Public lecture „Convergence of Hawaiian and Chinese Philosophies Useful for Social Critique"

Sydney interA public lecture “Convergence of Hawaiian and Chinese Philosophies Useful for Social Critique" was presented by Dr. Sydney Morrow on 3rd of December at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies Vilnius University

Abstract of the lecture

There are many factors that explain the drastic economic disparities within the populations of developed, technologically-advanced countries. In an age where the largest economies are underpinned by the necessity of unlimited growth, the girders of plentiful cheap labor and abundant natural resources are beginning to belie their structural integrity. The people bearing the most weight are those at the bottom, who work the hardest for the least return and live their lives amid the poisonous, irradiated detritus of an inefficient, wasteful system of production and consumption. 

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International seminar on student politics in South Asia

Seminar 20181120 intInstitute of Asian and Transcultural Studies participated in co-organizing an international seminar “South Asia from the Lens of Student Politics” which took place in EHESS and Science Po, Paris 19-20 November, 2018. The papers in the seminar addressed a broad range of research questions through acknowledging the regional and national visibility of movements across Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. The selected papers of the seminar will be published in the special issue of SAMAJ (South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal) whose guest editors will be Dr. Jean-Thomas Martelli and Dr. Kristina Garalytė.



Public lectures by Prof. Audrius Beinorius at the Ghent University

Beinorius Gento universitete 201808-05-2018, Ghent University, Belgium

Astrology and Divination in India: Philosophical, Social and Religious Foundations

Lezing in het kader van de permanente vorming ‘Religieuze tradities van India’. In deze lezingenreeks zullen specialisten uit verschillende achtergronden u inkijk bieden in hun vakgebied. Hierbij komen diverse religieuze tradities aan bod die hun oorsprong vonden in India, zoals het boeddhisme, hindoeïsme en jainisme. Deze worden bovendien gekaderd binnen de geografische en culturele diversiteit die het Zuid-Aziatische subcontinent zo kenmerkt; van Tibet tot Sri Lanka, van Noord- tot Zuid-India.

De permanente vorming staat open voor iedereen met een interesse in Indische religie. Daar de meeste lezingen door buitenlandse gasten worden gegeven, is kennis Engels noodzakelijk.

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Public lectures by Prof. Audrius Beinorius at the University of Tartu

Tartu Uni 2018 1Freudian and Jungian approaches to religion

12 February 2018, Tartu

Present lecture be focused on the early development of the field of psychology of religion and one influential its approach, namely, the psychoanalytical perspective to religious studies will be introduced.

Question be raised: What were the principal differences between Jungian and Freudian approaches to religious studies? Why S. Freud suggested that religion and neurosis are similar products of the human mind? How C. G. Jung described the collective unconscious and what role in his analysis of religious experiences is intended to the theory of archetypes and the process of individuation? How, according to him, myths, symbols and religious images are related to the contents of our dreams? Why he took so much interest in Gnosticism, alchemy and astrology? What was Jungian treatment of Christianity and his perception of Eastern religious traditions? Lecture will be concluded with appreciation and criticism of both Freudian and Jungian approaches.

Orientalism, postcolonial studies and study of religion

14 February 2018, Tartu

The lecture is dedicated to the epistemic violence of classical Orientalism and its response to the colonial past by problematizing the way in which Indian religion has been represented within Western scholarship. While analyzing the contribution of Western colonization to the construction of the notion of ‘Hinduism’ the re-evaluation of the conception of Orientalism within the context of postcolonial discourse shall be provided. We will review the ‘Orientalist debate’ implemented by Edward Said and explore later responses to Said's ideas by trying to answer some relevant questions: How colonization has contributed to the westernization and modern construction of ‘Hinduism’? What is relation between the theories and discourses of postcolonialism, poststructuralism and postmodernism? How postcolonial discourse changes our understanding of the nature of religion?

Place: School of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Tartu


Dr. J. K. Tandon visit at the VU Centre of Oriental Studies

S Tandon atskl intOn 10th November, 2017 the director of the Centre of Oriental Studies in Vilnius University Dr. Vytis Silius met the head of “A & Z Exports International” company Dr. J. K. Tandon and his wife Rekha Tandon. At the meeting, the sponsorship agreement was signed and the possibilities for further cooperation were discussed. The sponsored support will be used for the Centre's lecturer Kristina Dolinina’s scientific research in India.

