Discussions and Lectures on Politics to be Held at VMU


This week the VMU Dept. of Political Science will be organizing several events dedicated to politics and international relations.

On Thursday 17 September, 10 a.m., Prof. Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski (College of Europe, Natolin, Warsaw) will hold a public lecture entitled Lithuania and Poland in the Latter Millennium: between the Periphery and the Heart of Europe at the VMU Small Hall (28 S. Daukanto Street, 2nd floor).

Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski studied History at the University of Cambridge. In 1994 he was awarded his doctorate by the University of Oxford, where he then held a postdoctoral fellowship, before becoming Lecturer in Modern European History at the Queen’s University of Belfast in 1997. In 2005 he moved to the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where in 2013 he became Professor of Polish-Lithuanian History.

Professor Butterwick-Pawlikowski’s research focuses on the Enlightenment and its critics in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, as well as on the history and culture of one of the most remarkable polities in European history – the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569-1795). He is the author of over sixty scholarly publications – monographs, edited volumes, and articles and chapters in refereed journals and collections.

Also on Thursday, at 1.30 p.m., a discussion entitled About What Kind of European Union We Dreamed: the United States of Europe vs. the Federation of Independent States will take place at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy (44 Gedimino Street, Room 203).

Participants of the discussion: Linas Linkevičius (Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania), Prof. Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski (College of Europe, Natolin, Warsaw), Prof. Algis Krupavičius (Kaunas University of Technology) and Prof. Šarūnas Liekis (Vytautas Magnus University). Discussion moderator: Assoc. Prof. Andžej Pukšto.

Two additional events will follow on Friday 18 September. The first of them, a public lecture by Assoc. Prof. Rūstis Kamuntavičius (Vytautas Magnus University), will start on 10 a.m. at the VMU Small Hall (28 S. Daukanto Street, 2nd floor). The title of the lecture is The Interpretations of Lithuanian Past in the Historical Maps of Belarus, Lithuania and Poland.

Rūstis Kamuntavičius received his MA diploma at Central European University in Budapest. He finished his PhD studies at Vytautas Magnus University (joined PhD program with the Lithuanian Institute of History). The historian has also undertaken studies and traineeships in Italian, French, Swiss, Hungarian and Polish institutes and universities. He is head of the Czesław Miłosz Center at VMU. The center conducts research on history, politics and culture of Central and Eastern European (CEE) states. Assoc. Prof. Kamuntavičius is the Director of the Institute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which organizes research on history and legacy of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and promotes the notion of a common past between Lithuanians, Poles, Belarusians and Ukrainians. He is also a Member of the Board of directors of the Club of East European Summer School (Warsaw University), which unites more than 400 researchers and intellectuals from CEE, and a Member of the Association of Slavonic, East European and Eurasian Studies. Assoc. Prof. Kamuntavičius is a representative of VMU at the National Committee of Lithuanian Historians.

The second event on 18 September will be held from 11.30 a.m. at the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy (44 Gedimino Street, Room 203): it will be a discussion entitled The European Neighbourhood: the Iron Curtain or the Open Door?

The participants of the discussion: Kazimierz Wóycicki, Ph.D (University of Warsaw), Prof. Leonidas Donskis (Vytautas Magnus University), Andrius Kubilius (Parliament of Lithuania). Discussion moderator: Assoc. Prof. Andžej Pukšto (Vytautas Magnus University).

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