Guest lecturer Dr. Milda Alisauskiene (Lithuania)

Milda Alisauskiene ©privat

Milda Alisauskiene ©privat

Dr. Alisauskiene is holding a lecture in the summer term 2020 regarding "Religion in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of Berlin wall: individuals, institutions and politics". The course will be held in English.

Milda Ali¨auskiene? is professor at the Department of Political Sciences at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania. Her research interests include religion in the post-socialist society, religion and state relations, religious diversity, religious fundamentalism and new religions. She has published more than 20 scientific articles on religion in contemporary Lithuania and the Baltic States and contributed to collective monographs and studies on social exclusion of minority religions and on the process of secularization in Lithuania. In 2011 together with Ingo W. Schroeder she co-edited a volume "Religious Diversity in Post-Soviet Society" (Ashgate, since 2016 - Routledge).
In 2014 after completion of the national scientific project "Cognition of Religious Diversity in Lithuania: Forms of Alternative Religiosity" funded by Lithuanian Council for Research together with colleagues she published a public scholarship book "Religious Diversity in Lithuania: Portraits, Festivals and Everyday Lives" (available online: www.religija.lt/site­s/default/files/religiju_ivairove-2014-optimizuotas.pdf )
In 2017 she was a guest editor of Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions special issue on new religions in Eastern Europe.

M. Ali¨auskien? in 2015-2017 served as a president for the International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR). And since 2015 serves as a member of executive board of International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR). In 2016 she was Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Since 2018 she serves on the International Sociological Association Research Committee 22 Sociology of Religion board.


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