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The 3rd International Interdisciplinary Conference PLACES

PLACES - Politics, Law, Anthropology, Communication, Economics and Business, Sociology


Our future is a race between the growing power of technology and the wisdom with which we use it (Stephen William Hawking)

The 3rd Rīga Stradiņš University international and interdisciplinary conference PLACES invites to consider and discuss the uneasy and fraught intersection between technological advancement and the societal context within which it takes place.

Over the course of three days and from diverse social science perspectives, such as communication science, economics, legal science, political science, psychology, social anthropology, and sociology, the conference will tackle questions regarding the production, use and governance of various technologies, broadly defined, as well as our engagement with and imaginaries of specific infrastructures, tools and devices including, importantly, digital ones.

The larger guiding question of the event is one of priorities when it comes to our engagement with technologies and the societal transformations associated with and mediated through this intersection. What socioeconomic, political, legal, psychological, ideological and discursive processes shape and are shaped by these interactions? Whose voices do we tend to hear, take into account, and amplify? What tensions between various worldviews emerge through various technological engagements and/ or disengagements? To return to Hawking’s quote as the guiding theme of the conference, who are the winners and losers of the “growing power of technology”? And, what can and should we do to enhance “the wisdom with which we use it”?

We invite you to peruse the topics of each of the conference days as outlined below and submit your proposal to one of them.

Sections and Side Events

The End of Story and the Return of History – 30 March – Agenda

Organized by the Faculty of Communication

Venue: RSU, 16 Dzirciema iela, Senate Hall

Session I
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Ilva Skulte
9:30–10:30KEYNOTE: Climate Change as the “Place” where “Everything” Meets, Collides and Implodes in Modern and Late Modern Age. Some Thoughts from a Media Technology Perspective
Peter Berglez
Session II: Communication and Media Studies Developments in Latvia (roundtable discussion)
Chair: Jānis Juzefovičs (TBC)
11:00–11:40Fertile Fields and Deserts of Research. Risks and Opportunities Related to Communication and Media Studies Development in Latvia (2000–2020)
Prof. Anda Rožukalne, Dr Alnis Stakle, Assoc. Prof. Ilva Skulte
11:40–11:50Reports of Death of the Press Release Are Greatly Exaggerated
Lāsma Šķestere
11:50–12:00(D)Effect of the Internet on Journalist Professional Life in Latvia
Līga Ozoliņa
Session III: From Higher Education to the Workplace
Chair: Asst. Prof. Agita Lūse
13:30–13:45Measuring Scientific Performance: The Case of RSU
Assoc. Prof. Klāvs Sedlenieks
13:45–14:00Between Work and Family: Experiences of International Scholars in Japan and Latvia
Ieva Puzo, PhD
14:00–14:15Research Workers, Mobility and Relatedness in Research Performing Institutions in Latvia
Diāna Kiščenko
14:15–14:30Work Engagement and Job Satisfaction in Lithuania and Europe: Evidence from the European Social Survey
Dr Rasa Indriliūnaitė
14:30–14:45Transition from Upper Secondary to Higher Education (Comparative Eurostudent Study)
Ilze Trapenciere, Ansis Pētersons, Aleksandrs Aleksandrovs, Dr Ilze Koroļeva
Session IV: Kinship, Affinities and Forms of Relatedness in Contemporary World
Chair: Ieva Puzo
15:30–15:40Chefs in the Making: Restaurant Kitchen Rituals, Liminality & Kinship
Dr Nafsika Papacharalampous
15:40–15:50Work-Life Balance in the Experience of Skilled Transnational Migrants and Their Families
Dr Baiba Bela, Anete Kriķīte
15:50–16:00Relatedness and the Long-Term Fieldwork in Anthropology
Assoc. Prof. Klāvs Sedlenieks
16:00–16:10Metaphors of Thriving: A Century of Studying Kinship in Latvia
Dr Agita Lūse
16:10–16:20The Scope of Family in Latvian Laws and Why Does It Matter in the Context of Mobility
Liene Rācene-Riekstiņa
16:20–16:30The Impact of Job Specifics on Social Ties of Professional Orchestral Musicians in Latvia
Aija Siliņa
Session V: Uderstanding Death and Dying
Chair: Assoc. Prof. Klāvs Sedlenieks
17:30–17:45The Relation of the First Significant Encounter with Death to the Person's Attitude Towards Mortality, Death and the Imagined Afterlife
Diāna Kalniņa
17:45–18:00Is There Anything Beyond the End? Visions of the Afterlife in Contemporary Latvia
Dr Agita Misāne
18:00–18:15The Discourse of Extinction of the Nation in Parliamentary Debates in Latvia
Assoc. Prof. Ilva Skulte
18:15–18:30New Religious Movements as Negotiations Between Past and Future
Prof. Michael Strmiska
18:30–18:45Latvian Doctors and Medical Students on Assisted Dying
Ivars Neiders, Dr Silva Seņkāne
Technologies and Governance: Power & Money – 31 March – Agenda

