Lectures and seminars about gender and motherhood studies and research

From November 29th to December 2nd lectures and seminars about gender and motherhood studies and research with professor Jenny Björklund will take place at the Faculty of Philology.

Jenny Björklund is a Professor of Gender Studies at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her current research deals with cultural representations of in/voluntary childlessness, and reproductive decision-making and climate change. Her books include Maternal Abandonment and Queer Resistance in Twenty-First-Century Swedish Literature (2021) and Lesbianism in Swedish Literature: An Ambiguous Affair (2014). Her work has also appeared in Social Science and Medicine, Women’s Studies, Scandinavian Studies, and Contemporary Women’s Writing.

Jenny Björklund has been awarded the Vilnius University Teaching and Learning Internationalisation Initiatives funding for the initiative Gender and Motherhood Studies and Research in the Baltic Sea Region. As part of this initiative in collaboration with the Horizon 2020 project MotherNet, she will deliver seminars to BA and MA students, of the Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University (in English and Swedish), will give a public lecture entitled Runaway Moms: Mothers Who Leave their Families in the Twenty-First Century, and will consult BA and MA students of the Faculty of Philology, on their final theses.

About the public lecture Runaway Moms: Mothers Who Leave their Families the Twenty-First Century

What does it mean that so many mothers leave their families in twenty-first-century Swedish literature? The lecture takes its point of departure in this question and explores how novels about mothers who leave can be understood as queer resistance against Swedish-branded ideals of parenthood, family, and reproduction. The public lecture will be streamed online.


November 29, 15:00, Room 92, Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University Feminist and Queer Reading Methods (to students of the Faculty of Philology)
  • Benedictsson, Victoria. (1885) 2011. Money. Translated by Sara Death. London: Norvik Press, pp. 129–40.
  • Björklund, Jenny. 2018. “Editorial: Queer Readings/Reading the Queer.” lambda nordica 23 (1–2): 7–15.
November 30, 13:00, Greimas room (111), Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University Feminist and Queer Reading Methods(to MA students of Literature and Intermedial studies)
  • Björklund, Jenny, and Ann-Sofie Lönngren. 2020. “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Queer Reading Strategies, Swedish Literature, and Historical (In)visibility.” Scandinavian Studies 92 (2): 196–228.
  • Butler, Octavia E. (1984) 1996. “Bloodchild”. In Bloodchild and Other Stories, 3–32. New York: Seven Stories Press.
  • Halberstam, Judith “Jack”. 2007. “Forgetting Family: Queer Alternatives to Oedipal Relations.” In A Companion to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies, edited by George E. Haggerty and Molly McGarry, 315–24. Oxford: Blackwell.
November 30, 15:00, 314 B room, Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University *Att tillämpa feministiska och queera läsmetoder (to BA students of Scandinavian studies)
  • Holmqvist, Ninni. (1995) 2010. “Kostym.” In Kostym, 51–59. Stockholm: Norstedts.
*Lecture will be held in Swedish!
December 1, 16:00, 402 Room (TSPMI  Conference room, Vokiečių street, 10) Public lecture Runaway Moms: Mothers Who Leave their Families the Twenty-First Century
The lecture is a part of the Vilnius University Gender Research seminar series and is co-organized by the research group Re-thinking Motherhood from the Faculty of Philology and the Feminist Policy and Social Critique research group from the Institute of International Relations and Political Science
The lecture will be streamed on TSPMI FB page
December 2, 11:00, 108 Room, Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University Lecture consultation on motherhood research methods (to all students of the Faculty of Philology, Vilnius university)

To get the readings, please contact the MotherNet project coordinator Eglė Kačkutė-Hagan:

The visit of Prof. Jenny Björklund is a part of the project “Developing a New Network of Researchers on Contemporary European Motherhood (MotherNet)”. This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 952366.

SCANDINAVISTICA VILNENSIS is celebrating the 30th anniversary!

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Erasmus project THINK4JOBS events to take place at Vilnius University

pastedImage_copy_copy_copy_copy.pngOn 7-11 November 2022 the Institute of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Philology of Vilnius University will host three events of the Erasmus project THINK4JOBS. The THINK4JOBS project aims to strengthen University Business Collaboration for the effective promotion, development, support, and assessment of students’ Critical Thinking (CT).

A five-day Learning Teaching Training Activity (LTTA)  will be held on 7-11 November 2022.

