International scientific conference “Monastic Life in Lithuania: History and Perspectives” dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Benedictine Monastery in Kaunas

On May 30-31, 2024, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Kaunas Benedictine Monastery foundation, the research cluster “The Church’s Relations with the State and Society in Lithuania“ of Vytautas Magnus University is organising an international scientific conference in order to present new historical research on monastic life in Lithuania and its prospects.

The international conference is a considerable opportunity to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Benedictine Monastery in Kaunas. Although the foundation of the monastery from Nesvizh lasted from 1621 to 1627, the official foundation deed was written by the nobleman of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Andrzej Skorulski, on November 28, 1624. This date is considered to be the foundation date of the Benedictine Monastery in Kaunas.

We invite researchers (theologians, historians, art historians, ethnologists, philosophers, sociologists and representatives of other fields of science) to present their research.

The topics proposed are the following:

  • the significance of the monk / nun in contemporary society;
  • the woman in the perspective of monastic life;
  • the significance of the saints and blessed for monks / nuns;
  • the history of monasteries in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania;
  • the problems of monastic life in the 19th – 20th centuries;
  • research on monastic art.

Please send the topic of your presentation and annotation to Ričardas Jaramičius via email by January 29, 2024.