Organized by the Faculty of European Studies

Venue: RSU, 16 Dzirciema iela, Senate Hall

Session I: Technological and Digital Transformation in Business, Economics and Politics
Chair: Asst. Prof. Mārtiņš Daugulis
9:00–10:00KEYNOTE: Contributions to the Management of Technologies in Modern Production and Logistics Systems
Manuel Woschank
10:00–10:15Medical and Health Research Output Indicators in University Ranking, Opportunity Assessments and Future Potential Forecasts in Case of Latvian Research Universities
Jānis Paiders, Dmitrijs Stepanovs, Uldis Berķis
10:15–10:30The EU and Its Southern Neighbourhood Policy: Resilience in the Era of Science Diplomacy
Zane Šime
Session II: International Business and Politics: Interdependence and Governance
Chair: Asst. Prof. Mārtiņš Daugulis, Asst. Prof. Anželika Berķe-Berga
11:00–11:15Innovative Methods in Designing Policy: Case Study of Drafting Phase of Oncology Treatment Plan (2022–2024)
Mārtiņš Daugulis
11:15–11:30The European Story of China in Africa: Examining the Token “Cautionary Tale”
Una Bērziņa-Čerenkova
11:30–11:45Business Support During the Financial Crisis and the COVID Pandemic: An Analysis of International and Latvian Experience
Anželika Berķe-Berga, Inna Dovladbekova
11:45–12:00The Struggle for Dominance in Global Internet Governance: A Comparison of the USA, EU, Russia and China Approaches
Tsevete-Lina Romanova Gervazieva
12:00–12:15A University-Business Alliance in Strengthening Green Transition and Green Entrepreneurship
Sergejs Stacenko, Līga Briķena
12:15–12:30Digital Marketing in Corporate Social Responsibility: Legal Challenges in the European Union
Santa Bormane, Marta Urbāne
Session III: International Practice for Sustainable Development
Chair: Prof. Tatjana Muravska
13:30–13:45Applicability of  International Practice Theory in Foreign Policy Analysis
Māris Cepurītis
13:45–14:00Private Sector in the Comprehensive National Defence System of Latvia: Dimensions of Psychological Resilience and Strategic Communication. Case Study: Institutionalization Potential of Mobile Telecommunications Operator LMT
Lita Juberte-Krūmiņa
14:00–14:15Dynamics of Populist Parties in European Union Countries from 2013 to 2022
Pēteris Plakans
14:15–14:30Sanctions and New Opportunities for Central Asia
Līga Andersone
14:30–14:45Digitalization as a Solution for Ensuring the Continuity of Parliament Functions During the Covid-19 Crisis and Its Impact on the Work of the Parliament
Romāns Gagunovs, Ilga Kreituse
14:45–15:00Recommendations for Applying World Health Organization's Policy to Population Aging in Latvia
Tatjana Azamatova
Transformation of Law in the Era of Digitalisation: Defining the Priorities – 29 March – Agenda


