Dr. Garalytė’s visit in India

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Dr. Kristina Garalytė, director of the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies, in January 2019 visited India and delivered public lectures on the topic of Dalit student movement in India in these academic institutions:

10 January - Jawaharlal Nehru University, School of International Relations (New Delhi)
23 January – Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Department of English (Hyderabad)
30 January – Delhi University, Department of Political Sciences (New Delhi)

During her visit K. Garalytė has consulted with Indian scholars and met the members of various student organizations.


 

International conference "Central Asia: Reforms, Repression, Radicalization"

CA int 1aAssociation of Migrants of Central Asia in partnership with Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science and Vilnius University Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies organize international conference "Central Asia: Reforms, Repression, Radicalization".

Date: February 12th, 2019.

Venue: Vilnius University Institute of International Relations and Political Science, Vokieciu str. 10 - 402, Vilnius.

Working language: English and Russian with simultaneous translation.

For more information: +370 615 37433. Conference program 


Orientalism and Post-Orientalism: a Transcultural Perspectiv

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The days of naïve realism are definitely gone to never come back. Humanities in general were forced to recon with the deeper critical understanding of the effects that our preconceptions, biases, and naïve notions have on the studies of culture and humanity in general. When thinking of the changes that the discipline of the Middle Eastern studies has undergone in recent decades one can’t help but think of Edward Said and the effects that his studies, good or bad, have had on the discipline that has heretofore called itself Oriental studies.

The symposium invites scholars from the Arabic countries as well as local scholars to engage in what will hopefully be a fruitful dialogue on the history of orientalism as a discipline, and on the influence that Saidian critique has had and still has on the regional studies, specifically the Middle Easter and other non-Western regions.

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Public lecture “The Use of Heritage in the Arabic Novel“

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13th of December 5.00 PM. We are happy to announce a public lecture “The Use of Heritage in the Arabic Novel“ by Prof. Mageb Aladwani (King Saud University). The lecture will be conducted in English at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies in J. Kovalevskis auditorium (Universiteto st. 5).

The use of heritage is a tangible phenomenon in modern Arabic writing and can be described as one of its main characteristics. It is used in a number of ways in contemporary Arabic novels. Classical materials are adopted by novelists to produce new kinds of writing that are more suitable to modern life.

 


 

Public lecture “Networks of resilience: Legal Precarity and transborder citizenship among the Karen from Myanmar in Thailand“

Indre Balcaite in 1a copy13th of December 3.00 PM. We are happy to announce a public lecture “Networks of resilience: Legal Precarity and transborder citizenship among the Karen from Myanmar in Thailand“ by dr. Indrė Balčaitė. The lecture will be conducted in Lithuanian language at the Institute of Asian and Transcultural Studies in J. Kovalevskis auditorium (Universiteto st. 5).

The paper probes the relationship between legal precarity and transborder citizenship through the case of the Karen from Myanmar (Burma) in Thailand. Collected during ethnographic fieldwork between 2012 and 2016, interconnected individual life stories evolving across the Myanmar-Thailand border allow us to critically interrogate the political and legal categories of ‘migrancy’, ‘refugeeness’ and ‘citizenship’. In migrants’ experience, these notions blur into each other. The study demonstrates that legal precarity is not simply an antithesis to citizenship. Following Audrey Macklin’s (2007) critical legal anthropology, the paper will suggest a theoretical framework to reconcile the legal precarity of the Karen in Thailand (even de facto statelessness) and citizenship, even on both sides of the border – legally impossible but quite popular in the Myanmar-Thailand borderland. Although the legal situation of the three Karen groups in Thailand differs but a grassroots approach reveals that the Thai Karen, Karen refugees and economic migrants from Myanmar overlap and intertwine. The Karen social networks help them to achieve a degree of resilience and to improve their legal status over time, even by attaining citizenship despite its strict legal regulation.

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Roundtable discussion “Whose “culture”? Which “identity”?”

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During this roundtable discussion-seminar keynote speaker dr. Vytis Silius (VU) will present the approaches of the transcultural researches, its historical development and the shape they have today. Possible transcultural approaches for the transcultural research project “Between free will and determinism” will also be discussed. Other presenters of the discussion: prof. Rita Žukauskienė (MRU), assoc. prof. dr. Valdas Jaskūnas (VU), dr. Indrė Balčaitė (independent researcher).

Moderator of the discussion: prof. (HP) dr. Audius Beinorius. 

Date and Time: 12th of December 2018, 3.00 – 6.00 PM.

Place: Vilnius University Institute of Asian and Transcultural studies, auditorium of Hindi language.


 

Sanskrit and Lithuanian: On Linguistic and Religious Affinities

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University of Tartu Centre for Oriental Studies invites:

Avalikud loengud / Public lectures

Professor Audrius Beinorius 
(Vilnius University, University of Tartu ASTRA visiting professor 2018)

Abstract of the lecture

From the very inception of comparative Indo-European linguistics in the beginning of the 19th century, the Lithuanian language was studied intensely by the most eminent specialists. When the similarity between Lithuanian and Sanskrit was discovered, Lithuanians highlight this affinity as one of significative signs of Lithuanian cultural identity and have taken a particular pride in their mother tongue as the oldest living Indo-European language.

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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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