Faculty of Communication

Faculty of Communication

Sukurta: 11 May 2022

kfSaulėtekio al. 9, bld 1, LT-01222 Vilnius
Tel. 236 6101
E-mail:
http://www.kf.vu.lt

Dean – Prof. Dr Rimvydas Laužikas

 

STAFF

122 teachers (incl. 63 holding research degree), 6 research fellows (incl. 3 holding research degree), 13 doctoral students.

DEPARTMENTS OF THE FACULTY

Department of Book, Media and Publishing Studies
Department of Digital Cultures and Communication
Centre for Journalism and Media Research
Department of Organizational Information and Communication Research

RESEARCH AREAS

Information and Communication in Traditional and Network Society
Lithuanian Studies: Philological, Cultural and Interdisciplinary Aspects. Research and Development
Generating and Communicating Heritage

DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS MAINTAINED IN 2021

Valius Venckūnas. LDK paveldo dalybų naratyvai Lietuvos ir Baltarusijos politinėje komunikacijoje XXI a. pradžioje (Narratives of the division of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in Lithuanian and Belarusian political communication in the early 21st century).

Fausta Kepalienė. Lietuvos mokslininkų atvirosios prieigos leidybinė elgsena ir ją lemiantys veiksniai (Lithuanian scholars' open access publishing behaviour and its determinants).

Justas Gribovskis. Žinių valdymo įtaka organizacijos procesų pridėtinės vertės kūrimui (The influence of knowledge management on the creation of value added by business processes).

Ingrida Kelpšienė. Dalyvaujamasis paveldas: žmonių kultūros paveldo lietuviškų „Facebook“ bendruomenių daugybinių atvejų tyrimas (Participatory heritage: a multiple-case study of Lithuanian grassroots cultural heritage communities on Facebook).

MAIN SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2021

Kaunas, Domas. Martynas Jankus. Tautos vienytojas ir lietuvių spaudos kūrėjas. Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla, 2021, 879 p.

Gudinavičius, A., Grigas, V. Causes and consequences of unauthorized use of books: readers, authors, and publishers' perspective. Online Information Review. 2021, first published online, p. 1–20.

Levratto, V., Šuminas, A., Schilhab, T., Esbensen, G. Smartphones: reading habits and overuse. A qualitative study in Denmark, Lithuania and Spain. Educación XX1. 2021, 24(2): 167–188.


DEPARTMENT OF BOOK, MEDIA AND PUBLISHING RESEARCH

Saulėtekio al. 9, bld 1, LT-01222 Vilnius
Tel. 236 6111, 236 6112, 236 6116
E-mail:
Head – Prof. Dr Aušra Navickienė

STAFF

Professors: Dr Habil. D. Kaunas (emeritus), Dr R. Misiūnas, Dr A. Navickienė, Dr A. Pacevičius, Dr A. E. Walter (part-time).
Associate professors: Dr N. Bliūdžiuvienė (part-time), Dr J. Girčienė, Dr T. Petreikis.
Teaching assistants: Dr R. Cicėnienė (part-time), Dr K. Tolkačevski, F. Kepalienė.
Lecturers: A. Urbanavičiūtė-Globienė (part-time).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Media publishing and marketing
History, theory and methodology of book and other media research
Lithuanian studies
Evaluation and digitization of documentary heritage
History of museums, libraries and archives and memory communication
Age of Enlightenment and Romanticism in Lithuania and North Germany: memory and identity
Medieval-Modern Lithuanian written culture in the European context
Local lore studies
Science and scholarly communication
Information and documentation terminology research

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2021

Projects Supported by University Budget

Documentary Media Evolution and Today’s Effects. Prof. Dr A. Navickienė. 2020–2023.

The aim of the project was to analyse print culture in different historical periods, documentary heritage in today’s memory institutions, to investigate processes of traditional and digital publishing in network society, and to develop fundamental and applied research of documental communication disciplines. Main research results in 2021 were published in one study in peer-reviewed book, printed in foreign publishing house, in five articles in Scopus database referred journals, as well as have been presented at eight international scientific conferences.

Main publications:

Cicėnienė, R. Sveikatos sodo Vilniaus nuorašas: kodikologinis tyrimas. Knygotyra. 2021, 77: 87‒170. https://doi.org/10.15388/Knygotyra.2021.77.91.

Navickienė, A., Braziūnienė, A., Cicėnienė, R., Kaunas, D., Misiūnas, R., & Petreikis, T. History of publishing in Lithuania. In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2021, pp. 1–65. http://doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190201098.013.276.

Petreikis, T. Socialdemokratinių organizacijų pogrindinė spauda Šiauliuose 1904–1914 metais. Knygotyra. 2021, 77: 236‒276. https://doi.org/10.15388/Knygotyra.2021.77.94.

Walter, A. E. Schulbibliotheken im Kontext der frühneuzeitlichen Bibliothekslandschaften. In: Historische Schulbibliotheken. Eine Annäherung. 2021, pp. 1–26.

National Research Projects

Research Council of Lithuania. The State Lithuanian Studies and Dissemination Programme for 2016–2024. The research results dissemination project Publishing of Vilnius University Research Journal Knygotyra (Book Science) (Nr. LIP-073/2016/ LSS-160000-398). Prof. Dr A. Navickienė. 2019–2021.