Organized by the Faculty of Law

Venue: RSU, 16 Dzirciema iela, Senate Hall

Session I
Chair: Prof. Jānis Grasis, Asst. Prof. Karina Palkova
9:00–9:20The Next Chapter in Latvia's Digital Transformation Journey
Māris Sprindžuks, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development
9:20–10:20Keynote discussions
Māris Sprindžuks, Prof. Paulius Pakutinskas, Prof. Erik Hahn
10:20–10:30Book launch
Prof. Jānis Grasis
Session II: Current Legal Issues in Medical and Healh Law
Chair: Asst. Prof. Karina Palkova
11:00–11:10The Protection of Patient Rights in the Provision of Telemedicine Services
Rafaels Ciekurs
11:10–11:20The Effect of the Medical Device Regulatory Changes on Digital Solution Development and Healthcare Industry in EU
Līga Svempe
11:20–11:30Data Ownership in Training Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Artūrs Žukovs, Kristaps Upenieks
11:30–11:40Digital Informed Consent in Organ Transplantation – Challenges and Opportunities
Daniela Izotenko
11:40–11:50The Legal Framework and Challenges of the Patient Safety Incident Reporting-Learning System: Healthcare Students' Perspective
Andreta Slavinska
11:50–12:00The Right to Medical Care: The Realities of the Russian-Ukrainian War
Tetiana Mykhailichenko
12:00–12:10The Capable Adult Patient's Right to Decide in Medical Treatment Based on His or Her Religious Beliefs the Republic of Latvia
Laura Šāberte
12:10–12:20Legally Questionable Application of Psychiatric Treatment Without Consent to Persons Who Are Limited in Self-Care Ability
Assoc. Prof. Solvita Olsena
12:20–12:30Justified Damage in Healthcare – Concept, Scope and Criteria
Assoc. Prof. Inga Kudeikina, Marina Loseviča
Session III: Current Legal Issues in Medical and Healh Law
Chair: Asst. Prof. Karina Palkova
13:30–13:40Private Corruption in Pharmaceutical Sector
Prof. Natalya Gutorova
13:40–13:50Legal Characteristics of Marketing Agreements in Ukraine’s Pharmacy
Prof. Vitalii Pashkov
13:50–14:00Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Reconciling Consumer Protection and Medical Revolution Interests
George Chakhvadze, Maninderjit Kaur Taneja
14:00–14:10Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare: Legal Issues of Informed Consent
Assoc. Prof. Inga Kudeikina
14:10–14:20Cancellation of the Sick Leave as a Possible Basis for Termination of the Employment Contract
Dace Tarasova, Laura Šāberte
14:20–14:30Civil Liability of Medical Staff
Yulia Zabuha
Current Legal Issues in Administrative Law
14:30–14:40The Legal Perspective of the New Local Government Law – New Challenges or Lack of Democracy
Juris Radzevičs
14:40–14:50Implementation of Online Classes in the Higher Education in Latvia: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of the Current Legal Framework with a Particular Focus on Legal Studies
Laura Ratniece
14:50–15:00Application of Administrative Responsibility to Minors
Lidija Rozentāle, Aigars Rožkalns
Session IV: Current Issues in International Law
Chair: Prof. Jānis Grasis
15:30–15:40Violation of the Right to Information in the Conditions of Russia's Armed Aggression Against Ukraine
Natalia Netesa, Vladyslava Batyrgareieva
15:40–15:50Is Artificial Intelligence, Including Chat GPT and Others, a Professor’s Assistant or a Threat in the Process of Legal Education?
Prof. Uldis Ķinis
15:50–16:00Securing Rights of the Child in the Era of Digitalization
Ilze Bērziņa
16:00–16:10Necessity of the Law on Financial Transactions
Tatjana Jukna
16:10–16:20Access to the Information on the Beneficial Ownership of Companies: Privacy vs. Legitimate Public Interest
Prof. Jānis Grasis
Current Issues in Criminal Law and Criminology
16:30–16:40Development Trends of Criminology in Modern Society
Prof. Andrejs Vilks
16:40–16:50The Use of Digital Devices in Road Traffic Control: A Threat to the Principle of Proportionality
Juris Matisāns
16:50–17:00Criminological Legislation in the Field of Road Safety
Alīna Kalniņa
Session IV: Current Issues in Civil Law
Chair: Ilze Bērziņa
17:00–17:10Roman Law and Legal Regulation of Gambling Phenomenon
Prof. Osvalds Joksts, Allars Apsītis
17:10–17:20Roman Law Real Servitudes as a Predecessors to Modern-Day Latvia’s “Ceļa servitūts” – “Servitude of Right of Way”
Jolanta Dinsberga, Allars Apsītis, Dace Tarasova
17:20–17:30Civil Proceedings, Digitalization and the Proclamation of Insolvency Proceedings
Valdis Savickis, Assoc. Prof. Inga Kudeikina
17:30–17:40Processing of Employees Biometric Data in Employment Legal Relations
Agnese Reine
17:40–17:50The Origin and Modern Legal Existence of the Concept of Force Majeure
Prof. Osvalds Joksts
17:50–18:00Graphic Representation of the Easement Territory – Legal and Practical Aspects
Jolanta Dinsberga
Side event: Fostering Action with Narratives: Communicating about Climate Change and Energy Transition in Politics, Business, Media and Society – 30 March

Organized by the Faculty of European Studies

Venue: RSU Pharmaceutical Education and Research Centre, 21 Konsula iela, Room #204

