Institutes and Research Centres

The Faculty of Humanities is an academic unit that organises studies and research work in the field of humanities. It consists of seven Departments, six Research Centres and one Institute. In the spirit of Artes liberales, the mission of the Faculty is to cherish humanistic and humanitarian culture and values, to research the uniqueness of Lithuanian culture and to promote it on an international scale, to nurture civic, national and European self-awareness and to foster Lithuanian studies and multilingual research.

VMU Lithuanian Emigration Institute

It studies cultural, political and scientific heritage of Lithuanian emigrants as well as collects and protects unique archives of these emigrants. The scientists working in this institute conduct research into the history of Lithuanian exile, culture and literature, and analyse contemporary migration processes. Prof. Habil. Dr. Egidijus Aleksandravičius is the director of the institute.

Centre for Asian Studies

The Centre for Asian Studies is one of the research centres of the University constructed on the basis of multidisciplinary regional knowledge. Therefore, the Centre’s main object is Asia, from the perspectives of humanities and social sciences, with the emphasis on the modern trends of Asian politics, economy, society and culture. Presently we are concentrated on East Asia region (Japan, Korea and China), but there are plans to expand our interests to Southwest, Central, South and Southeast Asia regions in the future.

Centre of Computational Linguistics

It administers the creation of computer aided translation tools, the digitisation of spoken and written language, the analysis of Lithuanian language in terms of its grammar and semantics, the investigation of spoken word, and the work associated with automatic transcription of music. The director of the centre is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Andrius Utka.

Centre for Research on Culture

It analyses the phenomena of contemporary urban culture in Lithuania, examines the activities and features of various subcultural communities, and looks at the formation of a virtual culture with the help of computer technology. The director of the centre is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Egidija Kiškina.

Centre of Kaunas History

It conducts research into the history of Kaunas city and its region, organizes fact finding expeditions and other projects as well as gathers the bibliography of the history of Kaunas. The director of the centre is Prof. Dr. Jonas Vaičenonis.

Centre of Letonics

It organizes comparative and interdisciplinary investigations of Baltic Studies, participates in various projects, plans scholarly conferences and seminars, runs events popularizing Latvian culture, prepares and publishes scientific, methodical, and educational materials. The director of the centre is Prof. Dr. Alvydas Butkus.

Centre of Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication

It analyses the prominent aspects of languages and of their usage as well as the changes in language systems and executes the analysis of a multicultural environment. The director of the centre is Prof. Dr. Ineta Dabašinskienė.