Department of Baltic and Lithuanian Cultural History

e-mail: Baltica@LKTI.LT
Head of Department – Senior Researcher, Dr. Romualdas Juzefovičius
Main research themes:
1.  Ancient Baltic Culture: Non Material Heritage
Supervisor – Senior Researcher, Dr. Elvyra Usačiovaitė
Research theme: Lithuanian, Prussian, Yotvingian and other Baltic religions (gods, cults) on the basis of written sources (the reliability of chronicles and other documents are investigated separately) and on the basis of ethnological and linguistic data. Since Lithuania was christened only in beginning of the fifteenth century, old historical written sources (XIII-XVII c.) capture many pagan religious relics: the names of the gods and rites. Exploring this historical heritage is very important to the cultural identity of Lithuania and other countries. The theme is also important on the international level as well as in investigations of ancient European and Indo-European cultures. The research team publishes a series entitled „Ancient Baltic Culture“ (9 volumes thus far) and organizes conferences on a regular basis (18 conferences).  The series publishes recent investigations and has a readership in Lithuania and abroad (peer-reviewed in the Italian, Slovenian  and Russian academic press).
Research staff:
Rimantas Balsys, Dr. (HP), Professor,  Senior Researcher
Rolandas Kregždys, Dr., Researcher
Mangirdas Bumblauskas, Dr.,  Junior Researcher
2. Cultural Activities of Lithuanian Intelligentsia: Individuals and Institutions     
Supervisor – Senior Researcher, Dr. Romualdas Juzefovičius
Research theme: the heritage of prominent Lithuanian individuals, state, public and private institutions and organizations, academic and artistic communities. Research objective: to analyze and evaluate the significance of the most important Lithuanian personalities of the 19th – 21st century, cultural and scientific institutions, and to identify their contribution to education and social values. The research team writes monographs, articles, abd participates in international scientific internships, scientific meetings and publishes their articles abroad.
Research staff:
Violeta  Davoliūtė-Opgenorth, Dr., Senior Researcher
Henryka Ilgievič, Dr.,  Senior Researcher
Margarita Matulytė, Dr., Senior Researcher