Since 2021 researcher at Lithuanian Culture Research Institute, Department of Contemporary Lithuanian Culture. She is a member of European Network for Cinema and Media Studies and European Communication Research and Education Association as well Lithuanian Filmmakers Union.

In 2008 at Vytautas Magnus University defended doctoral dissertation Media Art in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in the Second Part of the 20th Century –21st Century: Institutional and Artistic Development (research adviser prof.dr. Ryszard. W. Kluszczynski, research consultant dr. Audronė Žukauskaitė).

In 2011 – 2012 at Lithuanian Culture Research Institute implemented postdoctoral fellowship  Small Cinema in Global Context:  Filmmaking of Šarūnas Bartas ( research adviser dr. Audronė Žukauskaitė).

She has contributed to nationally and internationally published books and journals dedicated to media culture and film and edited volumes entitled Baltic Cinemas After 1990’s: Shifting (Hi)Stories and (Id)Entities (2010), The Garden of Digital Delights: Crossmedia Practices in Contemporary Art (co-edited with Christopher Hales, 2012), Athena: Philosophy Studies Film and Philosophy (2014) and Mediation of Social Reality: Culture, Politics and Society (co-edited with Kęstas Kirtiklis, 2018); she is a co-author of a monograph Political Breakthrough on Screen: (Post) Communist Transformation in Lithuanian Documentary Cinema and Video Chronicle (Anna Mikonis-Railienė, Renata Šukaitytė, Mantas Martišius and Renata Stonytė, Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 2020).

Current research interests include Lithuanian and Baltic political and social theme films from the 1990 to the present; neoliberal transformation in Lithuanian and Eastern European cinema and audiovisual culture; cinema as a form of national and transnational collective memory.

Main publications:


Mikonis-Railienė A. (ed.), Šukaitytė R. (ed.), Martišius M., Stonytė R. Politinis lūžis ekrane: (po)komunistinė transformacija Lietuvos dokumentiniame kine, videokronikoje ir televizijoje. Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 2020. ISBN 978-609-07-0362-5, 374 p. (20,25 aut. lankų)

Edited books:

R. Šukaitytė (ed.); K. Kirtiklis (ed.). Socialinės tikrovės meditacija: kultūra, politika, visuomenė. Vilnius:  VU leidykla, 2018. ISBN 9786094599316

R.Šukaitytė (ed.). Kinas ir filosofija. Athena. Filosofijos studijos, Nr. 9. Vilnius: LKTI, 2014. ISSN 1822-5047.   

R.Šukaitytė (ed.); Ch. Hales (ed.), The Garden of Digital Delights: Rethinking Cross-media Practices in Contemporary Art and Culture, Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis. Vilnius: VDA leidykla, 2012, Vol 67. ISBN 978-609-447-070-7.

R.Šukaitytė (ed.). Baltic Cinemas After 90’s: Shifting (Hi)Stories and (Id)Entities. Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, Vilnius: VDA leidykla, 2010, Vol 56. ISBN 978-9955-854-85-2.

Selected refereed articles and book chapters:

E. Mazierska,; R. Šukaitytė. Representation of poverty in Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian documentary films of the postcommunist period. Studies in Eastern European cinema. Taylor&Francis. 2020, Vol. 11, iss. 1, p. 67–81.

R. Šukaitytė. Šaltasis karas, Sovietų Sąjungos griūtis ir Baltijos šalių nepriklausomybė Jaak Kilmi „Disko ir atominis karas“ ir Jono Meko „Lietuva ir SSRS žlugimas“ filmuose. Socialinės tikrovės mediacija: kultūra, politika ir visuomenė. Sudarė Renata Šukaitytė, Kęstas Kirtiklis. VU leidykla, 2018, p. 105–129.

R. Šukaitytė. Desires and Memories of a Small Man. The Documentaries of Lithuanian Filmmaker Audrius Stonys. European Visions: Small Cinemas in Transition. Editors J. Blankenship, T. Nagl, Transcript-Verlag, 2015, p. 100–114.

R. Šukaitytė. Lithuania Redirected: The New Connections, Businesses and Lifestyles on the National Screen. East West and Center. Reframing post-1989 European Cinema. Editors M. Gott and T.Herzog, Edinburgh University Press, 2015, p. 175–190.

R. Šukaitytė. The Apparitions of a Day Gone by and a Stasis of the Present in films by Šarūnas Bartas. Small Cinemas in Global Markets: Genres, Identities, Narratives. Editor L. Giukin, J. Falkowska, Lexington Books, 2015, p. 107–120.

R. Šukaitytė. Practice-based Film Education in Lithuania: Main Actors and Sites of Struggles. The Education of the Filmmaker: Views from Around the World. Editor M. Hjort, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, p. 25–44.

R. Šukaitytė. The Drift Along a Traumatic Past in the Cinematic Worlds of Šarūnas Bartas. (Un)blocked Memory: Writing Art History in Baltic Countries. Kunstiteaduslikke Uurimusi. Studies on Art and Architecture 2012, Vol. 21, no 3/4. Editors L. Dovydaitytė ir V. Sarapik, Tallin Academy of Art, 2012/2013, p. 122–133.

R. Šukaitytė. Documentaries on the Web: A New Expanded Consciousness, Cinematic Genre and Cultural Experience. Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis. The Garden of Digital Delights: Rethinking Crossmedia Practices in Contemporary Art and Culture. Editors R. Šukaitytė; Ch. Hales, VDA leidykla, 2012, Vol. 67, p. 129–137.

R. Šukaitytė. Praėjusios dienos atminimas ir nykstanti dabartis kinematografiniuose Šarūno Barto erdvėlaikiuose. Athena: filosofijos studijos. Vilnius: LKTI, 2012, Nr. 8, p. 183–197.