The aim of the project was to ensure uninterrupted publishing of the open-access peer-reviewed scholarly journal Knygotyra (Book Science) and its functioning in the space of social sciences and humanities. In 2021, volumes 76 and 77 of Knygotyra (Book Science) were published.

Main publications:

Knygotyra (Book Science). Vilnius University Press. 2021, 76: 322 p.
Knygotyra (Book Science). Vilnius University Press. 2021, 77: 408 p.

Research Council of Lithuania. The State Lithuanian Studies and Dissemination Programme for 2016–2024. Martynas Jankus: a Unifier of the Nation and a Pressman (No. P-LIP-18-138). Prof. Dr Habil. D. Kaunas. 2018–2021.

The aim of the project was to carry out research on the subject Martynas Jankus: Unifier of the Nation and Pressman. The result of the project is a monograph „Martynas Jankus: Unifier of the Nation and Pressman 014“. The monograph was published in July 2021 partly financed by the Lithuanian Science Council and partly by donors. Circulation – 650 copies, text size – 57.8 authors’ quires (without illustrations). For its preparation, in the year 2018 the search for archival material was carried out in Lithuanian and German archives, libraries and museums. A part of the monograph (2 author's manuscripts) was translated into German and published in the Annaberger Annalen in 2021.

Main publications:

Kaunas, D. 2021. Martynas Jankus. Tautos vienytojas ir lietuvių spaudos kūrėjas. Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla.

Kaunas, D. Martynas Jankus als Vorsitzender des Obersten Ausschusses zur Rettung des Memelgebietes 1922–1923 [translation of a chapter of monograph Martynas Jankus. Vilnius, 2021, p. 220–252. Translated and introduction written by Arthur Hermann, p. 8. [Anneberger Annalen ueber Litauen und deutsch-litauische Beziehungen (Bonn; Lampertheim)]. 2021, 29: 8–42.

Research Council of Lithuania. National Research Programme (NRP) 'Modernity in Lithuania' for 2017–2022. Homo viator: Travel space and Experiences of Travellers in Early modern Lithuania (No P-MIP-21-343). Prof. Dr A. Pacevičius. 2021 April–2022 December.

The aim of the project was to systematise and update the sources and descriptions of journeys to/from the GDL in the 16th-18th centuries on the basis of the research on the mobility of the old society, to create new products (a website, a virtual map), and to prepare a collective monograph. In 2021 the following works were done: information architecture and navigation model developed; design concept developed; prepared sketches of typical website pages; testing started with users.

Research Council of Lithuania. The State Lithuanian Studies and Dissemination Programme for 2016–2024. Clutches of Scientific Information: The Book of Donations to Vilnius University, 1820–1832 (No P-LIP-21-88). Prof. Dr A. Pacevičius. 1 April 2021–31 December 2021.

During the project ‘Clutches of Scientific Information: The Book of Donations to Vilnius University, 1820–1832’, visual material was collected and systematized for the book being prepared, the bibliographic descriptions of the source publication were revised, also completed the study ‘Clutches of Scientific Information’, and an introductory article. The project has been extended until April 2022. Editing and layout work is scheduled to the beginning of January.

MAIN R&D&I (RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION) PARTNERS

University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
University of Wroclaw (Poland)
University of Latvia (Latvia)
Eutiner State Library, Research Centre for Historical Travel Culture (Germany)
Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, SHARP (Global Society)

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Assoc. Prof. Dr N. Bliūdžiuvienė

Teaching Assist. Dr R. Cicėnienė

  • editorial board member of the Lithuanian National Retrospective Bibliography;
  • editorial board member of the Folia bibliothecalia, a journal published by Książnica Podlaska im. Łukasza Górnickiego, in Bialystok;
  • editorial board member of the research papers Lietuvos mokslų akademijos Vrublevskių biblioteka.

Prof. Dr Habil. D. Kaunas

Prof. Dr A. Navickienė

Prof. Dr A. Pacevičius

 Assoc. Prof. Dr T. Petreikis

Teaching Assist. Dr K. Tolkačevski

Prof. Dr Habil. A. E. Walter

  • editorial board member of the Aus Archiven, Bibliotheken, Museen Mittel- und Osteuropas - Studien, Verzeichnisse, Editionen (Cologne, Weimar, Wien: Böhlau-Verlag);
  • editorial board member of the book series Metropolis. Texte und Studien zu Zentren der Kultur in der europäischen Neuzeit (Berlin: Akademie-Verlag);
  • editorial board member of the Vossische Nachrichten - Mitteilungen der Johann Heinrich Voß-Gesellschaft.

