Hp.D., Senior researcher

Research interests:

20th century historical trauma and cultural policy, cultural memory, commemoration; collective identity, nationalism, post-colonialism.

Education, professional development:

Ph.D., University of Toronto, Dissertation title Testimony: from the Poetics of Place to the Politics of Memory (2004).

Virtual Summer Research Laboratory (VSRL, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center), Fellow, University of Illinois, JAV, 2021.

Associate research fellow, The MacMillan Center for international and Area Studies, Yale universitetas, JAV, 2015-2016.

Visiting professor, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, 2016.

Research fellow, Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala university, 2015.

Key Publications

Monographs and Edited Volumes:

Everyday Representations of War in Late Modernity (with Nerijum Mileriu, Luku Brašiškiu, Agne Narušyte), Palgrave MacMillan, 2022.

Narratives of Identity and Displacement in Soviet Deportation Memoirs from the Baltic States (with Tomas Balkelis). Budapest: CEU, 2018.

Populations Displacement in 20th Century Lithuania: Experiences, Identities, Legacies. (with Tomas Balkelis). Amsterdam: Brill, 2015.

The Making and Breaking of Soviet Lithuania: Memory and Modernity in the Wake of War, London: Routledge, 2014.

Maps of Memory: Trauma, Identity and Exile in Deportation Memoirs from the Baltic States. Vilnius: LLTI, 2012.

Articles and book chapters:

“The Rustic Turn in Soviet Lithuania,“ (with Odeta Rudling), Canadian Slavonic Papers, special issue The Feeling of Progress: Peripheral Visions of the Future in Late Soviet Socialism, 2022.

“Genealogical Writing and Memory of the Holocaust in Lithuania,” East European Jewish Affairs 51.3, 2021.

“The Aesthetics of Justice: recognition and the Holocaust in Soviet films of the Thaw,” Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, 2021, 15:2, 104-121.

The Baltic Model of Civic-Patriotic History,” Journal of Genocide Research, special issue, 2021.

“State of the Art in Studies of Late Socialism in the Baltic States,” Sovijus 8.1 (2020): 56-69.

“Review of Revolution Rekindled. The Writers and Readers of Late Soviet Biography, by Polly Jones, Lithuanian Historical Review (2020): 256-261.

“Cold War Cinema and the Traumatic Turn in Europe. Faktas as the Soviet Mirror of the Holocaust Film,” Studies in Soviet and Russian Cinema 14.1 (2020): 57-71

“Lithuania. Fractured and Contested Memory Regimes,” Ninna Mörner, red. CBEES State of the Region Report 2020: Constructions and Instrumentalization of the Past. A Comparative Study on Memory Management in the Region. Stockholm: Elanders, 2020, 80-87.

“Legislated History in Post-Communist Lithuania” (with Tomas Balkelis). Handbook on State Sponsored History after 1945. Nico Wouters, Berber Bevernage, red., Palgrave Macmillan 2018.

“Sovietizacija ir kinas: lytis, tapatybė, ideologija filme „Marytė“ (with Lina Kaminskaite – Jančoriene) Politologija, 2018.

“The Memory of Soviet Crimes and the Politics of the Past in Contemporary Lithuania,” Osteuropa, 2018.

“Between the Public and the Personal: A New Stage of Holocaust Memory in Lithuania,” Cultures of History Forum, Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena (19 December 2018).

“Pluralisierung unter Schmerzen Litauens Umgang mit der Vergangenheit,“
Osteuropa 6 (2018): 91-100.

“L’imbrication des experiences historiques. La mémoire de la déportation des Juifs lituaniens par les Soviétiques,” Ethnologie française 2, 2018, 209-224.

"Heroes, Villains and Matters of State: The Partisan and Popular Memory in Lithuania Today," Cultures of History Forum, Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, 2017 m. lapkričio 17 d.

“Entangled History, History Education, and Affective Communities in Lithuania” (with Dovilė Budrytė). In Cynthia M. Horne, Lavinia Stan, eds. Transitional Justice and the Former Soviet Union: Reviewing the Past and Looking Toward the Future. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, 323-344.

