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Dr. Nerija Putinaitė

Senior researcher

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Associate professor at the Vilnius University Institute of Political Sciences, Doctor of Humanities. Graduated from Vilnius University, studied at the Eichstätte University in Germany. Has been working at VU IIRPS since 2013.

Researched and internship at Phillips University in Marburg, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University in Greifswald,  the University of Tübingen in Germany and at Poitiers University in France.

Worked at the Institute of Culture, Philosophy and Art, lectured at Vilnius Pedagogical University.

2004-2008 worked as a Study and Science Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania in the Culture, Science and Education Group. 2008-2012 worked as Vice-Minister of Education and Science at the Ministry of Education and Science.

Research projects and grants

  1. Politics of Death in Soviet Lithuania: Meaning, Rituals, Symbols, Emotions”, grant, Research council of Lithuania, 2020-2023.
  2. “Christians in Lithuania Before and After the Revival”, participant, Research council of Lithuania, 2013-2015.
  3. “Priorities of the Lithuanian Government: Implementation Process and Results”, participant, Research council of Lithuania, 2014-2015.
  4. “Lithuanian Europe: Three Identities”, grant, Research council of Lithuania, 2014.
  5. “Democracy, Culture, and Catholicism”, participant, Loyola University, Chicago, US, 2009-2012.
  6. Allgemeine Kants Bibliographie, participant, “Kant-Gesellschaft”, University of Mainz, Germany, 2005-2007.
  7. “Strukturbildende Ideenstroeme im Ostseeraum”, participant, Nord- und osteuropaeische Forum für Philosophie, University of Greifswald, Germany, 2000-2003.

Courses taught

Issues of Lithuanian and European Identity

History of Soviet Identity Concepts

Analysis of Education and Science Policies

Topical Issues in Post-politics

Research interests

Identity Studies (including Soviet, national, and European identity)

Questions of Lithuanian Soviet national identity

Atheisation Politics

Accommodation and Resistance

Sovietization Policies and Society

Publications

Skambantis molis: dainų šventės ir Justino Marcinkevičiaus trilogija kaip sovietinio lietuviškumo ramsčiai (Ringing clay: song festivals and Justinas Marcinkevičius‘ trilogy of plaus as pillars of Soviet Lithuanian identity), Vilnius: LKMA, VŠĮ „Naujasis Židinys – Aidai“, 2019.

Nugenėta pušis: Ateizmas kaip asmeninis apsisprendimas tarybų Lietuvoje (Truncated pine tree: atheism as a personal choice in Soviet Lithuania), Vilnius: LKMA, VŠĮ „Naujasis Židinys – Aidai“, 2015.

Trys lietuviškosios Europos: tauta, Europa, ES dabartinėje tapatybėje (Three Lithuanian europes: contemporary national, European and EU identities), Vilnius: Lietuvių katalikų mokslo akademija, VŠĮ „Naujasis židinys – Aidai“, 2014.

Nenutrūkusi styga: Prisitaikymas ir pasipriešinimas sovietų Lietuvoje (Accomodation and resistance in Soviet Lithuania), Vilnius: Aidai, 2007.

Šiaurės Atėnų tremtiniai, arba Lietuviškosios tapatybės paieškos ir Europos vizijos XX a. (The visions of Europe and the quest for the Lithuanian identity in the 20th century), Vilnius: Aidai, 2004.

Paskutinioji proto revoliucija: Kanto praktinės filosofijos studija (The last revolution of reason: Immanuel Kant’s practical philosophy), Vilnius: Aidai, 2004.

“Political Religion and Pragmatics in Soviet Atheisation Practice: The Case of Post-Stalinist Soviet Lithuania”, in: Politics, Religion & Ideology, 2021, vol. 22(1), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1080/21567689.2021.1877672

“Atheist Autobiography: Politics, the Literary Canon, and Restructured Experience“, in: The Literary Field under Communist Rule, edited by Aušra Jurgutienė, Dalia Satkauskytė, Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2019. p. 59-79. https://doi.org/10.1515/9781618119780

“Christianity and Politics in Post-Soviet Lithuania: Between Totalitarian Experience and Democracy”, in: Democracy, Culture, Catholicism: Voices from Four Continents, ed. Michael J. Schunk, John Crowley-Buck, Fordham University Press: New York, 2016, 56-70.

“Czy nawyki sowieckie oddziałują na naszą teraźniejszość?”, in: Udana transformacja na peryferiach?, ed. Justinas Dementavičius, Artur Wołk, Ośrodek Myśli Politicznej: Kraków, 2014, p. 73-99.

“Überbleibsel der Sowjetzeit in Selbstverständnis des Heutigen Litauen”, in: Jahrestagung 2010, Litauisches Kulturinstitut, Lampertheim 2011, p. 45-60.

“The Good vs. „The Own“: Moral Identity of the (Post-)Soviet Lithuania”, in: Studies in East European Thought, 2008, Nr. 60, p. 261-278. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11212-008-9058-7

“Neue Philosophie in Litauen: Jenseits der Tradition”, in: Philosophieren im Ostseeraum. Beiträge des Nord- und osteuropäischen Forums für Philosophie, Greifswald, Hrsg. C. Häntsch. - Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2004, S. 325-333.

“Philosophy in Contemporary Lithuania”, in: Lithuanian Papers, University of Tasmania, Australia, 2002, Vol. 16, p. 47-50.