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The Lund Neurolinguistics seminar 'Neurolinguistic Discoveries in Nordic Languages: Perception and Prediction of Speech Input'

Centre for Scandinavian Studies is happy to announce a neurolinguistics seminar, held by The Lund Neurolinguistics group at our centre on 31st March, from 9:30 to 12:30, in Room 314 A-B. The topic of the seminar is Neurolinguistic Discoveries in Nordic Languages: Perception and Prediction of Speech Input. The event will be held in English.

Please also find the event program and abstracts attached >>

You can read about The Lund Neurolinguistics group here >>

Restoration of Independence Day Greetings

Dear colleagues at the Faculty of Philology and their friends all over the world,

March 11 is a day when we all speak about our freedom, our youth and our future. Freedom—because our freedom is about the freedom in living in our country, working for it, making it more beautiful and happy every day. Youth—because our independence, restored in 1990, is young, 33 years of age; some people born during those years are even younger. Future—because the University and its values are all about the future of the country and the future of the world. We are moving into the future relying on the lessons of history, on respectable experienced people, our colleagues, all together. Let us celebrate March 11!

Kind regards,

Professor Inesa Šeškauskienė
Dean of the Faculty of Philology

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Call for Papers: International Conference “Urban Cultural Space: The Baltic Narratives

International academic conference dedicated to the 700th Anniversary of Vilnius 


Venue: Vilnius University Faculty of Philology.

Date: 29-30 May 2023.


Scholars, doctoral students and young researchers from the international Baltic studies centres, and Lithuanian researchers, are invited to participate in the international academic conference “Urban Cultural Space: The Baltic Narratives”. The purpose of the conference is to present and discuss the latest research on urban literature and culture, urban identity and memory narratives of the Baltic region, and to analyse the multi-ethnic culture and literature of Vilnius in the context of other Baltic cities.


We propose the following main topics for presentations:

  • Urban literature of the Baltic region
  • Vilnius literary and cultural discourse
  • Narratives of identity and memory of the Baltic cities
  • Cultural and literary connections of the cities in the Baltic region
  • Baltic images of urban space and their comparative studies 

Conference languages: Lithuanian and English


Send the title and abstract of your presentation (up to 300 words) by March 12, 2023 to . We will confirm your participation by March 20, 2023. More information >>

MotherNet News

We present to you a summary of the past activities and accomplishements of the Faculty's MotherNet research group. Read below and find out more at MotherNet website >>

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Finnish guest lecture: The past and present of linguistic diversity in Finland

We are happy to announce a guest lecture by Dr. Sirkku Latomaa, University of Tampere, Finland, on Tuesday the 28th of February at 15.00–16.30 (including discussion), the auditorium 314AB

Sirkku Latomaa‘s guest lecture will be in English, and it is open to all students and the whole staff. 


The past and present of linguistic diversity in Finland


Migration has always been a part of human history. Finns have moved around the world, and people from all over the world have moved to Finland. Until very recently, however,  Finland has been regarded as an especially homogeneous and monolingual part of the world. Is there some basis for this myth, or should it be buried as inaccurate? In my lecture, I will look at linguistic diversity in Finland over time, examining both established and more recent language minorities (including Lithuanians in Finland). I will also discuss the linguistic rights of minorities and the current citizens' initiative the purpose of which is to improve the visibility of multilingualism in demographic statistics.

Sirkku Latomaa’s research and publications focus on multilingualism in the family and school contexts, minority languages, language rights, language awareness, and language-in-education policies. In 2021-2022 she was involved in a national evaluation project implemented by the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre. The aim of the project was to shed light on the state and effectivenss of education meant for newly arrived pupils with migrant background in Finnish schools.

Welcome to the event!

365 Days: "The War That Changed Us" book presentation and musical performace DODOMU

Together with a young writer from Ukraine, Kateryna Pylypchuk, we kindly invite you to a crucially important event that will take place in the Writer’s Hall (Vilnius University), on February 24th. The event will start at 6 p.m, but we ask you to come earlier and take free places.  

The first part of the event will consist of a "The War That Changed US" book presentation, where you’ll hear several war stories experienced by ordinary people artfully described by Kateryna Pylypchuk.

The second part will be marked by a little extract from a new performance by ummsbiaus with live music, called DODOMU, for violin, cello, piano, algorithmic synthesiser and two female voices. This is a reflection about the relativity of time and space, it is all about remembrance and oblivion. 

February 24 is the day when a full-scale invasion began. And this terrible moment has transformed the world forever. That is why we want to share our feelings with you, to have an insightful discussion and to meditate together listening to the tremulous sounds of strings. 

