Center for Cultural Studies


Center for Cultural Studies (CCS)  at Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Humanities carried out interdisciplinary studies of small groups, based on the theory of dynamical systems access, which is related to mathematical systematic analysis. This is the regular judgment of the investigator (logical steps) replication during the investigation, based on the assumption for: the system creates its own state, which change, as well as the expression related to environmental attacks (Luenberger 1974). Researcher freely choose the reference system. Eg., Analyzed the group (system) members (subsystems) behavior, monitoring their reactions to the environment (other members of the group and the environment in the outside the group), these reactions when trying to identify members of the group states, which, again, will encourage new individuals’ decisions, actions, communication. System Analysis – Each member of the group is analyzed using the same systematic access. Ethnographic data are collected and analyzed using the basic dynamic systems theory of structural elements: the environment – state – freedom of interaction. This triad of conceptual sought empirical justification in shaping the values ​​of variables and structures in search of their interactions. Data are collected using ethnographic field research methods: observation in the presence of the group activities, in-depth interviews, questionnaires, recording and photographs.


History

1998 Vytautas Magnus University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology and Folklore, launched a program of contemporary culture research. The project “Subculture and Research of Late Modern Culture in Lithuania” was supported by G. Soros Foundation’s “Research Support Scheme of the Open Society Support Foundation” (1998-2000).
1999 VMU Senate establishes HMF Center for Ethnology and Folkloristics Research (since 2004 – Center for Cultural Studies) and approves its regulations.
2001 The project “Development of Lithuanian Youth Avantgarde Culture Ideas and Forms in the Context of Late Modernity (1960–2000)” was supported by the Lithuanian State Science and Studies Foundation
2003 an Interdisciplinary Group of Contemporary Culture Research is formed.
2003 The group joins the project of the Socrates / Erasmus Thematic Network ACUME organized by the University of Bologna (Italy).
2004 The project “Society and Lifestyles” of sub-cultural communities is launched.
2006-2008 European Social Fund project “Development of Social Group Identity Research and Study Program” is being implemented.
2006-2008 together with 16 partners, the ES 6BP project “Society and Lifestyles: Towards Enhancing Social Harmonisation through Knowledge of Subcultural Communities” is being implemented.
2011-2012 The Center for Cultural Studies caries out the researchers groups project “The Research of Migration Processes of Students and Pupils“ (1-2 stages), funded by Research Council of Lithuania.
2014-2016 the analysis of the migration processes of Lithuanian academic youth continues under the project “Research of Lithuanian Students Migration (3-4 stages)”, funded by Research Council of Lithuania.
2017-2018 the project “YOU! Youth Activity Education in Regional Cultural Centers” was funded by Lithuanian Council for Culture.


Staff

Dr. doc. Egidija Ramanauskaitė Kiškina
Head of CCS. Senior Researcher. Exploration areas: interdisciplinary studies of small groups; Systematic longitudinal studies.
Email: egidija.ramanauskaite_@_.vdu.lt Mob. phone +370 662 39 947


Ph.D. prof. Rimas Vaišnys
Visiting professor. Yale university USA. Exploration areas: ecological systems, dynamic behavior and developing systems dynamics; Social processes of systematic research, which includes a variety of value orientations research groups.
Email: rimas.vaisnys_@_yale.edu Link: www.seas.yale.edu/… Link: www.alchemija.tv/…


Dr. Aušra Kairaitytė-Užupė
CCS Group Research Collections scientific secretary and Videotheque Administrator; the publication of the Group and the environment, “deputy editor; KTC Facebook Administrator, KTC research project manager and research participants. Exploration: religion ethnological research; students migration research.
Email: ausra.kairaityte-uzupe_@_vdu.lt Mob. phone: +370 662 32 470


Dokt. Agnė Kalėdienė
Junior researcher. Since 2011, the VMU Department of Ethnology and Folklore PhD student. Research areas: social networks; youth groups research; youth subculture; ethnic culture and history of the local youth subcultures; rebuilder clubs; contemporary of Baltic paganism; pagan metal.
Email: agne.kalediene_@_vdu.lt


Gintaras Jaronis
Senior. specialist. responsible for CCS field research dissemination / events / exhibitions.  CRC website developer and administrator.
Email: gintaras.jaronis_@_vdu.lt


Dokt. Andrius Buivydas
From 2013.04  not participate in CCS activities
International SAL archive creator and administrator; popular science site “Lithuania studied sub-cultural groups in an interactive map, as well as research groups in the database administrator; Publication Group and the environment, “the deputy editor of the publication Admin at the site; KTC research project manager and research participant. Exploration areas: Systematic studies of small groups.
Email: andrius.at_@_gmail.com