Department of Sociology

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ABOUT US

VMU Department of Sociology implements three-level study programs within the fields of sociology, anthropology, social policy and social demographics. Nationally and internationally acknowledged Lithuanian sociologists, anthropologists and demographers work in the Department. Together with students they are involved in diverse sociological, anthropological and demographic research which indentify and analyze social problems and their social contexts. Main research areas include contemporary identity, citizenship, sociology of gender, family, religion, health, politics and higher education. Researchers of the Department of Sociology are active public intellectuals and participants in public discussions on most important issues of contemporary society. They also initiate and implement various research projects and lead in national and international publications among Lithuanian scholars. VMU Department of Sociology has a permanent and constantly updated network of research and study partners in Lithuania and internationally as well as a wide network of social partners that help ensure the quality of study and research.

Address: Jonavos str. 66 – 303, LT-44191, Kaunas
Phone +370 37 327 822
E-mail sk@vdu.lt
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Head of the Department

Prof. Dr. MILDA ALIŠAUSKIENĖ

e-mail: milda.alisauskiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Sociology and anthropology of religion; religious diversity and religious fundamentalism; religion and politics; new religions; role of religion in post-communist society; sociology of deviance; human rights.


Administrator of the Department

ALMANĖ PAKRIJAUSKAITĖ

e-mail: almane.pakrijauskaite@vdu.lt

Tel. +370 37 327822

Research interests:

Medical sociology.

ACADEMIC STAFF

Prof. Dr. VYLIUS LEONAVIČIUS

e-mail: vylius.leonavicius@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Modernization theory and the change in modern society; transformation of modern Lithuanian society; theories of sociology and social cognition; personal and group identity; medical sociology; sociology of higher education; environmental sociology.

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Prof. Dr. VYTIS ČUBRINSKAS

e-mail: vytis.cubrinskas@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Migration and diaspora studies; ethnicity, nationalism and cosmopolitanism;  politics of identity, heritage and social memory; post-socialist and postcolonial processes in Europe; Asia and Northern America;  history, epistemology and politics of sociocultural anthropology and ethnology.

Prof. Dr. VICTOR DE MUNCK

 e-mail: victor.munck@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Sociocultural anthropology; cognition: cultural models and behavior in social contexts; cross-cultural analysis; cultural theory and methods.

Prof. Dr. ARTŪRAS TEREŠKINAS

e-mail: arturas.tereskinas@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Cultural sociology; sociology of gender; sociology of emotions; men’s studies; pop culture studies, social exclusion and minority group studies.

Prof. Dr. AUŠRA MASLAUSKAITĖ

e-mail: ausra.maslauskaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Sociology of the family; family demography; sociology of gender.

Prof. habil. dr. VLADA STANKŪNIENĖ

e-mail: vlada.stankuniene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Demographic development; birth rate and family; mortality; population migration; family policy.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. JOLANTA KUZNECOVIENĖ

e-mail: jolanta.kuznecoviene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Development of national and ethnic identity; processes of integration of Lithuanian immigrants into new societies; sociological aspects of work; forms of religiosity in modern society; state and church relations.

Assist. Prof. Dr. GIEDRĖ BALTRUŠAITYTĖ

e-mail: giedre.baltrusaityte@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Medical and mental health sociology; medicalization; health care reforms; health policy; societal development and health; health and social exclusion; patient satisfaction with healthcare services.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. JŪRATĖ IMBRASAITĖ

e-mail: jurate.imbrasaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Post-communist transformation; citizen participation; comparative analysis of welfare regimes; social policy process and analysis; public law.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. KRISTINA ŠLIAVAITĖ

e-mail: kristina.sliavaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Ethnicity; ethnic processes in Lithuania and the Baltic States; social inclusion and exclusion; education anthropology; anthropology of socialism and post-socialism’ youth (sub) culture; deindustrialization; risk concepts.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. JURGA BUČAITĖ-VILKĖ

e-mail: jurga.bucaite-vilke@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Civil society issues (decentralization, governance); democratization processes; development of local communities; research on social networks; sociology of economics.

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Assist. Prof. Dr. DAIVA BARTUŠIENĖ

e-mail: daiva.bartusiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Medical anthropology; culture, society and health; forced migration and health; refugee health care; health policy.

