Centre of Oriental Studies

Centre of Oriental Studies

Sukurta: 01 August 2017

5 Universiteto, LT-01513 Vilnius
Tel./fax 268 7256
E-mail
www.oc.vu.lt

Director – Dr. Vytis Silius (from September 2016)
                Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valdas Jaskūnas (until September 2016)

STAFF

Professor: Dr. A. Beinorius.
Associate professors: Dr. D. Brandišauskas, Dr. V. Čiubrinskas, Dr. V. Jaskūnas, Dr. Poškaitė, Dr. D. Švambarytė.
Lecturers: Fabio Balafatti, Dr. G. Degėsys, V. Devėnaitė, K. Dolinina, I. Driukienė, M. Ignotas, J. Ignotienė, E. Jančenkas, O. Jankauskaitė, Feisal Alshamkh, Dr. V. Korobov, M. Larbi, A. Litvinas, Dr. V.Silius, N. Statkienė, Dr. D. Valančiūnas, V. Vidūnas.

RESEARCH AREAS

Transnational and Global Asia
Systems of Knowledge and Learning in Asia
Asian Languages and Literary Traditions in Asia

MAIN CONFERENCES ORGANIZED IN 2016

Inaugural Biennial Conference of Eueopean Association for Chinese Philosophy Thinking Across the Borders: Philosophy and China, (EACP, www.ea-cp.eu), June 9–11, 2016.

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2016

National Research Projects

Research Council of Lithuania. Cross-Cultural Normative Psychology: Mapping the Space of Evaluative Concepts in Everyday Lithuanian, English and Chinese. Dr. V. Silius, Dr. R. Berniūnas, V. Dranseika. 2015–2016.

The aim of this project is to gather empirical data that would enable to map the normative space of evaluative concepts in everyday Lithuanian, Chinese and English. Western philosophical tradition emphasizes the autonomous character of the moral sphere. Moral sensibilities are believed to be distinct and qualitatively different from the aesthetic, etiquette or legal judgments, thus requiring a specific normative vocabulary. Chinese intellectual tradition does not emphasize differences of various normative realms of human experience. However, there is very little empirical evidence suggesting that the Chinese make distinction between moral and non‐moral normative domains in everyday evaluative judgments. There seems to be some evidence suggesting the opposite. Furthermore, current moral psychological literature in the West has little to say about people’s explicit normative judgments across different domains. Our strong (universality) hypothesis is that folk normative concepts do not imply strict distinctions between the domains of ethics, aesthetics and etiquette across three different cultures (Lithuanian, Chinese, English). Our weak (cultural) hypothesis is that there will be a significant overlap of different kind of normative concepts among Chinese participants, while US participants will tend to differentiate these different normative domains, with Lithuanians being somewhere in between.

Main publications:

Beinorius, A. 2016. Лунные созвездия (накшатры) и традиция наречения имени в Древней Индии (Lunar constellatio (nakṣatras) and the naming tradition in ancient India). In Зографский сборник. Вып. 5 / Отв. ред. М.Ф. Альбедиль, Я.В. Васильков. Санкт-Петербург : Музей антропологии и этнографии Российская академия наук, p. 88–107.

Jaskūnas, V. (vert.) 2016.  Sapne regėtoji Vasavadata. In Hieronymus. Vilnius: Lietuvos literatūros vertėjų sąjunga, Nr. 2: Azijos literatūrai skirtas numeris. p. 43–77.  

Poškaitė L. 2016. Globalizmas, lokalizmas ir transnacionalizmas šiuolaikiniame mene: Kinijos atvejis. In Kultūrologija 20: Rytai-Vakarai: Komparatyvistinės studijos XIV. Vilnius: Lietuvos kultūros tyrimų institutas, p. 179–209, 580–581.

Teaching materials and textbooks:

Švambarytė, D. 2016. Japonijos istorija. Vilnius: BMK leidykla, 680 p.

OTHER SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES

Prof. Dr. A. Beinorius –

  • editor-in-chief of the journal Acta Orientalia Vilnensia;
  • editorial board member of the journal Kultūrologija: komparatyvistinės studijos (Comparative Studies of Culture);

Assoc. Prof. Dr. V. Jaskūnas –

  • editorial board secretary of the journal Acta Orientalia Vilnensia;
  • editorial board member of the journal Kultūrologija: komparatyvistinės studijos (Comparative Studies of Culture);
  • senior research fellow at the Research Institute of Lithuanian Culture, Vilnius.

Dr. V. Korobov –

  • editorial board member of the journal Acta Orientalia Vilnensia.

Assoc. Prof. L. Poškaitė –

  • editorial board member of the journal Acta Orientalia Vilnensia;
  • editorial board member of the journal Kultūrologija: komparatyvistinės studijos (Comparative Studies of Culture);
  • senior research fellow at the Research Institute of Lithuanian Culture, Vilnius.

Dr. V. Silius –

  • president of European Association for Chinese Philosophy (EACP)
  • member of the Board of Baltic Alliance for Asian Studies (BAAS);

Assoc. Prof. D. Švambarytė –

  • editorial board member of the journal Acta Orientalia Vilnensia.