BEST REPORTS DELIVERED AT CONFERENCES ABROAD

  • Bliūdžiuvienė, Nijolė. Lithuania’s Experience in International Standardization of Information and Documentation for Memory Institutions. International conference The Interoperability of Cultural-Heritage Institution Data in the Digital Space: Terminological Aspects, 8 October 2021, Riga.
  • Navickienė, Aušra. Professional publishing and Lithuanian books in Lithuania in the first half of the 19th century: The case of the Zawadzki firm. International jubilee conference on the 65th anniversary of the Institute of Information and Library Science of the University of Wrocław The Book and the Reader, 19–20 April 2021, Wrocław.
  • Pacevičius, Arvydas. Ego-documents as travel media: the case of Grand Duchy of Lithuania. International web conference Reisen und Medien in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 19 May 2021, http://www.neuesreisen.uni-freiburg.de/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Tagungsprogramm-Reisen-und-Medien-1.pdf.
  • Tolkačevski, Kšištof. O tym, jak Stanisław August Poniatowski inskrypcje nagrobne czytywał. International conference Pismo-kultura-technologie. 15–17 June 2021, Warsaw.
  • Walter, Axel Ernst. Kartographie und Reise. International web conference Reisen und Medien in Geschichte und Gegenwart, 19 May 2021, http://www.neuesreisen.uni-freiburg.de/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Tagungsprogramm-Reisen-und-Medien-1.pdf.

MOST IMPORTANT PARTICIPATION CASES OF RESEARCHERS IN WORKING GROUPS OR COMMISSIONS SET UP BY STATE AUTHORITIES, STATE AND MUNICIPAL INSTITUTIONS, ORGANISATIONS, BUSINESS ENTITIES

MOST IMPORTANT RESEARCH DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES


DEPARTMENT OF DIGITAL CULTURES AND COMMUNICATION

Saulėtekio al. 9, bld 1, LT-01222 Vilnius
Tel. 236 6111, 236 6112, 236 6116
E-mail: ;
Head – Prof. Dr Elena Macevičiūtė

STAFF

Professors: Dr R. Laužikas, Dr E. Macevičiūtė.
Associate professors: Dr J. Blažiūnas (part-time), Dr V. Grigas, Dr A. Gudinavičius (part-time), Dr M. Petrikas, Dr R. Repšienė (part-time), Dr A. Šuminas.
Teaching assistant: Dr J. Rudžionienė.
Doctoral students: D. Armakauskaitė, N. Charapan, J. Januškevičiūtė, I. Jovaišaitė-Blaževičienė, N. Latvytė, J. Paltanavičiūtė, A. Šileris.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Digital and social inequalities in production, distribution and usage of cultural and entertainment services
Move, expression and usage of cultural activities and industries in digital environments
Relation between digital cultures and digital inequality
Role of digital cultural entertainment in diminishing of digital divide
Aspects of cultural services and their consumption reducing digital and social divide

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2021

Projects Supported by University Budget

Manifestation of Digital Inequalities in Entertainment Cultures. Prof. Dr E. Macevičiūtė. 2020–2023.

The project aims to analyse differences in consumption of digital entertainment cultural services caused by digital and other social inequality, and study their manifestations as well as the potential to increase social and digital inclusion.

Main publications:

Levratto, V., Šuminas, A., Schilhab, T., Esbensen, G. Smartphones: reading habits and overuse. A qualitative study in Denmark, Lithuania and Spain. Educación XX1. 2021, 24(2): 167–188.
Gudinavičius, A., Grigas, V. Causes and consequences of unauthorized use of books: readers, authors, and publishers' perspective. Online Information Review. 2021, vol. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/OIR-03-2021-0133.

Kelpšienė, I. Participatory heritage on social networking sites: the discussion of main theoretical concepts. Information & Media. 2021, 91: 100–119. https://doi.org/10.15388/Im.2021.91.54.

National Research Projects

Research Council of Lithuania. Connective Digital Memory in Borderlands: A Mixed-Methods Study of Cultural Identity, Heritage Communication and Digital Curation on Social Networks (Nr. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-17-0027). Project leader – Assoc. Prof. Dr C. Dallas, Prof. Dr R. Laužikas, Assoc. Prof. Dr K. Kirtiklis, Assoc. Prof. Dr L. Murinienė, Assist. Dr V. Denisenko, doctoral student D. Armakauskaitė, doctoral student J. Gribovskis, doctoral student I. Kelpšienė, Assist. Dr R. Stonytė. 2020–2023.

The aim of the project is to reveal how memory practices on Lithuanian Social Network sites mediated by contested heritage shape cultural identities at transnational, national and intersectional level, advancing digital curation knowledge to save Lithuanian social digital memory from future obsolescence.

Research Council of Lithuania. National Research Programme (NRP) 'Modernity in Lithuania' for 2017–2022. Homo viator: Travel space and Experiences of Travellers in Early modern Lithuania (No P-MIP-21-343). Prof. Dr A. Pacevičius, Prof. Dr R. Laužikas. 2021 April–2022 December.

The aim of the project was to systematise and update the sources and descriptions of journeys to/from the GDL in the 16th–18th centuries on the basis of the research on the mobility of the old society, to create new products (a website, a virtual map), and to prepare a collective monograph. In 2021 the following works were done: information architecture and navigation model developed; design concept developed; prepared sketches of typical website pages; testing started with users.

Research Council of Lithuania. Automated Heritage Monitoring of Urbanised Areas Implementing 3D Technologies (No. 01.2.2-LMT-K-718-01-0043). Head of the project - Prof. Dr Habil. Vladislav V. Fomin (since July 2020); project participants – Prof. Dr R. Laužikas, Dr T. Žižiūnas. 2018–2022.

The aim of the project is to develop knowledge based computer software and a methodology for automatic monitoring of urban heritage by implementing three dimensional (3D) technologies and artificial intelligence platforms (AI).

