Project activities

Representation of Africa and Asia in the Lithuanian Children's Culture of the Soviet Era (1945-1990): Origins, Influences, Dissemination, Consequences

Project number 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-23-0071
Project amount (Eur) 56 703,58 Eur
Project duration 2021-06-08 - 2023-06-07
Responsible person Irena Turčinavičienė
Reasearch trainee Karina Simonson
Head of Research Internship Dr. Giedrė Jankevičiūtė

About the project.


The aim of the project is to conduct a complex historical inquiry into representations of African and Asian history, culture and people in Soviet-era Lithuanian children's visual culture, contextualizing them in related research of children's literature, theatre, film and music, linking with Soviet “fraternity of peoples” ideology and geopolitical interests, and thus provide a deeper understanding into the current racial politics of Lithuania. The research is developed at the encounters of ideologised Soviet children's culture and postcolonial theory. The project would allow to go beyond local research and interpret the formation of race representation in the international context, filling the gap not only in Lithuanian, but also in Eastern European research. In order to get acquainted with the research of Soviet-era children's culture, research trips to Russia and the USA, as well as a research visit to Germany, are planned. During the research fellowship it is planned to prepare the Study and a scholarly article, and to present the results of the research at the international conference in Philadelphia and the library research centre in Munich.

The source of funding is the European Union Funds Investment Action Program