Session I: Narratives: Why They Matter in Climate and Energy Transitions
Chair: Prof. Andris Sprūds, Vineta Kleinberga
11:00–11:30KEYNOTE: To the Question of Resilient Normative Images of the EU at the Age of Uncertainty: Narratives of Climate Change and Environmental Protection
Prof. Natalia Chaban, Department of Media and Communication, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
11:30–12:00KEYNOTE: Words as Tools for Climate Action: Challenging Business as Usual with Emancipatory More-than-Human Language
Asst. Prof. Michał Pałasz, Faculty of Management and Social Communication, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
Session II: Narratives as They Are Told: Climate and Energy Transitions from Various Actors' Perspectives
Chair: Vineta Kleinberga
13:30–13:40Between Two Worlds: Sovereignty, Climate and Narrating the Future in Taiwan
Prof. Ben O'Loughlin, Dr Pauline Sophie Heinrichs
13:40–13:50Climate Policy Narratives of the Political Elite of Latvia (Parliament, Cabinet of Ministers, and Municipalities): A Comparative Analysis
Lelde Metla-Rozentāle
13:50–14:00Market Arguments, Contested Energy Transitions and Sweden's Energy Policy Framework
Hugo Faber
14:00–14:10Climate Change, the Media and Consumption Narratives
Dr Anastasia Denisova
14:10–14:20Narratives about Climate Change Produced in Latvian Business Environment
Kristīne Blumfelde-Rutka
14:20–14:30Projection of the European Union Climate and Environmental Narratives in the Debates of the Latvian Parliament (2018–2022)
Katrīna Laura Tkačenko
Session III: Enabling and Contesting the Narratives: The Role of Perceptions, Attitudes and Imaginaries
Chair: Kristīne Blumfelde-Rutka
15:30–15:40Winners or Losers? Perceptions of Climate Change and Related Policies in Latvian Society
Vineta Kleinberga
15:40–15:50Institutionalising a Promise: The Case of SMR Regulation in Finland
Dr Matti Kojo
15:50–16:00Generation Z’s Attitudes Towards the Narrative about Sustainable Transport and Electromobility in Poznań, Poland
Zuzanna Jezierska
16:00–16:10Integration of Climate Change Content in Marketing Communication of Retail Companies in Latvia
Santa Kliedere
16:10–16:20Who's Behind the News? The Role of News Agency LETA in the Framing of Climate Change in Latvian Media
Dr Ilva Skulte
16:20–16:30Production of Wind Energy in Latvia: A Comparison of the Government's Strategic Narrative and the Political Narratives of the Kurzeme Planning Region  (2019–2022)
Dace Vašuka
16:30–16:40The Survey of Systemic Food Waste Generation Causes in Latvian Retail, Catering and Households
Raimonda Soloha
Session IV: Political, Economic, Legal and Cultural Contexts for Climate and Energy Narratives
Chair: Lelde Metla-Rozentāle, Vineta Kleinberga
17:30–17:40Bringing Climate Action to the European Level: Assessing Why EU Member States Push for an Ambitious EU Climate Agenda
Māra Baumane
17:40–17:50Mapping the Existing Local Ecosystem Waste Management Practices in the EU
Anna Broka
17:50–18:00Corporate Sustainability Reporting – More than a Tool for a Company's Reputation Management
Kristiāna Plāte
18:00–18:10Potential of Legal Tech for Energy Justice Legislation
Judith Kärn
18:10–18:20Waste Management in the Context of the Circular Economy: International and Latvian Experience
Laura Martinsone
18:20–18:30Do You Believe Them? Perceived Trustworthiness of the Narrator in Evaluating the Effectiveness of Climate Change Narratives
Vineta Kleinberga
18:50–19:00Concluding Remarks: Future Research Agenda
Prof. Andris Sprūds, Vineta Kleinberga
Side event: Kinship and Relatedness amidst Mobility-Facilitating Work Policies – 31 March

Organized by the Faculty of Communication

Venue: RSU, 16 Dzirciema iela, Block B, Rooms 202/203 (on-site only)

On March 31, a roundtable discussion will take place about the intersection between academic mobility and kinship, in collaboration with other research institutions as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations.

The main objective of the event is to discuss the existing challenges and possible solutions in contemporary academic mobility. The roundtable is organized as part of the research project (Re)moving Ties: Relatedness in Contemporary Mobile Work Regimes funded by the Latvian Council of Science.

