page.
  • In 2009 accepted as a Fellow in the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)
  • Membership of the Centre for East European Political Studies (2008)



  • Kļaviņš K., Der erste lettische realistische Roman “Die Landmesserzeit.” Einführung für den  deutschen Leser. – Rīga: Kristīgi Demokrātiskā Savienība, 2010– www.kds.lv (in German)
  • Kļaviņš K., apSTĀVĒŠANA. Publisher: Mansards, Riga, Latvia. 2009. A book about different aspects of the Latvian and Baltic history.- ISBN 978-9984- 812-30-4
  • Kļaviņš K., ‘Vācu ordenis un Livonija. ‘(Teutonic Knights and Livonia.) Publisher: Garā pupa, Riga, Latvia. 2000. # 2-0687

Chapters in Books

  • Kļaviņš K., Kaljundi L. The Chronicler and the Modern World: Henry of Livonia and the Baltic Crusades in in the Enlightenment and National Traditions // Crusading and Chronicle Writing on the Medieval Baltic Frontier. A Companion to the Chronicle of Henry of Livonia. Ed. by M. Tamm et al. 2011 Ashgate Publishing Limited. – ISBN 978-0-7546-6627-1. – pp. 409–456.
  • Kļaviņš K. Sacred Forests and Trees in Latvia and in the Latvian Mind // Umweltphilospohie und Landschaftsdenken im baltischen Kulturraum. Environmental Philosophy and Landscape Thinking. Ed by L. Lukas et al. 2011 Underi ja Tuglase Kirjanduskeskus. – ISBN 978-9985-865-33-0. – pp. 241–249.
  • Kļaviņš K., The Significance of Local Baltic Peoples in the Defence of Livonia (Late Thirteenth-Sixteenth Centuries) // The Clash of Cultures on the Medieval Baltic Frontier. Ed. by A. V. Murray. 2009 Ashgate Publishing Limited. – ISBN 978-0-7546-6483-3. – pp. 321–340.

Source Publications

  • Bearslayer : The Latvian Legend / Andrejs Pumpurs. (Translated by Arthur Cropley). Co-Edition and comments Rīga : LU Akadēmiskais apgāds, 2007. – ISBN-9984-802-54-X
  • Klavins K co-authored with Mugurevics E. ‘Comments.’ In the Rhyme Chronicle of Livonia. Publisher: ZINATNE, Riga, Latvia, 1998.– ISBN 5-7966-1182-8

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