“Sovietization and the Cinema in the Western Borderlands: Insurgency, Narrative, and Emancipation in Marytė (1947)” (with Lina Kaminskaite-Jančoriene).
Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 3, 2016.

“Representations of Historical Trauma in the Cinema of Late Twentieth Century France and Lithuania.” In Tatjana Kuharenoka, Irina Novikova, Ivars Orehovs, eds. Memory. Identity. Culture. Riga: LU Akdēmiskais Apgāds, 2015: 175-190.

“The Sovietization of Lithuania after WWII: Modernization, Transculturation and the Lettered City.” Journal of Baltic Studies, specialusis numeris Post-Colonialism in The Baltic States (2015).

“A Forgotten History of Soviet Deportation: The Case of Lithuanian Jews,” Tomas Balkelis, Violeta Davoliūtė, eds. Population Displacement in Lithuania in the 20th century: Experiences, Identities and Legacies. Amsterdam: Brill, 2015: 167-193.

"Postwar Reconstruction and the Imperial Sublime in Vilnius During Late Stalinism." Ab Imperio 2014.1 (2014): 176-203.

“We Are All Deportees: The Trauma of Displacement and the Consolidation of National Identity during the Popular Movement in Lithuania.” Maps of Memory: Trauma, Identity and Exile in Deportation Memoirs from the Baltic States. Vilnius: LLTI, 2012: 107-136.

“The Prague Declaration of 2008 and its Repercussions in Lithuania: Historical Justice and Reconciliation,” Lituanus 57.3 (Fall 2011): 49-62.

“Vilnius: City of Strangers.” Journal of Baltic Studies. 40.1 (2009): 340-42.

“Lithuania and the New West-East Migration.” OIKOS: Lithuanian Migration & Diaspora Studies 6.2 (2008): 73-80.

“Challenges of Trauma: Migration, Integration and the Role of Cultural Competence.” OIKOS: Lithuanian Migration & Diaspora Studies 5.1 (2008): 41-48.

“The Popular Movement and Postmodernism: Reflections on the Cinema of Sąjūdis.” Athena: Philosophical Studies, 3 (2007): 124-134.

“Testimony of Child Survivors of the Gulag.” Knörr, J., ed. Children and Migration: From Experience to Agency. Bielefeld & Sommerset, N.J.: Transcript &Transaction Press, 2005.

“Deportee Testimonies and Lithuanian History.” Journal of Baltic Studies 36.1 (Spring 2005): 51-68.

“Varlam Shalamov and the Art of Memory.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 46:4 (Spring & Summer 2004): 1-23.

“Trauminės atminties žemėlapiai: Holokausto atminties kelionių į Rytų Vidurio Europą reprezentacijos.” Baltos lankos, Nr. 14, 2002: 35-49.

“Miestas dviejuose romanuose: Jurgio Kunčino Tūla ir Ričardo Gavelio Vilniaus pokeris” In Tereškinas, Artūras, red. Intymios erdvės, vieši gyvenimai: kūnas, viešuma, fantazija šiuolaikinėje Lietuvoje. Vilnius: Baltos Lankos, 2002: 85-98.

Academic Translations

Edward W. Said. Orientalizmas. Vilnius: Apostrofa, 2005.

Academic advisory work

• International Research Project “Translating Memories” (Prof. Eneken Laanes, Tallin university) advisory board (
• European Commission CERV programme (European Remembrance), 2021
• Latvian Council of Sciences, 2021
• Israel Council of Sciences, 2021
• Estonian Council of Sciences, 2020
• Lithuanian Council of Sciences, 2019
• EK EACEA, 2016-2017
• Lithuanian Cultural Council, 2013-2016

Peer review

• Routledge Series of Central and Eastern Europe
• American Historical Review
• Slavic Review
• Academic Publishers
• Acta historica universitatis Klaipedensis
• Journal of Baltic Studies (AABS)
• Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society
• Lithuanian Historical Studies
• Politologija
• Politics, Religion and Ideology