Main publication:

Laužikas, R. Monitoring of Immovable Cultural Heritage using 3D and Artificial Intelligence Technologies. Online event Using AI to monitor historic towns and landscapes: #Connecting Archaeology in Digital Meets Culture, 2021. https://www.digitalmeetsculture.net/article/connecting-archaeology/

International Research Projects

European Regional Development Fund. Development of a Virtual Cultural Space that Meets the Needs of Society. Doctoral student I. Kelpšienė, Dr T. Žižiūnas, Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Varnienė-Janssen. 2018–2021.

The main goal of this project is widening the gateway to digital cultural heritage. Objectives: to create 9 new e-services facilitating the search, accumulation, management and use of digitized cultural content for educational, research and other relevant issues to the subscribers of the portal epaveldas.lt.
The task of the Faculty of Communication in this project is the implementation, development and integration of the thesaurus of Lithuanian personal names, geographical names and historical chronology with the Virtual Electronic Heritage System.

Project funded by “Nordplus” programme for education in the Nordic and Baltic countries. DigMus: Empowering Museum Professionals with Digital Skills. Project coordinator – doctoral student N. Charapan; participants – Prof. Dr R. Laužikas, doctoral student D. Armakauskaitė. 2020–2022.

This project positions itself in the domain of life-long education and aims at museum professionals in the Baltic and Nordic regions. It aims to map and strengthen the existing gap in professional competences and skills that will facilitate a more sustainable and multifold integration of digital collections into museum services.

Project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and Research Council of Lithuania. Identity on the Line (I-ON) (No. EACEA 34/2018). Project manager – doctoral student N. Latvytė. Project administrator – doctoral student D. Armakauskaitė. Experts – Assoc. Prof. Dr J. Blažiūnas, Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Repšienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr L. Murinienė, Dr T. Božerocki. 2019–2023.

(I-ON) is a large-scale cooperation project between six cultural history museums and one university, working together to explore the long-term consequences of different migration processes, forced or voluntary, which took place in Europe over the last 100 years. Through the collection and dissemination of experiences from former migrants and their descendants, summarized and placed in factual historical contexts, we will unfold and transmit common features of migration from past to future generations. Our priority is to reinforce the sense of belonging to a common European space to contemporary migrants, to those who have settled and their hosting communities.

The aim of the project is a transnational cooperation, the circulation of cultural works and players, which is assured by a broad cooperation between partners in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, Slovenia and Croatia. Starting with similar approaches and using the same methods, each partner (museum/university) will work on one important migration process in its country by collecting and facilitating sensitive narratives in local exhibitions and uncovering challenges which have not been addressed before. The main findings and common features will be summarized and made available as a joint travel exhibition within Europe and a digital package, free to download. The working process initiates interaction between partners and other professionals, aiming at skill transfer, the anchoring of successful methods among colleagues, as well as developing toolkits and school packages.

University of Amsterdam and associated institutions. Corona Humour. Assoc. Prof. Dr Repšienė. 2020–2021.
The scientific output of the project is the creation of the international database "Corona Humour" (15 000 items). Based on the international database, a codebook was developed (Corona humour codebook, with codes for the global dataset and instructions for cleaning, coding and checking reliability, May 2021).

Unibo – UNA Europa. Humour in the European Public Sphere: Fostering Societal Debate about Contested Expression in a Globalizing World. Assoc. Prof. Dr Repšienė. 2021–2022.
Publications in the peer-reviewed journal The European Journal of Humour Research (EJHR), and an exhibition on "Humour in the European Public Sphere" at a workshop in Leuven, Belgium. An online platform "Humour in European public space" has also been created to display the project material.

Project funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland. Reclaimed Avant-garde (No. 11H 17 0144 85). Assoc. Prof. Dr M. Petrikas. 2018–2023.
International research and artistic project were initiated by the Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute on the occasion of the Avant-garde Year 2017. It refers directly to theatre projects of the first half of the 20th century in Central and Eastern Europe, as a source of inspiration for contemporary artists, redefining at the same time a phenomenon of the historical avant-garde from the present perspective developed by historians and culture practitioners from this region.

The core of the project is an international team of experts from Central and Eastern Europe. The main goal of the team is to create a permanent international and transnational platform of cooperation between institutions and organizations interested in theatre, including defining common features of theatre culture in this part of the continent. The task of the team is to prepare an anthology and a lexicon presenting a panorama of the theatrical avant-garde of Central and Eastern Europe, which takes into account its diversity in the international context as well as the interdisciplinary dimension of this phenomenon.

Complex Development of Research Capacities and Services at Eszterházy Károly University. The investigation is conducted under the auspices of the Doctoral School of Education's Research Team, supported by the EFOP-3.6.1-16-2016-00001 project. Leader of the research group – Prof. Dr Habil. T. Koltay. Member of the research group – Assoc. Prof. Dr V. Grigas. 2017–2021.

This project examines the proper application of information literacy to public education, taking the wide variety of literacies (media literacy, media and information literacy) into account and focusing on critical thinking and reading, as well as the importance of communication.

