Professor from New York to Give Seminar on Romantic Love at VMU

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On Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m., Prof. Victor de Munck from the State University of New York at New Paltz will give a seminar at VMU (K. Donelaičio g. 52, room 309), titled "A Cultural Model of Romantic Love in the U.S.: From Model to Practice". The event, organized by the VMU Centre of Social Anthropology, is part of a series of research seminars on social anthropology scheduled for the spring semester of 2011.

The seminar will cover various issues ranging from theory to practice, with professor first describing and explaining the importance of cultural models, as well as sharing his methodological insights on the study and representation of the models. In the seminar, Prof. de Munck will discuss whether romantic love or other subjective states are amenable to scientific study and whether there is a prototypical cultural model of romantic love. Answers to these questions will be followed by a further discussion on whether such a cultural model of romantic love is predictive of future behaviour or evaluations of relationship problems or satisfaction.

Professor Victor de Munck is a teacher at the State University of New York at New Paltz, which is a university following the education of liberal arts as its guiding principle, similarly to VMU. Prof. de Munck specializes in a variety of topical and theoretical areas, including cognitive anthropology, political anthropology, research methods and South Asia.

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