Assist. Prof. Dr. RASA INDRILIŪNAITĖ

e-mail: rasa.indriliunaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Homelessness; studies of social exclusion groups; social inequality; urban sociology; youth policy.

Assist. Prof. Dr. APOLONIJUS ŽILYS

e-mail: apolonijus.zilys@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Discourse of modernization; urban sociology; discourse and stratification of the welfare state; industrialization and post-fordism.

Assist. Prof. Dr. MARIUS KALANTA

e-mail: marius.kalanta@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Mass-media; expectations; economic behaviour; sociology of economics; economic paradigms.

PhD Student OKSANA MEJERĖ

e-mail: o.mejere@cr.su.lt

Research interests:

EU and Lithuania’s gender policy; gender studies; women’s rights.

PhD Student KRISTINA BARANCOVAITĖ-SKINDARAVIČIENĖ

e-mail: kristina.barancovaite-skindaraviciene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Gender images in the media and society; formation of masculine and feminine identities in Japanese and Lithuanian societies’ Japan’s popular culture.

PhD Student DARJA LYZENKO

e-mail: darja.lyzenko@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Sociology of gender; sociology of sexuality; non-monogamy; feminism.

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PhD Student DOVILĖ JANKŪNAITĖ

e-mail: dovile.jankunaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Medical sociology; social aspects of aging; sociological research on old age and aging.

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PhD Student REDA ADOMAITIENĖ

e-mail: reda.adomaitiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Scientific ethics; sociology of science; sociology of gender.

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PhD Student SAULIUS MATULEVIČIUS

e-mail: saulius.matulevicius@.vdu.lt

Research interests:

Anthropology of religion; secularization; anthropology of modernity; anthropology of  economics.

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PhD Student ERNESTA PLATŪKYTĖ – DIDŽIULIENĖ

e-mail: ernesta.plakutyte-didziuliene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Sociology of the family.

PhD Student GINTARĖ POCĖ

e-mail: gintare.poce@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Sociology of religion; media sociology; religion and media studies.

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PhD Student RAMUNĖ MAKŠTUTYTĖ

e-mail: ramune.makstutyte@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Medical sociology; health care systems; social aspects of  health and illness.

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PhD Student EGLĖ VEČORSKYTĖ

e-mail: egle.vecorskyte@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Medical sociology; social aspects of health and illness; health and social exclusion; health and social inequality.

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PhD Student RIMGAILĖ DIKŠAITĖ

e-mail: rimgaile.diksaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Construction of imagery; the processes of mediatisation of religion; public communication and discourse studies.

PhD Student ALMANĖ PAKRIJAUSKAITĖ

e-mail: almane.pakrijauskaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Medical sociology.

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PhD Student VIDMANTAS VYŠNIAUSKAS

e-mail: vidmantas.vysniauskas@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Lithuanian-Polish relations in the 20th century; social processes of South-Eastern Lithuania in the 20th-21st centuries.

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PhD Student MYKOLĖ LUKOŠIENĖ

e-mail: mykole.lukosiene@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Urban anthropology.

PhD Student IEVA DRYŽAITĖ

e-mail: ieva.dirzyte@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Research on social exclusion; “new poverty”; social suffering; sociology of gender; masculinity studies; precariat and precarity.

PhD Student RŪTA DAPKŪNAITĖ

e-mail: ruta.dapkunaite@vdu.lt

Research interests:

Poverty concept in different communities; cultural diversity and differences; migration studies and refugees; consumption and consumer society; kinship; human rights; technological impact on society; service customization in the company sector;  sustainability; sustainable development (business impact on sustainable development); applied and practical anthropology; business anthropology; humanization of IT; culture’s role in technologies.

Visiting Professors

Prof. MIKAEL ROTHSTEIN, Pietų Danijos universitetas (University of Southern Denmark)

Prof. ULLRICH KOCKEL, Heriot Watt universitetas (Didžioji Britanija)

Prof. INGO WOLFGANG SCHROEDER, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Vokietija)

Prof. JONATHAN DAVID HILL, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (JAV)

Prof. CHRISTIAN GIORDANO (University of Fribourg)

Prof. SEBASTIAN KLUSENER (Max Planck Institute for Demographical Research)