The company actively supports Lithuanian and Indian cultural and academic relations. For three years now, Dr. J. K.Tandon has been sponsoring the international classical Indian art festival "Sursadhana". “A & Z Exports International” generously contributed to Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra tours in India and Thailand in October, 2017.

During the meeting Dr. Tandon emphasized the importance of such academic studies and was thankful to the Center of Oriental Studies for many years of active scientific work and efforts in developing Lithuanian-Indian cultural and academic relations.

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Islamic Perspectives on Shakespeare: Perform or Adapt?

Levinson interThis lecture takes a brief look at how Shakespeare has been performed and adapted in the Islamic world and if there is a post-colonial residue relating to him and his work.

It takes a further look at attempts to colonise Shakespeare’ works prior during and post Nazi Germany using the Merchant of Venice as its yardstick, and ends by challenging traditional performances and adaptions of this play concluding that Shakespeare wrote it as a most powerful play against hypocrisy, colonialism, racism, and anti-Semitism and places Shylock as not just a hero but as a ideal and noble human in the Shakespearian tradition – A Shilloh - while Portia is positioned as Portiago.

Orde Levinson: Writer, painter and lecturer at the Oxford University lives and works between Oxford and the Luberon Valley, Provence. A practising painter and writer, his books including poetry, plays, critical analyses, and artist compendia. His open, free flowing ‘in conversation’ projects include with Henry Moore the philosopher Professor Sir Richard Sorabji. His collection of poetry was praised by Samuel Beckett as “a moving feat” and his play based on the life of John Muafangejo premiered in the National Theatre of Namibia for Independence. He has directed the Merchant of Venice. He mostly prefers working parties to cocktail parties.

Place: Vilnius University, Oriental Studies center, Japanese language room

Date and Time: 2017-10-26, 5PM

Lecture will be held in English language. Free antrance.


Public seminar „Island of Faith 宗教之樂土: Religion and Religiosity in Taiwan"

Taipejus Buda 001October 13, 2017, at the Centre of Oriental Studies, Vilnius University

14:30-14:45 Introduction
R.C. WU (Head of Taipei Mission)
Dr. Vytis Silius (Director of Center of Oriental Studies, Vilnius University)
Prof. F. Kraushaar (University of Latvia, AsiaRes)

Prof. Lin Chenkuo 林鎮國
Dwelling in the Nearness of Gods: A Hermeneutical Turn in Modern Confucian Understanding of Religiosity

Paskaitos santrauka 

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

Ven. Prof. Bhikshu Huimin 釋惠敏
An Examination of the Meaning of "Mātra" in Relation to Buddhist Meditation in the Yogācāra School

Paskaitos santrauka 

Kaspars Eihmanis, Prof. Frank Kraushaar (University of Latvia, AsiaRes)
Mazu 媽祖 Cult as Living Religious Practice in Contemporary Taiwan (with excerpts from a documentary)

Open ending, coffee

The public seminar will be held in English in the J.Kovalevskis auditorium
(Universiteto 5, entrance from the S. Daukantas Courtyard).

Organizers: AsiaRes, Taipei Mission, VU Centre of Oriental Studies

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International Conference „Nation, Gender and History: Asian Cinemas in Perspective“

Gender konferenc 512x261 inter siuntimuiThe idea of a national culture has played a fundamental role in the definition, historiography and evaluation of Asian cultural practices for at least two centuries, and cinema is no exception. In today’s world, however, ideas of the nation appear as increasingly problematic. The same can be said of gender, the pertinence of which in individuals’ understanding of themselves and their history has, over the last decades, been challenged from many fronts. And yet both ideas of nation and gender continue to mark discourses about identities and countries, including and perhaps especially in situations of conflict.

The Centre of Oriental Studies of Vilnius University invite scholars, film professionals and enthusiasts to Nation, Gender and History, an international conference on the cinemas of Asia.

More information: dr. Deimantas Valančiūnas, tel. 8 626 76783,

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