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Once you decide to visit our event, we kindly ask you to register via Google Forms in order that we may calculate an approximate number of books to be brought from Ukraine. The book can be preordered. See all the details in our event and in Google Forms here >>

 

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Film Club in Spanish: "Mataharis"

The Embassy of Spain in Lithuania has the honor to announce that our Film Club in Spanish is coming back on the 9th of February at 18:00 at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Vilnius with the film “Mataharis” by Icíar Bollaín. We will have the honour to have the film presented by Aistė Račaitytė, Director of the programme of Kino Pavasaris film festival and film critic.

Synopsis: Carmen, Inés and Eva are private detectives, but they do not wear a hat or carry a gun, instead they go shopping, change diapers and try to keep their partner. While they work revealing other people's secrets, the three will discover that there are their own lies that they have not known how to see and truths that it is better not to reveal. Cast: María Vázquez, Najwa Nimri, Nuria González, Tristán Ulloa, Diego Martín, Antonio de la Torre.

Five films will be shown during months from February to June, on the second Thursday of every month. Further details about the screening and the films >

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Multiplier event of the Erasmus+ project ‘QuILL – Quality in Language Learning’ at the Lithuanian Parliament

How can the content of educational learning/teaching materials be brought to life by harnessing digital tools, and what can we do to make language learning more engaging? Such issues were discussed by policy makers, language lecturers, and language learners at the forum “Digital literacy as Quality Assurance in Language Teaching. Erasmus+ project 'QuILL – Quality in Language Learning' multiplier event”organised by the Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University. The patron of the forum was Prof. Raimundas Lopata, Chairman of the Future Committee of the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania. 

The topics of technology and language learning and teaching were also covered from different angles in introductory speeches by representatives from: the Office of the President of the Republic of Lithuania (Vilma Bačkiūtė), the Ministry of Education, Science, and Sport (Justina Kugytė), the Future Committee of the Parliament (Prof. Arūnas Augustinaitis), the Dean of the Faculty of Philology at Vilnius University (Prof. Inesa Šeškauskienė), and the President of PIXEL (Dr. Elisabetta Delle Donne). 

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The programme of the forum consisted of three parts: the audience was introduced to the digitisation strategy of education in the Republic of Lithuania and some case studies on how it is already being implemented were reviewed. The intellectual outputs (IO) of the Erasmus+ project 'QuILL – Quality in Language Teaching' produced by the language lecturers of the Faculty of Philology at Vilnius University in cooperation with Partner colleagues were presented to the audience. 

The impact of these IO in line with the changes taking place in the country, both in education policy and language pedagogy was discussed. Some examples of good practice while applying 'QuILL' outputs to language classes were shared, and the future perspectives of language teaching were highlighted. 

Šarūnas Dignaitis, Head of the 'EdTech Lithuania' Association, provided an overview of the challenges and opportunities of digitalisation of education, Algimantas Kartočius, Coordinator of the 'EdTech Centre' of the 'National Agency for Education' outlined the opportunities for educators for professional development at the 'EdTech Centre'. Loreta Chodzkienė, Institutional Coordinator of the 'QuILL – Quality of Language Teaching' project, highlighted the contribution of the language teaching communities in Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania to the development of the project’s intellectual outputs. Ernesta Kazakėnaitė, lecturer of the Faculty of Philology of Vilnius University, shared examples of good practice in the application of the QuILL intellectual outputs. Prof. Mariam Manjgaladze from Caucasus University, Georgia (Sakartvelo), who taught Georgian at Vilnius University a few years ago, gave an overview of the situation of teaching Georgian as a foreign language at higher education institutions in her country. We were privileged to be joined by the academic coordinator of the whole QuILL initiative, Dr. Elisabete Mendes Silva, who spoke from Braganca (Portugal) about the outcomes of the cooperation of all the project partners. 

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Daiva Pagojienė from Klaipėda University drew the audience's attention to the situation of teaching Lithuanian as a non-native language and the rather limited choice of digital resources in Lithuanian. Vigilija Žiūraitė, a PhD student at VMU, shared her experience on how to teach languages innovatively using ICT tools,; she provided a wealth of practical examples of digital tools and apps. The presentation prepared by Agnė Juškevičienė, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of VU, and Vitalija Kazlauskienė, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philology of VU, introduced the participants to the future digitisation of educational content through another project.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the project by being a project partner, disseminating information, contributing materials, testing the resources, providing feedback for the research, presenting their ideas, making sure everything ran smoothy behind the scenes, moderating, providing a wonderful welcome at the venue, and being active audience members by asking interesting questions! 

Watch the webcast of the event here >>

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