COST Action CA15201. Archaeological Practices and Knowledge Work in the Digital Environment. Funded by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. Dr Isto Huvila (Uppsala University, Sweden). Vilnius University – Grant holder institution. Prof. Dr Rimvydas Laužikas – Science Representative, MC member and leader of WG3. Researchers – Prof. Dr V. Vaitkevičius, doctoral student I. Kelpšienė, Dr T. Žižiūnas took part at different WG. 2016–2021, May.

COST-ARKWORK brings together the multidisciplinary work of researchers of archaeological practices in the field of archaeological knowledge production and use. The aim of the network is to make a major push forward in the current state-of-the-art in knowing how archaeological knowledge is produced, how it is used and how to maximise its positive impact on society.

CA COST Action CA16123. New Exploratory Phase in Research on East European Cultures of Dissent. 2017–2021. Funded by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. Dr Maciej Maryl (Instytut Badan literackich Polskiej akademii nauk, Poland). Doctoral student I. Kelpšienė, doctoral student N. Charapan, doctoral student N. Latvytė, Prof. Dr V. Vaitkevičius.
The main aim of the Action is to trigger the next discovery phase of this legacy through forging a new, reflexive approach and providing a platform for incubating networked, transnational, multidisciplinary and technology-conscious research with creative dissemination capacities.

Main publication:

Latvytė, N. #Never forget: teaching trauma experience at historical places. In N. Močnik, G. Duijzings, H. Meretoja, B. N. Beti (Eds.), Engaging with historical traumas: experiential learning and pedagogies of resilience. 2021, pp. 86–102.

COST Action CA16204. Distant Reading for European Literary History. The coordination activities are supported by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. COST member of the operational management committee (MC) – Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Gudinavičius. COST Deputy Chairman of the management committee (MC) – Assoc. Prof. Dr V. Grigas. 2017–2021.

Main publications:

Grigas, V., Gudinavičius, A. Stakeholders’ perceptions of book piracy’s benefits to society in Lithuania. Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication. 2021, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/GKMC-08-2020-0118.

Grigas, V., Gudinavičius, A., Černevičiūtė, E. Use of illegally distributed books in Lithuania. Information & Media. 2021, 91: 83–99. https://doi.org/10.15388/Im.2021.91.53.

CA COST Action CA18128. Saving European Archaeology from the Digital Dark Age. Funded by the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020. Prof. Julian Richards (University of York Archaeology Data Service, UK). Prof. Dr R. Laužikas, doctoral student I. Kelpšienė, Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Varnienė-Janssen, Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Gudinavičius. 2019–2023.
The main aim and objective of the Action is to mitigate the loss of primary archaeological data by developing common understandings around the stewardship of digital archaeological data, building new best-practice networks to support the preservation and open dissemination of archaeological data, and the creation of more inclusive research partnerships.

Making archaeological data open and freely accessible is a priority across Europe. However, the domain lacks appropriate, persistent repositories. Due to the fragility of digital data and non-repeatable nature of most archaeological research, the domain is poised to lose a generation of research to the Digital Dark Age. The aim of the network is to bring archaeologists and data management specialists together to share expertise, and create resources that allow them to address problems in the most appropriate way.

COST Action CA18230. Interactive Narrative Design for Complexity Representations. The coordination activities are supported by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. COST member of the management committee (MC) – Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Šuminas, MC substitute – doctoral student J. Januškevičiūtė. 2019–2023.
The aim of this COST action is to build a network for the interdisciplinary study of the potential interactive digital narrative as a means to addressing complexity as a societal challenge by representing, experiencing and comprehending complex phenomena and thus also address the issue of "fake news". The challenge therefore is to change IDNs current status from ‘singular achievement’ of a small group of ‘initiated’ practitioners to ‘general practice’ of many media companies. The INDCOR project (Interactive Narrative Design for Complexity Representations) addresses this challenge by means of a coordinated effort in analysing and generalizing design and production methods of stand-out IDN works with a particular focus on the representation of complex issues.

COST Action CA18236. Multidisciplinary Innovation for Social Change. The coordination activities are supported by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. COST member of the management committee (MC) – Prof. Dr E. Macevičiūtė. 2019–2023.
The aim of this Action is to demonstrate, through the adoption of Multi-Disciplinary Innovation (MDI) methods, how we can respond to social problems with a design-led approach which has a problem-oriented ethos, supporting positive social change and the development of international public policy discourse. It will be achieved through the establishment of a Pan-European Public Sector Innovation (ePSI) lab. It will prepare students for roles in employment by integrating education programs into the lab's operations and it will support agencies that have a role in responding to and developing public policy.

COST Action CA19119. Investigation on Comics and Graphic Novels in the Iberian Cultural Area. The coordination activities are supported by the EU Horizon 2020 programme. COST member of the management committee (MC) – Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Gudinavičius, MC substitute – Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Šuminas. 2020–2024.
The iCOn-MICS Action aims at carrying out Investigation on Comics and Graphic Novels from the Iberian Cultural Area (Spain, Portugal, and Latin America). Today, Iberian comics are struggling to position themselves on the global scene particularly because of past political and economic crises and a strong lack of recognition. Moreover, research works are very scattered leading to redundant initiatives and sources are not easily accessible. iCOn-MICS will address it by structuring an international federating network of researchers, professionals, and end-users on Iberian comics to gather research works and improve access to it and to the sources; strengthening its dissemination and preservation; and improving practices for using comics as an educational tool to highlight and improve the image of this medium. To achieve those objectives, the network integrates 11 European countries, including 7 ITCs and 3 countries of Latin America (IPCs).