The THINK4JOBS project combines a multidisciplinary team of scholars from Greece, Germany, Portugal, Romania, and Lithuania representing Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Labour Market Organizations (LMO). The project partners will present the results of the project on the development of critical thinking (CT) across different disciplines and the importance of close collaboration between HEI and LMO. External CT experts will also participate to share their research findings on different aspects of CT. Colleagues from the Institute of Foreign Languages: Liudmila Arcimavičienė, Ovidiu Ivancu, Simona Kontrimienė, Roma Kriaučiūnienė, Adam Mastandrea, and Svetozar Poštič will deliver presentations on possibilities of CT development in foreign language teaching and learning process. The programme of the LTTA could be found here:

On 10-11 November 2022, the THINK4JOBS Learning Teaching Training Activity (LTTA) will be combined with the THINK4JOBS 3rd Transnational Meeting. The project THINK4JOBS partners from Greece, Germany, Portugal, Romania, and Lithuania will attend the TM and each will share the project outcomes for the 25 months of the project and discuss the next steps on Project Dissemination.

The TM will be concluded with the Critical Thinking (CT) Forum that will be held on 11 November 2022. The key presenter of the Forum Prof. Dr. Daiva Penkauskienė (Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania) will present the results of national research into CT in institutions of higher education and labour market. The project THINK4JOBS partners will share the results of their interdisciplinary research into the development of CT in HEI and LMO.

We invite all those interested in CT to attend the Critical Thinking (CT) Forum.

More about the project >

Exhibition“Croatian Archaeological Heritage“


We cordially invite you to the opening of the Croatian Embassy’s exhibition “Croatian Archaeological Heritage“ on October 25th, Tuesday, at 4 pm. The exhibition will be opened by the Chargé d´Affaires of the Embassy of Croatia, Ms Dunja Staničić, followed by a lecture by the exhibition's author Mr Sanjin Mihelić, General Director of the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb. 

The exhibition “Croatian Archaeological Heritage“ aims to present Croatia as the home of countless archaeological and historical cultural monuments, which make this country a unique cultural and historical landscape. From earliest prehistory through antiquity and the Middle Ages, until the Modern Age and present day, the territory of Croatia has always been a place of the encounter and traditions, as well as often diverse world views, whose interplay through the ages has helped lay the foundations and build the edifice of a modern European country, proud of its rich and diverse origins.

The exhibition will be open to the public until November 11th at the Writers’ Hall (Rašytojų menė) of Vilnius University Faculty of Philology (Universiteto str. 5).

Open discussion: Can we write a joint history of Lithuanian and Polish literature?

The Department of Lithuanian Literature (Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University) and the Department of Literary Culture of Borderlands (Jagiellonian University in Kraków) invite to a discussion: Can we write a joint history of Lithuanian and Polish literature?

Participants: dr. hab. Paweł Bukowiec, dr. hab. Jarosław Fazan, prof. dr. hab. Jakub Niedźwiedź and prof. Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, prof. Dainora Pociūtė, prof. Brigita Speičytė.

Discussion (in English) will take place on October 24th, Monday, 3 p.m. at J. Balkevičius room.

Public lecture “Climate change discourse in UK and US news media: representing uncertainty and time”

We cordially invite you to the public lecture “Climate change discourse in UK and US news media: representing uncertainty and time” with Prof. Dr Hermine Penz (University of Graz, Austria) on Monday, October 24th, from 3-5 pm.

The lecture will take place on Zoom platform and can be accessed through this link >> 

The lecture will be delivered in English.

Further information about the topic of the lecture is given below

Climate change discourse in UK and US news media: representing uncertainty and time


Climate change is one of the major issues of our times and is regularly represented in media discourse. The latest findings of climate science have been summarized in the successive reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which have also provided future scenarios of the detrimental effect of rising temperatures for the years to come. The publication of the IPCC reports is generally taken up by the media which ‘translate’ the language of climate science for the general public. The issue of uncertainty is particularly interesting in this respect as the concept is interpreted differently by different audiences, i.e., scientists, journalists, the general public, etc. In addition, the question of time, in particular future projections of climate change, is relevant in climate change discourse and may be represented differently by different actors. 

This presentation discusses how uncertainty is represented by climate science media reports connected to the publication of the last two IPCC reports. In addition, it looks at the temporal frames connected to climate change, but also the uncertainties connected with it. The presentation applies ecocritical discourse analysis and takes a qualitative approach. 

Conference "Nordic Colonialism In The Arctic And The Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance"

We cordially invite you to the traditional Nordic lecturers’ conference on October 17-18th.

The theme this year is NORDIC COLONIALISM IN THE ARCTIC AND THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ RESISTANCE. All events will be conducted in English. The conference will take place live and on zoom.

Please find attached the program with the link and the annotations for the presentations >>





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