Jūratė Kavaliauskaitė

Junior researcher, lecturer

Lectures and conducts research at the Institute since 2009, focuses on aestheticized, unconventional forms of political expression, thinking and communication, laughter in politics, as well as culture, political subjectivity and memory of the Soviet era; she had academic training at Universities of Vienna, Essex and Bamberg. Currently a member of a research project: “Lithuanian national electoral study 2020”.

Courses taught

Anthropology of Soviet and Post-Soviet Societies

Power and communication

Voice of Citizens

Master's Colloquium

Research interests

Political representations, communication and popular imaginaries

Culture, subjectivity and memory of the Soviet era

Politics of laughter


Kavaliauskaitė, J., Vinogradnaitė, I., Ramonaitė, A., Ulinskaitė, J., Kukulskytė, R., 2018, Sakytinė istorija kaip sovietmečio tyrimo metodas. (Oral history as a research method of Soviet history). Vilnius: VU leidykla.

Kavaliauskaitė J., 2015, ‘Experiments of Authenticity, or What did it Mean to Immerse in the ‚Bermuda Triangle‘ of Vilnius Old Town?‘ (in Lithuanian). In Ramonaitė, A. (ed.), Nematoma sovietmečio visuomenė (Invisible society of the soviet era). Vilnius: Naujasis židinys – Aidai, pp. 62-104.

Kavaliauskaitė, J., Ramonaitė, A., Klumbys, V.) (sud.), 2015, „Kažkas tokio labai tikro“: nepaklusniosios sovietmečio visuomenės istorijos. Sakytinės istorijos šaltinių rinkinys (‚Something so Truly Real‘: Narratives of the Disobedient Society of the Soviet Era‘. Collection of oral histories). Vilnius: Aukso žuvys.

Kavaliauskaitė, J., 2014, ‘Alexei Yurchak on the Political: the Paradoxes of the Late Soviet Era or those of Rethinking the Soviet?‘ (in Lithuanian). Sociologija. Mintis ir veiksmas, 2(35), pp. 236-251.

Kavaliauskaitė J., 2014, ‘The Secret of Political Leaders' Personal Appeal: (How) Do Personality Traits Matter?‘. Baltic Journal of Political Science, 3, pp. 113-133.

Kavaliauskaitė, J., Mikailienė, Ž., 2012, ‘The Western Thrust‘ and Autonomy during the Soviet Era: from Hippies to the Rock Marches in Lithuania‘ (in Lithuanian). In Kavaliauskaitė J., Ramonaitė, A. (eds.), Sąjūdžio ištakų beieškant: nepaklusniųjų tinklaveikos galia (Searching for the Origins of Sąjūdis: the Power of Contentious Networking). Vilnius: Baltos lankos.

Kavaliauskaitė, J., 2012, ‘Between Nature and Nation: the Vanguard of the Greens in Soviet-era Lithuania‘ (in Lithuanian). In Kavaliauskaitė J., Ramonaitė, A. (eds.), Sąjūdžio ištakų beieškant: nepaklusniųjų tinklaveikos galia. Vilnius: Baltos lankos

Kavaliauskaitė, J., 2009, ‘National Ressurection Party in the Quag of the Sign Reality‘ (in Lithuanian). In Ramonaitė, Ainė (ed.), Partinės demokratijos pabaiga? Politinis atstovavimas ir ideologijos (The End of Party Democracy? Political Representation and Ideologies). Vilnius: Versus Aureus, pp. 248-306.

Kavaliauskaitė, J., 2009, 'Television Laughter Culture and the Will-o'-the-Wisp of Public Spehre‘ (in Lithuanian). In Vinogradnaitė, Inga (sud.), Kalbėjimas paraštėse: alternatyvios viešosios erdvės Lietuvoje (Discourse on Margins: Alternative public spheres in Lithuania). Vilnius: Versus Aureus, pp. 155-218.

Kavaliauskaitė, J., 2009, ‘Hybrid entertainment television: viewership of the Lithuanian Dviracio Sou‘. In Krikmann, Arvo, Laineste, Liisi (eds.), Permitted laughter: socialist, post-socialist and never-socialist humour. Tartu: EKM Teaduskirjastus, pp. 95 - 119..