Contractual Research

National Agency for Education. Opinion Research of Teachers Participating in the Project The Safer Internet. Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Gudinavičius, Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Šuminas, Assoc. Prof. Dr V. Grigas, doctoral student I. Jovaišaitė-Blaževičienė.

Lithuanian Council for Culture. Development of a Modeling System for Monitoring and Analysis of Cultural and Artistic Projects and Processes (Nr. 1S-30(3.1).
Prof. Dr R. Laužikas.

MAIN R&D&I (RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION) PARTNERS

Uppsala University, Uppsala (Sweden)
Toronto University, Toronto (Canada)
University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
University of Stavanger (Norway)
University of York (UK)

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Assoc. Prof. Dr V. Grigas

Prof. Dr R. Laužikas

Prof. Dr E. Macevičiūtė

Assoc. Prof. Dr M. Petrikas

Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Repšienė

Dr J. Rudžionienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Šuminas

BEST REPORTS DELIVERED AT CONFERENCES ABROAD

  • Rudžionienė, J., Enwald, H., Kortelainen, T., Grigas, V. Open Research Data and Openness: Views of Scholars in Finland and Lithuania. International conference European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2021), 20–23 September 2021, Bamberg, Germany.
  • Grigas, V., Mierzecka, A., Tomori, T., Koltay, T. Secondary School Teachers’ Attitudes to Information Literacy in Hungary, Lithuania and Poland. International web conference European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL 2021), 20–23 September 2021, Bamberg, Germany.
  • Fomin, V. V., Laužikas, R., Žižiūnas, T. Impact of the Digital Archaeology Practises on the Regulatory Framework Design and eCommunities. CAA Conference 2021 Digital Crossroads. 14–18 June 2021.
  • Laužikas, R. Digital archaeology and regulatory failure: the description of the problem. CAA Conference 2021 Digital Crossroads. 14–18 June 2021.
  • Repšienė, R. Visuality of Humour, Sight Inside and View Outside: Lithuanian Reality. International conference Humour in the European public sphere, Krakow: Jagiellonian University, 16 September 2021.

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CENTRE FOR JOURNALISM AND MEDIA RESEARCH

Bernardinų 11, LT-01124 Vilnius
Tel. 219 3041
E-mail:
Head – Assoc. Prof. Dr Renata Šukaitytė-Coenen

STAFF

Professor: Dr A.Vaišnys.
Associate professors: Dr A. Gudauskas, Dr D. Jastramskis, Dr K. Kirtiklis, Dr J. Mažylė, Dr R. Šukaitytė-Coenen. Dr V. Denisenko, Dr M. Martišius, Dr L. Nevinskaitė.
Assistant professor: Dr R. Stonytė.
Teaching assistants: G. Plepytė-Davidavičienė, A. Valinčiūtė.
Doctoral students: R. Kupetytė, I. Vitkauskaitė.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Audiovisual media and mass communication
Ethics of journalism and media
History and theory of journalism and media
Media audiences
Media ecosystems
Media politics
Political communication

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2021

Projects Supported by University Budget

Journalism, Media and Political Communication in Lithuania: Challenges, Content and Audiences. Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Šukaitytė-Coenen. 2020–2023.

The project aims to analyse the changes of journalisms, media and political communication in Lithuania caused by political, technological, cultural and social factors by using quantitative and qualitative research methods; to research how the national journalism and media research compare to research findings in other European countries and worldwide.

Thematic clusters of the project:

Media Ecosystems, Content, Politics and Ethics. Prof. Dr Ž. Pečiulis, Prof. Dr A. Vaišnys, Assoc. Prof. Dr A. Gudauskas, Assoc. Prof. Dr D. Jastramskis, Assoc. Prof. Dr K. Kirtiklis, Assoc. Prof. Dr M. Martišius, Assoc. Prof. Dr J. Mažylė, Assoc. Prof. Dr L. Nevinskaitė, Teaching Assist. G. Plepytė-Davidavičienė, Teaching Assist. A. Valinčiūtė.

Main publications:

Kirtiklis, K. Humanist Limits of Craig’s Communication Theory. In: M. H. Rich and J. S. Robles (Eds.). Practicing Communication Theory: Exploring, Applying, and Teaching the Constitutive Metamodel. 2021, 175–190.

Kupetytė, R. The transformation of radio journalists' strategies in the Soviet Lithuania. Styles of Communication. 2021, 13(1): 60–75. https://doi.org/10.31178/SC.13.1.03.

Pečiulis, Ž. TV Media Change in the Aspect of Remediation Theory. Information & Media. 2021, 91: 26–40. https://doi.org/10.15388/Im.2021.91.49.

Political Communication and Media Activism. Prof. Dr A. Vaišnys, Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Šukaitytė, Assoc. Prof. Dr V. Denisenko, Assoc. Prof. Dr M. Martišius, Assist. Prof. Dr R. Stonytė.

Main publications:

Denisenko, V. Propagandos apsupty. 2021, Vilnius: Vilniaus universiteto leidykla.