Event language: Latvian

Side event: "Memento mori" public lecture and roundtable discussion – 31 March

Organized by the Faculty of Communication

Venue: RSU, 16 Dzirciema iela, Block B, Rooms 202/203

Researchers of the Memento Mori: End of Life, Death and Imagined Afterlife in the Contemporary Latvian Lifeworld project (lzp-2019/1-0223), funded by the Latvian Council of Science, will present the findings of their research. A public lecture will be followed by a roundtable discussion on the existing challenges and the possible solutions for dying with dignity in contemporary Latvia.

Event language: Latvian

Side event: General Meeting of the Latvian Economists Association – 30 March

Organized by the Faculty of European Studies

Venue: RSU, 16 Dzirciema iela, Rooms 202 & 203

The general meeting of the Latvian Economists Association and the recruitment of new members will take place on March 30 at Rīga Stardiņš University in collaboration with the Faculty of European Studies.

The Latvian Economists Association was founded in 2009 with the aim of promoting and coordinating the cooperation of Latvian economists at the individual and institutional level. Lecturers from various universities and professionals from various fields participate in the association.

Organising Committee

  • PhD Ieva Puzo, Dean, Faculty of Communication, RSU
  • PhD Asst. Prof. Karina Palkova, Faculty of Law, RSU
  • PhD Assoc. Prof. Marta Urbāne, Dean of the Faculty of European Studies, RSU

International Scientific Committee

  • Prof. Anda Rožukalne, Faculty of Communication, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof. Auksė Balčytienė, Department of Public Communications, Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas, Lithuania
  • Assoc. Prof. Andres Jõessar, Baltic Film, Media and Arts School, Tallinn University, Estonia
  • Assoc. Prof. Klāvs Sedlenieks, Leading Researcher, Faculty of Communication, RSU, Latvia
  • Ieva Puzo, Researcher, Dean, Faculty of Communication, RSU, Latvia
  • Agita Misāne, Leading Researcher, Faculty of Communication, RSU, Latvia
  • Assoc. Prof. Michael Strmiska, Global Studies, SUNY-Orange, State University of New York, US
  • Assoc. Prof. Sandra Mihailova, Faculty of Communication, RSU, Latvia
  • Ieva Reine, Associated Researcher, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden
European Studies
  • Prof. Dr. oec. Inna Dovladbekova,  Department of International Business and Economics, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof. Dr. oec. Tatjana Muravska,  Department of International Business and Economics, RSU, Latvia
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. iur. Marta Urbāne, Dean, Faculty of European Studies, RSU, Latvia
  • Dr. oec. Anželika Berķe-Berga, Department of International Business and Economics RSU, Latvia
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Christiane Trüe, Hochschule Bremen – City University of Applied Sciences, School of International Business, International Graduate Center of Hochschule Bremen – City University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. sc. pol. Andris Sprūds, Faculty of European Studies, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof. Antje Leukens, Programme Head, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (International Management) at FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern,  Switzerland
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Māris Andžāns, Director of Study Programme, International Governance and Diplomacy, Director of Study Programme, Russia and Eurasia Studies, Department of Political Science, RSU,  Director of "Center for Geopolitical Studies Riga", Latvia
  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Kārlis Bukovskis, Researcher, Department of Political Science, Director of the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, Latvia
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Edijs Bošs, Department of Political Science, RSU, Latvia
  • Vineta Kleinberga, Researcher, Faculty of European Studies; PhD student, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof., Dr. iur. Jānis Grasis, Dean, Faculty of Law, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof., Dr. iur. Andrejs Vilks, Faculty of Law, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof., Dr. iur. Sandra Kaija, Faculty of Law, RSU, Latvia
  • Prof. Dr. iur., Tanel Kerikmäe, Tallinn University of Technology, School of Business and Governance, Estonia
  • Prof. Dr. iur. habil., Dr. rer. medic. Erik Hans, Zittau/Görlitz University AS, Dresden International University, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Jacek Zieliński, Siedlce University of Natural Science and Humanities, Poland
  • Prof. Dr. iur. Tomasso Vito Russo, University of Salento, Counsel at Tribonian Law, Italy.
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. iur. Dovile Gailiūte-Janušone, Vice-Dean for International Relations and Studies, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
  • Asst. Prof. PhD Karina Palkova, Faculty of Law, Head of Doctoral Study Programme “Law”, RSU, Latvia

Keynote Speakers

Örebro University, Sweden
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
University of Applied Sciences Zittau / Görlitz & Dresden International University, Germany
Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland
University of Latvia