Department of Cultural Studies

  • Address V. Putvinskio str. 23-420, LT-44243 Kaunas
  • Phone (8 37) 327 832
  • E-mail ksek@hmf.vdu.lt 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Laimutė Anglickienė

Head of the Department


Research interests: contemporary folklore, contemporary ethnology, ethnic stereotypes
laimute.anglickiene@vdu.lt

Diana Jovaišienė

Administrator of the Department


diana.jovaisiene@vdu.lt

Prof. dr. Gražina Kazlauskienė


Research interests: traditional and contemporary folklore, children’s literature, the link between folklore and literature, gender studies
grazina.kazlauskiene@vdu.lt

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rasa Račiūnaitė-Paužuolienė


Research interests: cultural anthropology, family and gender studies, urban anthropology, visual and religious anthropology
rasa.raciunaite@vdu.lt

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Dalia Senvaitytė


Research interests: (re)constructions of annual celebrations, comparative religion and mythology studies, cultural anthropology/ethnology and cultural psychology
dalia.senvaityte@vdu.lt

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Aurelijus Zykas


Research interests: public diplomacy, country branding, diplomacy of the Japan, postwar development of the Japan, ethnical processes in the East Asia
aurelijus.zykas@vdu.lt

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arūnas Vaicekauskas


Research interests: Lithuanian genesis of ethnicity and culture, changes of ritual forms of behaviour and holiday calendar, the invention of traditions, expression of carnival culture, representation of ethnical traditions in modern society
arunas.vaicekauskas@vdu.lt

Dr. Giedrė Barkauskaitė


Research interests: ethnical culture, culturology, pop culture, the interaction between ethnical traditions and creative work, traditional and contemporary folklore, ethnochoreography
giedre.barkauskaite@vdu.lt

Dr. Linas Didvalis


Research interests: environmental policy in the East and Southeast Asia region, sustainable development in East Asia, international environmental cooperation, ecological movements in Japan
linas.didvalis@vdu.lt

Dr. Asta Venskienė


Research interests: aesthetics of the body in countryside’s culture, ethnical and cultural stereotypes, local identities, heritage, classical and contemporary folk art
asta.venskiene@vdu.lt

Kristina Barancovaitė-Skindaravičienė


Research interests: Japanese language and culture, gender and sexuality studies, contemporary Japanese culture, intercultural communication
kristina.barancovaite@vdu.lt

Gheorghe Alexandru Fratila


Courses taught: Chinese language and culture, history of Chinese civilization
gheorghe.fratila@vdu.lt

Erika Griučkaitytė


Research interests: Korean language and modern culture
erika.griuckaityte@vdu.lt

Arvydas Kumpis


Research interests: the sociopolitical situation in Japan, nationalisms of East Asia countries (focusing on the case of Japan), interstate relations in East Asia, historical and collective memories in the region of East Asia
arvydas.kumpis@vdu.lt

Eglė Petrauskaitė


Courses taught: Korean language and culture, History of Korean culture
egle.petrauskaite@vdu.lt

Simona Vasilevskytė


Courses taught: Japanese language and culture, History of Japanese Culture, interaction between East and West cultures
simona.vasilevskyte@vdu.lt

Kayako Takagi

Visiting lecturer


Courses taught: Japanese language and culture
kayako.takagi@vdu.lt

Gintarė Dusevičiūtė-Neimontienė


PhD topic: historical reconstruction’s clubs in 20th – 21st century Lithuanian: searches for an alternative cultural identity
Supervisor Assoc. Prof. Dr. D. Senvaitytė
gintare.duseviciute-neimontiene@vdu.lt

Karina Taruškaitė


PhD topic: identities of Kaunas citizens: memory change in narratives of middle 20th century – beginning of 21st century
Supervisor Assoc. Prof. Dr. R. Račiūnaitė-Paužuolienė
taruskaite.karina@gmail.com

Vaida Rakaitytė


PhD Topic: Representation of ethnical culture in Lithuanian museums
Supervisor Assoc. Prof. Dr. Arūnas Vaicekauskas
vaida.rakaityte@vdu.lt