Vaišnys, A. Lithuania’s demarcation of information from Poland’s Solidarity Movement in 1980–1981, in Studia medioznawcze. 2021, 22(2): 908–923.

Media Audiences. Prof. Dr Ž. Pečiulis, Assoc. Prof. Dr K. Kirtiklis, Assoc. Prof. Dr R.Šukaitytė, Teaching Assist. G. Plepytė-Davidavičienė.

National Research Projects

Research Council of Lithuania. Connective Digital Memory in Borderlands: A Mixed-Methods Study of Cultural Identity, Heritage Communication and Digital Curation on Social Networks (Nr. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-17-0027). Project leader – Assoc. Prof. Dr C. Dallas, Prof. Dr R. Laužikas, Assoc. Prof. Dr K. Kirtiklis, Assoc. Prof. Dr L. Murinienė, Assoc. prof. Dr V. Denisenko, doctoral student D. Armakauskaitė, doctoral student J. Gribovskis, doctoral student I. Kelpšienė, Assist. Prof. Dr R. Stonytė. 2020–2023.
The aim of the project is to reveal how memory practices on Lithuanian Social Network sites mediated by contested heritage shape cultural identities at transnational, national and intersectional level, advancing digital curation knowledge to save Lithuanian social digital memory from future obsolescence.

Research Council of Lithuania. Media Concentration and its Regulation in Lithuania. Assoc. Prof. Dr D. Jastramskis (project manager, chief researcher), junior researcher G. Plepytė-Davidavičienė, doctoral student R. Kupetytė. 2020–2021.
The regulation of media concentration in Lithuania and abroad has been analysed. Analysis of the competitive environment of Lithuanian media has been carried out. The evolution and level of horizontal media concentration in national internet, television, radio and press markets has been assessed. The competitive environment of Latvian, Estonian and Scandinavian media has been analysed. Qualitative interviews were conducted with public information producers. The report was read at the annual conference of the Lithuanian Society of Sociologists.

International Research Projects

The MPM project is co-funded by the European Union. European University Institute. Media Pluralism Monitor MPM2021. Assoc. Prof. Dr D. Jastramskis. 2020–2021.

The Media Pluralism Monitor is aimed to document the health of media ecosystems, detailing threats to media pluralism and freedom in the European Union member states and some candidate countries.

MAIN R&D&I (RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION) PARTNERS

Baltic Association of Media Research
European Communication Research and Education Association
Riga Stradins University (Latvia)
University of Central Lancashire (UK)
Warsaw University (Poland)

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Assoc. Prof. Dr D. Jastramskis

  • editorial board member of the journal Kwartalnik Nauk o Mediach (Media Sciences Quarterly), http://knm.uksw.edu.pl/rada-naukowa/;
  • member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA);
  • board member at the Baltic Association of Media Research.

Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Šukaitytė

Prof. Dr A. Vaišnys

BEST REPORTS DELIVERED AT CONFERENCES ABROAD

  • Denisenko, V. The integration of COVID-19 topics to Kremlin-backed propaganda (Lithuanian case). International online conference „The 2nd International Interdisciplinary Conference PLACES“, Rīga Stradiņš University, 25 March 2021.
  • Kirtiklis, K., Wojtkowski, l. (Nicolaus Copernicus U). Is mediatization theory a challenge for methodological individualism? International online conference „Agency in a datafied society: Communication between and across humans, platforms and machines”, ZeMKI and University of Bremen, 30 July 2021.
  • Kupetytė, R. External Service of Radio in Soviet Lithuania: Who Was the Audience? International conference Baltic Connections Conference 2021, University of Helsinki, 20–21 April 2021.
  • Kupetytė, R. The Transformation of Radio Journalism in the Soviet Lithuania. The Regional Conference 30 Years of Higher Education in Journalism and Communication in Eastern Europe after 1989: From conquering the Freedom of Expression to Embracing Digital Communication, University of Bucharest, 20–21 May 2021.
  • Šukaityte-Coenen, R., Martišius, M., Stonytė, R. Audiovisual Media and Memories of the late 1980s and early 1990s in Lithuania and Eastern Europe. International online conference “Eastern European Film and Screen Media”, University of Central Lancashire, 4 June 2021.

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DEPARTMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION RESEARCH

Saulėtekio al. 9, bld 1, LT-01222 Vilnius
Tel. 219 3168
E-mail:
Head – Assoc. Prof. Dr Renata Matkevičienė

STAFF

Professors: Dr A. Mikalauskienė (part-time).
Associate professors: Dr E. Janiūnienė (part-time), Dr R. Matkevičienė, Dr I. Michailovič (part-time), Dr A. Novelskaitė (part-time). Dr D. Siudikienė, Dr M. Stonkienė, Dr L. Stundžė.
Teaching assistants: Dr R. Adomaitienė, Dr I. Girnienė (part-time), Dr B. Grebliauskienė, Dr J. Gribovskis (part-time). Dr S. Jokūbauskienė, Dr S. Preidys (part-time), Dr D. Šėporaitytė-Vismantė, Dr E. Platūkytė (part-time).
Research assistants: M. E. Černikovaitė (part-time),
Doctoral students: V. Beniušis, L. Jakučionienė, E. Nabažaitė, A. Telyčėnaitė.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Theoretical, methodological, practical analysis of tendencies and problems of organization communication and its derivative fields, focusing on changing discourse (participants, context, narrative) of communication
Investigation of organization communication and information and knowledge management in international and intercultural perspective focusing on changes in organizational communication content, forms and channels, and legislation processes
Stakeholders’ communication and engagement in organization communication: focus on sustainability and CSR strategies, reputation and branding communication, organizational culture, and knowledge management strategies
Change of communication profession and competencies in a digital global society
Research of diversity in a socio-cultural context, emphasizing the peculiarities of the interactions between gender and other sociodemographic characteristics. Gender communication research. Sociology of gender: gender in different social institutions
Information and communication context of academic/research activities: scholarly communication, science communication, open access, ethics in HE/research institutions and academic/research activities

