Vilniaus Universitetas

Vilniaus Universitetas

Vilnius University, the largest Lithuanian scientific institution, has deservedly earned the status of a leader in science and research. Established in 1579, the University comprises 12 faculties, 7 institutes, 2 university hospitals, 4 interfaculty centres of study and research, the oldest library in Lithuania (which includes a modern scientific communication and information centre, an astronomical observatory, a botanical garden, and the Church of the St. Johns. The student body of the University includes >21,000 students. Year after year listed by QS World University Rankings among the top four per cent of the best universities in the world. The university’s staff is involved in many national and international initiatives that are geared towards implementation of the Bologna Process and meet the objectives of the Europe 2020 strategy. UV will be responsible for publishing the Special Issue due to their experience in similar procedures as they publish their own Scientific Journal in the Vilnius University (i.e., Verbum) with an international editorial board.

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Roma Kriaučiūnienė is a Professor at Vilnius University, Faculty of Philology, Director of the Institute of Foreign Languages, and an Executive Board member of the European Language Council. Her professional research interests include the development of moral competence and moral judgements, foreign language didactics, multilingualism and language policy, and intercultural communication. She disseminated her research data at various international conferences in Lithuania and abroad (Latvia, Estonia, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Italy, Spain) as well as had her research papers published in Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Turkey, Slovenia, Italy, India and Check Republic. She teaches graduate courses on culture and multilingualism, research design and presentations, and besides delivering a course for Childhood Pedagogy study programme English for Academic Purposes and Research, she has also participated in the development of interdisciplinary teacher qualification programme Media and information literacy  programme for teachers. In 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2019 she attended Konstanz University International seminars delivered by professor Georg Lind „Fostering Moral and Democratic Competencies with the Konstanz Method of Dilemma Discussion (KMDD)“ Germany, Konstanz, where she mastered KMDD method, the essence of which is built on a person’s critical thinking ability, moral imagination, empathy and ability to provide arguments.

Svetozar Poštić is an Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at the Institute of Foreign Languages, Faculty of Philology, Vilnius University, Lithuania, where he has been employed since 2013. He holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication (University of South Carolina, USA, 1994), MA in Slavic Studies (University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997) and PhD in Comparative Literature (University of South Carolina, 2008). He currently teaches English for  Academic Purposes and Research , History of US Culture, 20th-century Drama, British Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults, Digital Storytelling and Media Discourse Analysis for master’s students, and supervises bachelor’s theses in linguistics for students of the Institute of Foreign Languages. He has also taught Serbian language, literature and culture, Russian language and literature and French language at universities in the United States, Serbia, Lithuania and South Korea. Apart from a dozen peer-reviewed articles on literature, language and culture in international scholarly journals, he has published three monographs in Serbian about Mikhail Bakhtin, Michel de Montaigne and American Culture. His research interests include Literary Semantics, Cultural Studies and Critical Thinking.

Liudmila Arcimavičienė is an

Associate Professor of English Linguistics at Vilnius University of Lithuania, teaching discourse analysis and political discourse at the Faculty of Philology, Institute of Foreign Languages. Her research interests lie in critical metaphor analysis, critical discourse analysis, ideological framing in the media, conflict scenarios and populist metaphor use in political discourse. Liudmila Arcimavičienė has published over twenty research publications on the application of critical metaphor analysis to various types of discourse: media, health, migration, diplomacy and leadership etc. She is also the head of the organizing committee for Vilnius University Debate Tournament since 2018.  Currently, Liudmila Arcimavičienė together with Prof. Dr. Roma Kriaučiūnienė are participating in the U.S. embassy funded project “New Methodological Approaches to Teaching about Disinformation Discourses in LT High Schools and Universities”.

Ovidiu Ivancu is a Romanian writer and teacher. He is a Doctor in Philology, his thesis being published in 2013, under the title “Romanian Collective Mentality in Post-Communism. Myths, Images, Perceptions, Repositioning”. He has a BA in joint studies – Romanian and English Philology, and an MA degree in Cultural Studies. Since September 2017, he has been Lecturer of Romanian Language with the Institute of Foreign Languages, Vilnius University. He teaches English for Academic Purposes and Research, a course designed to promote the fundamental critical thinking skills: analysis, interpretation,  open-mindedness and problem-solving. Between 2009-2013, he was Visiting Lecturer of Romanian Literature and Language with Delhi University, New Delhi, India. His main interests are Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, Imagology, Post-Communism. He contributed articles to different collective volumes which are in Central and Eastern European Online Library. He was invited to deliver conferences in several countries such as Poland, Wales, India, Israel.

Agnė Vaidakavičiūtė is working as a non-academic staff member at Vilnius University Faculty of Philology. She is also obtaining her Master degree in Social anthropology and her research interests focus on the fields of educational anthropology. She has been working with EU funded projects in Educational field for 3 years.

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