RESEARCH PROJECTS CARRIED OUT IN 2021

Projects Supported by University Budget

Information and Communication Organisational Infrastructures and Activities in the Context of the Network Society. Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Matkevičienė. 2020–2023.

The project aims to research communication and information infrastructures and activities in organisations.

Main publications:

Stundžė, L. Sexual Harassment Discourse in News Portal delfi.lt: 2017–2018. Information & Media. 2021, 92: 28–45. https://doi.org/10.15388/Im.2021.92.50.

Siudikienė, D., Stundžė, L. For Peculiarities of Representation of Women’s Roles and Their Changes in Women’s Magazines: Case of the Magazine Moteris. Information & Media, 2021, 92: 65–89. https://doi.org/10.15388/Im.2021.92.52.

Novelskaitė, A., Stundžė, L. Sexuality education in school and family: communicational aspects. In M. Kawińska, O. A. Kotowska-Wójcik (Eds.), Gender (in)equality in the public sphere /(Nie) równość płci w sferze publicznej. 2021, pp.189–208.

International Research Projects

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Simulation Games in Strategic Communication (No: 2018-1-LV01-KA203-046981). The leading project manager is Tatjana Mažāne (Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences). Coordinator in Lithuania – Assoc. Prof. Dr Renata Matkevičienė. 2018–2021.

The aim of the project is to create and test pedagogical innovations in strategic communication teaching in three Baltic universities through academic staff training, development of teaching aids, and development of a prototype of an interactive collaborative digital learning and teaching platform. As a part of the project activities a research of simulation as a method in educating media and information literacy is foreseen.

Main publications:

Dāvidsone, A., Matkevičienė, R., Telyčėnaitė, A., Silkane, V. and Jurāne Brēmane, A. Social simulation transfer to online: Pedagogical reflections on teaching presence. In L. Daniela and A. Visvizi (Eds.), Remote learning in times of pandemic: issues, implications and best practice. 2021, pp.74–89.

Dāvidsone, A., Jurāne-Brēmane, A., Telyčėnaitė, A., Seppel, K., Matkevičienė, R., Silkāne, V., Uibu, M., Allaje, Õ., Simanovska, J., and Amsons, T. Social simulations in communication studies: creating a simulation scenario of an environmental problem. 2021. Vidzeme: Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences.

Dāvidsone, A., Seppel, K., Telyčėnaitė, A., Matkevičienė, R., Uibu, M., Silkāne, V., Jurāne-Brēmane, A., and Allaje, Õ. Exploring students’ perceptions on acquisition of transversal skills during an online social simulation. In L. Daniela (Eds.), Human, technologies and quality of education [Cilvēks, tehnoloģijas un izglītības kvalitāte] 2021, pp.727–738.

MAIN R&D&I (RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION) PARTNERS

Lithuanian Communication Association (former Lithuanian PR Specialists Union)
Lithuanian Social Enterprise Association (LISVA)
Tartu University (Estonia)
Leeds Beckett University (Great Britain)
Blanquerna - Ramon Lull University (Spain)
IULM (Italy)
Hanze University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands)
Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (Latvia)
Sodertorn University (Sweden)

OTHER RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Assoc. Prof. Dr R. Matkevičienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr D. Siudikienė

Assoc. Prof. Dr A.Novelskaitė -

BEST REPORTS DELIVERED AT CONFERENCES ABROAD

  • Jakučionienė, L. Communication professionals as social change agens in times of crisis. 7th International Conference on CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance, 23–25 June 2021, Politecnico de Lisboa, ISCAL - Instituto Superior de Contabilidade e Administração de Lisboa, Global Corporate Governance Institute.
  • Matkevičienė, R. & Jakučionienė, L. Communication professionals as social change agents in times of uncertainty. 27nd International Sustainable Development Research Society Conference. 13–15 July 2021, Mid Sweden University, Sweden. https://2021.isdrsconferences.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Book-of-Abstracts.pdf.
  • Matkevičienė, R. & Telyčėnaitė, A. Exploring Students’ Perceptions on Acquisition of Transversal Skills During an Online Social Simulation. International conference Human, Technologies and Quality of Education, University of Latvia, 2021.
  • Mikalauskienė, A. The impact of value created by culture on approaching the sustainable development goals. International conference Localising the Sustainable Development Goals through Baltic Museums and Libraries. 23–24 September 2021, National Library of Latvia, Latvia. https://baltic-museums-libraries-sdg.lnb.lv/programme/.

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